October 28, 2013

Guest post | Craft a Halloween movie marathon with Tish of sugar + razor blades

Although I'm officially back from vacation, I had a couple of friends submit guest posts that I thought would be perfect to start off this week. So, I'd like to ask you all to welcome the always-inventive Tish of sugar + razor blades, who brings us today's guest post. Thanks so much for doing this, Tish!

I'm all about movies (and telly). I'll put one on to suit my mood, or to change my mood. And when it comes to holidays? Get out of the way, because I'm running to my computer to make my Halloween/Christmas/New Year's/Valentine's/Summertime playlist to make sure I am in the holiday spirit all season long.

So, when September (or even earlier) comes around, you better believe I am already thinking about what to do for Halloween (and my birthday, which is also Oct. 31st!) including the movies (and telly) I will watch in October to get into Halloween mode.

Everyone has their own style of Halloween they like to celebrate, so for your viewing convenience, I have collected all the Halloween movies I love into several different categories, so that you might choose the movie marathon that suits you. Perhaps you just want some PG family fun, or maybe you're a massive Carrie fan. I've got you covered.

And if you feel that I've neglected to include some essential Halloween viewing, let me know in the comments! I'm always looking for more movies!

Have a Happy Halloween/Tish's Birthday!

For the Kiddies:

Hocus Pocus
If the gif sets popping up in my Tumblr feed over the past few weeks are anything to go by, I'm not the only one who genuinely looks forward to watching Hocus Pocus every October. If you watch no other Halloween movie this month, you must watch Hocus Pocus.

Ernest Scared Stupid
When I watched this movie last October, I had only vague memories of slimy troll eggs growing on a tree, gruesome troll creatures, and a crazy old lady. I was pleased to find Ernest just as stupid and hilarious as I thought I remembered him. Warning: This may be a kids movie, but I still find the trolls genuinely scary and creepy. But maybe you're tougher than I am ...

Double Double Toil and Trouble
For every occasion; there's a Mary-Kate and Ashley movie.

The Worst Witch
File this one under So Bad, It's Good. If you're a fan of terrible 80s special effects and Tim Curry being a creep (because he is a creep in literally every role), then you will love this movie. If, like me, you can't handle real horror movies, the cringing you do watching this atrocity might be scary enough for you.

Ruby Gloom
While it isn't a movie, it is one of my favorite shows and something I watch every October. Ruby Gloom is very Addams Family-like. It's a cartoon about a group of odd friends living together in a big creepy mansion. Like the Addams, they enjoy the gloomy, creepy stuff that everyone else dislikes. Except these guys are really cheerful and adorable.

(Halloweentown, Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge, Halloweentown High, Return to Halloweentown)

I'm making up for a Disney-channel-less childhood these days, basking in Disney Channel Original movies like these. These movies would have been perfect for me as a kid. Like Marnie, I felt that "No one here really appreciates my taste in weird stuff." Being a Halloween baby, I've always felt an affinity for anything Halloween-related, as if I have some ownership over it, so it pains me greatly to know these movies were being made without my knowledge until recently. I mean, Halloweentown?! Obviously, my true home. Although, if I had grown up knowing there was a Halloweentown out there, I might have resented my parents for keeping me from it because, despite what they say, I was obviously born there.

The Addams Family
(The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, The New Addams Family)

Let me just get this off my chest: We all agree that Anjelica Huston as Morticia and Christina Ricci as Wednesday are casting perfection. But, Christopher Lloyd as Fester? So wrong. I find him annoying and spazzy. Other than that—I love The Addams Family! And if just two movies isn't enough, have an Addams-filled October by watching The New Addams Family. All the freaky fun of the Addams in little 22-minute nuggets. Maybe because it's a show I grew up watching, but I really love the cast of this Addams family. Although, the show is much more go-for-the-laugh than the more dramatic movies. But, please, do not be fooled by that other Addams Family movie: The Addams Family Reunion. Oh, no, no no. Bad idea.

Ginger Snaps
(Ginger Snaps, Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed, Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning)

I know that Ginger Snaps has become somewhat of a cult classic, but because it's a Canadian movie, I'm not sure if it's as well-known in America as it is here. So, if you are unlucky enough to be non-Canadian, it's time you were introduced to this beauty. This is as close as I can get to a real horror movie. It's a little scary, but mostly gory. Aside from the creepy Halloween vibes, it's also a great story of sisters, and their difficult relationship. I admit I have yet to see the 2nd and 3rd installments, but I look forward to continuing the sisters' journey.

(Carrie (1976), Carrie (2002), Carrie (2013))

Yet another Carrie remake comes out this month. So, if you're a Carrie fan, you may want to make it a marathon by watching the original and the made-for-TV version before heading out to see the newest rendition. Talk about a blood bath.

(Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3, Scream 4)

I was never interested in the Scream movies before because I thought they were horror movies. But when I caught part of the second, and then the first, on TV last year, I realized they were closer to a parody of a horror movie than an actually scary movie. So, this year, I'm going to watch them all (completely, and in order) because they are actually pretty silly.

Which movies do you watch to get you into the Halloween mood? Let me know in the comments!

P.S.—Tish has a new webseries, The Unicorn Hunt, that starts Wednesday!

Be sure to check it out at www.youtube.com/theunicornhunt.


  1. Good list if you're looking for something fun and Halloween-y but not too scary. I haven't seen Hocus Pocus in years (I remember seeing it in theaters) but it seems like it comes up in conversation every Halloween.

    I think I accidentally half-watched one of the Ginger Snaps movies a while ago. It was just on one of the movie channels while I was doing something else. I remember it being pretty bloody. As a bonus it features creepy Sam Winchester stalker/superfan/ex-wife Becky Rosen (Emily Perkins) in an even creepier role!

  2. Thanks so much for crafting this up, Tish! :)