What to Watch this Halloween: Part Two

hhPart One covered Hocus Pocus, Buffy, Ginger Snaps, The Conjuring and The Skeleton Key. Today I’ve got – 

The Lost Boys

lostLet’s visit vampire infested Santa Carla where The Lost Boys reside.

Jason Patric and Corey Haim are uprooted by their newly divorced mother to the Californian seaside resort, where Patric takes a shine to the beautiful Star. Little does he know he’s about to be initiated into a group of biker vampires led by Kiefer Sutherland. Corey Feldman is on hand to put a stop to the vampire shenanigans, and watching he and Haim team up to destroy the monsters is always amusing.

Possibly my favourite vampire film.

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Trick ‘r Treat

trick treatYou get four (well, sort of 5) stories for the price of one here. Trick ‘r Treat is a Halloween visual delight. There are pumpkins, lanterns, trick ‘r treaters, costumes, a party atmosphere, lots of spookiness, quirkiness and darkness. The stories are set in the same little town with characters crossing over into each tale. The theme: obey the traditions of Halloween or pay the price.

Anna Paquin from True Blood plays an innocent virgin.  Her sister and friends are shopping for sexy Halloween outfits and urge her to choose someone to be her first, mocking her inexperience. Dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, she walks through town alone, unaware of being followed. Then we have the creepy school principal who likes to poison kids who break jack-o-lanterns. Next up is a trip to an abandoned quarry where a bus load of kids drowned some years back.  The children go there this Halloween night to leave offerings in the form of lanterns, but they get more than they bargained for.  And lastly, we find out what happens to grumpy old men who don’t participate in the fun of Halloween.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

nightmare elmNow you’re ready for the scariest monster of them all, Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street.

“One, two, he’s coming after you. Three, four, better lock that door.” Well, you know how the rhyme goes. I must have been thirteen when I first watched this in my cousins’ house in County Limerick. If my parents had known what I was watching, they would not have been impressed. The black and red jumper wearing baddie likes to hunt down the teenagers of Elm Street in their nightmares. If he gets you in your dream, you die for real. I dare you to fall asleep after this.

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The Blair Witch Project

blairStruggling to get some shuteye? It’s time for The Blair Witch Project.

What can go wrong when three young people enter the woods to shoot a documentary on the local legend of the Blair Witch? Lose the map, and turns out, a lot. Every day the trio spend lost in the woods leads to more distressing incidents, like rocks being left outside their tent at night and strange noises. If you like shaky camera, found footage type films, give this a go. It’s seriously creepy.

Blair Witch brings me back to being a teenager and watching it on the big screen on Halloween night through my fingers.

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Enjoy “People Are Strange” from The Lost Boys

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There you have it. It might be hard for me to fit all these films in this weekend, but I’ll give it my best shot. Happy Halloween everyone. Whatever you’re doing, heading out to a costume party or staying in and chilling out, I hope it’s a great night for all.

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About Emma

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16 Responses to What to Watch this Halloween: Part Two

  1. I’ve seen all of these except the Blair Witch Project. I think I watched Treat r Treat on Amazon Instant Video a couple of years ago, and I remember really liking it.

    • Emma says:

      Yeah, that one was a movie I found randomly. Think I picked it up in a secondhand books shop a few years back. I was pleasantly surprised. The Blair Witch Project probably isn’t that scary these days, but it was probably one of the first “found footage” films.

  2. Mae Clair says:

    I’ve seen all of these with the exception of Trick r Treat but that sounds like a fright package I’d enjoy. Happy Halloween, Emma, and happy spooky viewing!

  3. I’ve seen them all except for Trick r Treat. Some of my all time faves here! Johnny Depp as Glen in Nightmare On Elm Street-loved him even then! Lol It took me a long time to get over the fact that Blair Witch was not real. I was super mad for being so freaked out and then finding out it was all fake. I think I’m still mad! Blair Witch 2 was actually pretty good too!

  4. Ah, you mentioned my fave! Love the Lost Boys. 🙂

  5. Jess Witkins says:

    LOL. The Blair Witch Project is NOT a good movie, but I love The Lost Boys and Nightmare on Elm Street – the original, like you have – is sooo creepy.

    • Emma says:

      You don’t like Blair Witch, Jess?? It scared me when I was 17. I wasn’t sure if it was real or not, and I remember a documentary on the Blair Witch aired not long before the film came out and it made it seem like the whole thing was real.

  6. The The Blair Witch Project is the only one on your list that I’ve actually seen. I love vampire flicks though, so I’ll be watching The Lost Boys very soon. I hope you had a wonderful Halloween! We got 0 trick-or-treaters as usual—whatever am I going to do with all of this candy?? 😉

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads.

    • Emma says:

      Have a laugh when you’re watching The Lost Boys. The 80’s hairstyles, the clothes, the music, biker vampires and the two Coreys. You’ll love it.
      Every time you get a blog post written, treat yourself to some of that candy…

  7. Cody McCullough says:

    There’s nothing like watching a good scary movie on Halloween.

  8. I’ve not seen The Lost Boys, but I’m a big fan of the other three. Trick R Treat is such a fun movie and I always have a blast watching it.

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