Halloween Movie Marathon
Posted on October 22 2020
I have always been a big fan of a well-planned movie marathon. It's so much more than plopping on the couch and not moving for hour after hour. You really have to set the atmosphere and engage all the senses.
First, I like to plan a balanced snack plate that consists of sweet and sour candies. Savory is then added -- can't have a movie marathon without popcorn! Last is a hot drink of some kind. I'm partial to hot chocolate but will transition to tea when my sugar levels get to dangerous levels.
Second, you need mood lighting. Candles are the best source of lighting during a movie marathon -- they provide a soft glow and make the entire room smell wonderful. I've been obsessed with Boy Smells candles lately. I get so tired of the typical pumpkin and cinnamon smells of fall and these provide a nice reprieve.
The next thing you need is every soft thing you've ever encountered. I'm talking blankets, pjs, socks, pillows. You get the idea. Blankets and pillows are especially important during a scary movie marathon because those will become tools for shielding your eyes when things get too intense. I've become pretty fond of Eberjey's pjs - they are softer than any other pj I've encountered.
Last, and most importantly, you need the movie lineup. My personal horror movie taste veers on the side of campy, the likes of Evil Dead. I can't handle lifelike gore or real fear.
Top of my list are usually the originals of the ongoing franchises. One of my very favorites is the original Friday the 13th. The sleep-away camp setting is too nostalgic for me and the over-the-top acting and (now) cliche tropes get me right in the funny bone.
Any Halloween movie marathon must include my absolute favorite - Evil Dead. It's so outrageous and self-aware, you can't help but enjoy the crazy antics despite the dark nature of the subject matter.
I also love a break from all the shock and fright with more family friendly films. Hocus Pocus is a classic and well-loved across many generations. The Nightmare Before Christmas, Casper, Halloweentown all fit into this genrey. I love them all equally and will watch them all if given the opportunity.
Newer psychological thrillers are great additions to round things out. Jordan Peele has dominated this genre for me as I plan to watch both Us and Get Out this year.
Last but not least are the classics of film noir. Is any Halloween marathon complete without Hitchcock's Psycho? What I love most about classic crime dramas is that they don't need to show everything. For the most part, everything is implied and they focus more on the subtle disturbances, which I find just as frightening as any slasher film.