It’s that time of year again, one of my favorites I must admit and amidst everything going on in life at the moment I want to slow down for a second and talk about spooky movies. I suppose more specifically I want to talk about three movies I try to always make a point to watch every year around this time. I say there are three specific movies I try to watch mostly because I don’t have the time or opportunity to watch all the movies I would like to, so I at least try to watch my favorites and, on that note,, let’s dive right in.
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
No, not for “reasons”, in reality I’ve always loved the corny and cheesy side of a lot of things and Elvira plays directly into that love. Overall an homage to classic horror movies but in general it comes off as completely cheesy but over all it’s just plain fun if you ask me. So, if you’ve been under a rock, or more likely you’ve never bothered to watch it, the plot is pretty simple. Elvira is hosting her tv show when the new station manager makes a pass at her and she quits (yeah that’s the short boring version cause it’s more enjoyable to watch and I don’t wanna spoil anything from an incredibly old movie). Once she realizes that was a terrible idea and she won’t be able to put money up for her Vegas show she tries to find another way to make the money when her Aunt dies leaving her a home in your classic bible belt style town where she obviously sticks out like a sore thumb. After turning the town upside down and a little supernatural battle, not to mention being accused of being a witch and burned at the stake, she lands on her feet and gets her Vegas show and the town learns a little something about tolerance.
Like I said, overall, it’s cheesy and corny, the acting is moderately good from everyone involved but to be honest I wouldn’t have it any other way and it’s one of the reasons I try to watch it every Halloween.
Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular
In the realm of budget animation, nothing exemplifies this more to me than this movie and its sequel. Based on the books by Jill Thompson this particular hour-long movie (approximately at least) centers on a little girl named Hannah Marie who gets locked in a spook house by her cousin Jimmy and his friends in an attempt to scare the “baby” on Halloween night. The result? Hannah meets her Scary Godmother and is taken to the “Fright Side” to see that monsters aren’t bad at all by inviting her to an annual Halloween party. Budget is an understatement when you look at the animation and style, but to be honest I love the story and even the acting and all of it combined makes it a treasure of a movie to watch. Sure, the overall premise of Halloween is to be spooky and scary but I always make time to watch this little joy and if there’s time I throw in the sequel as well.
Army of Darkness
I’m hoping I don’t have to explain this one, especially since it requires setting up two movies prior (technically) but the long and short of it is that this is the third movie coming in after both Evil Dead 1 & 2 and takes a very different turn than the Evil Dead series. In the set-up Ash is basically transported back in time in a way (back to 1300 A.D. to be somewhat more specific) and while he’s there his only goal is to get home, which requires the Necronomicon, which involves fighting Deadites and an army of the dead. With a mix of comedy and horror it’s a classic movie without question but there is another reason I make a point to try to watch it every October (besides being an awesome movie on its own that is). One other reason why I always try to watch Army of Darkness goes way back to my high school art class, before my teacher pulled a asshat move and made me hate art for the longest time, but she insisted we watch this because of the fact there is a stop motion animated army of skeletons fighting and the second I saw it I fell in love with this movie. Don’t get me wrong, I love Evil Dead and its sequel but this one is without question my favorite of the three. There’s never really a wrong time to watch it in my opinion but Halloween time is definitely the perfect time to watch.
Well folks, there you have it, even though I have a lot of movies that are either horror or Halloween related, as I grow older and my life becomes a bit more busy I have less time to watch the movies in my collection that I love to watch. All that being said though, these three are movies I always do my best to try to watch each and every year. If you haven’t seen any of them then I suggest checking them out at least once, and if you have seen them and love them as much as I do then you know exactly why too.
This also wraps up Halloween time and moves us in to winter, I’m considering trying to theme the coming weeks around winter and Christmas, or the holidays in general, not sure, felt cute, might delete later and all that jazz. Either way, stay tuned and I’ll see ya next time folks.