So here we are, two years later. What started out small has now grown into over 500 reviews cataloging a history of crappy cinema that stretches decades. Thankfully, after two years it’s still fun and my tolerance for crappyness is still intact. If not warped. Or twisted. I’m not one to toot my own horn, but for myself (and you can ask the people that know me) that is a long ass time for me to stick to a project! So, here’s to a few more years, and mountains more of crap. Crappy movies that is. You can keep the crap.
Since it’s a birthday, and Halloween (Duh), my present to you all is a handy dandy list of flicks that you can’t go wrong having on hand for this, the most hellish of holiday’s! Perfect for parties or even snuggling on the couch with your favorite ghoul, these are my own personal faves to peruse on Halloween.
In no particular order….
Sure, Halloween’s all about the scares, but there’s no reason you can’t have a good laugh at the same time. A Mel Brook’s classic, “Young Frankenstein” and it’s tap dancing Peter Boyle simply can’t be beat.
Um…duh. It’s got the same name. There’s really no need to explain this one. Mike Myers, Jami Lee Curtis, and P.J. Soles boobs. What more do you need? This will make you look over your shoulder when you head out to car.
Halloween simply isn’t a party without zombies, and frankly, “Dawn of the Dead” is the king of the hill as far as zombie flicks go. Sure, “Night of the Living Dead” came first, and it is indeed a classic. Dawn however let us see the blood and guts in full color the first time, and to put it plain and simple…kicks ass. Ken Foree gets his start as a scream stalwart and is down right enjoyable here.
Every junior horror head’s wet dream! “Monster Squad” is the ultimate in scares for the junior set. Mixing in all the classics…Frank, Drac, and Wolfy, the horror end is covered with a healthy dose of “The Goonies” mixed in for fun. Thankfully this is finally out on DVD this year, so you have no excuse not to watch it. Get the kiddo’s in there with you so they can enjoy as well and so you can hear them repeat the classic mantra…”WOLFMAN’S GOT NARDS!”
Sure, there’s not much thought behind adding “Friday the 13th” to the list, but what do you expect. Blood and guts, boobs, and camp all rolled up into one tidy package and frankly, it’s just pure fun as far as slashers go. Many will argue (mostly the First Lady of Fright) that “Nightmare on Elm Street” belongs on this list before “Friday”, but Jason and his mum has always been more dear to my heart than Freddy. They’ve got more boobs too.
Speaking of boobs, after a few hours of butchery, jumps, and gore…as the party begins to clear out and you’re left alone with your favorite lady friend…it might be time to dim the lights and have some…’quiet time’. There’s no better holiday accompaniment for this that Ingrid Pitt and the twins in “The Vampire Lovers”. It’s campy, it’s gothic, and it’s naked. A lot. And a heck of a lot of fun. Ingrid’s got the moves to put darn near anybody in the mood, so why not?
“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes. ”
This, right here, is my all time favorite Halloween spooktacular. And it’s a Disney flick! Who’d a thunk it? Frankly, there’s no movie out there that manages to be this atmospheric and creepy. At a wee age I had many nightmares of Jonathan Price yet I still managed to watch it every chance I got because I loved it so much. If you have young ones of your own, this is the movie to sit down and watch with them to introduce them to your favorite genre.
So there you have a folks. I could go on for hours sharing a multitude of favorites for the holidays, but really, you only have so many hours in the day. I mean, you have to go out trick or treating after all. Can’t take up the candy time. This list will give you a fun Halloween weekend though so pop some popcorn, raid the kid’s candy bucket and settle in for some scares. In the meantime, Cinema Fromage will still be plugging away for hopefully a couple years to come. Who knows? Hopefully you all have enjoyed the trip as much as I have!
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