I don’t “cross the streams” too often here, but since it’s Halloween here in the United States (and a few other places), I thought I’d mention that I’ve written a few recommendations for a horror movie marathon at another site. I dug through my own collection and came up with some classics, new and old. I’ve been a horror movie fan from childhood, and this is my favorite time of year.
What’s Halloween night without scary movies? Sadly, you really can’t depend on television to show any frightful fare worth watching, so it’s good to have a stack of scary stuff on-hand. I’ve picked out six movies from my personal collection and listed them in no particular order for an all-night horror movie marathon – if you’re brave (or foolhardy) enough to stay up to dawn with nothing but werewolves, slashers and zombies for company. Note: I’ve scheduled approximately five minutes of down-time between each film. You’ve got to go to the bathroom at some time. Ready? Let’s get started.
“The Wicker Man” (1973): 7 PM to 8:40 PM
Our night begins with a nod to the pagan roots of Halloween. In the “Wicker Man”, the great Christopher Lee plays Lord Summerisle, the ruler of a small Scottish island. A very dark form of paganism is alive and well there, and when crops begin to fail, the local folks begin the search for a suitable human sacrifice to appease the gods. Clueless police investigator Sgt. Howie is dispatched to investigate after a report of a missing girl reaches the mainland. Note: Skip the Nicholas Cage remake.
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