You know what else happens during Fall? SCARY MOVIE MARATHON.
Last night I was hanging with Lindsay and Ryan, and we had a sure sign of fall: we started talking about what movies we're going to watch this year. It has become our tradition over the years to get together the weekend before Halloween to watch a handful of scary movies, just to get us in the right mood. I'm not sure why we subject ourselves to it (well, Linds and I anyways) because it's always a mistake, and we always regret it, but it just feels like the right thing to do this time of year!
So last night, we talked options. We watched movie trailers. We tried to decide on a line-up. We decided that we will each pick one movie to watch. Nothing is really set it stone yet, but here are some of the contenders for the 2016 Edition of the Scary Movie Marathon:
This is one of my picks, because as we all know, I like to pick movies I've already seen that aren't TOO scary. Haha! I'm a big fan of M. Night Shylaman's earlier movies, and Signs might be my very favourite of the bunch. It follows the story of a widowed father (played by Mel Gibson), who is raising his kids alone with the help of his brother (Joaquin Phoenix...yum), and suddenly weird things start happening... Crop circles are found in their fields, the dogs are acting strange, that kind of thing... Alien invasion? You got it. It's not a super scary movie, but there are a few "gasp!" moments. I love how the whole storyline ties together, and the way the "signs" all click and make sense in the end. I don't think Linds or Ryan have seen it, and I'm excited to introduce it to them!
I haven't seen many "new" scary movies in recent years - I usually call upon the ones I watched back in my high school and college days for Scary Movie Marathon. So when Ryan suggested this one, I'd heard of it but didn't really know what it was about. We watched the trailer. I was COMPLETELY freaked out, yet really intrigued by it. It's about paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, and how they tried to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their home. I'm pretty sure that's the same couple who worked on the Amytiville Horror house, which is a story that has always fascinated me, so that piques my interest for sure. I'm excited to watch it, and terrified all at the same time. lol!
This was one of Lindsay's suggestions, as she's never seen it. I have seen it (and most of the sequels it has spawned), and I think it's a strong choice. There's a lot of tension-building moments of quiet, but explosive moments of fear. I like the premise of it all being shot through home videos and security camera footage as young couple Micah and Katie try to figure out just what's going on in their new house...
This was another of my choices, because it's one I remember fondly (fondly? can one remember a scary movie FONDLY??) from my high school days. It takes me back to a sleepover at Hollie's and all the fun (and fights) we used to have watching scary movies together! haha! My main reason for wanting to see it again? A young Jared Leto stars, and he is HOT. But after watching the trailer again last night, I realized just how cheesy this one now seems. Not sure it will make the cut this year, but I'm definitely going to watch it sometime, just to revisit those fun high school days!
I almost fell off my chair when Lindsay suggested Saw. NO I have not seen Saw. NO I have not seen any of it's sequels. NO I DON'T EVER WANT TO SEE ANY OF THEM!!! Like, don't they saw off body parts in this movie??!! NO NO NO. If she picks it, I will watch it, because I have forced her to watch movies in the past that she didn't want to see. I WILL watch it. From under a blanket.
I just happened to see this one was on Netflix, so we watched the trailer, and holy mother of pearl, it was scary. Old dolls are creepy no matter what, they don't need a scary movie to enhance that!!! I don't think this one will make the cut this year (if we watch The Conjuring, I don't think I can handle another movie of the same caliber, and these movies seem to be in the same league, fright-wise) but it's a strong contender for another year.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
I can't believe I just typed that. This is the scary movie that turned me off scary movies. I can't even believe it's in contention for this year's marathon. I saw it once in theatres (Sara and I hid behind our coats), and once in my parents' basement (Sara and I hid behind pillows), and it felt like the longest movie I'd ever (not) seen (twice). There was just so much chasing and chainsaw noises and screaming... it was never-ending horror for me. However, both Ryan and Lindsay seemed to be quite interested in it. If one of them picks it, I promise I'll be a trooper. I will (not) watch it (for the third time).
One thing I'm seriously considering this year is sleeping over at Ryan and Lindsay's, because I think the hardest part about Scary Movie Marathon is having to drive home in the middle of the night, enter my dark house, and having to search it from top to bottom for boogeymen, ghosts, monsters, and serial killers. I was skittish doing it last night, and all we did was watch trailers.
Also, if you ever want to hear something funny, ask Lindsay to make her "scary slasher movie" sound effect. It is special.
Happy Fall, y'all!!! :)