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The Essential Guide to Halloween Horror

Submitted By: digthatbox.com Staff

October 28, 2012

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Abel S. - Features Editor and Live Events

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - Sometimes, you just have to go with the classics. Linus’ childlike innocence and belief in the Great Pumpkin is something that everyone can relate to on some level.

Garfield’s Halloween Adventure - This one is a bit more obscure, but a favorite of mine. The first part of the episode includes Garfield mumbling over and over, ‘candy candy candy candy candy’. I’m sure any of us who ever went trick-or-treating can relate to the excitement of a bag of candy to call our own.

Night of the Creeps - A quirky little sci-fi, horror flick from the mid 80’s; if you’ve seen James Gunn’s Slither then you’ll see the influences here. Two friends, a girl, a cop, flamethrowers and zombie creatures born from outer space equals good times! I was so happy when this was finally released on DVD two years ago. (Trailer)

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E. Thomas - Resident Madman - Editor-In-Chief

Dracula A.D. 1972 - Starring Christopher Lee as the villainous Dracula and Peter Cushing as Professor Van Helsing. Before Freddy Krueger, before Jason Voorhees, before the creepy puppet from the Saw movies, Dracula was the original franchise horror villain. Of the 7 Dracula films produced by legendary studio Hammer Films this one is clearly the best. Dracula is truly menacing and Peter Cushing is the perfect adversary. It's an epic clash of good and evil! (Trailer)

Return of the Living Dead - This film has it all. It's set in the 1980s, it features a cast of preppies and punk rockers, and the lovely Linnea Quigley is naked for almost the entire film. The undead in this movie are fast, clever, and nearly indestructible. They are also acutely aware of their own tragic situation. These zombies can feel the agony caused by the decay of their own bodies, and the only cure for the pain is to eat live human brains! This film created the brain eating zombie mythology. To this day its still pne of the best zombie movies ever made. (Trailer)

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Jason Stern - Editor - Cartoonist

April Fools Day - One of my favorites as a kid. Sure, It's an obscure B-movie slasher flick. But, it has lots of gore, Biff from Back to the Future is in it and there's a twist ending that'll make the clunkyness of this flick well worth the effort. (Trailer)

Star Trek: First Contact - Not an obvious choice. That is, until you remember that the Borg are essentially Zombies. With improved makeup, great visual effects and a well paced plot, this is the best of the Next-Gen films. And a neat zombie flick, too. Besides, you know you always wanted to wear that Starfleet uniform in public. Admit it! (Trailer)

Left 4 Dead/Left 4 Dead 2 - What? I thought this was a list of movies and TV? Where's the Munsters? The Adams Family? Abbott and Costello for crying out loud?! Well, nothing is scarier for Halloween than being in the middle of the Zombie hoarde yourself! Great, fast-paced gameplay and easy to use 2-player modes makes these games a perfect pick.

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Les Talma - Editor - Movies, TV + Pulp

John Carpenter's The Thing - The 1982 John Carpenter masterpiece. A team in the Antarctic encounters an alien creature that invades then perfectly mimics living things (such as dogs or human beings). This results in the preyed upon team trying to figure out which of them is still human. And who do they have to kill to stay alive? When this came out, it had some of the best grisly monster effects that I’d ever seen in a film. 29 years later and it’s still effective. This is what creature effects in other movies aspired to be.) (Trailer)

(And, if you’re curious you can check out the prequel, also called “The Thing” that came out in theaters on 10/14/11. It works very hard to create a smooth transition right into the Carpenter version.)

Creepshow - George Romero and Stephen King’s cartoonishly-gory anthology movie done in the style of EC comics like Tales from the Crypt. “The Crate” segment is especially creepy. (Trailer)