This is Halloween by Piper Vaughn
Hi, everyone! First, I wanted to thank Binge on Books for having me today! When asked if I liked horror and if I’d like to participate in their Halloween Roundup, I jumped at the chance. I’m a huge horror fan and have been for all of my life. October is my favorite month for several reasons, not in the least of which is Halloween. To celebrate, I always decorate the house. We take our son to a local farm and bring pumpkins home to carve, and of course, we dress up and take him trick-or-treating on the day.
There are other things I do to get into the spirit, too! Every October I have a horror flick marathon and I make it a point to watch a few scary (or just Halloween-themed) movies every week. Below are some of my favorites.
The Nightmare Before Christmas – I’m a longtime Tim Burton fan, and he was a producer of the film and created the characters. I love the painstaking stop animation that was used to create this film. It took them three years to finish! I also adore the score by Danny Elfman, and I LOVE Jack Skellington to the point that I have a ton of his merch – pens, a pillow, a scarf, a hoodie, socks, a mug, you name it. I’m a Jack fangirl, and I re-watch this movie both around Halloween and Christmas.
Hocus Pocus – I was about 12 when this movie came out and I had such a crush not only on Sarah Jessica Parker but also on Omri Katz, who played Max. It was just so much fun, and I can’t even think about it without getting “I Put a Spell on You” stuck in my head. I still thoroughly enjoy it, even watching it as an adult, and have passed my love of the film onto my son.
Beetlejuice – Again with the Tim Burton, yes. I’m a goth at heart, I guess, and his movies just work for me. Not only that, I was obsessed with Winona Ryder as a kid, and I also loved Geena Davis. I thought “Beetlejuice” was the unbeatable combination of funny/weird/creepy only Tim Burton can pull off. And I’ll never forget the dinner scene where they start singing “Banana Boat Song (Day O)” and dancing around the table.
Jeepers Creepers – This is hands down one of my favorite horror flicks. It starts off as a road trip gone horribly wrong when a couple of college siblings bound for home are nearly run off the road by a really aggressive driver in a truck bearing the license plate “BEATNGU.” Things only go downhill from there, and every second of it is creepy, fantastic, monster-movie fun. Where’d you get those peepers? Well, if you’re the Creeper, you ate them right out of someone’s head. 😛
28 Days Later – I love zombies. LOVE. (*fist bump to my fellow fans*) I know some zombie purists don’t like to consider the Rage virus victims zombies because of their speed, but who’s to say what makes a zombie and what doesn’t? (Save for maybe George A. Romero, but eh. I like variety in my zombies!) I love the opening of this film – the horrified, frantic confusion lasts for a good long while, and my heart was racing the first time I watched it. I liked the sequel too, but nowhere near as much as the first. Plus, Cillian Murphy. I mean, damn, he’s a beautiful man, and I loved seeing him vulnerable and terrified.
The Strangers – This one leans toward the darker end of the horror movie spectrum. It takes a LOT to scare me, typically, but terrorizing home invasion stuff is guaranteed to do it every time. Why? Well, I have a bit of a phobia about people breaking into my home and torturing/killing my family. This is partly to do with the fact that there was a home invasion/hostage situation on my block when I lived in Alaska. So, the idea of being trapped in a house surrounded by people wanting to torment me purely for their own amusement? Yeah, that freaks me the hell out. And yet, I’ve re-watched the movie a couple of times and probably will again. What can I say? I do like to be scared.
The Grudge – I’m a fan of Japanese films, and I loved this remake of “Ju-On.” I thought it was deliciously creepy, but what really made it scary and memorable for me the first time I watched it was actually the reaction of my best friend. She clutched at my arm and covered her eyes and screamed, and her fear and tension fed mine and frightened me in a way I wouldn’t have been if I’d watched it alone. I’ll always remember it fondly because of that. Silver Bullet – I love werewolves. I love Stephen King. Combine them, and I am sold! I saw this movie for the first time as a young, impressionable eight year old. It scared the crap out of me at the time. I’ve re-watched it as an adult, and while it doesn’t scare me anymore, I still appreciate it as a classic, cheesy ’80s monster movie. Love it!
The Lost Boys – Speaking of cheesy ’80s horror movies, this is a vampire flick I’ve long adored. Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland were so hot in this movie. Beyond that, I loved the Coreys and the music and the clothes/style, not to mention the humorous moments. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve seen this movie, and I know I’ll only add to that number.
Stranger Things – This is the most recent addition to my list, and it’s a show not a movie. It’s a Netflix original series set in the ’80s and reminiscent of so many films of that era. It came out in July of this year, and I’ve already watched it twice and plan to watch it again soon. It reminded me of movies like “Firestarter,” “E.T.” and “The Goonies.” It filled me with nostalgia, and I can’t wait for the second season. I hope it lives up to the first!
I could go on (and on), but that’s it from me for now! What are your favorite horror movies? I’m always looking for recommendations!
*haunted hugs and sinister smooches*
Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two-thousand-book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.