Sunday, October 21, 2012

Spooky Hallowe'en movies to carve by: part III

Sorry, little behind the times here, getting ready for the holiday and all.  Here's the next bunch of spooky flicks, perfect for carving to:

Halloween (1978)

Oh, Jamie Lee Curtis, how I love you.  The huge Halloween franchise, not as big a fan, but I don't think I can really leave this one off of the list. And really, it's the movie from which all future horror movie cliches stem...  I'm sure you've seen it.  Mostly sure. 

I should note that I do blame this movie for the loss of the apostrophe in the word "Hallowe'en" in modern English.  Perhaps this movie isn't among my absolute favourites for that reason ;)

Slither (2006)

Now, this is an instant classic movie that I can really get behind.  You may not have seen it, which is tragic and you should get your butt into a chair and watch.  This one is great; cheesy, campy, and full of Nathan Fillion in all his glory.  Really, why don't they give that man more movie roles?

Anyways, if you haven't seen it: a meteor hits in middle town USA, and slug like things come out and start taking over - particularly one man who ends up hosting one of these parasites and starts eating pets, then people.    The movie is actually more of a comedy than a horror - unless you're easily scared, the slugs aren't really all that scarifying.  Great movie, think I'm going to watch it tonight...

Cabin in the Woods (2012)

The newest addition to my Hallowe'en movie shelf is this year's movie by the god known as Joss Whedon.  (I would bear him children if he asked.)  And this movie is also an instant classic - very meta, a horror within a horror - actually scary.  The only flaw in this otherwise perfect movie is the hand at the end.  If you've seen it, you know what I mean. 

If you haven't seen it, whatever you think it's about - it's not.  And I can't really describe it without spoiling it for you, so you should just go see it.  Love this one.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

And speaking of Joss, the first movie that he had anything to do with was the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Super cheesy - and actually the reason I didn't start watching the Buffy television series until the end of the second season (mistake).

From what I understand, Joss didn't have all that much to do with this one other than coming up with the concept - and really, other than the premise, the movie and television show couldn't be any more different.  But as much as I hold dear the Buffy series, I love the movie for its camp-factor, and I pull it out every now and again just to hear the valley-girl accents...

They had this look in their eyes, totally cold, animal. I think they were young Republicans. 

Creepshow (1982) and Tales from the Crypt  (1989 - 1996)

If you've seen these, you'll understand why I've lumped them together.  If you can find any of these on video, give them a watch - lots of spooky short flicks. None really worth a deeper watching, more for just ambiance.  But I love the cryptkeepter - how can you not? Lots of the episodes are available for watching on YouTube if you look carefully...

Ginger Snaps (2000)

This is a great coming of age movie about girls, bullying, getting your period, and being a werewolf.  We all know how that is.  And it's Canadian, shot here in the greater Toronto area.  The movie is about two sisters who are outcasts at school and are being bullied.  One night, while trying to seek revenge on one of the bullies, Ginger gets attacked by... something... and then slowly starts turning into a werewolf.  Great movie, definitely worth the watch.

Army of Darkness (1992)

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Are there people who haven't seen this?  Yes.  And that is sad. Truly sad.  Unfortunately, this movie only retains cult movie status.  This movie gets major props for the right kind of cheese. This is well aged, high end cheese.  There is no higher class of cheese.

S Mart employee ends up going back in time to 1300AD where the dead have come back to life and are waging war.  And somehow 20th century guy saves the day... with science!

Don't touch that please, your primitive intellect wouldn't understand alloys and compositions and things with... molecular structures.


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