I have a new favorite pastime: movie marathons.
This new passion of mine was ignited this summer when the original and entertaining voices of Swampflix convinced Brian and me to watch all of the Fast & Furious movies, something neither of us ever thought we’d bring ourselves to do. It was a blast, btw—an epic journey into awesomely bad, big budget entertainment. Next, I turned the setback of a sprained ankle into an opportunity to watch all the Harry Potter movies in a week while RICEing my ankle. Brian joined me of course, in solidarity. Once the final credits rolled, however, the withdrawal began to kick in. We NEEDED more movies.
LOTR to the rescue! And another weekend was well spent.
Fast-forward to yesterday, the last day of September and the beginning of a brilliant movie marathon idea. Now, you’ve probably heard of AMC’s Fear Fest. And I’m sure you’ve participated in a little ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween. . . Kids’ stuff, I scoff! Go big or go home, I always say. That’s why Brian and I are committing to a SERIOUS Halloween (or Hallowe’en, as we like to say) movie marathon. We’re going to watch 31 dark and scary movies this month! Cause we’re SO EXTREEEEEME!
I spent the entire afternoon yesterday researching appropriate movies and curating a list of nearly 60 to choose from. Accepted genres included Horror/Slasher Comedy (e.g. Shaun of the Dead), Dark Fantasy (e.g. Sleepy Hollow), Kids/Family Spookers (Hocus Pocus, obv), Classic & Cult Horror (e.g. The House on Haunted Hill), Modern Horror/Thriller (e.g. It Follows), and Other (which included genre hoppers like Rocky Horror Picture Show and What We Do in the Shadows).
Now, this is a purely subjective list of movies curated specifically to mine and Brian’s tastes. Those tastes, as you may notice, do not include straight slasher films. No sir, we don’t like them and you can’t make us. We also left off MANY an excellent film, either because we’d seen it too recently or too often (Let the Right One In, Suspiria, The Witches, etc.).
There were just way too many to choose from! The resulting list was a mix of nostalgic Halloween fare, dark & beautiful supernatural thrillers, and a few ghosty flicks we could stomach. Preference was given to options that were available to stream on Netflix, Amazon, and HBO, plus a few soon-to-hit-theaters picks.
After compiling the doubly-long list, the fun began. Brian and spent most of last night watching the trailers for every single movie on the list, then giving each one a score (1 to 10) based on how much we each wanted to watch it. The list was then ranked on each movie’s average score. Topping the list are these 13 dark and cheeky movies we can’t wait to see! The next 18 will round out our 31 days of Halloween movie bliss.
Now, don’t worry, we won’t be watching a movie every single day this month. That might be too challenging. I’m thinking we’ll watch one or two during each week, do a couple multi-movie seshes on the weekends, and then hit it hard with a big marathon on Halloween weekend. We’re not crazy. (Winky face.)
Tonight, we kick off the movie madness with our number one pick, The Shining! Check out the full list of 31 movies we’ll be watching here (I created a Pinterest board!), and if you’re really picking up what we’re putting down, you can see our complete scored list of 60 movies here (I made a spreadsheet!). Which movies would have made your list, and which ones did we forget?
Now, excuse me while I got buy ALL THE POPCORN.