I love Halloween. Next to Christmas it is my favorite holiday. Two holidays deeply rooted in the Druid tradition.
One of the biggest perks for me in the weeks leading up to Halloween is the marathon of horror movies AMC runs. This year, the offering was less enticing in the past and the movies I didn't like tended to re-run several times throughout the day. The electic nature of past film choices was not reflected this go-round.
I do not mind a little blood and gore in my movies but nearly 2 hours of non-stop slashing from Jason or Michael Myers is more than I can stand. That's not very interesting. It's scary for a time but wears thin quickly. I had hoped the version of Dracula starring Jack Palance would be aired as I have not seen that in awhile but that didn't happen. They managed to air Plan 9 From Outer Space which is certainly a hoot but hardly satisfying the need for a good scare.
The best time I had with the Halloween movies was with the comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. It is one of my very favorite films. The interaction between the legendary comedians and the supernatural collective of Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstein's monster makes the time fly for the viewer.
The Exorcist remains, in my mind, the scariest film of all time and I was pleased to see that aired along with The Blair Witch Project. The BWT is an excellent example of how a limited budget combined with fantastic talent can make the Hollywood blockbusters appear to be standing still.
I still have more movies to watch so I can clear off my DVR. I am no where near done yet.