Halloween Heebie-Jeebies: movies and books

Maybe it’s because the nights are getting longer…darker…colder.
Maybe it’s because the wind outside is less friendly than recent summer breezes. Maybe it’s because newly stripped tree
moon and branch cropped 2
branches stand out starkly against an autumn moon.
For whatever reason, each year the season leading up to Halloween provides a great excuse for curling up with a cup of hot cider and reading spooky stories or watching creepy movies. A gazillion horror stories have been written; a gazillion horror movies have been made. Here are some favorite films and stories for the Halloween season. And yes, this has nothing to do with staging or design but falls in the category of fun and interesting…& cheap entertainment for the working class…good enough for me.
 
                                                            Werewolves:
An American Werewolf in London
1981, rated R, combines humor, horror, & a great soundtrack, high gore-score
                        

                                                               Vampires:
The Lost Boys
1987, rated R, combines humor, horror, & a great sound track, high gore-score
30 Days of Night
2007, rated R, really high gore-score but the scariest vampires ever, (I doubt these vampires sparkle in sunlight)
 
        Ghosts:ghost
Poltergeist
1982, rated PG, classic horror with moderate gore-score, spooky!
The Orphanage
2007, rated R, a Spanish film with English sub-titles, suspenseful with mild gore-score except for one truly gruesome auto accident injury 
 
 Creatures:
The Birds
1963, suggested rating PG-13, there has to be at least one Alfred Hitchcock in the mix & The Birds gets my vote, low gore-score
Creature from the Black Lagoon
1954, suggested PG rating, little gore
The Fly
1958, approved rating, still creepy after 50 years
The Fly
remake 1986, rated R, high gore-score
The Thing
1982, rated R, high gore-score
 

Classics:                                                    
 scary pumpkin 2 cleaned up
Halloween
1978, rated R, moderate gore-score, of the numerous sequels, try Halloween II & Halloween H20  with Jamie Lee & high gore-scores in both.
The Fog
1980, rated R, I thought the film was more campy than creepy but I was outvoted, low gore-score
Carrie
1976, rated R, must have at least   one Stephen King, high gore-score                                                                        
Village of the Damned
 1960, unrated, English film that’s fun and creepy, zero gore-score
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
1978, rated PG, moderate gore-score
Sleepy Hollow
1999, rated R, high gore-score
 
                                        Horror Comedies:
Young Frankenstein
1974, rated PG, Mel Brook’s parody of the classic Shelley tale, low gore-score
Shaun of the Dead
2004, rated R, a parody of zombie films with nearly as much gore as the originals
Zombieland
2009, rated R, high gore-score
 pumpkin patch
 
                              Children & Family Films:
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown1966
Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny Halloween Special 1978
Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow-1949
Hocus Pocus-1993, rated PG,
The Addams Family-1991, rated PG13,
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial1982, rated PG, it may not be
a horror or Halloween film but it has a great trick-r-treat scene, is great family fun, and how can you ever go wrong with Spielberg. 
 
                                         Stories & Books:
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow1820, Washington Irving story (available to read on-line)
We Have Always Lived in the Castle1962, Shirley Jackson novel
Dracula1897, Bram Stoker novel
Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus1818, Mary Shelley novel
‘Salem’s Lot1975, Stephen King novel
Carrie1974, Stephen King novel
Interview with the Vampire1976, Anne Rice novel
Rosemary’s Baby1967, Ira Levin novel
The Lottery1948, Shirley Jackson story, available to read on-line
 
I had to leave off many fun films & books because the original list was 3 pages long. Please share your favorites in the comment section. 
 
for information about movies including cast, crew, awards, trivia, ratings, reviews, and much more, visit IMDB’s terrific website (should be sub-titled “everything you always wanted to know about movies”).
 
If you don’t own a book/movie that you would like to see/read, can’t borrow it, don’t have cable, can’t afford Amazon, and it’s not listed in the tv guide, try your local library. Most libraries have dvd’s that can be checked out and they are FREE. 
 
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One response to “Halloween Heebie-Jeebies: movies and books

  1. ohmycaduceus@yahoo.com

    I am now ready to curl up and scare myself! Thanks for the great list!

    Like

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