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Halloween Season Must Watch Movies

Halloween is coming, my creepy crawlies, and with it a featured post on one of my favourite cult classic TV shows. There will also be an interview with one of its stars. "Which show and who?" you want to know? Well what fun would it be if I told you? You'll just have to come by for a visit on Halloween day to find out.

In the meantime, I thought I'd wet your wicked whistles by listing a few of my Halloween season go - to movies. In no particular order. You see, my twisted love is equal amongst the fiends that create things that keep you awake at night.

Trick 'r Treat is a 2007 horror anthology film, written and directed by Michael Dougherty. It stars Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes, Lauren Lee Smith, and Leslie Bibb.

It's best to take the advice of this movie on Halloween my horrible hags: Remember to light those jack-o-lanterns and throw those apples away, and be careful to follow those ole Halloween traditions or Sam just might get you too.

Hocus Pocus, released in 1993, is a comedy-horror Halloween film, Made by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Kenny Ortega, it stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Omri Katz, Thora Birch, and Vinessa Shaw. It also has a special appearance by Garry Marshall and Penny Marshall.

My All Hallows Eve festivities are not complete until I pop Hocus Pocus into the DVD player at least once. Of course, like many Hocus Pocus aficionados, I know the movie by heart but every single time I watch it I still find little things I'd never noticed before. There are so many wonderfully wrong things these Disney Villains say and do but you love them anyway. How can you not? I'll end this with a few of my favourite quotes from the film:

"Think soothing thoughts: Rabid bats, black death, mummy's scorpion pie."

"I smell children."

"I've always wanted a child; now I think I'll have one. ON TOAST!"

"Oh, look: another glorious morning. Makes me SICK!"

Fright Night (the 1985 original) was written and directed by Tom Holland (his directorial debut). Starring Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, and Stephen Geoffreys.

I really enjoy this movie any time of the year, but especially during October I find myself wanting to curl up in my crypt with the cauldron bubbling me up a nice cuppa to warm my ancient bones, and this on the tele.

It's not the most frightening of vampire movies, but it certainly is ominous if you think about it. The other selling point for me, minions, is the tall, dark, and absolutely sexy vampire that only Chris Sarandon could pull off. I mean, come on: that man drips sex appeal. Personally, I was hoping Jerry would have eaten them all and left with Amy. Of course, I always root for the vamps. Okay, well, not all vamps, only the sexy ones. (Not the ones that glitter, though.) Ah well, one cannot always get what one wants, and unfortunately, vampires seem to be mostly discriminated against in movies. I'll leave this one up to you creeps: sexy vampires, yea or nay?

Halloween, the original 1978 version, directed and scored by John Carpenter. Co-written with Debra Hill. Starring Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis (her film debut), Nick Castle, Charles Cyphers, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles, Kyle Richards, Brian Andrews, John Michael Graham, and Sandy Johnson.

To be honest, I'm not a slasher movie watcher, my foul freaks.  However, there's just something supernaturally creepy about this film franchise that I keep going back to. Also, there's something about the autumn setting, pumpkins, and a bunch of sex crazed, stoned teenagers getting bumped off that really "sells" it. Michael Meyers in his featureless William Shatner mask is the benchmark upon which all other supernatural slashers are built. Long live Michael Meyers who really is the Boogeyman. No, seriously, trust me: I know the Boogeyman.

Salem's Lot (the 1979 original) based on the horror novel by Stephen King. Directed by the legendary Tobe Hooper and starring David Soul, James Mason and Lance Kerwin.

Unlike Fright Night, Salem's Lot DOES NOT have a sexy vampire. Instead, its vampire is a villainous, hideous creature attracted to a malevolent house in a town rife with dark secrets. It's how vampires were meant to be: things of nightmares not things of secret desires. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, mind you.) Salem's Lot IS unsettling, and it will make you look at that one local decrepit house,perched on a hill surrounded by blight in a completely different manner. Salem's Lot is best watched in the dark all the way through. I can guarantee you will find yourself closing your drapes, and listening for scratching at the window when it's over.