Tuesday, October 20, 2009

something to spice up your halloween party

Abe & I have made a study of classic movies*, in part motivated by our Friday night trips to the library after everyone else has checked out the coveted new (after 1995) releases.

Many of these classics make for good Halloween celebratory fodder. Especially if you are easily creeped out (Sixth Sense and Watcher in the Woods top my horrometer). Some of these are actually quite good, some are good because they are oh, so bad.

I've added production dates and tag lines from IMDB for each movie.

Dracula 1931, "In the annals of living horror, one name stands out as the epitome of evil."
The Birds, 1963, "Suspense and shock beyond anything you have seen or imagined!"
Strangers on a Train - just the Carousel scene 1951, "It starts with a shriek of a train whistle...and ends with shrieking excitement."
Frankenstein 1931, "A Monster Science Created - But Could Not Destroy!"
Wait Until Dark 1967, "A blind woman plays a deadly game of survival."
Plan 9 from Outer Space 1959, "Unspeakable Horrors From Outer Space Paralyze The Living And Resurrect The Dead!"
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers 1956, "Before You Scoff at Flying Saucers - See the Greatest SHOCK Film of All Time!"
Creature from the Black Lagoon 1954, "A scientific expedition traveling up the Amazon River encounter a dangerous humanoid amphibious fish creature."
King Kong 1933, "A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star."

Catspaw (Original Star Trek Season 2 Halloween Episode, 1967)

*And by study I mean Abe watches them and I fall asleep 2/3 of the way through. Really, the only movie on this list I didn't fall asleep through was Wait Until Dark.


Megan said...

By knowing the plots of these obscure movies, you might gain extra points next time you play Balderdash.

Elizabeth Downie said...

This is my kind of studying! I love scary movies - but I'm the same as you (easily creeped out!). I'm thinking about watching Ghost Busters this weekend!

Dawn said...

Wait Until Dark is my all time most scary movie. I wouldn't be able to fall asleep during it either!

Jen said...

I love Wait Until Dark and The Birds is every bit as creepy today as it was the first time I watched it. I think we'll be eating popcorn to Bedknobs and Broomsticks this weekend.

Mamacita said...

You can see The Birds instantly on Netflix! ...perhaps a movie for the Vancouver trip since we'll be there on Halloween!