My routine for Halloween has always been the same: a somewhat big group of people where my friends are included get together for a few hours, and after that I'm off with my closest friends to devour a few horror movies. This year, circumstances have led to a point where I'll most likely be spending Halloween in solitude, and honestly it doesn't really bother me. It basically means that I get to choose which movies to watch and when I'll watch them, all by myself! Since I was a dedicated horror fan when I reached the early of 11 (movies you aren't allowed to see are always the most interesting) horror movies lost their ability to frighten me many years ago. I do enjoy them occasionally however, but Halloween is the one night where I sincerely enjoy a combination of pure horrific masterpieces and the 80's garbage I grew up with. Here's my list of the movies I plan to watch!
The Nightmare Before Christmas:
By no means am I calling this a horror movie, but the work of Tim Burton always carry a morbid little touch that makes this perfectly suited for Halloween. It's amusing, gothic, occasionally lightly disturbing and just extremely innovative in so many ways. The stop motion is as charming now as it was back then, and my Halloween wouldn't be complete without it!
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974):
Remember when slasher flicks didn't show excessive gore and jump scares to scare their audiences? Wouldn't it have been awesome if you had grown up watching mood-setting stuff like this, often prejudiced against, display of cinematic talent? Well, that's my only reason for including this, it relies on setting an atmosphere rather than scaring the audience with sudden noises and ambushes.
In all sincerity I don't know very much about this one, but heck, it's Guilliermo Del Toro so I feel like I'm in safe hands here.
Dario Argento is definitely an interesting director, though I've always felt like the only movie of his that enjoyed beyond the "meh, it’s okay" level is Suspiria. I've heard many positive things about one of his earliest movies, Profondo Rosso, and hopefully it will revive my faith in Italian horror that came to an abrupt end after I learned of its darker sides, well rooted in the exploitive genre.
Eraserhead (might get removed from the list)
From what I've seen of it, Eraserhead doesn't fit into the category of something I'd watch for Halloween. It seems like an excellent film and that's why I truly want to watch it, but I'm not sure if it's the right occasion.
Halloween (The original? Have a fucking guess...)
Do I need to explain myself?
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