October Countdown: 31 Fantastic Films to Make Your Halloween Scream, # 26

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Are you looking to hang out with a few friends on Halloween night and watch a great horror flick? Every day in October, I’ll be suggesting a film that I believe will make for excellent Halloween viewing. Whether you’re an avid celebrator or a casual observer of the holiday, these films will convey the proper mood and spirit of October. In no particular order, here are 31 excellent movies for Halloween Night—or whenever you’re looking for a frightfully good time. Enjoy!

My recommendation for October 26th is… Return of the Living Dead.

Official Synopsis: When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.

Part unofficial sequel to George Romero’s seminal Night of the Living Dead and part comic send-up, Return of the Living Dead reinvigorated the Zombie sub-genre at a time when it was relatively set-in its ways.  Dan O’Bannon’s brilliant horror comedy is responsible for a number of innovations to Romero’s formula.  For example: Zombies are fast and slow (depending on their level of decomposition), Zombies can talk (although rather measured and primitive), decapitation is not enough to stop one of these guys, and, most significantly, RotLD was the first film to have an undead utter the now infamous refrain: “Braaaaaaaains….”  RotLD features many iconic characters including Tar Man, The Yellow Man, and Trash (a sexy Zombie vixen hot enough to inspire scores of teenage masturbation fantasies).  With an 80’s punk rock soundtrack and aesthetic, this film is a rocking good time from start to finish.

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For an excellent double feature, consider following Return of the Living Dead with the definitive documentary released around the film’s 25th anniversary: More Brains!  Narrated by Brian Peck (who played Scuz in the original), this documentary shows that the comedies and dramas behind the scenes were just as entertaining as the film itself!

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List so far:

  1. American Mary
  2. Behind the Mask
  3. Botched
  4. Cabin Fever
  5. Chop
  6. The Cottage
  7. Dark City
  8. Dawn of the Dead
  9. Dead Snow
  10. Drag Me to Hell
  11. End of the Line
  12. Evil Dead
  13. Excision
  14. Feast
  15. Fido
  16. Frankenstein’s Army
  17. Frontier(s)
  18. The Hills Run Red
  19. Idle Hands
  20. The Loved Ones
  21. The Mist
  22. Nightbreed
  23. The Others
  24. Otis
  25. Pet Sematery
  26. Return of the Living Dead
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About Saucy Josh

I write a blog for intelligent Horror movie aficionados called Blood and Guts for Grown Ups: https://bloodandgutsforgrownups.wordpress.com/ View all posts by Saucy Josh

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