Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2010

 Happy Halloween!!!


So you're throwing a Halloween party this year and you need some movies to rent. You walk through the aisles of your local video store and notice that all the copies of Saw, Halloween, Friday the 13th, The Ring, The Grudge, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and all the "usual" movies are gone. That's because people generally rent the same movies every single Halloween... year after year. So for Halloween this year, break the monotony and rent some movies that will really give your party guests something to talk about...

I will break down my suggestions in two ways: first I will set up an Alternative Movies List where I try to suggest movies in the same vein as popular rentals for Halloween, then I will arrange them into playlists that I think will work best for a party.

Alternative Movies List

Tired of watching these same movies every year? Try substituting any film with one of the suggested titles:

Saw
Cube(1997)
The Collector (2009)

The Ring/The Grudge
The Echo (2008)
Bunshinsaba (2004)
Sick Nurses (2007)
Cinderella (2006)

Friday the 13th/Halloween
The Hills Run Red (2009)
Hatchet (2006)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Hills Run Red (2009)
Storm Warning (2007)

The Hills Have Eyes
Wrong Turn (2003)
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)

The Last House on the Left
Eden Lake (2008)


As far as playing these movies goes (obviously you couldn't play them ALL in one night), here is the recommended hierarchy in which I would play these films. Mix and match whatever you deem appropriate for your audience: 

Filler - movies I would play while guests are still arriving or have playing in the background while party guests mingle

Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)
Lake Placid (1999)
Otis (2008)
Creep (2004)

Starters - movies that people might remember or catch their attention and get people to start settling in

Dog Soldiers (2002)
Night of the Demons (1988)
Night of the Demons (2010)
Splinter (2008)
Feast (2005)
Feast II: Sloppy Seconds (2008)
Feast III: The Happy Finish (2009)
Demons (1985)
Maniac! (1980)
Creepshow (1982)

Main Attractions - when everyone is seated and quiet, you can break out the big guns

Predators (2010)
The Echo (2008)
Hatchet (2006)
Wrong Turn (2003)
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)
The Hills Run Red (2009)
Day of the Dead (1985)
The Collector (2009)
Three... Extremes (2004)
High Tension (2003)
[REC] (2007)
Art of the Devil II (2005)
Bunshinsaba (2004)
Cinderella (2006)
Sick Nurses (2007)
Wind Chill (2007)
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

Extreme/Hardcore - use for extra kick

Martyrs (2007)
Eden Lake (2008)
Storm Warning (2007)

Now I will try to arrange them into generic playlists that you can follow if you don't want to read the reviews and pick your own movies. If you're in the mood for... 

Zombies

Creepshow (1982)
[REC] (2007) 
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) 
Day of the Dead (1985)

Also of interest: Zombieland (2009), Dead Snow (2009)

Violent Slashers

Maniac! (1980)
High Tension (2003) 
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)
Hatchet (2006)
The Hills Run Red (2009)

Also of interest: Art of the Devil II (2005), Bloody Reunion (2006)

Supernatural

Wind Chill (2007)
Bunshinsaba (2004)
The Echo (2008)
Sick Nurses (2007)
Cinderella (2006)  

Also of interest: The Uninvited (2003), Stir of Echoes (1999)

Mixed Bag

Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)
Three... Extremes (2004)
The Echo (2008)
Hatchet (2006)
Predators (2010)

Also of interest: [REC] (2007), The Hills Run Red (2009), High Tension (2003)

Hopefully everyone finds this useful, I wish I had a bigger database of movies to pull from but I wrote all the reviews for this post over the past month. I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween!!!

Also, check out my personal Top 10 Favorite Horror Movies list.

1 comment:

  1. Dang that's a mutha fuckin comprehensive list!!! O__O
    thanks for all the categorizing man.

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