I saw that Carol over at Keeping up With the Kaune's had posted about her 5 favorite scary movies and since it's October I wanted to be a copy cat and do the same! But I thought I would change things up a little, so here are my 5 Favorite Scary Movies and my 5 Favorite Halloween movies (they don't have to be scary):
Five Favorite Scary Movies:
The Shining: Hands down, this is one of the best movies of all time! I have loved Stephen King books and movies for as long as I can remember and this one takes the cake. There are still parts where I have to shut my eyes, especially at the end when they find Jack all frozen in that maze, ack!!!! There are so many scary things about this movie, Red Rum, blood pouring out of an elevator, the creepy twins, Jack going insane, the music and camera angles. I will make sure to watch this one during October.
Pet Sematary: Another amazing Stephen King movie adaptation. I remember watching this with my dad one year around Halloween and I was so scared. We buried two of our cats in our backyard and I had nightmares for weeks that they came back from the dead.
Psycho: I am also a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock and it was hard for me to choose between this move and The Birds. I think this one is a little scarier however. I love the camera angles that Hitchcock uses and how creepy Norman is in this movie as well. It may come as no surprise that I am totally hooked in the show Bates Motel on A&E as well because it's the precursor to the movie. I was skeptical that it wouldn't be good, but like the movie it's always leaving you on the edge of your seat.
Poltergeist: I actually never watched this entire movie until a few years ago, and though it's cheesy it's still pretty scary. It's also disturbing when you read about how the actors who were in this film had some awful things happen to them after the filming. I think the thought of living in a haunted house is enough to scare anyone, but to have your child taken to the other side is even scarier!
Silence of the Lambs: I know this might not be a scary movie to some, but I think it falls into the category. The acting is amazing, the suspense is wonderful and there isn't a lot of blood and guts. I will take suspense over blood and guts any day of the week. Anthony Hopkins is AMAZING as Hannibal Lecter and the Buffalo Bill case is amazing too. The part at the end with Buffalo Bill wearing the night vision goggles following Clarice around gets me every time.
Five Favorite Halloween Movies:
Hocus Pocus: What girl doesn't love this movie and can quote every single line?! This one is a classic and I could watch it a million more times and still love it.
Halloweentown: Oh Disney Channel Movies, how I miss you! I remember watching this one about once a week with my mom during Halloween when I lived at home. My dad would walk in the room, see it on the TV and roll his eyes. Nothing better than witches and a secret universe where it is Halloween all the time!
The Addam's Family: I've seen this movie a million times as well but love it just the same. I remember watching the old TV show with my mom and I was so excited when the movie came out.
Beetlejuice: Another classic, did you know that Michael Keaton who plays Beetlejuice is only in the movie for 17 minutes of the whole 92 minute film!? This one is funny and a little dark and who doesn't love a Tim Burton movie?!
Edward Scissorhands: Another Tim Burton movie that is also creepy, funny and even a little bit sad. It also features Winona Ryder as one of the main characters and the always amazing Johnny Depp. The sets in this movie are pretty darn cool as well is the direction of Tim Burton and the music. There is a Christmas scene in this movie and I adore the part where Edward is carving the ice sculpture and Kim is dancing around as if it's real snow.
So what are some of your favorite movies to watch around Halloween?