FA LA LA LA LA, LA LA—wait! Wrong season!
But it’s still holiday season—it’s the Witching Season!
‘Tis the season for spooky movies, Boo boo boo boo boo, boo boo boo BOO
Grab some popcorn and some cookies, Boo boo boo boo boo, boo boo boo BOO
Curl with a cat in a cozy blanket, Boo boo boo boo boo, boo boo boo BOO
As the vampire opens the casket, Boo boo boo boo boo, boo boo boo…BOO….”
Okay, okay, I’ll stop. But it’s that time of year again—SPOOKY MOVIE TIME! The time when we remind ourselves of life by peeking through the Veil at what might just be hiding on the other side. When we reaffirm the balance by acknowledging the Shadow side of the self—and of life.
Every year, I have a list of DVDs that I plunder out of my DVD cabinet to watch while I work. I watch them all through the month, rationing myself by interspersing them with episodes of Dark Shadows (I own the entire series and am a little over halfway through—there are 1225 episodes, 131 discs, and I’m on episode 710).
So what movies do I love this time of year? Well, I’m not into slasher flicks, but more into mood pieces. Some have a little humor in them, others are just freakshow creepy. For me this list includes:
- Something Wicked This Way Comes
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
- The Birds
- The Halloween Tree
- Dracula (Gary Oldman version)
- Sleepy Hollow (Johnny Depp)
- Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
- Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte
- The Mummy & The Mummy Returns (Brendon Frasier)
- The Others
- The Shining (the miniseries)
- Queen of the Damned
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- The Haunting
- A Haunting in Connecticut
- The Amityville Horror
- Delores Claiborne
- The Ghost & Mr. Chicken
- Secret Window
- The Woman in White
- The Innocents
There are others I like, but these are the ones that I go back to time and again. So, what’s on your autumn movie-watching binge? Are there spooky stories you like to watch over and over?