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 27th is… Scream.
The 1990’s gave us Grunge, Bill Clinton, the first Tech Bubble, and real ecstasy. As far as Horror movies go, however, films produced in the 90’s were pretty piss-poor—for the most part.
Yesterday, I dropped the first half of my list: 10 Awesome 90’s Horror Movies, highlighting a few exceptions to the rule: Genre films that kicked ass then and still carry substantial weight today.
After the jump, you can read Part 2.
Last week I posed the question: What if they gave Oscars for Horror Movies? With this thought in mind, I went “back in time” to 1980 and recounted the decade’s Oscar nominees and winners . These were not presented as my opinion, but as an alternate retelling of cinematic history. So if you didn’t like one of last week’s winners or your favorite Horror film didn’t get a nomination, don’t blame me—blame The Academy! I’m just presenting the facts, like a Documentary.
As explained in Part I, The Academy first awarded the Best Horror Movie Oscar back in 1980. This award’s creation was a direct response to the release of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. This film was clearly a masterpiece, but since members of the Academy were afraid to nominate it for Best Picture, the Best Horror Movie category was invented as a compromise.
Slip with me (once again) into an alternate reality where Horror is considered a vast, stand-alone genre…
Would it surprise you to learn that October is Saucy Josh’s favorite time of the year? If you’ve got basic cable like I do, that means at least one Horror movie every night for 31 days! All of this culminates, of course, in my favorite pseudo-pagan celebration, Halloween!
October is the busiest month for Horror film producers who seek to capitalize on the creepy vibrations of the season—and this year, terror looks exceptionally abundant. In an effort to steer you towards the best and the bloodiest, I’ve created a guide for the sophisticated Horror coinsure.
See Saucy Josh’s Shocktober selections after the jump…
Someone Else’s List of the Top 25 Horror Movies of All Time (and My Responses)
Part One: 1 thru 7
Rather than make my own list of the Top 10 Horror Movies of All Time and subject it to your judgment, I decided it would be smarter to review someone else’s.