Scream All Night: Horror Movie Marathon Recommendations

thewickerman_lordsummerisleI 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.

Via Suvudu:

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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  • Anarchy Pony

    What, no The Thing?

    • mannyfurious

      My favorite horror movie. One of my favorite movies, period. And scary as hell.

      • Anarchy Pony

        And it’s aged surprisingly well.

    • specialtasks

      Why don’t we . . . just wait here a while . . . see what happens?

    • Matt Staggs

      One of my very favorites. I didn’t want to go too heavy on Carpenter, though, and felt that I needed a nod to the slasher film genre somewhere in the list.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Fair enough. I just prefer creature features to slashers.

  • Chaos_Dynamics

    Five faves:

    The Haunting – 1963
    The Changeling – 1980
    Return of the Living Dead – 1985
    Event Horizon – 1997
    Dark City – 1998

    • Matt Staggs

      The Haunting is amazing, as is the book it’s based on. Oh, and… DO YOU WANNA PARTY!!!!! IT’S PARTY TIME

  • specialtasks

    Finally saw Werner Herzog/Klaus Kinski version of NOFERATU – I recommend it (Murnau version too, of course) – great use of Popol Vuh and the mummies of Guanajuato to set the tone.

    • Matt Staggs

      I haven’t seen that in years! I need to dig it up…

    • erte4wt4etrg

      Great movie, slow burn

  • option30

    Garfields Halloween Special
    Care Bears the movie
    The Cat in The Hat ( Mike Myers )

  • echar

    The Conjuring (2013) This made me jump and left me with a creepy feeling. If you watch any I listed, this is the one.

    The Legend of Hell House (1973) Probably the best movie about ghosts.

    The Last Exorcism (2010) One of the few demon movies not advertising catholicism.

    I sell the Dead (2008) Good and dirty dark humor.

    Frighteners (1996) One of my all time favorite movies.

    Kill List (2011) If you haven’t seen this, you must!

    V/H/S (2012) A smorgasboard of horrors.

    Snowtown (2011) There is nothing paranormal about this, yet it’s powerfully horrific.

    Kiss of the Damned (2012) A sexy vampire movie with no fucking sparkles.

    Shadow of the Vampire (2000) Take a look at the cast list.

    Lovely Molly (2011) Don’t let the fact that it was made by the Blare Witch folks get in the way.

    • Matt Staggs

      All pretty decent films. “I Sell the Dead” caught me by surprise. It was really good.

      • echar

        I know what you mean by I sell the dead. It could have easily been terrible.

        • Matt Staggs

          The scene with the alien in the graveyard was very early Peter Jackson.

          • echar

            I don’t recall the alien graveyard scene, I will have to rewatch it. Dead Alive seemed like the holy grail to my friends and I ,back in the day. That is once we finally got our hands on it. “I kick ass for the Lord” is one of my favorite movie quotes. Along with “Death by stereo”.

  • Rhoid Rager

    Dammit…now i’m gonna use up all my bandwidth on LetMeWatchThis tonight! Thanks, people!

    • echar

      I know, now I feel compelled to watch the original Wickerman. I watched the remake, not my favorite.

      • Matt Staggs

        A band called “Magnet” re-recorded the movie’s soundtrack. It’s great.

        • echar

          I am listening to Magnet now. I dig this.

          • Matt Staggs

            Glad you like it! It’s great to drag out and listen to when the weather is starting to change.