Halloween: the perfect excuse to watch a whole ton of horror movies. Campy, scary, funny, it doesn't matter, so long as you've got buddies, beer and pizza on the go. I think it's nice to watch a movie that's also set at Halloween, don't you? What follows is a suggested movie marathon setlist for an awesome Halloween.
Halloween Night (2006)
"Tonight, he's coming home."
There are some low-budget slashers that just hit the nail on the head, hammer it in, and send arterial spurts of red gore all over the audience. Halloween Night is pretty basic, but it's delivered with a manic glee that a camp-loving gorehound will adore. The plot sticks very firmly to gore lore: crazy guy escapes from mental asylum following the unceremonious murder of his mother and the burning that left him scarred for life. Irreperably scarred killer then finds that he can blend in with legions of disposable knife-fodder as they assume that he's dressed for Halloween. The dialogue is terrible, the acting is wooden, but the kills are heartily executed. The film's climax - the topless lesbian bashing a hideously burnt killer repeatedly in the face - is just a bonus.
Idle Hands (1999)
"I cut off my hand, and now it's gonna kill you all!"
Idle Hands is a sweet story about a boy and his red right hand. It is also a perfect time capsule for the 1990's, starring such teen crushes as , and a very young . Around Halloween, Anton's (Devon Sawa) right hand becomes possessed, killing his friends. The movie is played for comedy rather than horror, but the excellent script and charming young cast carry Idle Hands along, producing a smart little slice of late-90's nostalgia in the vein of Drop Dead Gorgeous and Jawbreaker.
"Braquer la maison d'un vampire...est ce une bonne idée?"
With higher production values than their breakout shocker Inside, and bring a stylish, high-gore twist on the vampire tale with Livide. The gorgeous Lucy (Chloe Coulloud) breaks into the home of her creepy ex-dancer employer, Mme Jessel (real life dancer and choreographer Marie-Claude Pietragalla) on Halloween night. Plenty of death and horror ensues, but Livide is shot like a music video, adding a textured, modern element to what is essentially a haunted house movie. Brimming with fantastical elements but very firmly rooted in horror, Livide is one to seek out.
"So many pretty parts and no pretty wholes."
May really is a remarkable movie. Directed by , who went on to make the truly brutal The Woman, May tells the story of a girl who just cannot fit in. Unlike your standard 'outcast' - snarky Juno or daft Napoleon Dynamite - May is reviled with good reason. An assistant at a veterinary clinic, May is obsessed with blood, surgical procedures and perfection. Unable to form proper human relationships, she mentally - then physically - dissects the people she meets, focussing on their finest features until she scares them off. May is genuinely one of the best films I've ever seen, and a rare, underrated gem in the horror canon. Watch, if only for the masterful scene in which she ensures a bunch of disabled children will be needing therapy for a very, very long time.
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
"Michael Myers is a killer shark in baggy-ass overalls."
Excepting the original movie, Halloween: Resurrection is the best in the franchise and possibly my favorite seasonal movie of all time. Equalled only by Jason X in terms of camp sequel schlock, Halloween: Resurrection romps, fumbles and plods its way through every cliche. High body count, 'Reality TV' twist, celebrity appearances () and, best of all, . We can only imagine what how meeting between Rhymes and his agent went down to secure this gig: 'Would you like to be in Halloween Resurrection, Busta?' Busta stops to think, hard, about the possibility of facing off with Michael Myers, the most fearsome villain in slasher movie history. He finally replies, 'Only if I can spin-kick the muthaf*cka.' Even if it didn't feature (ultimate fangirl crush Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica), Halloween: Resurrection would still be the best watch-with-friends Halloween movie.
A funny one, two good ones, two so-bad-they're-good ones. Sounds like the perfect Halloween marathon to me. Let us know what you'll be watching this Halloween...