#SundayReview Halloween Film Time!

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Happy Halloweeeeeeeeeen! Thought I’d pop in one of my 20 pairs of special FX contact lenses and make myself up for the occassion! It’s Halloween time again and when better a time to have a review of my favorite Halloween movies?!
I like clever things and funny things and super spoooooky scary things, but when it comes to Halloween movies, I am definitely not a horror or gore lover. Which is why this list doesn’t have the usual slasher movies or the likes. What I do have, is a choice of movies that I often watch at this time of year.

10) Beetlejuice


Despite being made in 1988, Beetlejuice has not lost any of its spooky magic. I absolutely love this movie! It’s funny, daft, has great cast, a great story and brilliant atmosphere!
A couple who died in a car crash find themselves haunting their own home. When people move into their *vacant* home, they take steps to frighten them away! In comes Michael Keaton in the form of Beetlejuice; a devious ghostie who says he can get rid of the new guests–but is his help worth the trouble?!

9) The Frighteners


The 1996 Michael J Fox movie has long been one of our favourites. It has just the right amount of comedy, spookiness, and cleverness to make this into my top ten. After the death of his wife in a car crash, a man claims he can communicate with the dead. But things get too real when supernatural events begin to happen around him!

8) The Lost Boys


Kiefer Sutherland did for The Lost Boys what Robert Pattinson did for Twilight. But, The Lost Boys is a far better film and concept! The 1987 film revolves around two brothers who move to a new town, only to discover the place is infested with vampires! MUAHAHAHAHA!!

7) Alien Quadrilogy


Yes it is four films in one spot, but they deserve to be watched in a marathon! Alien has to be one of the most freakiest movies of all time. The quadrilogy began in 1979 and freaked the f**k out of me and many others worldwide. With the tagline; “In space, no one can hear you scream!” it was always set up to be a terrifying experience. I once had a nightmare where I was chased by a Xenomorph! The Alien movies get so deep under your skin, you remember them for a very, very long time!

6) Spirited Away


Perhaps an odd choice for Halloween, I think that Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away should be included in any Halloween movie list! A ten year old child sees her parents turned into pigs then is forced to serve all kinds of things in the spirit world? Yeah, that is spooky enough for me! XD It is entertaining, fascinating, funny and cute, with darker things to munch over as you watch the amazing animation skill of one of the greatest animes ever!

5) The Shining


Many times over the years I have suffered writer’s block. Many times I’ve thought about retreating somewhere to help it pass. But in the 1980 film, Jack Nicholson’s character finds more than relief of writer’s block! He finds all kinds of crazy shit and descends into a psychotic episode which is remembered most for the phrase; “Heeeeeeeeeere’s JOHNNY!” One of the most atmospheric and psychologically terrifying movies of all time!

4) Shaun of the Dead


No Halloween movie list would be complete without a mention of the 2004 comedy horror, Shaun of the Dead. I’m a huge fan of Frost and Pegg and this movie was simply sublime. The laughs, the choice of music, the gore, the utter stupidity. Shaun has to be in a top ten list, because Shaun is one of the best zombie apocalypse of all time. And I hate zombie movies, so that’s saying a lot!

3) Nightmare Before Christmas


Tim Burton’s 1993 movie can be confusing to categorize. Is it for Christmas or Halloween?! I like to watch it during both times. It is satisfyingly spooky while also being endearing and charming. The Pumpkin King, Jack, discovers Christmas and wishes to take part in the celebrations at the cost of Christmas itself! One of my all time favourite animations, Nightmare is one of the best Tim Burton has ever made!

2) Queen of the Damned.


I was always going to be conflicted over the number one slot. In the end I had to decide which of these two films made the biggest impact on me. To be honest, both did and both deserve to be in the number one slot. But if we speak of things which have affected me the most, I’d have to place Queen of the Damned at number two.
To me, this movie–while slated by the readers of the original books– is one of the best vampire movies of all time. I never read the books, I’m more of an action reader than a spooky/horror reader. But when it comes to films, this is one movie which I could watch every day of the week and never get bored.
Released in 2002, is follows the legendary vampire Lestat, and his rebirth into the world as a rock band vocalist. His music reawakens the queen of vampires, Akasha, and one of the most beautiful vampires I’ve ever seen. Akasha is played by the beautiful Aaliyah, who tragically died in 2001. It is Aaliyah’s portrayal of Akasha which made me fall in love with this movie. So sensual so cold and indifferent, so fucking beautiful in her cruelty. This movie is so brilliantly filmed and has scenes of such intensity that it begs for more attention than it was initially given. I think it shameful that the movie was given such a beating, although I understand why lovers of the book might be angry over it. But as a stand alone movie which is how I watched it, it is phenomenal.

1) Donnie Darko


This 2001 film is one film which has stayed with me since I first saw it when it first came out. It is very intelligent, so much so it puzzled many a viewer into slating it. But Donnie Darko has become a cult classic because of that intelligence. For those with little imagination, the film can seem confusing and often perplexing. But what DD does is open the mind to things outwith our own reality, to alternate timelines or even timeline divergence. It makes you think, makes you question things. The story follows Jake Gyllenhaal’s character, Donnie, as he looks for answers to his visions of the end of the world. There is a huge creepy-assed bunny called Frank, who haunts Donnie throughout the film, strange and unnerving. If ever there was a movie which made you think more after watching it than trying to figure it out during it, Donnie Darko is the one. It makes you question reality and your perceptions of reality. I love this movie so much I actually made and wore a costume of Frank the Bunny!


As for television shows to watch during the Halloween period, there is the usual Supernatural and such. But, consider the less well known BBC series; Sea of Souls. This was a program created back in 2004 with a three series run. While the characters never outright tell you that something particularly supernatural is happening, as a viewer you get to see things and make your own mind up. Very clever, often spooky and well worth a watch! I have the DVDs and often rewatch, although season 3 was never released on DVD 😦


And there you have it, the Dragon’s Halloween movie list. This week sees the start of NaNoWriMo, so I wont be around as much as usual. I plan to get Emergence finished for the end of Nano, but I will update the blog as often as I can. To all taking part in NaNoWriMo this year, good luck!!

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi  MALEVOLENCE


About oneofthedragons

Samantha K. Balk and F. R. Donaldson met on An Archive of Our Own, one of the many fanfiction sites online, when Sam asked Frankie to illustrate the fanfiction that would one day lead to Sam's first novel. They've been friends ever since! This blog was created as a way to share the oftentimes difficult journey any new author experiences on the uncomfortable quest of an introvert for attention to his or her most personal work. It is meant to remind you that authors don't just appear fully fledged like a George R. R. Martin, that all of us start out unsure and feeling inadequate. Feel free to ask us anything. Sam: sammykaye9@gmail.com Frankie: reluctant.fraggle@gmail.com

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