Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It's Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus.

I'm the biggest baby who ever lived, so I typically shy away from scary movies (though my favorite TV shows are The Walking Dead and American Horror Story, so riddle me that). There's something about fall/Halloween season though that makes me crave certain movies and TV shows - scary and campy, so this is my list of Halloween favorites for even the faintest of heart.

1. Misery 

This movie has about 5 characters, if that, but is so mesmerizing and gripping. Kathy Bates is one perfectly deranged woman in this minimalist horror movie about a famed author and his "number one fan."
I have a picture somewhere (taken on a disposable camera, no doubt) of Tonya and I watching Misery, and her covering her eyes and mouth during the infamous sledgehammer scene. Why my parents let us watch this movie at a young age, I will never know.

2. Hocus Pocus
There cannot be Halloween unless there is at least one full viewing of Hocus Pocus. It is the 90's at best, and teaches you that you should never allow a virgin to light a candle - ever.

3. The Shining
I have never been able to look at Jack Nicholson the same since this movie. He is a legitimate creep and is absolutely terrifying as he slowly unravels. It's a classic for a reason.

4. Are You Afraid of the Dark?
I used to not be allowed to watch this show - my parents said that if I watched it, I'd have nightmares and that they had no patience for dealing with me crying all night. That stopped me 0%, so I would continue watching this show from 90's Nickelodeon, and I would continue to have nightmares because my parents actually did know best. You can now find full episodes on YouTube, and even the opening sequence is still one of the scariest things ever.

And in case you want to be transported to the 90's again..

5. 28 Days Later
This is one of the most terrifying zombie movies I've ever seen. Apparently Walking Dead got the idea of Rick waking up after being comatose in the hospital and coming out into a post-apocalyptic world from the opening of this movie. The zombies are scary and they move pretty fast too - and it's just a very well-done movie. Plus, it's by Danny Boyle, so you know it'll be well-made.

6. The Crush
I've always thought that movies where someone becomes obsessed with someone else are some of the scariest, because this happens allll the time. Alicia Silverstone hangs up her short plaid skirts to act as fourteen year old Adrienne, who becomes obsessed to the fullest with the man renting her parents' guest house. It's Misery-esque, but with a vindictive teenage girl versus a middle aged crazy cat lady. Equally creepy and unsettling.

7. Double Double Toil and Trouble
Another 90's masterpiece with a very young Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. In this cinematic wonder, they go searching for a mysterious moonstone, but they have to battle their evil and awful aunt. Also starring Eric McCormack, aka Will from Will & Grace as their very straight (and very sarcastic) father.

8. The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
Ugh, creepy. A woman is sexually assaulted by her obstetrician and files charges against him, prompting him to commit suicide. The obstetrician's wife miscarries due to the emotional stress of his death, vowing revenge upon this woman and her family, so she decides the best course of action is to pose as a nanny for the family to take out the mom. Unbelievably eerie.

9. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror episodes (all)
These are always so good. Obviously it's The Simpsons, so they're not scary, but they're just a good time and are always creative and very well done. I look forward to these every year and used to love watching them with my brother every Halloween.

10. The Blair Witch Project
You guys - it was not until my sophomore year of college until I learned this was not actually a real documentary (I know, I know). I saw this movie when I was in 7th grade (so years after it came out), and it scared the shit out of me. I thought it was brilliant when I heard about the marketing that went into it - the cast actually hung up "missing persons" fliers in towns near where it filmed. Apparently the police were involved at one point, and the actors all had to prove that they were in fact alive afterwards.
This movie is so minimal - their budget was about nothing, but it's still so freaking creepy - and it still gets me when I watch it now (even though now I at least know it's not real).

11. Orphan
I thought I knew what Esther's secret was going into this movie. When I saw it, I was like, "Okay, she's possessed by Satan, as all these creepy children are in the movies." Uhm, I could not have been more wrong.

12. The Addams Family Values
True story - when my parents first bought the vacation house at the Cape, we had very few movies to watch up there. One of the ones that my parents thought to bring up was The Addams Family Values (and Dumb and Dumber). Patrick and I now know every single word to this movie. And really, you can't have Halloween without The Addams Family, and in this one, including Uncle Fester dating a gold digger and Wednesday and Pugsly going off to summer camp, you just can't lose.

13. American Horror Story (Seasons 1-3).
The first season of this show hooked me immediately and has had me ever since. I love that each season is an entirely new story, with the cast in completely new roles (Jessica Lange proves she can handle it all). It's just good, and the first season especially is so freaking creepy that you never know what to expect (what is found in the basement crawlspace is definitely a game changer and left my jaw on the floor).

14. Halloween
Because Michael Myers WILL get you. You can be sprinting, he will walk, but make no mistake - he WILL get you. Oh also, he'll never die. You'll think he died, but nope.

15.  The Walking Dead
Marathon it. From season one (which is a heart pounder and anxiety provider) up to the most current season.. which is still a heart pounder and anxiety provider. It just keeps getting better and better.

Those are my fifteen picks for the week + before Halloween!

What are your Halloween must watches or movies that you watch every year during the Halloween season?

Currently listening to: Iron & Wine - Woman King 


Imogen said...

I remember are you afraid of the dark... Nickelodeon was such a huge part of my childhood... And just look at the Olsen twins... Too cute.

The Dainty Dolls House said...

These are fab doll!! Great movies. I do love Hocus Pocus too. I get scared and then can't sleep after horror movies now, haha. But, I like watching them anyways. Will have to have a Halloween movie night soon before October is over. Have a gorgeous day my sweet xx

Lauren Felix said...

You are just like me! I have a love/hate relationship with scary movies. Kyle always wants me to watch them with him.. i suffer through them and then have nightmares hahah

HiFashion said...

I love a good horror film. I'm kind of obsessed. American Horror Story is one of my all time fav tv shoes. Can not wait to get started on season 3!

Ashley said...

I'm such a baby, too!! That's probably why the only movies I watched during Halloween, ever, were Hocus Pocus and Double Double Toil and Trouble! Any time I attempted to watch a horror movie as a kid, my parents would get so mad because I was terrified of being alone at night! Night lights 'til age 20, anyone? ;)

Sara Louise said...

I tend to shy away from scary stuff too because I'm a big baby. I'd love to watch American Horror Story because I've heard it's incredible but I'm sure I'd have nightmares for like ever. I did recently read an article (on Slate I think) about the real life woman who is the inspiration for the new Kathy Bates character on Coven... google it and then be prepared to be horrified!

Green Tea and Cupcakes said...

I watched a scary movie on a flight and screamed so loud and jumped out of my seat and accidentally hit my Husband in the face. Needless to say the people sitting around me on the flight and my Husband were not impressed with me.

Rebecca Harasym said...

I used to be obsessed with the series 'Are You Afraid of the Dark'! Thanks so reminding me! Hocus Pocus was a good one too!


Couture Carrie said...

Awesome picks!
Especially love Misery and The Crush!


Elle Sees said...

i've not seen a lot of those! my younger brother and watch watched #4 but we had to keep the lights on. ;) they were never allowed to show the kids making the fire. i've never seen hocus pocus!

Sharon (Style-Chameleon) said...

Hocus pocus is such a funny movie! :p


Gabrielle said...

I liked The Crush, mostly the ending song, or the actor in it. :))
Before I used to watch a lot of horror movies, but now I can't look at such things, because the images remain in my mind and can't sleep. I hope you'll have pleasant dreams like me. ♥♥

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

i hate scary movies! it took me a while to watch the walking dead because of the zombies so i had to watch the first few episodes when my husband was in the room AND with all the lights on!

Vodka and Soda

Megan said...

oh my gosh hocus and pocus and double trouble, such classics!
I have a love/hate relationships with horror movies - I love them until I am scared out of my mind and then I hate them!
Thank you for your kind words on my blog the other day :) xx