In my “Weirdness of Halloween 2008″ post, I said a good way to spend Halloween is to rent some horror movies.
Suggestions? Thought you’d never ask.
First: If you have kids, be sure to pre-screen any of these before you let them watch. Even some Disney movies have scenes that might be too scary for them. If you have small children, you might want to stick with “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown“. No point in terrifying the little ones. They’ll be plenty of chances when they’re older. Bwahahahaha!
1.) Gory and scary?
“I am Legend” (2007) – very scary, very exciting, very thought-provoking. And with the DVD you get the alternate ending, and the discussion of which one is better. Pollyanna review here. Brains rating: 2 out of 5 brains for gore and scares.
For good zombie-killing fun: “Resident Evil” one, two and three (ya’ll know the third’s my favorite). Movies two and three have Oded Fehr. Just look at him. Drool. Movie reviews here. 3 out of 5 brains for gore.
I also recommend “The Mummy” (1999) and “The Mummy Returns” (2001). The third movie may still be in theaters in your area; the Resident Sith Master and I loved it. 2 out of 5 brains for a couple of gross moments.
Yeah, I’m just peeved ’cause they got to kiss Brendan, and I haven’t.
And he thought the mummies were scary…
“Night of the Living Dead” (1968) – a zombie and horror classic – for good reason. 3 out of 5 gory brains.
The first “Alien” movie (1979) – still scary (and gory).
“Jaws” (1975) – yes, it still holds up. “Show me the way to go home…”
5.) For kids and adults alike: Classic funny with a few pretty safe scares?
The “Abbott and Costello Meet…” series of horror movies – my favorite is the first, “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948), which has Lon Chaney Jr as the Wolf Man, Bela Lugosi as Dracula, and Glen Strange as the Frankenstein Monster.
Disney’s original “That Darn Cat” (1965) is still good – more of a mystery than a classic Halloween movie – a few safe scares but mostly played for laughs. And starring Haley Mills – definitely one of the Pollyannas favorite actors.
“Ghostbusters” – which may be too scary for small children (that librarian ghost freaked out my nephews when they were little).
“Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” – ya’ll just have to see it to believe it. Crazy funny.
7.) Truly weird and funny-bad?
8.) Halloween TV?
Any of “The Simpsons” Treehouse of Horror episodes (really funny, too scary for small kids, sometimes gross/gory). “Dead Like Me” (weird, funny, no gore). “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (weird, scary, violent, sometimes gory, funny) and “Angel” (ditto) of course.