One of my favorite things is to celebrate seasons and holidays. Often, holidays for my husband and I mean that we have traditions that we carry out with family, typically involving commuting and a large meal of some kind. Halloween, though, is a holiday that my husband and I celebrate together, typically without familial involvement, and we have our own tradition set up: we like to watch seasonally-appropriate movies.
We used to try to watch one movie per night, and that was easy to do when I was the only one working, and my shifts were typically 3pm-10pm (back in the old retail days of my life). It's harder to do now that we're both working, and with shifts that start at 8am.
However, we have made a list of movies we'd like to try to see or watch this year. Some are in theaters, some we own, and some are available from a streaming service.
1. It (2017)
I haven't seen the original, but I do want to see this one! My mom likes scary movies, too, and her birthday is this month, so I am going to invite her to come along with us.
2. Nightmare Before Christmas
This is a classic movie in our rotation. We try to watch it every year. (Note: you'll probably get that we are a Tim Burton fan. What better time of year to watch a lot of his stuff, though?)
My husband enjoys this movie much more than I do, but I watch it with him because he enjoys it so much.
4. Bram Stoker's Dracula
I love this movie. Every time I watch it, I see something I missed before -- some creepy clue that should have alerted the characters to the truth or some amazing prop or a detail on a wardrobe item. It's my favorite rendition of Bram Stoker's classic novel.
5. Sleepy Hollow
I feel like I should pay more attention when we watch this movie, as I know that we've seen it before during one of our Halloween movie-watching runs before, but I don't remember much about it. Maybe I will this year.
6. The Rite
Honestly, this is one I picked out of the slim-pickings on Netflix.
Don't get me wrong: there are a LOT of movies in their Horror section. A lot of them look like campy B movies, which are normally fine, but I'm not seeking out this year. The rest I've seen or are movies about sharks (Avalanche Sharks, anyone?) which I just don't find appealing. What Halloween movie binge-list would be complete without a movie about exorcisms and possessions?
7. Extraordinary Tales
This was my husband's pick from the Netflix black hole. It's a bunch of smaller tales, animated. Oh, and they're all written by Edgar Allan Poe, who was fairly creepy. ("The Tell Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "Masque of the Red Death" still freak me out in a delicious way!)
8. The Prophecy
Viggo Mortensen as Satan. Creepily so. Christopher Walken as a fairly put-out angel. Creepily so. It's a fun ride with religious undertones. (Maybe overt undertones.) This movie is awesome and we don't save it just for Halloween! (Also - second movie on here featuring Christopher Walken. Much like Tim Burton, there may be a reason!)
Daniel Radcliffe is amazing. This was the first movie I saw him in after Harry Potter.
It's perfect for this list, because who wouldn't freak out when waking up with horns growing out of your head? This movie is awesome and another one that we don't save just for Halloween!
10. Carrie (1976)
The first time I saw this movie, I was in a high school drama class. We analyzed it based on the classic horror angles used. Still a great movie!
I think I have seen the updated version (from 2013) but I much prefer the classic version. So much creepier.
11. The Witch
We saw this earlier this year, and it was amazing. It kept me guessing til the end. I was super impressed with everything -- and being an anthropology enthusiast, I was extra involved with it. I highly recommend watching it! I really want a sequel, too -- I want to know what happens afterwards...
12. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
I haven't seen this one, or the remake, but it's one of those classic horror films that we feel we must see at least once. So, here it is -- on our list.
13. An American Werewolf in London
This is another one of those classic horror films that I feel that I must see at least once.
So, it's here. And I've seen some of it -- namely the transformation scene -- and I can't wait for the rest of it.
14. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
While the horror bit in here is a bit comedic (aside from the implied cannibalism displayed in the dinner scene), this movie was one of the first movies we saw together after we started dating in October. This is another movie on this list that's had a remake -- and we haven't seen the new one of this, either. Tim Curry is just too...good...as Frankenfurter. We definitely watch this one every year.
This year, in addition to the movies that we want to watch, we will attend a local ghost tour. It was one of the wonderful things that we were gifted through our Vebo wedding registry last year.
Thanks for hanging out with me during this personal post. I hope to share more about myself with a few posts. Don't worry: my main focus for posts will still be with sessions, weddings, and tips. I just think that you should know more about who is taking your photos. (That's me!)