What are some good movies for a halloween party?
October 31, 2004 10:48 AM   Subscribe

HalloweenFilter: What are some good movies for a halloween party? Scary, Silly, you name it.
posted by hughbot to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn gets my vote.
posted by dobbs at 11:28 AM on October 31, 2004

I'm more partial to Army of Darkness, myself (it's sometimes called "Evil Dead 3"), but any of the Evil Dead series would be good.
posted by Zonker at 11:34 AM on October 31, 2004

Mad Monster Party, Scary Movie, old Scooby Doo cartoons and Groovy Ghoulies...
posted by amberglow at 11:51 AM on October 31, 2004

My favorite movie this year - the "Dawn of the Dead" remake. I love the original, but I have to say that I like the new one a lot more. Really scary, yet really really funny at the same time.
posted by Quartermass at 12:05 PM on October 31, 2004

I love Garfield's Halloween. It's just a 20-30 mintue show, and it is Garfield, but man, it was actually funny, had cool songs, and just enough spookiness.

Or maybe I just miss my siblings and childhood right now.
posted by weston at 12:22 PM on October 31, 2004

Depending on what you are looking for (you didn't mention an age range and such), the ending of SLEEPAWAY CAMP can be a fun thing to experience with a large group of adults (who haven't seen it, of course).
posted by jca at 12:39 PM on October 31, 2004

And there are always the old favorites, Rocky Horror and Young Frankenstein.
posted by Alylex at 12:55 PM on October 31, 2004

Consider Simpson's Treehouse of Horror episodes.
posted by SPrintF at 1:04 PM on October 31, 2004

Response by poster: Age Range is 20-25. Right now, I'm thinking Nightmare Before Christmas, (is this a halloween movie, or a christmas movie?) Pet Cemetary (I don't care what anyone tells you, this movie ROCKS IT) and Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors.

I Heart Dokken.
posted by hughbot at 1:33 PM on October 31, 2004

Evil Dead II has to be up there.. but my main pick would be.. REANIMATOR!

Seriously, you can't get as stupid/funny/gross/laugh out loud insane as that movie for halloween. It's the funniest horror film I've seen.
posted by wackybrit at 1:39 PM on October 31, 2004

Shaun of the Dead - a British romzomcom (romantic zombie comedy).
posted by Orange Goblin at 1:43 PM on October 31, 2004

Ghostbusters! Bustin' makes me feel good!
posted by alphanerd at 1:53 PM on October 31, 2004

First, let me note that no such gathering could be complete without Nudist Colony of the Dead, a rollicking zombie nudie musical with songs such as "God Will Show Us the Way."

If this is going to be a long night, I'd suggest going with one or two from different categories of film -- let the audience narrow things down. For a party, you'll want films with a bit of silly IMHO.

Categorizations vary, and there's overlap, but for me there's:

MONSTERS FROM THE BRINY DEEP! I'd go with Deep Rising (Famke Janssen, yum, and nicely silly) or Deep Blue Sea (the Samuel-L speech is glorious). If you want your horror 1980's-style, go with Leviathan or Deep Star Six.

TERROR FROM BEYOND THE STARS! I *would* say Alien, but that's probably too genuinely scary and serious to be a good movie flick. I'd recommend Alien: Resurrection for these purposes, or Jason X. Either version of The Thing, but Carpenter's is more fun. Maybe either version of The Blob, but those are more TDTTIGD movies to me. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

THEY DARED TO TAMPER IN GOD'S DOMAIN! One of the Jurassic Park movies might fit here. Either Blob movie. Young Frankenstein. Leviathan. Godzilla if you don't mind suckage.

HORROR RISES FROM THE GRAVE! The new Dawn of the Dead or 28 Days Later. Any vampire movie; you might as well get the one with 36 of D from Star Trek Voyager. An American Werewolf in London. Jason X, I suppose.

BEASTS FROM BEYOND TIME! Godzilla / Rodan / Gamera etc. King Kong. Any of a jillion flicks from the 1950s.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 2:52 PM on October 31, 2004

Roman Polanski's "The Fearless Vampire Killers" is both scary and silly.
posted by interrobang at 3:08 PM on October 31, 2004

Bubba Ho-Tep
posted by plinth at 5:22 PM on October 31, 2004

an old Vincent Price would be good too--any of them from the 50s and 60s.
posted by amberglow at 5:30 PM on October 31, 2004

Experience the slightly scary yet very fun, almost camp Beetlejuice!
posted by Lynsey at 5:34 PM on October 31, 2004

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