School is out! Let Halloweekend: Part 1 continue. Unfortunately, Sandy has other plans and her raging 60 mph winds are putting a bit of a dent in the festivities. But hey, just because you can’t leave the building doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some Halloween-themed indoor mischief!
Before you get any ideas, I'm talking about a movie marathon. Duh. So here is my list of the top 10 obligatory movies to watch every Halloween: some horror, some classic Disney channel, but all quality flicks. So hunker down, pray the mods don’t get blown away and make some popcorn!
10. Blair Witch Project: A New England classic faux-mentary that follows three friends into the woods as they search for the legendary “Blair Witch.” The three are inevitably incapable of reading a map or finding their way out of the woods. Typical woodsy shenanigans ensue, made terrifying by the unseen presence of the supernatural throughout the "documentary."
For a more entertaining version of the movie check out the Blair Thumb Project. Needless to say this version, acted out with thumbs instead of actors, provides more laughs and less screams than the original.
9. Hocus Pocus: I smellllll children! It’s quite a creepy premise for a kid’s movie if you think too much about it.
8. Beetlejuice: Tim Burton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin and Michael Keaton. How can you go wrong? (You can’t)
7. Troll 2: You thought Troll 1 was bad? Troll 2 doesn't even have Trolls in it. Goblins? Check. Bloody disgustingness? Check. Trolls? Nope.
Credible acting performances? Check.
6. Ghostbusters: Who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!
5. The Shining: JACK NICHOLSON. The end.
4. The Exorcist: The best horror movie ever. Made in the '70s before prefabricated plot lines and special effects ruled the horror genre, The Exorcist is truly terrifying. It's one of those classics that keeps you up for hours hugging your pillow and rocking back and forth muttering to yourself, "It isn't real, it isn't real, it isn't real, it isn't real." That's not from personal experience or anything. I guess it's a little scary. I mean, whatever.
3. Halloween: Quality pickup line from this movie: "Is that a carving knife in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?" But really, this movie is what happens when you ask a sociopath to carve a pumpkin. Dude, I seriously just wanted a jack-o'-lantern.
2. Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood (2003)
Somehow this is the sixth movie in the "Leprechaun" series. They're running low on plot lines, so this time the Leprechaun makes a pothead BFF. Sadly the fun in tha Hood ends when the Leprechaun impales his new buddy on a bong. Tragic.
What cinematic excellence.
1. Young Frankenstein: THE BEST Halloween movie. EVER. Marty Feldman is genius as the bizarre Igor. What hump? See, if you don't get that reference, we have a problem here. The insanely talented cast is the main reason why you should watch this movie: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman and Gene Hackman all make appearances.
Also, for those of you who had a rough Halloweekend: Part 1 and need to move on to bigger and better holidays, might we recommend Thankskilling? A demonic turkey goes on a killing spree and targets a group of college students who are going home for vacation. It's a horrible movie, in the best sense of the word horrible.
Enjoy the day off, everyone!