With the winds howling outside my window, I was tempted to detour this “if you like” into something about storms– but it’s hard to think of “like” and “storm” in the same phrase just now, so, instead, I’m going with the original plan: Halloween movies.
Every year, I put on my princess dress, fill my old plastic pumpkin with candy (in case of trick or treaters) and settle down for some scary movies. So far, we’ve gone through:
— House on Haunted Hill, the remake, with Geoffrey Rush, which was sufficiently low gore and high ghost to keep me happy;
— The Haunting, the 90s remake, brilliantly cast, but otherwise what on earth were they thinking?;
— Waxwork, a wonderfully hokey 80s horror movie in which college students get sucked into various spooky scenarios via a haunted wax museum;
— House of Wax, a classic Vincent Price vehicle;
— Thirteen Ghosts, the remake, with the guy who plays Monk, like The House on Haunted Hill, reasonably creepy and low gore, with a comprehensible underlying plot thread (I hate it when horror movies have no plot);
— The Cabin In The Woods, Joss Whedon’s meta horror movie, which has clever dialogue and definitely does get you thinking about the nature and rationale of horror movies– but didn’t have that Halloween ghost story feel, probably because of the meta.
This year, we’re watching an old favorite of mine, The Uninvited, a classic ghost story set in an old house in Cornwall.
What would you recommend for Halloween watching?