Hey guys! It’s been a wild ride so far this month and I can clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel. If you didn’t already know, I have been doing my annual 31 Days of Halloween where I watch a horror movie every day in the month of October. This year I think I’m breaking new records with the amount of bonus stuff that I have been watching.
If you missed the week one, week two, or week three you can still check them all out at those links. During week four I watched a lot of classics and stuff that I had already seen before. Even though some of these movies are films that I would recommend to anybody during the season, this is not one of those lists. These films are just a bunch of movies that I really wanted to re-watch or enjoy once again for the Halloween season.
On with the show!
October 22nd: Ernest Scared Stupid
Now this is a movie that I haven’t seen in ages. I remember when I was a youngster, my father and I, went to the theater to see this for the first time. I always loved the Ernest films, so it was a real treat to see the Halloween version in theaters.
This requires a certain kind of sense of humor to enjoy for sure, but the effects should definitely keep you around. I was surprised at how well the troll looks. My memory was foggy of this movie and I remembered it being a lot more quaint. Perfect for the family with plenty of good humor.
October 23rd: Honeymoon (2014)
This was a busy day for me and I originally had I Saw the Devil slated for this spot. I had a birthday to go to but I figured maybe I could squeeze it in before I had to go. I fired up Netflix and noticed that the run time was close to two and a half hours. On a whim I decided to check out Honeymoon. It had close to three stars which on Netflix isn’t bad.
Overall Honeymoon wasn’t a terrible waste of time. There was nothing here that was ground breaking or extremely entertaining but it wasn’t awful. The effects were pretty good and the actors had good chemistry. The premise is creepier than the movie was able to execute but it still turned out well. Worth watching if you have Netflix.
October 24th: Return of the Living Dead
In my original list this was where the classics began and didn’t stop all the way through Halloween. I made a slight alteration to that but for the most part from here on out you are going to see some familiar faces popping up.
Not much else can be said about Return of the Living Dead. Easily one of the best zombie movies of all time. This one probably sits somewhere in my top five at least. Funny, gory, and just a great party movie which is something that people just don’t make these days.
October 25th: The Beyond (1981)
This is the part where I hang my head low and admit something. I’m a huge Lucio Fulci fan, and I have never seen The Beyond. To be fair this movie wasn’t the easiest to get a hold of for awhile. I bought the Grindhouse Releasing edition when it was released and I just never got around to watching it. Even a couple months ago I saw it sitting on top of a stack of DVD’s and thought that I had to see that one by Halloween. So here it is.
Fulci is arguably one of the best Italian directors of all time. The Beyond is another crazy gore fest which is fairly light on story. The kills are extravagant and always excruciating. Italian horror always has this real dreamlike quality to it that has to be seen to understand. Awesome movie, but I’m certain modern audiences probably will not enjoy it. They can stick to their Platinum Dunes, shaky cam remakes.
October 26th: Zombi 2
I had to include another Lucio Fulci film in this, so why not go with my personal favorite Fulci film, Zombi 2. I’ll never forget the first time I heard about this movie. It actually came as a recommendation from my father who kept talking about this “splinter” scene. He talked about it for awhile but back in the mid 90s with no internet it was hard to track down. Then one day when I was in Blockbuster I spotted the VHS for Zombie. It was an instant rent.
That night I sat down with it and plopped it into the VCR. The mood was perfect with a raging thunderstorm going on in the background. As a matter of fact the storm got so bad at one point that it actually knocked the power out while I was watching the film. Needless to say it left a major impression on me. One of my all time favorite zombie films. Period.
October 27th: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Another film that has been reviewed so many times and has gotten so much fanfare that there isn’t much that I can add to the conversation. I bought the 40th Anniversary blu ray last year, but I never got around to actually watching it. This is one of the few movies that I have watched on multiple occasions.
I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about the full HD version. The opening scene in the cemetery looks amazing but some parts of the rest of the film look a little too colorful. It’s really hit or miss for me with the HD element. Regardless of the edition you watch, this is easily one of the best horror movies of all time. One of my favorites films of all time.
October 28th: Halloween (1978)
As a horror fan you simply cannot go through the season without watching John Carpenter’s classic Halloween at least once. Often times with these seminal classics I forget how good they actually are. In general, not just a horror film, this is one of the best films ever made.
Everyone knows Carpenter is a genius and he really pulls out all the stops with Halloween. A classic for a reason. If you watch any movie this season.. It better be this one.
As I am writing this it is Halloween, so hopefully this gets published just before the witching hour is over. If not I hope you guys had a fantastic one! I’m already starting to feel a little bummed out.
I know this list only goes to October 28th but no worries I’ll be doing a full recap post tomorrow hopefully with the rest of the films. I’ll also give my impression of how everything went down this year as well. It didn’t go quite as planned, but, it never does. See you guys again soon! Happy Halloween!