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POLL: Favorite Halloween Movie?

Happy Tuesday!

One of my favorite parts of preparing for a proper Halloween is watching scary movies, from the early Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff films to the most recent flicks new on DVD or in the theaters. So, my question to you is this: what is your favorite Halloween film?


Poll #582935 Favorite Halloween Film

What is your favorite film to watch at Halloween? (Or, if you don't watch films at Halloween, which film would you recommend to others who do?)




And now, in honor of Halloween month, I will pick up where I left off yesterday with some macabre verse:

...I was old when the pharaohs first mounted
The jewel-decked throne by the Nile;
I was old in those epochs uncounted
When I, and I only, was vile;
And Man, yet untainted and happy, dwelt in bliss on the far Arctic isle.

Oh, great was the sin of my spirit,
And great is the reach of its doom;
Not the pity of Heaven can cheer it,
Nor can respite be found in the tomb:
Down the infinite aeons come beating the wings of unmerciful gloom.

Through the ghoul-guarded gateways of slumber,
Past the wan-mooned abysses of night,
I have lived o'er my lives without number,
I have sounded all things with my sight;
And I struggle and shriek ere the daybreak, being driven to madness with fright.


from "Nemesis" by H.P. Lovecraft

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euclase
Oct. 4th, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC)
Whoa. *looks at her own journal*

Stop reading my mind! ;-)
euclase
Oct. 4th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
PS: As for your poll, I can't pick just one. There are so many.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 4th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
Such as...? ;) (Sorry, I'm trolling for recommendations!)
euclase
Oct. 4th, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
Oh jeez...

Session 9
Don't Look Now
Q, The Winged Serpent
A Tale of Two Sisters
Ju-on (the Japanese version of The Grudge)
Pet Sematary
28 Days Later
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Night of the Living Dead
Serpent and the Rainbow
Halloween
The Devil's Backbone
Suspiria
The Evil Dead

and Shaun of the Dead for fun.

:-)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 4th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! Many thanks! This is a marvelous list.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 4th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
Wow! We're on the same wavelength, aren't we? Though I'm not too concerned about kids - I'm concerned about me! LOL. Though you know what I think is effective for kids? The whole "Night On Bald Mountain" sequence in Fantasia. So nicely done.

Your icon is fantastic.
primroseburrows
Oct. 4th, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC)
I really don't like scary movies (odd because I read mostly books with scary stuff in them). I do love the adaptation of The Stand, though, because it's scary and intelligent and cool and based on one of my favourite books.

The other film I was going to mention (but no room, no room!) is The Electric Grandmother. And of course the Harry Potter films, especially the last one released.
febobe
Oct. 4th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
I have a thing and a half about The Stand. . . . :D Weird, b/c I've never had a thing about Stephen King or horror per se. But that, to me, isn't horror; it's epic!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 4th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
It does seem to be the Stephen King for the non-Stephen King-lover! I need to rewatch that. I remember being impressed when it first aired. Thanks!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 4th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! Many thanks. I can't believe I've never seen The Electric Grandmother: I must correct that at once!
aragornlover
Oct. 4th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
The one I always watch isn't exactly scary (could be for little kids though). But I always watch "Hocus Pocus" on Halloween. It's such a fun movie!
bellatook
Oct. 4th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with you AL...there's just something completely insane about Bette Midler as a witch...it's quite appropriate!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 4th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
Ha! I'd forgotten about this one. Thanks so much!
melissagay
Oct. 4th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
I'm a poll weenie and can't make up my mind!! Let me add to the list:

The Fall of the House of Usher
Nosferatu
Lost Boys
Son of Frankenstein with Peter Cushing
Day of the Triffids
Forbidden Planet


And, speaking of which, I hear some folk make a tradition of Rocky Horror at Hallowween. ;)

You know what? Forbidden Planet scared me silly the first time I saw it and it still holds a special, creepy place in my heart. I think I'll go back and fill that one in! :)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 4th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
What a fantastic list! Which version of Usher do you like best? I know there's one with Vincent Price, and one with Denholm Elliot. There was also one made in the 1980s with Martin Landau; I remember seeing that and being thoroughly creeped out by him! I can totally see how Forbidden Planet is creepy, as well. Awesome stuff! Thanks!

So, will your son be a little Cthulhu this year? I still crack up every time I think about that.
melissagay
Oct. 4th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
Well, I've seen and liked all the Ushers in various ways, but the first one I ever saw was the Martin Landau one and it kinda still takes the cake for me! :-)

And, yes, we're still going with the Baby Shoggoth idea for Brendan... although he might end up being a Plan 9 From Outer Space alien, since he's taken a real fancy to this silver-sequin dress of mine... Either way I have to start by making a big stuffed head-hat, so luckily we don't have to decide right away. :)
white_gull
Oct. 4th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
Um, I voted for an old movie: Arsenic and Old Lace. My family always watches it at Halloween time, my second would have been The Haunted Mansion(I don't see many scary films). That, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl...
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 4th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
Oooh, great call! Thank you!
primsong
Oct. 4th, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC)
I admit I'm quite curious what makes Halloween so special to you - you are quite jazzed up, and it's an entire month away! *is curious*
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 4th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
It's by far my most favorite holiday of the year - when I was small, my family and I had lots of fun traditions, and as an adult I find it appeals to my sense of aesthetics. This year is by far the most challenging October I've had professionally - three different written articles due, two speaking engagements, and grading midterms, all while in the final weeks of preparing to direct an international conference that's drawing lots of publicity - so I decided to have a little daily LJ fun with it as a gift to myself. :) I don't want to lose the holiday, or for that matter a little "light" time each day, amid the work.
melissagay
Oct. 4th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
Bless you, that is an awesome way to celebrate!! I've been going through a lot of professional stress this month too-- plus some other annoying stuff directly related to the celebration of holidays. :( You know what? I'm going to follow your example! Hallowween is too special not to get fired up about!!! :)

("Fired up," heh heh)
primsong
Oct. 5th, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
Good reasons! :-) We have an October chock full of family b-days, so I'm busy enough it gets little more than a nod here... but you should see my house for Thanksgiving. :-D
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 4th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
PS. Besides, when Halloween does come around, I won't have time this year to celebrate it. So, small daily enjoyment instead...

PPS. Tomorrow, Tolkien horror! :)
faramirgirl
Oct. 4th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
Hello
Well I put Friday the 13th but it has been awhile since I have seem the movie.

Loved your poem.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 5th, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
Re: Hello
:hugs: Thank you! Good recommendation. How are you feeling? Better, I hope!
ameer_tavakoli
Oct. 4th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm
I originally came to read the daily halloween entry after seeing Melissa post the idea in hers.

Then I saw the poll and got sucked in.

My favorite Halloween movie is _Carnival of Souls_ (not sure how to underline movie titles in LJ). It used to be, and still is, a cool cult movie and has recently been re-released on DVD. If you have a fetish for musicians, particularly ones who play organs, then this movie is for you.

Other movies that are high on my list:

_The Shining_ (the Jack Nicholson classic ... not the remake). Although, if you watch the trailer for it, you will get the sense it is a warm and fuzzy movie about family bonding. http://www.ps260.com/molly/SHINING%20FINAL.mov

_It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown_: anything by Shultz is pure gold as far as I'm concerned).

There are a couple of others, but they are more conventional, and I'm sure they've been posted elsewhere, so I'll refrain from repeating them here.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 5th, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
Re: Hmmmm
I'm so glad you came by and posted - thank you! You won't believe this: we have our very own copy of Carnival of Souls! How funny is that? We haven't watched it in some time, though. We have to pull it out and watch it now for Halloween. Great recommendation!

Now I'm on a total nostalgia trip for It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
saccage
Oct. 5th, 2005 01:43 am (UTC)
Dawn of the Dead.

That movie scares the bajezus out of me. DD:
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 5th, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
Good call! :) Thanks!
sneezythesquid
Oct. 5th, 2005 10:58 am (UTC)
But also John Carpenter's The Thing for scares.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 5th, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
Coolness! :)
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