Tonight for the first time since 1919 we all got to experience a creepy full honey moon and it was just in time for Friday the 13th. Nobody else will get to experience the lunar moment until 2098 according to National Geographic making this one of the most special Friday the 13th for our generation.
We think that the only thing better would be a list of great horror movies that every horror fan should watch on Friday the 13th. “Stacy, what should I watch tonight?” Besides the obvious, of course? Here, let me help.
Vampires, serial killers, creatures, zombies… try to pick a little bit of everything, and be sure to pace yourself. Tell you what, I plan on marathoning to celebrate, perhaps you join me? Here’s what’s teed up in the queue:
10. Trick ‘r Treat
It’s not about the rules of horror movies – it’s about the rules of Halloween. This is a brilliant short and sweet anthology of intertwined stories designed to give the Halloween ‘rules’ a new dimension.
9. Queen of the Damned
The vampire Lestat rises and becomes a rock star whose music wakes up the queen of all vampires. Why didn’t I pick Interview with the Vampire? Because I prefer my vampires to not be Tom Cruise. [No offense, Tom Cruise. I know you’re a fan of my lists.] I also have a soft spot for the soundtrack.
Three skiers are stranded on a chairlift and forced to make life-or-death choices that prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death, and it’s SO TERRIFYING. I rightfully avoided the mixed bag of reviews with this one and was pleasantly surprised.
7. An American Werewolf in London
Two American tourists in Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. The irony! Don’t be surprised, you know John Landis made this. And you’re not a real fan if the werewolf transformation scene doesn’t make your list of most awesome things, ever.
A guy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. Comedy? Holiday favorite? What the what? This is SCARY. I attribute 95% of my fear to the score. The other 5% to this movie not being watched enough.
5. Day of the Dead
A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies. I could have chosen from eleventy billion other zombie movies, I know. I enjoy the gore in this one the best. [Wink, wink, Tom Savini.]
A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the staff of the school is actually a coven of witches bent on chaos and destruction. I think this movie is pretty. Pretty awesome.
Dawson’s Creek had a one night stand with every horror movie ever, and what do we get? “Ghost Face” slaughtering teenagers — and a girl and her friends finding themselves over thinking the “rules” of horror films as they live in a real-life one. If Scream was a TV series, I think it’d still work.
When a group of tourists on a New Orleans haunted swamp tour find themselves stranded in the wilderness, their evening of fun and spooks turns into a horrific nightmare, and my wet dream. Blood… guts… Joel David Moore. I dare you to find a scream queen that doesn’t love this movie. Team Green, here.
1. Friday the 13th
Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to re-open a summer camp that was the site of a child’s drowning.
OF COURSE this is #1. Be worried if it wasn’t. Thanks to this film, we have this fine holiday to celebrate, right? Enjoy!