Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Halloween-Themed Movies For Those Who Don't Like Horror Movies
Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I've been having a blast with it all month. I have a haunted house candle holder, a SCREAM snow globe that drips blood, and a HALLOWEEN snow globe with a scene from the movie inside. This snow globe also drips blood instead of snow. Obviously, I am a HUGE fan of horror films, but I know lots of people aren't. They don't like the blood and guts. While that doesn't bother me, I can understand it. The thing is I don't want people feeling left out on Halloween, so here are some movies that are perfect for Halloween viewing. Some are horror movies without the blood, guts, and gore. They are genuinely scary.
1. "The Innocents" - Old movie starring Deborah Kerr based on "The Turn Of The Screw" by Henry James. Creepy little horror movie. "The Turn Of The Screw" is my favorite horror novella.
2. "The Haunting" - The original, not that dreadful remake. This movie proves that you don't need special effects to scare your socks off. This is my favorite horror movie.
3. "Practical Magic" - a romance full of witches and magic.
4. "Bell, Book, And Candle" - another movie with a witch and a cat named Piewacket.
6. "Topper" - One of my favorite ghost screwball comedies starring Cary Grant.
7. "The Changeling" - spooky ghost story starring George C. Scott. One of the best horror movies ever made.
8. "Cat People" - the black and white original. Very creepy little movie.
9. "Village Of The Damned" - the original, not the remake. Original and unnerving.
10. "Ghost" - one of the most haunting and romantic movies ever made, in my opinion. The pottery scene is a classic. And so is Whoopy Goldberg as a psychic.
11. William Castle movies - Cheesy classics like "13 Ghosts", "The House On Haunted Hill", "The Tingler", and "Mr. Sardonicus" are extra special because of the gimmicks Castle used to promote these movies. For instance, in theatres showing "The Tingler", electrodes were stuck to some of the chairs so that when the tingler shows up in the movie, you'd get an electric shock. I think "13 Ghosts" was in 3-D. If you can find these movies, watch them and make sure you have plenty of popcorn. These movies are loads of fun.
12. "Curse Of The Demon" - another old movie in black and white but don't let that put you off. This is a very clever movie based on M. R. James' story "Casting The Runes". The seance scene is a riot. The fast pace is also exciting and fun.
13. "Quatermass and the Pit" - a Hammer film about something odd unearthed when a street crew in London digs a tunnel to extend the subway. Fun little movie that is a bit cheesy but very enjoyable.
What movies are you storing up for Halloween? I'd love to see "Paranormal Activity" but it isn't showing anywhere near us. I do have lots of others handy, though, so I won't miss the fun.
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Everyone have a fun and spooky Halloween!!!