Movies for the Halloween Season – Part 6
Welcome to the sixth installment of my look at Horror, Fantasy, and Sci- Fi movies that I own that I think are great for the Halloween/Spooktober season.If you missed any of the previous editions here are quick links to part ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR and FIVE!
I have a few more movies that I could take a look at but I also want to feature some more horrific album covers, my countdown of the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street movies and a few more things before the Halloween season wraps up! Here we go with this edition’s picks.
The Evil Dead (1981)
Made on a small budget, Sam Rami wrote and directed this cult classic. It’s about five college students who go to vacation in a cottage in the woods (in the middle of nowhere). They discover a recording talking reading excerpts from the Book of the Dead and it unfortunately releases demons and causing some of the students to become possessed. It’s gory, it’s over the top, and it’s still amazing to watch!
The edition that I’m showing is one that’s a replica of the Book of the Dead. The texture of the book has a rubbery mask feel and is very squishy. I’m not too sure how limited it is and I’m sure I’ve seen a two pack before with another book that features Evil Dead 2 as well. I think it’s done well and is enough to gross out most people I show it to – at first anyway.
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
This VHS cover was one of those that I couldn’t avoid when I was in the horror section. The creepy stare from the skeleton couldn’t prepare you for what this movie would throw at you.
Weirdly enough, the plot starts out similarly as the first! This isn’t something to be disappointed about as everything is brought to a new level of awesomeness! Ash is with his girlfriend Linda at a cabin, where once again, a tape is played that unleashes demonic possessions. From there, Ash has to off his girlfriend due to her not being “herself” anymore and the insanity just keeps rising from there with more characters being introduced into the mix.
The acting is better, the effects are crazier, the gore is gorier, the humour is more apparent and, to me, it’s a better ride (plus it set up another sequel – the fantastic Army of Darnkess).
The edition I have is in the tin case edition (I’m not sure what else to call it). It was actually the very first DVD I bought myself after purchasing my PS2 way, way back in the day.
Creepshow 2 (1987)
While I’ve bought this on VHS and DVD, I have no idea where my copies are it is, so I snagged the original cover off the ol’ Net. There’s a new Blu Ray edition coming out in December, so make sure to keep your eye out for that!
I saw this when I was eight as two teens on my street were doing an experiment for school about the link between being scared and heart rate going up (or something like that), my parents were OK with it and I was subjected to this film that features three shorts.
One short is the tale of a Cigar Chief that comes to life to avenge the death of the store owners he’s stood in front of for years.
Another story features a bunch of teens that are out for a nice afternoon on a beach. There’s a dock floating out in the distance and it’s a great place to relax and enjoy the sun. Unfortunately, something else occupies the lake.
The last story follows a lady who instigates a hit-and-run. She panics and wonders what would happen to her if she was caught. Well, it’s not the police she should be worried about.
All three stories are still fun to watch to this day and although the first Creepshow was good and feature five stories (I’m sure it’s five), I always had an attachment more to this one.
Critters 1 & Critters 2: The Main Course (1986/1988)
I know for some of the movies, I’ve discussed the original and a sequel in separate write-ups, but for here, both plots are pretty similar: spiky, flesh eating aliens dubbed “Crites” (or Critters) invade towns. On their trail are bounty hunters who are looking to exterminate them. Both movies feature heroes who try and do what they can on their own to eliminate them as well.
These movies are fun and are still a decent watch today. There are some decent special effects, a bit of blood and gore, and some comedy thrown in to boot. Maybe think of it as scarier or grosser Gremlins but with no cute Mogwai involved. They actually made up to part four of this series, but I think I only saw part three and it had a cliffhanger from what I remember. When part four came out, I don’t think I could find it.