Trick ‘r Treat
A damn near perfect tribute to the pagan holiday of Halloween, Trick ‘r Treat not only features some of the genre’s favorite performers, it gave birth to a cute little horror icon and then damn near scared us all out of our seats! The cast is highlighted by Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, and Anna Paquin, but the movie is most notably remembered for one freakish looking little pint-sized scamp called Sam. And as cute and innocent as he looks, Sam is one dastardly motherfucker! Trick ‘r Treat is a truly wonderful anthology film of the best ilk, the kind that doubles back on itself and makes all the stories contained within the anthology weave one large picture. And Trick ‘r Treat indeed does that! In fact, I’m feeling Halloweeny right now. I might just go and pay Sam a visit myself.
Okay, so you want to get dark and brooding and full of ambiance this Halloween? Then look no further than Ridley Scott’s epic that did so much more than just kick off a franchise. Alien single-handedly breathed life into an alien race that was previously unknown (with much thanks to the artwork of H.R. Giger). The atmosphere of Alien is nearly unmatched in film. Sigourney Weaver is at the top of her game as Ridley, and the suspense generated by this unforgettable movie is more than perfect to enhance your Halloween viewing experience. Throw this one into your movie player, and then sit back and wait for your skin to crawl because, oh baby, your skin is gonna crawl! Remember, in space no one can hear you scream.
Another beauty set during the Halloween season, Pet Sematary is one of the most underrated horror films of all time! Completely quotable – “Now I wanna play wishyeeeew!” – Pet Sematary is one of the greatest Stephen King adaptations ever. Now, imagine you’re on your couch. It’s a comfy Halloween weekend. You dim the lights and throw on Pet Sematary. Suddenly, your cat appears out of nowhere and curls up on your lap. But he doesn’t feel just right. Something is…off…about him. This gets you looking around and considering the tagline of the movie…“Sometimes dead is better.” If the alternative is what we see in Pet Sematary, then yes, dead is better.