Halloween is just a few days away, and I’ve got to admit, I’m a big-time party pooper this year.
I won’t be decorating my house, even though I have access to a mannequin who has previously played witch, corpse, and dismembered-body-rising-from-the-grave.
I didn’t buy a pumpkin, because the last two times I purchased one, I didn’t have time to carve it. Being unable to waste food, however, I had to cook it, mash it, and strain it to bake with. In case you’re wondering, pumpkin comes in cans for a reason.
I’m not handing out candy. Due to the rising popularity of malls, we had a grand total of six trick-or-treaters last year, which hardly seems worth the effort.
About the only Halloween tradition I’m actually observing is the annual movie fest. I’m not one for horror or slasher films, but I love monster movies and thrillers. My list includes:
Werewolves, Vampires, Zombies and Ghosts
- Blood and Chocolate – which is also a great YA book
- Underworld – because Bill Nighy, of course
- Pirates of the Caribbean – um, Johnny Depp
- The Frighteners – early Peter Jackson, half funny, half scary
- Cabin in the Woods – Joss Whedon = love
Serial Killers and Thrillers
- The Silence of the Lambs – obvs!
- Identity – so, so creepy, with the added bonus of Jon Cusack
- Zodiac – true stories are the scariest ones
- Copycat – tough women take down a serial killer!
For Sheer Campy Awesomeness
- The Mummy – Brendan Fraser can rescue me any time…
- Haunted Honeymoon – Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner!
- The Monster Squad – the line “Wolfman’s got nards!!” causes hysterical childhood-nostalgia laughter every time
What’s your favourite not-too-scary movie? I’m always open to recommendations!