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October 2020 Halloween Horror Binge: Netflix and Chills

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For a few years now, I’ve wanted to take part in watching a different horror or Halloween themed movie every day of October. I first got the idea from a good friend of mine that does this every year with her husband, but I could never commit or find the time in prior years.

Flash-forward to 2020: I’m quarantining in my house for most of the year and my TV is my saving grace from boredom. I figured this year was my best shot at completing this movie binging task, so I gave it a go.

Spoiler alert: I did not successfully watch 31 movies this month. My time consuming job restarted at the end of this month and it got away from me. However, here are the movies I did watch with my two sentences or less take-aways from each.

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  1. Friday the 13th (1980)

Ch-ch-ch Ah-ah-ah. Don’t count out Kevin Bacon in a speedo.

2. The Conjuring (2013)

This movie is really fun to watch with people who have never seen it; they jump so much! Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are spooky couple’s goals.

3. Beetlejuice (1988)

Should I be concerned with the fact that I have the hots for Michael Keaton as this character? Also, Winona Ryder should only ever play the brooding, emo type.

4. Saw (2004)

I don’t think I will ever be able to contain my excitement when I watch the twist at the end of this movie. Why does Cary Elwes’ American accent sound like Ron Burgundy?

5. Saw II (2005)

Donnie Wahlberg makes it impossible for this sequel to be as good as the first film. Why didn’t they pick Marky-Mark?

6. Saw III (2006)

Welp, they successfully killed my favorite character in this one. Or did they??

7. Saw IV (2007)

Well that autopsy solved the mystery: he’s super dead. So was this movie as it is easily the weakest of the franchise.

8. Saw V (2008)

The moral of this story: teamwork makes the dream work, guys. If that dream is leaving a torture chamber with only a little less blood than you had coming into it.

9. Saw VI (2009)

Saw gets a little political in this one, and it pays off. What doesn’t pay off is how unlikeable the villain is in this movie, among others he’s in.

10. Saw 3D (The Final Chapter) (2010)

I could have lived happily without ever seeing Chester Bennington from Linkin Park play a skinhead. The ending of this movie is one of the most exciting for fans that have watched the previous movies.

11. Jigsaw (2017)

I guess they didn’t lie about the last movie being “the final chapter” since this one is a completely different storyline without any of the same characters. This movie looks better but is so weak in general.

12. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

So many plot holes but so much 80’s joy. Not a huge fan of the mouth phone though.

13. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

To me, this sequel builds the foundation for the franchise’s main storyline. It’s still super slow moving but the last five minutes are tense and scary.

14. When A Stranger Calls (2006)

I loved this movie at 14 years old when I was first discovering my love for horror movies. At 27, Camilla Belle’s acting is giving me anxiety and I don’t really care about this random villain.

15. Frankenweenie (2012)

Tim Burton crafts both an extremely disturbing and extremely racist movie with this one. Love the dozens of Frankenstein Easter eggs though!

16. Hocus Pocus (1993)

People are going to come after me for this one, BUT: I feel like this movie is so overhyped! The poorly done CGI cat with a bizarre old tyme accent is the best part.

17. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

WHAT’S THIS?! Tim Burton’s best film to date!

18. Halloween (1978)

This film’s opening is easily my favorite of the slasher flicks from this era. I struggle with Michael Myers’ ability to survive any injury unscathed though.

19. Halloween (2018)

An amazing remake/semi-sequel for this franchise. Watch the trailer for Halloween Kills immediately after finishing to build anticipation for the 2021 release.

20. Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

This movie is basically in the same vein as Love Actually with everyone connecting but it’s Halloween themed. If only this movie had Hugh Grant playing a charming but murderous Brit.

21. Corpse Bride (2005)

This Tim Burton movie is short and sweet. Featuring the cutest dead dog since Zero.

22. The Addams Family (1991)

If I don’t have a marriage like Morticia and Gomez I don’t want it.

23. Halloweentown (1998)

Debbie Reynolds, monsters, and a young kid that looks like a tiny Rick Moranis?! What more could you ask for?

24. Scream (1996)

Still one of the most creative horror movies ever, covering every horror movie stereotype in a fun jokey way. Matthew Lillard delivers an amazingly fun performance, as always.

25. Scooby-Doo: The Movie (2002)

No shame, this movie is hilarious and more proof that Matthew Lillard is one of the best actors. It’s also full of jokes referencing Shaggy being a stoner that only adults will get.

26. Child’s Play (2019)

I love the first 10 minutes of this movie, then it goes a bit off the rails. Part of my frustration lies in them using Mark Hamill instead of Brad Dourif for Chucky’s voice, and then making Luke Skywalker sing a God-awful song.

27. Hubie Halloween (2020)

This was literally the world’s worst movie. The most Adam Sandler-y thing I’ve ever seen.

28. Hellraiser (1987)

The most BDSM-y, kinky, bizarre horror movie I’ve ever seen. I will give it props for impressive effects though, considering this movie was made in the midst of the 1980’s.

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I don’t really and have any wise parting words except for this: do not watch Hubie Halloween and do try this at some point. It was super fun and I wish I could have completed it! Happy Halloween, Awards Radar fans!

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