What To Watch This Halloween
Fall is upon us and with Halloween just a few days away, there isn’t a more perfect time to sit down with your significant other, family, or friends and watch a good ole fashioned Halloween movie or show to get into the spirit of the season. But with so much out there, how can you decide what to watch? Here is what I am watching this Halloween:
The original Halloween movie gave us the debut of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, the babysitter who went toe to toe with the boogeyman. Halloween is widely considered one of the forefathers of the “slasher” sub-genre of horror. This movie came out before Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm St, and is arguably the scariest of the three films. This is the iconic Michael Myers, before the weird Cult nonsense, superhuman strength, or unnecessary backstory of how Laurie Strode is his long lost sister who he has come back to kill. What I find to be the best part about Halloween is that most of the kills are done off screen, so if you are not the biggest fan of gore, there is nothing to worry about as there isn’t a single drop of blood in the whole movie. Even better is that even though it a slasher flick, the movie predicates itself on creating suspense in the audience rather than jump scares. Michael Myers is the king of lurking in the background, creating tension for the audience in a way that Jason or Freddy have never been able to replicate. If you are looking for a classic, but do not want the gore, Halloween is your movie.
Toy Story of Terror (2013)
Switching speeds a bit, if you are looking for something to watch with the kiddos that is not too long but sets the mood for a great family Halloween, look no further than Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys. As a 90s kid, obviously my favorite movie growing up was Toy Story. I loved the first one, probably loved Toy Story 2 even more, and cried when Andy was all grown up and off to college in Toy Story 3. Toy Story of Terror is a fulfilled reminder that Toy Story is the OG Disney/Pixar film, before Cars or Coco. Here we are introduced to Combat Carl voiced by Carl Weathers(Apollo Creed in Rocky, and Chubbs Peterson in Happy Gilmore), a third person referring GI Joe style toy that we hadn’t seen since he was blown up by Sid in the first Toy Story. But more importantly, the run time is only 21 minutes, making this the perfect appetizer to the next movie I am going to talk about.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
What more needs to be said about Hocus Pocus. I think if Jess and I sat down, we could quote the entire movie ourselves. I have seen this movie so many times I have lost count. It is truly a Disney classic, and has been a mainstay every Halloween season in the Brouillard household since it came out 25 years ago. Its got everything from campy acting, musical numbers, and the type of CGI you would expect from a movie that debuted in 1993. You would think that all that would take away from the movie but it doesn’t. For some reason it just works. The Sanderson sisters portrayed by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker are hilarious and intimidating enough that as a viewer, you are able to suspend your disbelief and buy in to the movie. Its no secret that this is a cult classic, but its only growing more and more popular with each passing year. Its crazy that 25 years later, kids are still dressing up as the Sanderson sisters and fans are still clamoring for a sequel. If you have not watched this yet, you NEED to do it before Wednesday. What are you waiting for? As a side note, I know they are remaking this movie and to that I say: NOT MY HOCUS POCUS!
Lastly, if you are trying to go to the theaters to see something, there really isn’t any other option than Halloween. Ironically Halloween is the sequel to the 1978 classic (wait for it) Halloween and wipes out all the events of the 1981 sequel onward. Why they didn’t call this Halloween 2, I will never know. The movie tries hard to bring back the feeling of the original movie but ultimately falls a little short and is a little too predictable. For a spoiler filled review of the movie, checkout the review I did on my friend Jordans Youtube channel .
So there it is! this is what I am watching this Halloween. If you have it, feel free to follow us on Twitter or Instagram: @ByYourTerms and on facebook, By Your Terms.
Let me know what you are watching in the comments! do you have any hidden gems that you would reccomend?