Movies of the Month: Fear
I am taking Halloween pretty seriously this year, Thriller by Michael Jackson and Magic Dance by David Bowie are on repeat in my house. I am plotting out potential costumes to the pin, and I scared my mom to death when we watched Us (2019) a couple of nights ago. Arguably, the most important part of Halloween is the plethora of movies one can watch during the season. So, without further ado, here are the Uniquely Aligned October movies of the month. :)
(P.S. please send us some recommendations too! I would love to see em!)
If you’re into cult-classics………
Ghostbusters (1984). I’ll admit it, this one seems kind of obvious, but I feel like people watch this movie once and then they’re done. However upon rewatching it, there were so many hidden gems and jokes I had missed the first time I saw it. Bill Murray always delivers, Sigourney Weaver is the queen forever, and old special effects are always a delight.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Picture this, two young lovers enter the house of kooky scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter. They are then taken on adventure, losing their innocence but gaining lessons and friends along the way. A parody of the typical horror movie, Rocky Horror defined a generation, and provides great music and dances along with it.
If you’re into thrillers…………
Zodiac (2007). Set in San Francisco in the late 60s/early 70s, this film follows a reporter played by Jake Gyllenhal (insert heart eyes here) as he becomes obsessed with discovering the identity of the terrifying Zodiac killer. Complete with an amazing cast, this movie will make you double check that your doors are locked and sleep with the lights on.
Rear Window (1954). This movie focuses on a journalist played by James Stewart as he and his girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly!) accidentally uncover their next-door neighbor’s murder plot. One of many of Alfred Hitchcock’s classics, you will be fidgeting in your seat with nerves.
If you’re into horror…………..
Halloween (1978). This is the first movie I ever saw that genuinely terrified me. Set in a quaint town, Halloween follows Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) as she flees from the murderous Michael Myers. Filled with a fear-wrenching score and a terrifying villain, you will be scared to ever babysit again.
Creepshow (1982). I was tempted to make a whole separate section for Stephen King movies, but I ultimately decided on Creepshow. An anthology of five short films, Creepshow watches several terrifying tales unfold. Aliens, a psychopath, unknown creatures, voodoo, and cockroaches. What else could you possibly want?
(Other Stephen King films: It, The Shining, Pet Sematary, Carrie, Children of the Corn)
If you’re into animation………
Corpse Bride (2005). I love anything and everything Tim Burton, but Corpse Bride takes the cake as my favorite of his films. The story follows Victor as he falls into the land of the dead on the day of his wedding. There he meets the woman who dragged him down, Emily, and discovers that she wants to marry him. Complete with an amazing soundtrack and stunning claymation, Corpse Bride will always remain a Halloween classic.
Coraline (2009). Ok sorry, but I couldn’t pick just one Tim Burton movie. Coraline follows a young girl who discovers an alternate universe while exploring her new house. What she doesn’t know is that this new universe has a sinister secret…//
(If you watched this when you were little, I recommend you give this another try :)).
If you’re into any and all things Halloween (a random list you may enjoy)………..
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
The Craft (1996)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Happy Halloween!! :)