As we enter early October the leaves are changing, the air is cooling, the days are shortening, and it is time to start watching good movies instead of braving the chill of the night air. When we celebrate Halloween we don’t have to slave over stoves, board unwanted family, or fight lines to buy gifts for undeserving children, all we have to do is sit back and enjoy the holiday as we rot out our teeth. Here are some of the best films to watch and either relax or panic during the best holiday season.
11. The Corpse Bride
Tim Burton won an Oscar for Best Animated Film of 2006 for “Corpse Bride.” It is the quintessential creepy and adorable we know him for and it is a great film to get young kids into the holiday before inducting them with blood and gore.
10. Night of the Living Dead
The original zombie movie is one to jump start your Halloween season. It is not the scariest and not the best written, but it sets the precedent for so many future movies of this genre that appropriate homage must be given to it. Also, for one of the best laughs at a film spoof, after you watch this film search YouTube for “Night of the Living Bread.” The spoof makes sitting through the original all worth it.
9. Silence of the Lambs
Hello Clarice… The film is not set during Halloween and the villain is not a classic Vampire or Zombie, but when a film has 7 Oscar nominations and wins 5, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay you cannot make a top 10 list and exclude it. Hopkins’ performance gave birth to Hannibal the Cannibal and his fava beans and chianti have not left the part of our minds that makes us pull our covers up to our eyes at night.
8. House of 1000 Corpses
Rob Zombie is one of the kings of gore and this film best combines that talent with jump factor, original story, comedy, and the ability to just make viewers queasy to their stomach. I am never the one that is pushing to re-watch the film, but when my friends make me do it I am happy that I did.