The classic "I got a rock" scene from Charlie Brown. The ultimate demonstration of Halloween letdowns. Really, this holiday isn't much more than ghouls and ghosts and girls dressed like some version of hookers. (Oh my!)
For me, Halloween equals movie night.
I don't do costumes. I don't do tricks (or treats). And I don't do smashing pumpkins - the band or the semi-rebellious activity. Maybe it's because I'm lazy? Maybe I'm just not interested. Maybe it's because I like people-watching? Maybe I'm just a voyeur. Seriously, I love Halloween, but can't ever really seem to "get in to it" in any meaningful way. Most of the time I just like to ignore the well-dressed people and do my own thing... which in this case involves copious amounts of pseudo-scary movies and snack-food. Sometimes I like to spice it up and go out for a jaunt, pretending I'm in a conceptual costume. An existential crisis version of myself. Being John Malkovich. An alien pretending to be human. (Which would make me a human pretending to be an alien pretending to be human...) Or my personal favorite, as a writer.
Yeaaaaah, I'm kinda lame. Whatever, I know. DBJ (don't be jealous) of my vastly superior skills at bypassing any sort of serious holidaze through the judicious use of what I like to call: Laissez-I-Don't-Care.
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Besides, I'm not really stoked about drinking pumpkin-flavored beer while listening to bad Halloween-themed music and watching girls who are really excited about this excuse to dress like a whore grind up against each other and then get offended when I watch shamelessly. I mean seriously! If you're going to wear underwear as a costume, do you really expect me to pretend I can't see your messed-up bikini wax? And is it just me, or does EVERY girl have some sort of inner-slut, dying to get out and wear all the lace-fishnet-stockings they want?
(On a side-note: I wonder what this year's most popular prostitute-costume will be. Last year it was a bumblebee. I saw like twenty at one bar alone. Maybe this year a nurse? A pirate? A pirate-hooker? A pole-dancer? I always liked the obvious whorishness. Maybe a "sexy" angel? Or or or... a naughty little dirty police-woman! Yeah, that's original. I bet everyone dresses up like Michael Jackson or Alice In Wonderland.
Anyways, in anticipation of another Halloween indoors with film and food, I've prepared my all-time favorite list of movies to watch on Halloween.
1. Gremlins 2
Yeah, don't judge. It was scary.
Okay, not really an original choice, but I still like it. The whole beginning scene where Drew Barrymore gets gutted is awesome! Plus, I just like movies that are super-aware of their own cliches and play off them. Jamie Kennedy gets my ultimate props in this movie, because nobody ever seems to realize that he's the one guy who should've died but didn't. Also, teen-slasher is a guilty-pleasure of mine, especially when they make the heroine have sex with the killer before she realizes he's the killer. If that doesn't mess you up for life, I don't know what will... except maybe a gorefest.
4. House On Haunted Hill
The original is not so good anymore. Didn't really stand the test of time in my opinion. But this one is still pretty decent. Got a lot of thrills and chills, and Geoferrey Rush! I mean, seriously, he's the whole reason this movie is even good in the first place. Famke Janssen is also really hott, in that creepy I'm-not-sure-if-she'll-kill-me-but-still-want-to-have-sex-with-her kinda way.
5. Thirteen Ghosts
This movie is especially goretastic. I love the whole concept too: magical rituals based on soul-stealing and murderous intent. Makes for good cinema. The way they did the camera-work was great too. The ghosts are jerky and kinda hard to follow, while the people seem to move in slow motion except right before they die. Mostly this film is just worth watching for gratuitous violence and blood, but I mean, isn't that a good enough reason anyways?
6. The Haunting
7. Hocus Pocus
8. Evil Dead: Army of Darkness
9. Shaun of the Dead
10. Sleepy Hollow
11. The Nightmare Before Christmas
13. Edward Scissorhands
14. The Exorcist
15. It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Anyhoo, hope ya'll enjoyed my top Halloween movies! This was a long post, for sure.