Monster Movie Madness and Science Fiction Double Features

He loves her for her mind. (Fido)
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With Halloween now scratching at the door, it’s time to barocade myself in and have a movie festival.  Here is a list of my aboslute must-sees for the season.

  1. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown-It doesn’t matter how old I get, I will always love this television special.  Best part?  I have the holiday box set so I don’t have to wait for it to come on TV! (spoiler alert!) It makes me giggle whenever Charlie Brown pulls a rock out of his bag instead of candy.
  2. Hocus Pocus- Every year for Halloween, I think about dressing up as Winnie Sanderson.  This has to be the absolute best group of women put together in the ’90’s…can I say that?  I have been obsessed with this movie since the tender age of 5 when Billy the zombie used to scare the mess out of me.
  3. Young Frankenstein.  So many quotables from this movie, it’s impossible to cite just one…the best I can come up with right now is “Ohhhhhh, sweet mystery of life, at last I have found youuuuuu.”  This is hands-down Mel Brooks cinematic masterpiece and a must-see on my list.
  4. Trick-R-Treat- I actually discovered this surprisingly good slasher film on my Netflix last year. and stumbled upon it in the cheap-o bin at Wal-Mart last Sunday. I am a little ADD, and the multiple story lines are woven together so nicely, it keeps me intrigued while, at the same time, fulfilling my need for continuity in a film.  I like to think of it as the Halloween version of “Love Actually,” but with less love and more gore.  Tee hee!
  5. American Horror Story Season I- My friend Caitlyn actually got me into this show.  I am not a big fan of horror based shows, but man, this one drew me in last year.  I was able to get the first season on DVD, and I am now slowly working my way through it with Tim.  Fun times to be had by all, and I am sorry, but I believe Evan Peters was robbed at the Emmy’s.  The boy is incredibly sexy and still pulls off psycho better than anyone else.
  6. Walking Dead Season II.  I got sucked in to Walking Dead while I was stuck on the couch fighting stomach flu in January…yeah, I know what you’re thinking: stomach flu while watching hordes of the undead deavour humanity? Why, yes. This is how I roll..  It took me only a day to knock out the first season. Let’s see what trouble to group gets into the second season.
  7. Nightmare Before Christmas. I have to credit my Aunt Betty for this one.  I was about 7 when I discovered this Tim Burton movie at her house while she was watching me.  And ever since then, this has become a staple in my Halloween movie regimen.  The music is addictive.  Just the other day I was skipping around the office singing “This is Halloween” at the top of my lungs.
  8. Rocky Horror Picture Show.  This cult classic is a favorite of my dad’s, so, of course, I was going to grow up with visions of fishnet stockings and red lips dancing in my head the night before Halloween.  My favorite thing to do is have a few friends over and yell out the cues I have learned going to several of the live shows and plays.  Find those here for your own Rocky Horror Showing, if you are a “virgin.”

    I see you shiver from antici…..pation.
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  9. Halloween. I have actually never watched this movie all the way through.  ‘Nough said.  This needs to happen.
  10. Corpse Bride. Another Tim Burton classic.  I lost my mind when I found out he was doing Frankenweinie.
  11. Tucker and Dale versus Evil. I stumbled upon this on Netflix, as well.  This movie is a laugh-out loud mess.  I will not delve too much into it, but if you love slasher films and comedies, this is a great one to watch.  Very rarely do I find a spoof film that is as wonderful as this was.
  12. Fido.  I love zombies, this is no secret. But this casts a sympathetic take on the undead.  Having conquered the zombies in this sci’fi comedy, a lonely boy befriends a zombie who becomes his brain-hungry pet.  Great premise, adorable movie.
  13. Zombieland.  You know I have been quoting Zombieland for my Apocolypse Z training.  It only seems right and fair that I need to sit back with a cup of hot cocoa and “enjoy the little things.”

Am I missing any movies?  I would love a few more to add to the list.


4 thoughts on “Monster Movie Madness and Science Fiction Double Features

  1. Nice list! I went to the live RHPS every Friday night in high school until that particular movie theater shut down. It was awesome, and my dad went when he was that age, too, so it’s a nice little family tradition. 🙂 I also own Corpse Bride, but didn’t add it to my own list in favor of Nightmare Before Christmas, which in my personal opinion trumps Corpse Bride twelve times over. I also giggle when Chuck gets a rock instead of candy – goodness I haven’t seen Great Pumpkin in ages! Maybe it’ll come on the antenna this year. We also own Zombieland but for some reason I don’t see it as a Halloween movie. But I enjoy it all year anyway.

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