I will be staying at home with my girlfriend (not pictured) to watch a bunch of movies. Probably a lot of the ones from my Top 10 Halloween Movies list.
And the plan is to eat chicken this year, not smalahove.
How are you spending the holiday?
Today, not so long ago, I imprisoned myself at work.
I was working a bit late because I was wrapping stuff up before a two-week holiday, making things ready for my substitute. When I left, I left my keycard so that she would have an easy time getting in to work in the mornings after the first day.
Then I went out the front door, heard it lock itself behind me, and suddenly realised I was stuck.
There is a giant spiked fence around my workplace. Normally this is not a problem, as the huge car-gate is open to as late as 17:00. Now it was 17:10. No problem; the gate can be opened with a keycard.
I started walking around the building looking for someone who could let me out. It seemed totally abandoned, probably due to it being late on a friday. There were a few cars littered about the place, but they could easily have been work-cars not used on weekends.
So I started walking the fence, probing it for weaknesses. There was one place where a pretty tall car was parked close to the fence, but I wanted to avoid dirtying up someones car if at all possible. It was raining.
Another place the fence was a bit lower, and there was a wheeled trash-container I could stand on. But the fence was so wobbly there, I was afraid it would collapse under me as I attempted to jump it.
Finally, at the last corner, I found a place where the fence had a metal bar at an angle that I could climb. I avoided slipping on the rain, jumped the fence, and was free!
As I started walking down the road, a car pulled out of the gate.
Now I’m at home, writing this, about to start making some organic burgers with baked sweet potatoes.
How was your day?
Here is a list of excellent movies to watch around Halloween.
How I rank them may change based on mood, but this is where they landed in the hierarchy this time.
Keep in mind that this is a Halloween list, not a best horror movie list. Movies that would be high on that list may not even be on this list. If the movie is fun and/or gothic, that counts for more with the quality of a good Halloween movie than with a good horror movie.
10: Braindead (1992)
An early film from director Peter Jackson, this film is much more insane than what you would expect from the golden child of New Zealand.
“I kick ass for The Lord!”
9: The Shining (1980)
A haunted hotel…or is it? Creepy as all hell no matter how you look at it.
8: Scream (1996)
This movie went meta before it was cool. Damn hipster horror!
But it’s still a damn good slasher on its own too.
7: Paranorman (2012)
This stop-motion animated movie from Laika Entertainment is about a boy who sees and speaks to dead people. And then the dead start coming back to life. It is wonderful and life affirming, and it absolutely deserves your attention.
6: Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The mood, the visuals, the songs! This movie is Halloween distilled!
I have seen this every Halloween after I started dating my girlfriend six years ago, and she started doing so years before that. It is now a tradition in our household.
5: Evil Dead 2 (1987)
I like the third Evil Dead film (Army of Darkness) better than this one, but that one is not a Halloween film in my book. It is a fantasy film! So much so that you can clearly see how it influenced the Helm’s Deep battle in LOTR: Two Towers.
Evil Dead 2 may just be a complete retelling of the first Evil Dead with a few changes, but who cares? It so wonderfully improves upon the first film, and is absolutely bonkers! Groovy!
4: The Thing (1982)
A bunch of scientists are stuck with a body-snatcher in their base in Antarctica.
What follows is some of the most inventive body-horror you will ever see, gloriously spawned with practical effects.
3: Coraline (2009) A very sweet and slightly scary stop-motion animated movie based on the Neil Gaiman book of the same name. It was made by many of the same people who made Nightmare Before Christmas and went on to make Paranorman.
2: Crimson Peak (2015)
Four of the ten movies on this list heavily features snow in some way, I wonder why. Because I’m Norwegian?
Crimson Peak is the ultimate haunted mansion movie. Directed by the great Guillermo del Toro, this movie features great practical effects, a wonderful gothic feel, fantastic sets and really compelling human drama.
1: Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Why watch one horror movie when you can watch them all?
This movie is the brainchild of Joss Whedon, the man behind The Avengers (2012), Buffy and Firefly. I don’t need to say anything else, and I really don’t want to spoil it. Go watch it as soon as possible.
What movies do you like to watch around this time of year?
Did any of these films peak your interest?