Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Scary Films for Halloween

It's that time of year again--Halloween. Where you purposely read scary books and watch scary films in the theater or on DVD.

I'm going to post here some films that I know of. If anyone else has some I don't have posted, please do leave the names in the comments. This way, others can go out and rent or buy them to watch on Halloween or up to that day.

Trick R Treat (just came out on DVD--I bought it and enjoyed it)
The Haunting (1963--forget the remake, this one is like the book, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson)
John Carpenter's The Thing
Dog Soldiers
The Wolfman (the remake is coming to theaters so, so watch the original from the 1940s)
Ghost Breakers
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (who says we can't laugh and be scared?)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Frankenstein (1930) and Bride of Frankenstein (1931)
Dracula (1931-Bela Lugosi-my fave)
Ghost Ship
30 Days of Night
Lady in White
American Werewolf in London (there's the sequel, American Werewolf in Paris--okay, but not up to snuff like the first one)
The Howling and The Howling II (forget the rest of the sequels-yuck!)
Ginger Snaps and Ginger Snaps II
Cat People (both the 1940s one and the 80s one)
Dunwich Horror
The Descent
Shaun of the Dead (since ZombieLand is out-humor/horror about zombies, try the Brit humor one)
Fright Night and Fright Night II
Young Frankenstein
Nightmare Before Christmas (good to view for Christmas, too)
Let the Right One In
The Hunger
Near Dark
Moon of the Wolf
The Mad Monster
Silver Bullet
Salem's Lot
It (a mini series, but hey!)
Bad Moon
Big bad Wolf
Werewolf of London
The Mummy (Boris Karloff--30s)
The Mummy and The Mummy Returns (Brandon Frazier--more adventure than horror, but fun)
Van Helsing (not scary, but fun)
Blood and Chocolate
Mad Monster Party

I know there's more, but this will be it for me. Now for those others with suggestions, leave them in the comments.
And have a frightening Halloween!


Autumnforest said...

Hey, that was a really good spread of movies--covered every taste.
I add...

Dead Silence (fear of dolls!)

Legend of Hell House (ultimate ghost hunt)

The Changeling (scariest haunted house)

Let the Right One In (best vampire movie)

Fido (I adore zombies, but this one is totally 1950s-feeling campy mayhem)

Happy viewing!

Pamela K. Kinney said...

I forgot The Changeling and Legend of Hell House. Thanks. Your choices are great ones.

Lexi said...

Pam, you've got a good selection there! I'd only add a couple more:

The Omen (scary parenting problems)

Final Destination (includes some pretty scary freak accidents)

But the scariest movie I've ever seen is still The Day After, the 1983 TV movie about the aftermath of nuclear war. I had to watch it for my sixth-grade social studies class, and I remember being very scared but being unable to look away (I was being graded, after all). I saw it again just a couple of years ago, and it was still just as scary.

That's probably not the kind of fun scary you're looking for, though, right? :)

Pamela K. Kinney said...

That can be scary. I seen The day After countless times. The scary part is no matter what, you got radiation sickness and will die.

Toni V.S. said...

I agree with your choices and I've seen most of them. I remember my dad telling me when he saw the original Dracula just after it was released. "Never saw anything like it before!" I'd add the original "The Thing" to the list. One correction, Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein was made in 1948. I was six at the time and spent most of the time in the theater with my head in my mother's lap, especially when the Wolfman made his appearances!

Pamela K. Kinney said...

Actually, I never gave Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein a date. You might have gotten the one below, Frankenstein (1930) with it. LOL
I see the original The Thing, reason I put John Carpenter's version is how it was like the short story. But the original is a good choice too.

Anonymous said...

Did you leave out "The Exorcist"? Maybe you just didn't want people to be completely horrified. I know I waited years after its release to watch it.

Along with the original "Dracula," I'd watch Frank Langella's "Dracula." Not sure of the date. Sometime in the 80's?


Pamela K. Kinney said...

Thanks, Meggins. Forgot Exorcist. And Frank Langella's Dracula. Though I thought his was sexy then scary. LOL

Angela Caperton said...

Great list, Pamela! You've listed several of my favorites including the original "The Haunting" and Gingersnaps (among many others). I would add some great classic horror movies, including the original "I Walked with a Zombie" - especially see it before the remake comes out, and also the original "Cat People" and I would also add the remake of "Cat People" (with Malcolm McDowell).

I love that you included "Young Frankenstein" and "Shaun of the Dead". Two of the best horror-comedies around, in my opinion.

Last year, my partner Drake and I reviewed our favorite horror movies from the past century (broken down by decade). If anyone's interested, just look on my blog in the Category Archives for "Century of Dark Imaginations".

Pamela K. Kinney said...

Yes, I love both Cat People films. Only own the 8-s one at the moment.
I'll have to check out your blog, Angela.