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« : October 11, 2005, 12:38:50 AM »

Would have made this a poll, but there are just too many to choose from... I'm sure many of you cinephiles like myself have a sort of tradition of watching certain horror movies on or around halloween each year... what i'd like you to share is what movies you find yourself watching every time the end of october rolls around.

For me the essential halloween film has to be Night Of The Living Dead, I usually watch it only once year, every year, on halloween night... other than that I try to get in the Stephen King trifecta with Carrie, The Shining, and 'Salems Lot(the 70's one) the week before.


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« #1 : October 11, 2005, 05:33:03 AM »

I don't have a favorite Halloween movie..per se......but I do have 2 of my highest recommendations.

The Eye (Jian gui)  (2002) .............a creepy..scary...stylish thriller .. Great fun with some classic moments,.... Literally popped me out of my chair.

The Changeling (1980) .......A chilling...memorable 
top notch creepy ghost story...well paced & directed..one of the best.



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« #2 : October 11, 2005, 08:54:36 AM »

"the haunting" circa ' 63.  :o

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« #3 : October 11, 2005, 08:56:53 AM »

THE SHINING
DONT LOOK NOW
EVIL DEAD 1 AND 2
DAWN OF THE DEAD(SOME  OCTOBERS NOT EVERY YEAR. being that i find the film to be actually very light. it is certainly the least dark of the DEAD movies. sorry dont except LAND OF THE DEAD to be part of the greatest horror series of all time.)

i try to catch as many halloween episodes of sitcoms(that i never even watch during the rest of the year) because anything on television dealing with halloween is cool.

history channel also usually has interesting programs about the celebration itself.


and i try to catch as many cheesy horror flicks that seem to just spill out during the month of october.

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« #4 : October 11, 2005, 12:30:51 PM »

i try to catch as many halloween episodes of sitcoms(that i never even watch during the rest of the year) because anything on television dealing with halloween is cool.

yeah i do that too, of course like many i'm a huge follower of the simpson's treehouse of horrors halloween special... and that is another staple of the halloween season, luckily i have a lot of the old ones on video, i'll definitely be breaking that out soon.

I personally love all the dead movies, and i think night of the living dead, mostly cause it's in black and white and very creepy is the most halloween, but have you seen Day Of The Dead? definitely the darkest and probably most disturbing(i won't say scary because zombie films aren't exactly for scares) of all the dead films... but i loved land of the dead.

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« #5 : October 11, 2005, 03:10:18 PM »

I think the effects in Day of the Dead are some of the best, but I feel it is the weakest film of the series. It is probably from the weak characters of the film, as the most likeable is the tortured Zombie Bub.
However I still love the film.
Here is my list of October must sees


Halloween
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Old Dark House (Karloff)
Tell Tale Heart (you can find it on the single Hellboy dvd)
The Innocents (my favorite movie of all time)
Night of the Living Dead
Evil Dead
Frankenstein
Wolf Man
Dracula
Bride of Frankenstein
Freaks
Black Sunday
Black Sabbath
The Bad Seed
Suspiria
City of The Living Dead AKA The Gates of Hell
Zombie
The Beyond
Kill Baby Kill

I usually start the first week of October, I have all of these titles on either dvd, laserdisc, or 16mm

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« #6 : October 11, 2005, 05:06:59 PM »

I LOVE DAY OF THE DEAD granpa.

it is definatly the most interesting of the three(though the weakest)
thats  what i meant when i said DAWN OF THE DEAD was the lightest happy go lucky of the three. NIGHT would definatly be the darkest(because the killing of all the main characters.) DAY is very dark but not as much as NIGHT. but DAY has that wonderful sub-plot of the DEAD  being able to learn what they used to do in there "living state." and also has the best gore effects in the series. ROMERO really put effort into all the zombie make-up(considering he had something to do with the make-up). in fact the zombies in DAY OF THE DEAD are the best zombies i have ever seen in a zombie movie! and the part where the villian gets split in half is above all the most well done gore scene in a zombie flick(i sense ill be getting a bunch of response and disagreement on that, but i will stand my ground if they come my way.)

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« #7 : October 11, 2005, 06:00:37 PM »

I haven't seen Day of the Dead, but I quite liked Night of the Living Dead.  I did not like Dawn of the Dead at all.  I actually prefered the remake by a lot.

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« #8 : October 11, 2005, 09:23:23 PM »

i just thought of a few more i'll be watching in the next couple weeks...

-the beast must die- incredibly underrated werewolf movie... in fact the only werewolf film i've ever really liked
-the hitcher
-return of the living dead
-the fog- of course the old one
-invasion of the body snatchers
-the last man on earth
-twilight zone-of course, although i'm always watching it anyhow


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« #9 : October 12, 2005, 07:02:55 AM »

notable mentions GRANPA(body snatchers, the last man on earth, and of course all the episodes of the twilight zone even the awful ones.)


i saw a movie last night on ENCORE WESTERNS called INTO THE BADLANDS it turned out to be a horror western! its about a creepy old bounty hunter who tells three stories set in the old west each with a somewhat supernatural twist ending.





the first story is about an outlaw who is running from a sheriff who is bent on revenge after the outlaw killed his brother. u see the ending to this coming for miles.

the second is about a women visiting her lovers wife at her cottage. at night wolves start to lurk outside the house but the seem only to come when fear strikes the house occupants. this one seemed unfinished because of the very simple ending it had.

the last tale(and the best on of the bunch) is about the old creepy bounty hunter himself. unfortunatly he kind of loses hes creepiness in this and becomes like a cool anti-hero. but the ending is somewhat satisfying.

the film was heavily inspired by sw. the film isnt all that good but it was fun to watch. and the beginning where the old bounty hunter is introduced to a mexican outlaw by signaling his arrival with a cowbell(oooohhh shivers) is a must see.


oh and GRANPA are u a fan pf ROD SERLINGS other  materpiece(besides twilight zone) THE NIGHT GALLERY?
what a chilling show that is.

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« #10 : October 12, 2005, 08:03:12 AM »

Halloween
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Old Dark House (Karloff)
Tell Tale Heart (you can find it on the single Hellboy dvd)
The Innocents (my favorite movie of all time)
Night of the Living Dead
Evil Dead
Frankenstein
Wolf Man
Dracula
Bride of Frankenstein
Freaks
Black Sunday
Black Sabbath
The Bad Seed
Suspiria
City of The Living Dead AKA The Gates of Hell
Zombie
The Beyond
Kill Baby Kill

I usually start the first week of October, I have all of these titles on either dvd, laserdisc, or 16mm


Lots of good ones there FH!
I might add:

Phantasm (I)
The Black Cat (Lugosi/Karloff)
The Haunting (original)
Horror Hotel (City of the Dead)
Inferno (Argento)
Profondo Rosso (Deep Red - Argento)
Dawn Of The Dead (Original of course)
Carnival Of Souls
Return of The Living Dead

and that should just about cover it!


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« #11 : October 12, 2005, 11:53:06 AM »

oh and GRANPA are u a fan pf ROD SERLINGS other  materpiece(besides twilight zone) THE NIGHT GALLERY?
what a chilling show that is.

no i'm still new enough to the twilight zone that I've only seen like half of them and have not gotten to night gallery yet... but i'm sure I will.


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« #12 : October 12, 2005, 02:45:55 PM »

-return of the living dead
I'm curious to see Return of the Living Dead. I remember reading that Tobe Hooper had at one time considered, or was considered, to direct.

I usually try to watch Halloween somewhere around Halloween, though I don't think I did last year. But around Halloween isn't the only time I'd watch Halloween, though.

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« #13 : October 12, 2005, 10:28:12 PM »

I forgot about halloween, basically anything by carpenter is good for halloween time, they live, prince of darkness, the thing, the fog.

I also saw nightmare on elm street last night for the first time, and despite how corny and stupid i thought it was going to be it really was great, definitely up there on the october horrors list.


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« #14 : October 13, 2005, 09:45:53 AM »

  I'm not a huge fan of horror movies, but I've always like the "horror" movies shown on Mystery Science Theater or Svengoolie.  Movies along the lines of Plan 9 From Outer Space or The Killer Shrews, which are so bad they're good.

  If I'm choosing favorite halloween/horror movies, I'll stick with the old classics like Psycho or Dracula.  Or even the creature from the black lagoon series.  That first one scared me to death as a kid.

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