10. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
|"I got a rock" - Charlie Brown|
Not only do I have a lot of nostalgia wrapped into the Great Pumpkin it's also has some interesting messages that are open to interpretation. Should we admire Linus' blind faith in something ridiculous? Knowing Charles Schultz's christian beliefs it is definitely interesting to analyze exactly what his message is here. A crisis in his own beliefs perhaps?
But like my favorite movies it does not have an overt agenda. It just tells it's story and gives faith in the viewer. Oh, and besides my tangent did I mention that the film is just nostalgic fun? Because it is.
9. Noseferatu (1922)
|"Is this your wife? What a lovely throat" - Graf Orlok|
Not that this film needed any extra layer of creepy. Besides being an incredible influence on all horror films that came afterwards it really holds up on it's own. Still one of the creepiest villains of any film. And the visuals are stunning.
8. Carrie (1976)
|"They're all gonna laugh at you" - Margaret White|
The creepiest part for me is not the supernatural elements but really the relationship between Carrie and her mother. Most people talk either about the prom or shower scene but for me the movie really lies with Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie.
7. King Kong (1933)
|"No chains will ever hold that" - Captain Enlgehorn|
When I saw the King Kong again as an adult I was expecting to be disappointed but it is awesome. Such a strange dream like adventure that I still enjoy today.
6. Peeping Tom (1960)
|"Whatever I photograph I always lose." - Mark Lewis|
I like the straight up story of this film but I being a filmmaker like the philosophical side of capturing people on film. At the same time he kills his victims he is immortalizing them. He is killing them and preserving them in a way. If you pay attention I think there is a lot going on this story that you might normally miss.
5. Young Frankenstein (1974)
|"For what we are about to see next, we must enter quietly into the realm of genius" - Dr. Frederick Frankenstein|
The cast is great and the script is amazing. A perfect genre parody while still being unique and fresh. A very hard thing to emulate. Trust me, Brooks has tried. Blazing Saddles is great but I see it as less a genre parody and more of western comedy. Young Frankenstein is the real genre parody masterpiece.
4. M (1931)
|"I have no control over this, this evil thing inside of me, the fire, the voices, the torment!" - Hans Beckert|
This story would be controversial to be released today nevertheless 1930. Not only is it a film about a child murder but also about what is justice. Are murders always guilty or are they merely following their screwed up compulsions? Are you any better for wanting to murder a murderer? Very interesting questions being asked amongst incredible visuals.
3. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
"You can be much more alone with other people than you are by yourself, even if it's people you love." - Lucy Muir
2. Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)
"The human body is not easy to destroy and it's not east to take a life humanely and painlessly without doing a great deal of damage to the individual's body." -Fred A. Leuchter Jr.
This is my favorite documentary of all time. It is perhaps an unconventional Halloween choice but one I think fits perfectly. I don't want to give too much away about this film but it highlights something much scarier than any villain on this list. The greatest threat is not thoughtless monsters but other humans just like ourselves who choose to believe monstrous thoughts.
1. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)
|"I'm telling you, brother, it's a frightful sight for what goes on Halloween night." - Brom Bones|
Supposedly Disney still gets complaints from parents about this cartoon and I can see why. Still the best version of the "Sleepy Hollow" story I have ever seen. Sorry, Goldblum.
What do you think of my list? Some of my favorites did not make the list such as Dawn of the Dead, a couple Hitchcock films and Ghostbusters, mainly because I could watch them all year round. So what movies get you into the Halloween spirit?
Also if you want to hear me and my co-hosts discuss this very topic then you can listen to our podcast, As Usual, Thanks for Nothing.