October Viewing

To accompany my last post, I thought I would offer a couple of “must-watch” movies to suit the season. First off, the classics: Nosferatu, Dracula, Freaks and The Phantom of the Opera.

The more recent classics: The Excorcist – but please, do yourself a favor and watch the un-cut released version and not the crappy, chopped up version they show on tv around this time every year, and The Shining. These two combined probably make for some of the scariest moments ever committed to film.

The animated classics: Disney’s Halloween Treat, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Corpse Bride.

The less serious classics, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and The Raven. Actually, just about anything featuring Vincent Price is essential viewing at this time of year.

And some bonus recommendations: Two darned fine tv shows that embody the season and were killed before their time: American Gothic and Carnivale.

And a bonus, bonus recommendation: The Excorcist in 30 Seconds with Bunnies.

What do you consider essential October viewing?

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  1. Ray

    The Exorcist is still the scariest movie I ever saw. The second would be the original Halloween (which seems appropriate for this column). I always found the other slasher movies (Jason, Freddy, etc.), as well as the Halloween sequels, a little silly and not that entertaining. I’d probably put Silence of the Lambs up there.

    As for books, I agree that It was very scary (didn’t like the ending though) as were a bunch of other King books (Pet Sematary, The Shining come to mind). The Exorist, again, was a very scary book. I was also creeped out by I Am Legend.

  2. Good call on Silence of the Lambs. I’m kind of ashamed to admit that I’ve never seen the original Halloween, though.

  3. Ray

    I haven’t seen it in a few years but I think it still holds up. You should rent it and see it. And not alone!

  4. amy

    It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

    Fright Night came to mind, too. What a.. bad movie.

    And I’m fairly sure that soon, TNT or some equivalent channel will start showing A Christmas Story. Because their 48 Hours of A Christmas Story would be much improved by being turned into 3 Months of A Christmas Story (or 2160 Hours of A Christmas Story).

  5. Aha! I have found your website. I did not know that you wrote, so now I will have to read. That’s how it works.

    I have a predilection for Japanese horror, ever since I was a kid. There was a old short tale about a faceless ghost that creeped me out completely. Google wants me to believe that the name of the story is The Mujina of the Akasaka Road. So, not surprisingly, I found the original Ring and the original Grudge to be quite scary. The sequels are rubbish. I am a fan of all things Silent Hill (so long as they end in the number “2”), Resident Evil and now Siren. Check out the episode of Destination Truth from last week, where Josh & Co. visit a Japanese haunted forest.

    Poltergeist scared the crap out of me as a kid. Today I think it seeps too much 80s style.

    All things Headless Horseman were essential for me as a kid – even the crappy episode of Little House where Laura thinks that Mr. Olson had beheaded his wife. I need to see the Depp version of the Headless Horseman story to decide whether or not I like that.

    While it’s not Horror, I also feel that The Crow is essential Halloween time viewing. I heart that movie very much. It’s the really real world, there ain’t coming back.

    I could keep going. I will close by saying the original Halloween is the only slasher flick worth watching.

  6. I love The Crow! And I definitely feel the need to watch Halloween now. I considered mentioning some Japanese horror, but I felt like it would be cheating since I’ve only seen the American re-make versions.

    I need to re-watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

  7. Therese

    Ah The Crow was so formative for 14-year-old Therese! And my friends told me that there’s a new “Nightmare Before Xmas” album with rock bands doing the songs: http://www.amazon.com/Nightmare-Revisited/dp/B001AUKV08 It’s awesome!

  8. Oooh! That album looks awesome! I had no idea that existed.

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