- By Kim
- 31 October, 2013
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Happy Halloween you guys! I think Yes Totally has done a good job of prepping you this year. We’ve gone over costume ideas and some party treats. We’ve also got some ideas for spooky cocktails from last year. Check, check, check. All that’s left is to wait for the Great Pumpkin to show up!
Since Halloween is on Thursday night, you can be sure that there will be plenty of revelry and drunken shenanigans going on around your town. However, some of us cannot call in hungover to work on Friday and would like to celebrate in a slightly more low-key, non-vomity kind of way. I think a movie night is definitely the way to go. You can invite a few friends over or just stay at home with your family. Make those chocolate spiders. Watch the movie while giving away treats to trick-or-treaters or wait until the kids have passed out from their inevitable sugar crash to view something more creepy. Netflix has got a wide variety of movies on instant watch, so turn out the lights and try not think about that weird noise you heard outside.
Ghostbusters: I don’t think there’s really I can say about this classic movie. It’s satisfyingly spooky, funny, and strangely comforting since a lot of you reading this have probably seen it a million times. Remember the animated series this movie spawned? God, I was totally in love with cartoon Peter Venkman. Not that Bill Murray isn’t awesome, but cartoon Venkman was just so cool and snarky. ANYWAY, this is a movie the whole family can enjoy since its rated PG. Introduce your kids to the Stay-puff Marshmallow Man, and explain to them that they shouldn’t be seduced by that sweet candy face. Underneath lurks the marshmallow cream of a ancient destructive demon.
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Here’s another movie that everyone can enjoy. I really adore it since the art is just creepy enough for little kids, but the story is wistful enough to tug at the heartstrings of adults. Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, a land filled with ghouls, monsters and scary creatures. Jack has grown tired of the same routine and celebrating Halloween every year. He finds a portal to Christmas Town and becomes impressed with their style and atmosphere. With good intentions, but limited understanding, Jack decides to usurp the role of Santa Claus and the celebration of Christmas to disastrous results.
Carrie: I know a new version of Carrie recently opened with Julianne Moore and everything, but I still like the original. There is something about Sissy Spacek’s performance that is absolutely chilling. Yes, it looks dated, but it remains a solid horror movie. Bonus! John Travolta in his pre-toupee days. This is a Travolta on the verge of becoming a hip-shaking, Saturday Night Fever disco king!
Rosemary’s Baby: I confess that I’ve never seen this movie. It’s one of those classics that I’ve always meant to watch and just haven’t gotten around to it. Along with the Exorcist, this movie is famous for its controversial subject and disturbing content. Grown ups would tell me about people who had to leave the movie theater because they were so sickened by what they saw on screen. Of course that was only going to pique my interest. So what’s it about? Mia Farrow plays a young, pregnant housewife. Unfortunately her husband has made a crappy deal with her eccentric neighbors in exchange for a successful acting career. Let’s just say it impacts her negatively.
Scream: This movie opened when I was a teenager, and it was the coolest thing around. It’s so 90s! The cast alone is pure 90s gold with Neve Campbell, Drew Barrymore, Skeet Ulrich and Courtney Cox. It really was a new kind of horror movie – funny, scary and self aware. Characters in the movie were aware of common horror movie tropes subverted them by openly discussing them. Yet, at the core it’s still a slasher whodunit movie. It’s also directed by horror legend Wes Craven, who has been scaring the crap out of people since the 70s.
Nightmare Before Christmas image: Touchstone Pictures, Skellington Productions Inc.
Ghostbusters image: SciFiNow / Columbia Pictures
Scream Image: Dimension Films – The Weinstein company