First Choice Halloween Horror Marathon
Halloween is here and that means time for a couple of horror rounds, the second question would be, what would you pick first in a horror movie marathon, this question should be everything open to what people do or don’t like in the genre.
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Darren – Movie Reviews 101
For me I would start with the original Evil Dead, mainly because it offers up a short, gore filled horror experience that can drag our audience in and leave them in shock when needed and leave them in disgust when required, it also introduces us to an iconic horror lead and shows us horror films can be made with a tiny budget.
Milo – Stuff and That
Since I picked Ghostbusters last time, I think this time I’ll go with my favourite slasher flick, Scream. While the 70s/80s held the classics of the genre, the way Scream tipped the entire thing on its head and provided some real scares, as well as iconic scenes, was simply genius.
Easy! A Nightmare On Elm Street! I’m certainly not a big fan of slasher movies but the Elm Street films were in a league of their own. I grew up on them (well, from the age of 12 when I first saw the first one) and I’ll always be fond of them. And Freddy Krueger is the best horror villain. The first film is of course the best by far and my first choice but number 3 (Dream Warriors) kicks all kinds of ass too.
Kim – Tranquil Dreams
Asian Horror has seen so much growth in the last 15 years or so (maybe longer) to reaching the general public especially when they are getting Hollywood remakes every so often. Here is a really nice way to enter into this genre especially with this 3 short film compilation that covers: Hong Kong’s horror piece, Dumplings by Fruit Chan (which has a full version if this short inspires you to watch it), Korean horror piece Cut by Park Chan-Wook and Japanese horror piece Box by Takashi Miike. You can watch them one by one to get into the horror marathon mood or do it all in one sitting if you really want to feel unsettled.
John – Johnrieber.com
I have been doing a daily countdown of horror films this month, and while “The Exorcist”, “Carrie”, “Halloween” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” are all classics, I never forget to watch “Black Christmas.”
“Black Christmas” did the POV killer shot several years before “Halloween.” It has a great tagline: “If this movie doesn’t make your skin crawl…IT’S ON TOO TIGHT!”
It stars Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder, with great support work by Kier Dullea and John Saxon. It was directed by Bob Clark, who made another holiday film “A Christmas Story” – and “Porky’s” to boot. The film sets a suspenseful tone from the first scene and it never lets up, including the shocking ending. I never miss it!
Here is a link to my story about the film if you want it, plus a pic: follow the link for the story
Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews
I was tempted to go for Rosemary’s Baby since that’s my favourite horror film but surely, for a perfect start to a Halloween movie marathon, it has to be this one.
An iconic villain, memorable performances and that recognisable score, this is a great slasher movie that’s perfect to watch with a group of friends on Halloween.
It just ticks all the boxes!
Damien Riley – Riley on Film
“Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963,
Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small
town of Haddonfield to kill again.” -imdb
The reason for my pick is the mood of the piece. I’ve seen it so many
times but every time I put it on, it draws me in with the colors,
imagery, and symbols. The girls have sex appeal and Michael Myers is
referred to as “The Shape” in the script, he;s terrifying. Put it all
together and you have a minimalist, spooky, moody film that would set
the scene perfectly for other horror films in a marathon. Director:
Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews
My choice for a Halloween Marathon is a litle bit of a cheat but I don’t care. I would absolutely pick Over the Garden Wall. It is technically a TV Miniseries but it is 2 hours and feels cinematic so I am going to count it. It is one of the greatest pieces of media I’ve seen. It is about 2 boys that get lost in a mysterious woods on Halloween night. Then we get 10, 10 minute episodes that vary in tone and topics quite a bit but never fail to be completely engrossing and delightful.
Everything about this series is stunning. The animation is gorgeous. The characters have heart and are well voiced. The musical score is haunting and beautiful. The songs range from creepy to charming. I love all of the shorts and they are perfect for a party because there are natural breaks for snacks, trick or treaters and anything else you want to do.
This is also a group of shorts that kids and adults can watch and enjoy equally. I just love it so much
Emma – Emma Explains It All
I mean, what could be a better choice?! The music, the mask, the millions of Halloween references and that scary old pumpkin. I honestly can’t think of a film I’d rather watch for a horror movie marathon.
Plus, if you’re watching with friends chances are the first movie of the marathon may get talked through and/or interrupted by trips to the fridge for more snacks and drinks. But everyone has seen Halloween anyway, so it doesn’t really matter.
S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason
To kick off a Halloween movie marathon, I’d have to go with The Conjuring, the 2013 hit that immediately joined the very best of the haunted house genre. James Wan’s direction provides a brilliantly tense atmosphere that ekes terror out of something as simple as a door closing or a hand clap. I also appreciate its spiritual context of religious good vs. evil and its focus on genuine scares over cheap gore. Plus, with the marathon, we could segue right into the also great Conjuring 2 and maybe the Annabelle spinoffs (which I’ve not seen yet), though there are plenty of other complementary creepy flicks.