It’s Halloween, but I don’t think you people are in the right frame of mind for all that this day is. So, to help you get in the spirit of things, Junkyard Arts has teamed up with our buddies over at Watch It Stream to bring you a well-cultivated list of seasonal films that might help scare the shit out of your wimpy friends and help celebrate the holiday.
We’ve been asking Junkyard fans all month what are some of their favorite films to watch at this time of year. Some people revel in the horror, others mentioned childhood favorites, and some were weird and mentioned Christmas specials (to each their own?). I thought I’d take a moment to highlight some truly great selections people voted for.
Stephen King’s IT
Let’s go ahead and start with perhaps the most terrifying film on this list. What do you get when you combine Stephen King’s classic novel about a otherworldy being terrorizing the youths of a small community with Tim Curry in a clown costume? Nightmares that last the rest of your life. Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown is the reason I don’t look in storm drains or anyone doing somersaults in makeup.
Perhaps the movie most mentioned during our informal survey was this 1993 Disney film starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as three witches returned from the grave to steal the souls of children in current-day Salem, MA. The movie, which also starred a young Thora Birch, seems to have stuck with an entire generation and is now the official film of the season for many. One of those films that, if you don’t watch it during October, than that month never happened. I mean, who can forget Thackery Binx, Billy Butcherson, and that pretty over-the-top rendition of Screamin Jay Hawkins’ classic “I Put a Spell on You”.
Evil Dead/Army of Darkness
Bruce Campbell at his wittiest + chainsaw hand + demons & time travel = movie geeks favorite Halloween costumer ever. Groovy.
Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree
We’ve mentioned this 1993 cartoon adaption of sci-fi legend Ray Bradbury’s novel before on Junkyard. Unfortunately it’s also the most difficult film to find on this list. But I highly recommend you hunt it down. Bradbury adapted the script himself about a group of friends who meet a peculiar old man who shows them the history of Halloween while they search through time for their missing friend. There’s a lot of great scenes in this movie, but perhaps my favorite part is the fantastic characters Bradbury creates to make this timeless classic. It’s not easy to get your hands on, but well worth it.
There’s a bunch of other great films that will have you eager for Halloween this year. So go ahead and check out your list, then don’t be afraid to tell us in the comments what films you think we missed. Then make sure to like WatchItStream on Facebook!