Movies I Plan To Scare The Crap Out Of Myself With This Halloween

It's sorta hard for me to believe that Halloween is like next week or something. Not only do I not own a calendar in my new house, I've woken up twice this past week wondering if it was, in fact spring. Part of that is the Midwestern fall, which can only be distinguished from spring by the leaves changing colors, and part of that is that I'm still adjusting to life after separation - my whole world got dumped on its axis, so it's no wonder I'm stuck sitting at Target, wondering if, in fact, the Halloween stuff is somehow leftover from last year.

Alas, I digress.

I adore Halloween -- probably not as much as many: I don't have many decorations up and my "yard" that I now share with half an apartment building will never win an award for "spookiest yard on the block," but there's just something rad about Halloween.

This year, I've decided that it's time to do something I've never done -- something I've always wanted to do. Something that will either leave me terrified to leave my apartment, or make me glad that I'm not them:

I'm doing a Halloween movie marathon. Why? Because it's been on my don't-call-it-a-bucket-list, list for years.

Here's what I'll be watching:

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) - One of the works that got director Tim Burton on the map, I can never quite decide if The Nightmare Before Christmas is actually about Christmas or Halloween. Turns out? I don't care. The animation, the catchy songs (which have all been redone by everyone from Marilyn Manson to All American Rejects), and the story - it's just too awesome to do anything but watch it at least once a year.

NEXT: The Shining -->

The Shining (1980) - Okay, so this movie has NOTHING to do with Halloween, but I don't care. It's a psychological drama - my fav kind! - and it's damn well-made. Jack Nicholson has never quite been so scary, nor has any movie given me the more nightmares. Ever. The twins in the hall? *shudders* The creepy lady in the bathtub? *cowers* Getting scared just THINKING on it.

NEXT: The Silence of the Lambs-->

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)- Not a typical Halloween movie, in that people aren't generally jumping out from behind walls or wielding chainsaws, but the movie is scary as hell. Anything, in fact, that combines Sir Anthony Hopkins as a brilliant serial killer is enough to make my blood run cold. And it does. I'll be watching this one with ALL the lights on.


Se7en (1995) - while again, not really a Halloween-themed movie, this movie has to be one of my favorites. I loved Brad Pitt waaaaaay back in the day (I was totally turned on by his craziness in Twelve Monkeys) and the way that the director threw twists and turns into the plot had me gripping my seat. And it has, every time I've watched it since. THAT is the making of a great movie.

NEXT: Beetlejuice-->

Beetlejuice (1988) - I may actually be the only person on the planet who has NOT seen Beetlejuice in it's entirety. I've seen bits and bites over the years, but never enough to make me all, "I need to sit and watch this, yo." But I'm tired of feeling like a dork when I tell people I haven't seen it - so it's time to get all Beetlejuice this Halloween.

NEXT: The Exorcist -->

The Exorcist (1973) - By far one of the creepiest movies ever made, and not just because it involves vomit. This un-family friendly movie, based on a true story, is one of the creepiest and well-done movies ever to come out of the 70's and true to form, it remains creepy after all these years.

NEXT Rosemary's Baby-->

Rosemary's Baby (1968) - a young Mia Farrow, who looks like sunshine and light, manages to snag an apartment in a fancy NYC building only to find out -- as she lives there, that there's a lot more going on than nosy neighbors who yell, "YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG," when you try and recycle cardboard.

NEXT: The Witches-->

The Witches (1990) - this Jim Henson adaptation of a Roald Dahl novel is a great movie for both parents and kids alike. Being a huge fan of Mr. Dahl's work since I was a wee lass, I was particularly happy to note that it had been turned into a movie. I doubt my small kids will like it, but I know that I'll love seeing it, so whatever.

NEXT: Halloween -->

Halloween (1978) - What's a Halloween movie marathon without Halloween? In this seminal holiday classic, a former child murderer escapes from a psychiatric hospital and returns home to terrorize a babysitter who's friends go missing, slowly, one by one. A great shriek-fest all around.

NEXT: The Ring-->

The Ring (2002) - I don't know if it's the special effects or what, but The Ring has to be one of the scariest movies I've seen as an adult. While the premise is sorta stupid -- anyone who watches a strange videotape seems to make every viewer die within a week -- the movie itself is not - it's freaky and scary and makes me sleep with the lights on. I can hardly wait to watch it again... this time, though, I'm inviting my friends along.

So what ELSE can you recommend for me to watch during my Halloween movie marathon?

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