Written by J. Weagle
Please note, this is in no way a list of my top five favorite horror films, rather this is simply a list of films that put me in that Halloween mood.
5. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Plot: When a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to re-animate as they go on a rampage through Louisville, Kentucky seeking their favorite food, brains
When I was younger and more naive I use to think that this film was a sequel to George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. It’s not that but what it is, is a hilarious zombie carnage film with barrel loads of 80’s cheese and some pretty awesome effects. It’s that gross you out kind of film that is a must watch for any zombie fan immediately when watching this you can feel all that is missing from modern horror films. It’s the laughs, the gratuitous sex and that 1980’s atmosphere that makes this little movie feel like something more than your average living dead film. In fact any of the first three Return of the Living Dead films make for a good Halloween watch but without a doubt the original is the only one you have to see.
4. Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood (1996)
Plot: The Cryptkeeper returns to tell the story of a funeral parlor that moonlights as a vampire bordello.
I seriously rented the Bordello of Blood VHS so many times growing up that at one point I had every little detail memorized. That never stopped me from loving every bit of this Vampire sex orgy flick filled with boobs, buckets of blood, and a sarcastic Dennis Miller that wasn’t crazy. Although released in the mid 1990’s, this puppy carries every bit of 80’s cheese it possibly can and we are left with one of my all time favorite vampire tales. This is like every thirteen year old boys fantasy put on screen. The witty jokes are spot on, the nudity is a plenty (we get to see a very nude and a very hot Angie Everhart) and the effects are every bit as tacky as they are great.
3. John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)
Plot: A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.
What’s a Halloween list without John Carpenter’s original masterpiece? It is one of those timeless films that needs no introduction and no back story. Although made in the late 70’s it holds up better than just about any other horror film I can think of, and is every bit as suspenseful now as it was back then. Just hearing that amazing score created by Carpenter himself will send shivers down your spine, and instantaneously put you in the Halloween spirit
2. Night of the Demons 2 (1994)
Plot: A group of High School kids throw a Halloween party in a mansion haunted by a young demon.
People who say that 90’s horror sucked, must have missed out on gems like this. Night of the Demons is one of my all time favorite horror- comedy franchises and the sequel is in my opinion the best of the bunch. It does basically everything the original film did but ups the sex, gore and cheese. Where the first movie was trying to be more of a serious scary experience the second did everything in its low budget power to make sure you were having a good time. We follow the demon Angela once again, as she infects and butchers a group of socially different teenagers one by one. In a sense it is a slasher film with some demon possession thrown in, but the overall goofiness adds an extra layer to this bloody fun massacre
1. Trick ‘R Treat (2007)
Plot: Four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the one guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband.
What’s so great about Trick ‘R Treat is that it’s not just some movie that happens to take place on Halloween night, no, it’s a love letter to everything that is so damn great about it. What I love the most is how it shows the different perspectives on the holiday, when we’re younger Halloween is about candy and pranking your friends and family, when we get older it’s about finding the most revealing costume and craziest party. We get four stories that are each as good as the one before it (not unlike Creepshow) and each one gives us a different vibe and a different twist. It is one of those films that never gets old, and has become an October 31st tradition since 2007.