October Countdown: 31 Fantastic Films to Make Your Halloween Scream, #30

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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’s the next entry in my list of 31 excellent movies for Halloween Night—or whenever you’re looking for a frightfully good time.

My recommendation for October 30th is… Trick ‘r Treat.

Official Synopsis: 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.

Folks seem to enjoy getting meta with their Halloween viewing by watching a film that also takes place on Halloween. The go to film is often John Carpenter’s 1979 classic Halloween (like, duh!). Seems like the obvious choice for many, but it’s always kind of irked me. This isn’t to suggest that Halloween isn’t a fantastic film, and I’m not trying to diminish this its place in Horror History. It’s just that, in my opinion, Halloween is more brutal than it is entertaining, and therefore, less than ideal for a festive party atmosphere. I read an article on The Blood Shed recently by a writer who actually agrees with me and makes many more accurate points. Check it out HERE if your interested.

But if it’s really important for you to watch a film about Halloween on Halloween, well, there’s really only one choice: Trick ‘r Treat. It’s not the only film that takes place on Halloween (there are, like, tons of them) but it excels at capturing the proper mood and spirit of the Holiday. Halloween is bigger than a single slasher or even a single plotline, and writer/director Michael Dougherty really gets it. He gives us a film with several individual tales that are all strung together through the exploits of a demonic child in footsies and a burlap-mask: Sam. Just because this film is fun and festive, don’t doubt that it can still deliver serious thrills. The story about a bus full of dead children is especially terrifying!

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List so far:

  1. American Mary
  2. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
  3. Botched
  4. Cabin Fever
  5. Chop
  6. The Cottage
  7. Dark City
  8. Dawn of the Dead (2004 Remake)
  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 Sematary
  26. Return of the Living Dead
  27. Scream
  28. Slither
  29. The Strangers
  30. Trick ‘r Treat
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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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