Boo! (Got you.) It’s October and Halloween and all that.
So, (super)naturally, we’ve got takes.
Classic movies and music. Wrong opinions about candy corn. They’re all here.
Call off the search for Baby Oscar and see what our staffers have to say about the season’s best (and worst) cult classics.
Lisa Hinterberger, Graphic Designer
Never really been a big fan of horror flicks, but my favorite Halloween movie of all time is probably “Hocus Pocus” (1993).
This movie has the right amount of spooky and comedy—and it’s still a hit nearly 30 years later.
The sequel actually came out this year, but in case you haven’t seen it yet, I’ll spare you: The original is A THOUSAND times better.
I used to love Halloween growing up as a kid, and now that I have a daughter, I love it even more. This year she is being a bumblebee! 🐝
Tyler McElhaney, Graphic Designer
I’ve actually watched a couple films for spooky season.
First was “Nope” (2022), which I thought was a fun take on the genre. Not overly “scary,” but it had some moments for sure.
I also saw “X” (2022), which is a modern take on the campy 70s/80s horror films. Also good, and apparently there’s a sequel “Pearl” (2022) which expands on the story (which I’m now intrigued to see).
Christopher White, Creative Director
I don’t mind the occasional horror flick, but I typically don’t seek them out.
My wife is not a fan at all, so that generally limits the possibilities since I’m usually watching TV with her… unless she heads to bed earlier and I’m still up and not watching late night talk shows.
Every once in a while, I’ll get sucked into something while perusing the ole channel guide.
One movie in particular that I almost always seem to get sucked into if I see it on is “The Shining” (1980). A true classic of the thriller genre.
James A. Colombo III, Copywriter & Content Strategist
It’s “The Monster Squad” (1987). It’s always been “The Monster Squad.” It always will be “The Monster Squad.”
This fun, scrappy, not-exactly-scary 1987 cult classic is like “The Goonies” (1985) meets “Monster Mash” (1962).
Stream it tonight and see where “Stranger Things” (2017) almost certainly found some of its inspiration. (Warning: insensitive language.)
Franklin Heinzmann, Account Coordinator
I personally try to avoid scary movies at all costs, so my options are reallyyyy whittled down this time of year. Growing up, we’d watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (1966), so I’ll defer to that as my go-to Halloween flick.
Jerry Lee, Marketing Strategist
I’m not really one who gets amped up for Halloween movies. Costumes, yes, but that’s not what we’re discussing here (hello, Halloween 2023!).
That said, one of my favorite movies ever made is arguably both a Halloween and a Christmas movie—and even if the holiday wasn’t in question—it’s one of my faves, hands down.
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993) has to be one of the most original, brilliantly made films ever, and if it’s on, you can count on me to be filling a chair somewhere, searching every scene for the components shot in stop-motion, computer generation, or live action—all in wonderment as to how they made it happen.
It took a while (’til the release of “9” in 2005), before someone took a worthwhile swing towards meeting “Nightmare”’s wonder, and it relied much more on computer animation to come close.
Favorite Halloween movie? Christmas film? Whatever the occasion, let’s just go with “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Alyssa Boczar, Senior Account Manager
When I think of Halloween, it’s not the movies that come to mind, it’s the music.
There’s nothing that gets a party going quite like “Monster Mash” (1962). “Purple People Eater” (1958) ? Classic. “Werewolves of London” (1978) will leave your guests howling.
The spooky sounds that can be played whilst trick-or-treaters come to your door elevates the experience from a 7.5 to a 10.
If we’re talking music from Halloween movies, you can’t forget the “Ghostbusters” (1984), “This is Halloween” from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993), and another personal favorite… Rocky Horror’s “Time Warp” (1975).
Last but certainly not least… Who doesn’t love a flash mob of ghoulish characters performing moves from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (1982) music video?
Give me a boombox and a bowl of candy corn, and I’m set for spooky season.
Editor’s note: Candy corn is not good. It is bad. Candy corn is bad.
Steve Lingle, CEO
I’m not into horror. Currently we’re watching “See” (2019) on AppleTV+ and “Handmaid’s Tale” (2017) on Hulu.
And when we don’t have time for a 60-minute story, we’re working our way through “Schitt’s Creek” (2015) for the third or fourth time.
I suppose that’s not what you asked, but it’ll have to do.
Fangs for reading this blog!
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