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Saturday, October 30, 2021

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloweekend everyone! This has been a long celebration for us, since our anniversary is also on the 28th. Normally, we go out for our day, but this year has thrown a lot at us and we just weren't in the mood for other people. We lost our dog last week, and even though it's been coming for a while, it was still one of the hardest things we've had to endure. As such, we decided to do a low-key meal at home. 

We had a full Halloween wedding, where everyone dressed up, so we had a Halloween food board, backdrops, and we watched a few horror movies.

We had a full Halloween wedding, where everyone dressed up and we danced to spooky music and had a blast, so I brought some of that to our day by having a Halloween food board, backdrops, and we watched a few horror movies. Keep scrolling for some of my favorite Halloween movies and the list of movies we've watched over the last month that I may or may not recommend.

Favorite movies:
  • Cabin In the Woods
  • American Werewolf in London
  • Pet Semetary (the original)
  • A Ghost Story (this is slow and quiet, but in the BEST way)
  • Trick R Treat
  • Monster Squad
  • Train to Busan
  • The Hunt
  • Jennifer's Body
  • Happy Death Day
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Scream
  • Final Destination
  • Idle Hands
  • Poltergeist
  • The Others
  • Hellraiser
  • Get Out
  • House of 1,000 Corpses
  • Practical Magic
  • Ready Or Not
  • Drag Me To Hell

Movies that I loved, and recommend if you like being scared:
  • The Ring
  • The Conjuring
  • Midsommar
  • Silent Hill
  • Resident Evil (the first one)
  • Cabin Fever
  • Hostel
  • Us
  • Teeth - TW: sexual abuse
  • Hereditary
  • The Woman In Black - the one from 2012 with Dan Radcliffe. Skip the sequel.
  • Green Inferno - another Eli Roth movie, but this one's about cannibals, so it might be a hard watch for some. I learned beforehand that all the cannibals were actually a tribe of natives that had never acted or seen a movie before and thought blood was hilarious, so that made it easier for me to consume.

Movies I've watched lately: So, I specifically got Shudder to watch movies I've either not heard of or missed when they were new. I have been watching History of Horror and listening to the accompanying podcast by Eli Roth and was tired of not being able to find the movies they talked about. I can't find all of them, in the 5 streaming services we have, but I have found quite a few.
  • Old - an M. Night Shyamalan movie that was so much better than I expected
  • Night Teeth - a twist on your normal vampire story
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night - a Persian subtitled vampire movie filmed in black and white that I really enjoyed.
  • Hell House, LLC - 2 & 3 are on Shudder, but you can watch the first one on YouTube or Tubi. It's a shaky cam movie a la Blair Witch, but it's properly scary. I've actually been too scared to watch the others yet.
  • Mayhem - with Steven Yuen and Samara Weaving about a virus that makes people violent. It's not scary, but it is über gory. I really felt like it didn't have much of a point, though I liked seeing Steven Yuen play a badass.
  • Haunt - an Eli Roth movie about a group of friends who go to an extreme haunted/escape house and get more than they bargain for. I liked this, because it had some interesting twists.
  • Escape Room: Tournament of Champions - we liked the original and we also liked this one. It's not phenomenal, but I like trying to figure out the "games" too.
  • Creature From The Black Lagoon - I had never seen this before, and it was a typical monster movie, though I think it would have been scarier if they had not shown the creature until further into the movie.
  • Friday the 13th - I'm not sure if it's just because I waited so long to watch the original, but I found this really slow and boring. I didn't care at all about any of the characters, so I didn't care if they died, including young Kevin Bacon.
  • Friday the 13th Part 2 - because I had to know the whole story behind Jason being able to come back and kill people. Spoiler: you still don't really know.
  • Halloween Kills - I don't know what they were going for in this sequel, but it kind of sucked from beginning to end, except for the gay couple - Big John and Little John - that I found charmingly weird.
  • They Remain - I'm still not sure what the point of this movie was. It was about two scientists looking into a cult that lived in the woods years ago. It was very bad and I don't recommend it. I figured out the twist halfway through when I wasn't even paying that much attention to it.

I also rewatched some movies, because it had been a long time since I've watched them.
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer - though I had forgotten it had such an all-star cast, I still liked it and felt like it held up pretty well.
  • Halloween (the original) - I was so disappointed in Halloween Kills that I felt I needed to go back to the beginning to cleanse my palette.

You can see more of my spooky Halloween spread on my Instagram, including a reel showing my table in depth. 

Cheers to your Halloweekend! Now, hit me with your favorite scary, spooky, atmospheric movies below that you watch over and over or just discovered or wish everyone would watch, too!

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