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There are only fifteen days until Halloween! My favorite holiday of the year.
What’s the best part of Halloween? The candy? The costumes? The decorations?
For me, it’s Halloween movies. Not necessarily blood and gore horror films, but movies that keep me on the edge of my seat with suspense and drama. Or laughter. And those that combine chills and laughter? The best of both worlds, my friend.
In my latest Witches Anonymous story, DANCING WITH THE DEVIL, due out on October 31st, by the way, Amy faces a host of horror monsters in purgatory. They symbolize her fears. Even Lucifer, her lover, turns into a dragon she must slay in order to free herself from the sins of her past. While I was writing the story, it was fun to play with this idea and use movie monsters as the road blocks to her ultimate happiness.
The monsters in Halloween and horror flicks rarely symbolize anything. They exist to freak us out and make us scream. But I often view them as more than examples of evil. For instance, one of the reasons I enjoy the TV show Supernatural so much, especially the early years, is because Dean and Sam aren’t just staking vampires and exorcising demons. They’re killing off the fears that are sucking the life out of them. They’re exorcising the personal demons that are keeping them from making peace with the past.
At our house, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Edward Scissorhands are watched by my entire family. I’m a total Tim Burton fan – a man who gives real meaning to monsters and what they symbolize – so all of his movies are on our family watch list as well. But for purposes of this blog, those will be an addendum rather than take up the whole list!
So here are my top 5 favorite movies I’ll be watching once the kids are in bed as I countdown to Halloween. Some are simply great horror movies, others contain monsters that I think symbolize much more than a cheap scare.
5. Halloween (1978) Favorite quote: “It’s the boogeyman! The boogeyman’s outside!” Scare factor: Off the charts. Cool Factor: Jamie Lee Curtis – one of my favorite actresses.
4. Night of the Living Dead (1968) Favorite quote: “We may not enjoy living together, but dying together isn’t going to solve anything.” Scare Factor: The whole black and white element adds to the creepiness. Cool Factor: This is the movie that started it all for zombie lovers.
3. Poltergeist (1982) Favorite quote: “They’re heeeeeere.” Scare factor: This one ties with The Amityville Horror for scariest haunted house movies. Cool Factor: Drew Barrymore and the Poltergeist Curse (four cast members died in the six years between the releases of the first and third films.)
2. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Favorite quote: “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you. / Three, four, better lock your door. / Five, six, grab your crucifix. / Seven, eight, gonna stay up late. / Nine, ten, never sleep again.” Scare factor: Is it any wonder I can’t sleep for weeks after watching this? Cool Factor: Johnny Depp…need I say more?
And my number one pick is…The Shining (1980) Favorite quote: “Heeere’s Johnny!” Scare factor: I cannot go anywhere by myself after watching this movie. Cool Factor: All of it. Stephen King’s book, Jack Nicholson, the Donner party reference, ghosts, scary-ass little kids, creepy music, you name it, this story/movie has it all.
So what is your favorite Halloween movie, be it cute and cuddly or blood-curdling scary? Leave a comment and be entered to win an Advanced Reader Copy of DANCING WITH THE DEVIL.
Dancing With the Devil, Witches Anonymous, Step 5 (coming Halloween!):
One step forward…
Ex-witch Amy Atwood has never wanted anyone the way she wants Lucifer. If she completes Step 5 of Witches Anonymous—atoning for the sins she committed as his right-hand witch—she just might land Lucifer and the magic-free life she desires.
Two steps back…
But an ancient curse is revealed and a heavenly force determined to remove Lucifer from her life traps Amy between giving into her love for him and saving the souls of her family and friends.
Duty and desire tango for control…
As the war between good and evil reaches a tipping point, Amy must rely on the devil she knows—and can’t resist—to break the curse and help her redeem the souls she’s damned to spend eternity in Hell…
Souls the devil has no intention of giving up.