Halloween is here and it is one of my favorite holidays of the year. Anyone who knows me knows that I only eat candy corn during the month of October. And I eat lots of it! There is an exception: If the candy corn was acquired while trick-or-treating then it can be consumed in November.
Anyone who knows me also knows of my annual October Horror Movie Challenge. I create a list of horror movies that I have not seen and pledge to watch one each night of the month. I always fail this challenge, and this year is no exception. However, despite an insanely busy October, I’ve done better than years past.
Here are my final three horror movie reviews for the year. Being that Halloween is this week, I’m sticking to the classics.
Steven King’s “Carrie”
I went with the 1976 version of this one, although I hope to watch the 2013 version this week. This was a great movie! Carrie may have the telekinesis (a side effect from vaccinations, I’m sure) but her mom scared me more. Holy Christianity, Batman! This lady takes “bible-thumpin’” to a whole new level! But I like this movie for it’s overall message. Kids can be cruel and they need to know to not be a bully. Because the girl you bully could have superpowers and use a Jedi mind trick to set your prom on fire.
I was disappointedly not that scared by “The Exorcist.” I mean, it’s a great horror flick and all. But after all the hype over the years, I guess I was expecting more. I have also seen many making-of documentaries about the movie that probably dulled some of the scenes. I got more of a kick out of Reagan’s potty-mouth than anything. Now, there’s some creative obscenities! It makes me wonder what’s going through the writers’ minds. How do they come up with such filthy dialogue? If you haven’t seen it, be warned. I don’t offend easily but some scenes made me feel pretty dirty for watching.
This is my favorite horror movie of all time. It’s simple, the acting is terrible and it’s comically predictable: Everything an ’80s horror movie should be (for the record: I know it was actually released in ’78). I prefer the old ones over the Rob Zombie remakes. Don’t get me wrong, the remakes are great movies. But they’re too good. The picture and sound quality, the filmography, lighting, everything really, the quality is too good. Horror flicks in the ’80s all had the same basic approach: These teenagers are gonna have sex and then get murdered by a dude in a mask. Now, horror movies all have to have plots and have to be so realistic. “Halloween,” to me, is best enjoyed in its classic, flawed state. I’ve seen it so many times that I can probably recite the lines. To me, it’s the “Christmas Story” of Halloween: A must-see for everyone.
Even though I did fall short of my goal of 31 horror flicks, I got in a few good ones. I appreciate everyone’s suggestions and I look forward to adding those that I didn’t get to to next year’s list and then failing my own challenge yet again. Happy Halloween!