The Halloween movie double feature


I love October. It’s my favourite time of the year. The nights get longer, ghost stories get told and nobody raises an eyebrow if you warm up with some mulled wine. It’s also the time of year I have my annual horror movie marathon. A chance to get drunk, (that’s where the mulled wine comes in) and sit back with some horror films. Last year was Plan 9 From Outer Space followed by Night of The Creeps (much like my very first blog entry here)

This year my halloween movie double bill will actually feature films which are Halloween themed. So to prove that I’m not just making these things up I offer you what I’ll be watching, probably the weekend before, Halloween. First off it’s all about nostalgia.

I was 12-years-old when Ghostwatch was shown on BBC1 on a Saturday evening. Featuring Michael Parkinson and Craig Charles the show was supposed to be a live outside broadcast from Britain’s most haunted house. The film was a for-runner to those Ghost Hunters / Most Haunted type programmes. Except it wasn’t, it was a fictional horror and all hell broke loose.

The BBC was flooded with complaints, and the reason? It was too good, too mean-spirited and too frightening. It looked and felt like a real programme and the story doe snot end well for the characters. Ghostwatch feels of its time but  it’s still great.

There isn’t a trailer, it was meant to be real after all, but here is couple of clips.

To be honest though the DVD is a nightmare to get hold of at the moment so your best bet is Google Video, which is here

On to the trailers and yes I know Halloween is an incredible example of the slasher movie but let us do something a little different. I’m nostalgic for its mentalist sequel which manages to avoid Michael Myers entirely.

Second trailer is for a movie that is, frankly, heavily influenced by Evil Dead.

And just because you can’t not include it on a Halloween movie night.

On to our next film and it is an example of how a great movie can be put to one side for no good reason. Trick R Treat is a collection of short horror stories thrown together based on one Halloween night.

It was shelved for two years and built up a buzz from festival appearances. Now released on DVD the film is a reminder that these types of films are all about having fun as well as having a scare (something the Saws of this world would do well to remember)

It is at its best when it works as a collection of urban myths and local legends played for scares. The set-piece where Brian Cox is tormented by a ghostly trick or treater is worth the entrance alone.

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