Fandom Five: Must-see Halloween movies (and such)

24 October 2014

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This week for our Five Fandom Friday our topic is our Must-see Halloween Movies.

Oddly enough, though I find supernatural and cryptozoological things fascinating, the “halloween” category of movies just isn’t much of my thing. It all ends up being too much shock value and gore just for the sake of shock value and gore. I wanted to go for things I would actually consider watching myself — which is the topic, anyway.  So for my list, it’ll be a lot of humor included as well as just some nostalgia. And ok. Not all of these are movies. But they work! Trust me!

hocus pocus

1. I would be remise if I did not include this 1993 classic: Hocus Pocus. I actually kind of forgot that Sarah Michelle Gellar was in this because she’s pretty un-SMG, but in a good way. You’ve got your classic teen accidentally releases witches and chaos ensues scenario here. If you ever wanted an amazing sample of the era of Disney that I grew up with, this would be a good place to start.

manos hands of fate

2. Manos: The Hands of Fate. BUT the MST3K version, because that is the only way to survive this film. Possibly the worst film of all time. And watch it with others, because, again, the only way to survive this film. And maybe be drunk? It’s been since college since I last saw this, but I remember feeling disturbed, confused, and humored. It’s a cacophony of things. But mostly terrible.

Monster Maker - Ultragorgon

3. Jim Henson Hour’s Monster Maker. I can’t remember if this movie was the first spark of my love for JH’s Creature Shop, but it was definitely a big part of it. You’ve got this kid who is enamored with this monster shop, he starts working there, and then one of their creations comes to life — the Ultragorgon. There’s much more to this show than that, but I mean this was pretty much exactly what I thought as I kid what working for the Creature Shop would be like. Monsters and all.

supernatural - monster movie

4. “Monster Movie” – also known as episode 5 of season 4 of Supernatural. Not my favorite Supernatural episode by far. By far by far. But, the classic movie monster thing just feels appropriate for Halloween. It’s campy and fun, and I mean, Dean in lederhosen. Personally, I’d probably go for “Bad Day at Black Rock” or “Yellow Fever” — but that’s mainly because they are adorably silly. But still. You can’t go wrong marathoning Supernatural at any time of the year.

Blink - Doctor Who

5. “Blink”. Or rather: DON’T BLINK. Considered one of the most terrifying Doctor Who monsters, and rightfully so, what better time to scare the daylights out of you than to watch this episode (the 10th in the 3rd season — of Tennant’s run). If you want more Weeping Angels, you could go with The Angels Take Manhattan. But that’s more OMG ALL THE FEELS than it is so terrifying. For another holy-crap-that-creeps-me-out episode, go with “The Empty Child” (season 1, episode 10 — the new run in 2005).

And if I jump back to the topic of marathoning TV shows, of course for Halloween choosing Buffy or The Walking Dead would be appropriate choices as well. But if we want to go back to my childhood we’ve got probably the best choice for tv shows: Beetlejuice – the animated series.

Ok, you! Top show or movie for Halloween? Are you a halloween-style movie fan?

  • B.

    Now I wish I had mixed my list up and done some TV but maybe I’ll just do one on my own! LOL

  • BLINK!! That is the ep I always suggest to people just getting into DW. That was done for me so just passing on the love! 🙂

    • It’s just a really great episode! It’s hard not to look at statues the same after this.

  • Kendall Ashley

    OMG. Blink and Empty Child. Yes. So. Good. And I’m with you, Monster Movie is def. not one of my faves, but a Supernatural marathan is always the right choice. 🙂

    • I was hoping to have finished a rewatch of all 9 seasons before the 10th started… but failed. I’m in season 8. I think it’s because I didn’t care for the leviathan storyline, though hooray for it brining Charlie! 🙂

      And people seem to forget just how creepy Empty Child was. In my mind, on par with Blink.

      • Kendall Ashley

        Yeah, I wasn’t crazy about the Leviathan story line either, but yeah it brings in Charlie and Kevin Tran (who I love). Stick with it though, it gets better after 8 :).

        And I know what you mean, Empty Child is totally on par with Blink. When I have friends who are getting into Who, and they comment on how cheesy Eccleston’s season was, I always say, “Just wait til you get to Empty Child. Then you’ll be hooked forever.” Such a great episode. So. Very. Creepy.

        • OMG Kevin too! Did you see his (Osric) and Misha’s kayaking trip on twitter? So adorable.

          I liked Eccleston. It was through him that I got into Doctor Who. Yeah, he was cheesy at times, but when looking at the broader scope of who the Doctor is, he fits well. I watched something regarding the 50th anniversary and going back over the history of the Doctor, and seeing it all laid out like that was wonderful. Helps you appreciate each version of the Doctor. 🙂

          • Kendall Ashley


            And I haven’t seen Osric and Misha’s kayaking trip. I’m gonna have to go find that!

  • I LOVE BLINK!! Good pick!! And I did not know about Monster Maker. I need to tack that film down!

    • Monster Maker is sooo great! Perfect late 80s, early 90s Jim Henson. 🙂

  • OMG I love you for including Manos: The Hands of Fate.

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  • Hocus Pocus is one of my favorite movies of all time. I just watched it a few nights ago and it was a nostalgia bomb. I concur on marathoning Supernatural. My personal favorites are the Ghostfacers episodes, especially the one actually titled “Ghostfacers” from season 3. You have me wanting to re-watch David Tennant’s run as the Doctor now. Those episodes were so well written and feels-inducing (not that Peter Capaldi isn’t totally great, but the new season just isn’t as magical to me as previous seasons).

    My favorite movie to watch around this time of year is The Frighteners.

  • Blink is such a classic. And really scary. Much scarier than Who’s been in years. And Monster Movie has a special place in my heart, but I am an unabashed monster kid.

  • Katelin

    Hocus Pocus is always a must watch in my house, same with Practical Magic. I also like to sneak in Sleepy Hollow when I can. And sweet mercy that episode of Doctor Who is terrifying, eek.,

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