The Halloween Binge (2021 Edition)

I scream. You scream. We all scream for Halloween. The season is upon us once again where I binge watch Halloween flicks with my children. Spooky frights, schlocky schlock and plenty of popcorn to go around.

  • Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) – Kick the Can….always Kick the Can.
  • The Creature Walks Among Us (1956) – A City Screams in Terror!
  • Revenge of the Creature (1955) – According to the internets, this was Clint Eastwood’s film debut.
  • Salem’s Lot* (1979) – I had no idea the lead vampire was blue.
  • Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) – My absolute favorite of the Universal Monsters.
  • The Shining* (1980) – Talk about a movie that gets inside your head and just lingers.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) – I forgot how fun this movie was. Never saw the series.
  • Poltergeist (1982) – This movie scared me to death as a kid. My own children laughed. Turncoats.
  • House on Haunted Hill (1959) – More on this viewing later.
  • The Fly* (1986) – Gross perfection.
  • House of Wax (1953) – First time watching House of Wax. Wow. So good.
  • Misery* (1990) – Annie Wilkes. Annie Freaking Wilkes!
  • Teen Wolf (1985) – I managed to escape the eighties without ever having seen this.
  • Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) – Christopher Lee is the only Dracula with a five o’clock shadow.
  • Halloween (1979) – This was our kids first truly scary movie. They handled it like pros.
  • Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire (2005) – Cedric Diggory dies at the hands of Voldemort only to come back three years later as a sparkly vampire.
  • Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) – Enter Gary Oldman
  • It* (1990) – Far superior to the more recent remake in my opinion.
  • Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – Now with 33% more witches and wizards. And giant spiders and an even bigger snake.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)  – Don’t think this qualifies as a Halloween movie? Au contraire mon frère. This movie has poison apples, an evil queen, old crones, creepy trees and plenty of spider webs. Snow White herself remains a perennial Halloween costume favorite. Mark it eight dude.
  • Repulsion* (1965) – Great name for a movie. Great example of my I’m not a fan of sixties flicks. Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid excluded.
  • Love at First Bite (1979) – So silly. So good.
  • Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) – Witches, wizards, and a Halloween feast that would bring tears to the eyes of Hansel & Gretel.
  • The Hunger* (1983) – Did you know this was a Tony Scott film? Because I didn’t know this was a Tony Scott film.
  • The Return of the Fly* (1959) – The Fly is in color. The Return of the Fly is not. Discuss.
  • The Fly* (1958) – Practically perfect in every way.
  • Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) – The fastest – in terms of monster motion – of the Godzilla flicks. Shin Godzilla is still the best of the bunch.
  • Rosemary’s Baby* (1968) – Ruth Gordon makes everything better.
  • Night of the Living Dead* (1968) – They’re coming to get you Barbara.
  • The Return of the Living Dead (1985) – Punk rockers and zombies? Sign me up. Do you want to party?
  • The Blob (1958) – Best theme song of any monster/horror movie ever.
  • The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978) – “Why didn’t they just use pesticides?” – My kids.
  • Young Frankenstein (1974) – My kids were hit and miss on this one…until Putting on the Ritz.
  • Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943) – Better than I was expecting.
  • I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) – Michael Landon goes through puberty. Found this on YouTube.
  • She-Wolf of London (1946) – This must have been the PETA-approved werewolf movie because there was no fur involved whatsoever.
  • Ghostbusters (1984) – Obligatory
  • Matinee (1993) – Surprisingly good. Surprisingly weird.

Honorable Mentions: An American Werewolf in London (Transformation scenes only. Kids aren’t ready for the full monty yet), King of the Hill: Hilloween (S2, E4) , Spookley the Square Pumpkin, Trick or Treat (1952), just about every The Treehouse of Horror Simpsons episodes

By the Numbers: Thirty-eight movies. Six instances of lycanthropy. Five cases of vampirism. Four instances of both the Gill-man and Vincent Price. Three human-insect hybrids. Two Polanski pics. One screen debut of Clint Eastwood.

* Watched sans short ones.

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