For horror fans who love to celebrate holidays in their own ways, this upcoming weekend couldn’t be any more delightful. We get a Friday the 13th the day before Valentine’s Day on Saturday the 14th. If that doesn’t sound like the perfect excuse for a genre-themed movie marathon, then I don’t know what does.
Okay, so some folks reading this might not have thirty years of horror movie-watching expertise under their belt like I do. Let me give you a rundown or schedule of events for the weekend’s festivities.
Begin Friday night with a mini-marathon of “Friday the 13th” movies. There are currently twelve to choose from. Most new-school slasher fans will no doubt choose the 2009 remake. If you’re looking to get educated, my personal choices are the original 1980 grassroots version, the grindhouse-influenced “Friday the 13th, Part V: A New Beginning,” and ridiculous “Jason X” for maximum cheese and fun.
Begin Saturday with an afternoon matinee made up of some classic comedy horror schlock. Get things kicked off with 1981’s “Saturday the 14th.” The movie stars Richard Benjamin, Jeffrey Tambor, and Severn Darden and focuses on a young boy (Kevin Brando) who discovers a mysterious book describing the curse hanging over the date of Saturday the 14th after his family moves to a new house. Opening the book releases a band of monsters into the house, and the family must join together to save themselves and their neighborhood.
Follow that up with a screening of the 1988 sequel, “Saturday the 14th Strikes Back.” In this follow-up, Eddie (Jason Presson) and his family have just inherited a spooky wreck of a house. What they do not know about the house is that it was built over an evil passage way, but they are soon to discover the wacky evil it releases. The film stars Ray Walston and horror icon Michael Berryman as the Mummy.
As we move into the nighttime hours of our romantic holiday, things get a bit more serious. Start the evening off with the original 1981 slasher classic, “My Bloody Valentine.” It’ll have you smiling as your significant other curls up next to you and clings on for dear life. A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead.
Finish the night up with a viewing of 2009’s remake of “My Bloody Valentine” starring Jensen Ackles and Jamie King. It holds the same premise as the original with enough changes in the storyline to keep things interesting.
If my schedule of holiday horror movie fun isn’t enough for you, you can always throw in the ever-reliable “Valentine” starring David Boreanaz, Katherine Heigl, and Denise Richards. Heigl and Richards are part of a group of women stalked by an unknown assailant while preparing for Valentine's Day.
Click on any of the movie titles above to order them or watch instantly. “Saturday the 14th” and “Saturday the 14th Strikes Back” are a little harder to find as they’re not available on Netflix or Amazon.
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