That last post may have been a bit maudlin, but let’s not forget that Halloween is totally about fun. Besides costumes, my other favorite thing to do on the Holiday is watch horror stuff. Here’s a list of my favorite TV episodes and movies to watch on Halloween:
1. Dead Alive
Let’s start with my favorite zombie flick of all time: Dead Alive, by Peter Jackson (yep, that one). Before he went on to destroy Academy Awards records, Jackson was a sick fuck. Dead Alive is one of the most vile, gory, insane, and disgusting horror movies ever. It’s also one of the funniest.
A bizarre New Zealand zombie flick about maternal oppression and Sumerian Rat-Monkeys, it was a Halloween classic of mine for years. In my opinion, the climax of the film is still unbeaten by any zombie movie ever. Well, not the real climax of the film, because that’s just disgusting and horrifying beyond belief. But the lawnmower scene is the greatest moment in zombie cinema history… just watch it. I don’t want to spoil anything.
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fear Itself
And on a much less vile note, the season 4 Halloween episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Fun fact: Did you know that Buffy only has three Halloween episodes, on each of the even numbered seasons? It’s true!
Creepy, funny, with a fantastic final reveal, this episode is a Halloween staple. I’ve already watched it today
3. Community, Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps
Let’s continue with the TV: Community has one of my favorite Halloween episodes of all time. Of course, the show is a comedy, so it’s not even trying to be scary, and this episode is absolutely brilliant and hilarious.
It’s hard to say which story is my favorite: It’s between Annie’s Twilightesque slut-shaming fantasy, and Pierce’s blatantly racist and sexist story.
You know what rocks? The original Hellraiser movie rocks. Actually scary, especially since it used stop-motion that looked like a Tool music video. The cenobites were creepy and awesome at the same time, and Pinhead wasn’t completely destroyed by the horrendous sequels. He was actually pretty scary and badass.
Sadly, the series has taken the turn all horror franchises seem to take: Off the road of legitimacy and deep into the ditch of mediocrity and straight to DVD releases.
5. Cabin in the Woods
Speaking of cenobites, you know who the coolest one since Pinhead is? Fornicus, Lord of Bondage and Pain. And he’s not even from the franchise.
Okay, so Cabin in the Woods hasn’t been out long enough to become a Halloween classic, but it damn well will be. One of the greatest horror films in the past decade also happened to be one of the best (if not THE best) parody films as well. Scary, funny, and relevant, Cabin in the Woods is already a cult classic, as well as being critically celebrated.
Also, it just wouldn’t be one of my lists without at least two Whedon projects on it, right?
Speaking of which…
6. Castle, Vampire Weekend
In a move that had nerds everywhere squealing with unsuppressed joy, and me turning in to Castle for the first time, Richard Castle started the episode as meta as possible, by dressing up as Fillion’s most celebrated role.
And NO Alexis! It’s not time to MOVE ON! YOU! YOU JUST! GAH!
Happy Halloween, everyone. What are your favorite Halloween specials and movies?