Monday, October 29, 2012

Seen These Movies? You're Lucky to Be Alive!

Not too long ago, KROQ, a Los Angeles-based radio station, released a list of their favorite Halloween movie picks in the aptly titled, “Top 10 Underrated Horror Films for Halloween.” Of the films that made the cut, less than half have received its due recognition, yet 100% of them made us double check that creaking noise in the darkened corner...and maybe lost some sleep as we waited for the imaginary zombies to invade our bedroom.

And so, inspired by this spooky Halloween spirit, we have compiled our own list of the cheesiest flicks to kick back and nosh on some candy corn to. Please note this is not another list of the scariest or goriest films to freak out to, because the last thing we need this Wednesday is another sleepless night fretting over an invisible demon crouching over our bedside. Like we’d ever publicly admit to that though, right?

Behold – a list for those of us who couldn't handle the original Paranormal Activity. Rather than setting up camp at parent’s bedside, get your camp on with these horror(ible) films. 

Killer Klowns from Outer Space – The epitome of ultimate 80’s cheese, Killer Klowns from Outer Space personifies the extravagance and ridiculousness of any Circus-Circus featurette. Watch the movie for its ridiculous use of extraterrestrial silly straw, stay to conquer your childhood fears of the Circus’s arrival and of the men painted in white.

Bride of Chucky – In true forbidden love fashion, what else can possess a couple to embark on a murderous rampage and elope at good ol’ Las Vegas? Probably the spirit of a heartless murderer bent on revenge, embodying the caricature of a seeming harmless doll. But hey, even murderers fall in love, and when the mood strikes, you’ve got to go with your gut. Or in Chucky’s case, gut the con men.

The Leprechaun Franchise – The beauty of creating a Hollywood film is reappropriating basically any imagined concept for your big budget flick. Case in point, the Leprechaun franchise, a bewildering manifesto of a (you guessed it) leprechaun, bent on retrieving his stolen pot of gold by any means possible. Too bad this Leprechaun (portrayed by a recurring Warwick Davis) just can’t learn how to hold onto his beloved precious metal; the story stretches out over six films, and spans the globe from Ireland to Compton.

Beetlejuice – “Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!” How many of you have tried repeating this exact phrase, only to be disappointed by his absence? Although, once you watch the film, you’ll be glad he never made an appearance; the havoc he wrecked on the dead would drive the living insane. The otherworldly creativity and thought put into this flick  made this one of the top films in 1988, even though the cartoon is likely the first thing that you think of when the name is recalled.

Ghostbusters – Please excuse this American classic’s cheesiness. Starring some of today’s hottest stars, including Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, and Sigourney Weaver, Ghostbusters transcends the atypical prototype of being just another 80’s flick; it kind of speaks to our generation. In the entrepreneurial mindset, three unemployed parapsychology professors start their own ghost hunting business, taking down the supernatural, one apartment complex at a time. Only in New York would you ever have to call the Ghostbusters.

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