Hello one and all.
So, it's 2018 and I'm laying a few key choices for which movies to watch on the eve of all Saints. As I did last year, I managed to add a new movie, which was the defacto belated sequel, Jigsaw which really should've died along with the torture porn craze that it started with. No big surprise, the one on everyone's lips is the David Gordon Green reboot of Halloween which is said to be a direct 40-year-old sequel to the classic 1978 John Carpenter classic which is also bypassing all of the franchise films in between. We will see if that film makes the cut as the final one in my annual horrorthon.
For now, I'm looking at a few other movies in the running as well as some perennial favorites that I enjoy every year—one of course, being the aforementioned 1978 classic and a few choice sequels. The films in the running are...
'Twilight Zone: The Movie' (1983)
Four directors attempted to bring the classic Rod Serling television anthology series with middling results. One, the John Landis segment was known infamously for the tragic death of lead actor Vic Morrow and two child actors.
'The Omen' (1976)
The Richard Donner classic with Gregory Peck and Lee Remick in which they adopt a Satanic child poised to become the Anti-Christ. Hmmmm...makes me wonder about a certain political figure of today...
'The Silence of the Lambs' (1991)
The late Jonathan Demme's Oscar-winning nail-biter that netted its stars, Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster both Oscars themselves. It made cannibalism and Chianti quite the dinner conversation!
'Prom Night' (1980)
Jamie Lee Curtis continued her "Scream Queen" reign as a prom queen who must fend off a psycho killer—the makers of this trashy slasher flick!
The late Joe Spinnell co-wrote this sick exploitation flick about a NYC serial killer. Noted for its graphic violence masterminded by makeup impresario Tom Savini of Friday the 13th fame. It also inspired a certain song from Flashdance!
'Drag Me to Hell' (2009)
After Spider-Man, Sam Raimi returned to his horror roots with his hilarious and yet, unnerving horror film fashioned under the notion of Christian guilt.
'The VVitch' (2015)
A gem of a haunting thriller fashioned after Arthur Miller's The Crucible. But, far more unsettling.
'The Visit' (2015)
M. Night Shyamalan finally returned to form with this "Hansel & Gretel" style chiller with a very head-spinning twist.
George Romero and Stephen King in a comic-book horror anthology film...with a finale not even Raid can fix!
'Interview with the Vampire' (1994)
Neil Jordan adapted Anne Rice's seminal novel...with strange and uneven results.
'Mary Shelley's Frankenstein' (1994)
Yes, Robert De Niro and Kenneth Branagh attempted the impossible. Making him outrank Boris Karloff and Peter Boyle!
A modern-day Ten Little Indians with some killer acting...and a head-scratcher of a twist ending!
'The Lost Boys' (1987)
Teenage vampires who initiate a new member...via 80s MTV-style rock video montages, light, gore, and two Coreys!
'Cape Fear' (1991)
Martin Scorsese redoes J. Lee Thompson's 1961 noir thriller with Robert De Niro in the Robert Mitchum where he goes from psycho to Freddy Krueger in 0.5 seconds!
'The Last House on the Left' (1972)
It was the late Wes Craven's first film—a loose rendering of the Ingmar Bergman film The Virgin Spring.
John Carpenter took us for a chilling ride with this decent Stephen King adaptation.
'The Thing' (1982)
Another John Carpenter film—a remake of the original 1951 film. Or...was it Ridley Scott's Alien?
"Oh, mother!" Hitchcock introduces us to mama's boy, Norman Bates! Need I say more?
'The Birds' (1963)
Alfred Hitchcock's follow-up about our feathered friends coming after us! All of us!
'Room 237' (2012)
A fascinating, if weird documentary about Stanley Kubrick's seminal 1980 adaptation of the Stephen King best-seller. Worth revisiting!
The Bad Seed? Maybe...The Demonic Seed!
'An American Werewolf in London' (1981)
John Landis' landmark hybrid of full-throttle horror and dark humor. Managed to inspire the late King of Pop's seminal video for "Thriller".
'Ghostbusters II' (1989)
I do the occasional comedy. Last year, it was the 1984 classic. Should I bother with it's amusing, but tepid sequel?
'The Mist' (2007)
Top-notch Stephen King adaptation by the Frank Darabont, who helmed two others: The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.
As to whether this is my definitive list remains to be seen. There may be other titles I may swap for others; but for now, 2018 will be shaping up to be a scary horrorthon year!
That is...if I survive it!
[maniacal demonic laugh]
Bonus: The Classic Movie I Watch Every Year!
Looking forward to Halloween in 2018!