As promised with the teaser article a couple weeks ago, October is here and that means it is once again time for me to binge 31 horror/scary/Halloween movies in 31 days!
As I have aged, Halloween has grown to become my favorite holiday. Along with that, I have become quite the fan of the fall season. Cooler weather, warm drinks, comfortable hoodies, playoff baseball, football getting started…when you mix it all together throughout the course of the entire month of October, it’s quite a fun time!
My only caveat for this year’s challenge is that the movies have to be rated PG-13 or lower. Last year’s challenge featured primarily R rated movies, and I wanted to dial that back this year for the sake of my mentality, and to help make it more family friendly!
While I could write a review for every movie I watch, that would be too much. I doubt anyone will read 31 full-length movie reviews! Instead, I thought I would recap what I have watched so far, followed later by Part 2, totaling up to 31 movies. On top of providing titles, I will give a short synopsis for each movie, that way there is at least a little substance.
I list the date I watched them, the title, the year of release, and the MPAA rating. I will also give them a personal rating (X out of 5 pumpkins).
- 10/01/2020 – Little Monsters (1989 – PG) – A childhood favorite of mine that holds up really well considering it is now over 30 years old! Good fun for the whole family, about a young boy who discovers that not only are the monsters under his bed real, but that their world is much more fun than his! Rating: 4.5 out of 5 pumpkins.
- 10/04/2020 – Monster Squad (1987 – PG-13) – “Stephen King Rules!” and so does this movie! Dracula is not only real, he’s amassed a crew of other legendary horror characters, and together they are invading a small town in an effort to break their centuries-long curse and take over the world. It’s up to a group of young friends to fight back and stop them! Rating: 4.5 out of 5 pumpkins.
- 10/05/2020 – The Haunting (1999 – PG-13) – A remake with a stellar cast that I had somehow never seen until now. Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Owen Wilson star as participants of a sleep study held inside an old mansion…that might also be haunted. Better than I expected, but it still could have been better than it was! Rating: 3 out of 5 pumpkins.
- 10/06/2020 – The Addams Family (1991 – PG-13) – A movie many love, but one I hadn’t seen since childhood because I just never got into the Addams Family that much. It was funny enough, but I still didn’t care for it overall. Rating: 2 out of 5 pumpkins.
- 10/06/2020 – Addams Family Values (1993 – PG-13) – The sequel many love more than the original…which I also thought was just ok. Again, funny enough, but it was too much of the same from the first movie. Rating: 2 out of 5 pumpkins.
- 10/08/2020 – Critters (1986 – PG-13) – Aliens that look like giant hairballs with razor teeth accidentally crash land on Earth, then wreak all sorts of havoc while being pursued by intergalactic bounty hunters. Dumb fun, with just enough cheesiness and campiness, along with some pretty decent creature (Critter) effects. I enjoyed it more than I expected to! Rating: 3.5 out of 5 pumpkins.
- 10/09/2020 – Critters 2 (1988 – PG-13) – Eggs from the original Critters hatch and set out to terrorize humans once again! Nothing new or different from the first movie, but still pretty decent and fun. Rating: 3 out of 5 pumpkins.
- 10/10/2020 – Critters 3 (1991 – PG-13) – Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie debut! With pretty much nothing else going for it than that. The extraterrestrial furballs return again, this time terrorizing Los Angeles. Rating: 2.5 out of 5 pumpkins.
- 10/10/2020 – Critters 4 (1992 – PG-13) – A completely unnecessary fourth movie that is nothing but a rehash of the first 3 movies, except that this time it all takes place on a space station. Rating: 1 out of 5 pumpkins.
- 10/11/2020 – The ‘burbs (1989 – PG) A classic Tom Hanks comedy about a paranoid neighbor who believes his new creepy next-door neighbors are murderers and hiding bodies in their basement! There is just something about this movie that makes it funnier every time I watch it. Rating: 5 out of 5 pumpkins.
- 10/11/2020 – The Gate (1987 – PG-13) – A cheesy 80’s blast that I put off watching for the first time until last year, and I loved it! It is goofy, cheesy, fun about a pair of teens that accidentally open a door to Hell in their backyard, unleashing demons, and now only they can close it! Rating: 4 out of 5 pumpkins.
- 10/12/2020 – Beetlejuice (1988 – PG) – One of my all-time favorites that is still a total blast of fun every time I watch it! A recently deceased couple enlists the help of a malicious spirit-for-hire (named Beetlejuice) to try and drive out the new owners of their former home. Rating: 5 out of 5 pumpkins.
- 10/13/2020 – My Boyfriend’s Back (1993 – PG-13) – A movie not many have heard of, but one that I have loved since childhood…despite it not being very good! Recently deceased Johnny Dingle returns from the grave to win the heart of his high school crush, but may run out of time before he can do so! Fun fact: this little-known movie was the film debut for future stars Matthew Fox and Matthew McConaughey. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 pumpkins.
- 10/14/2020 – Final Girls (2015 – PG-13) – A pseudo-spoof of 80’s slasher flicks, a young woman finds herself trapped in the fictional world of her mother’s former scream-queen movies. Now reunited, mother and daughter must fight together to stay a step ahead of the movie’s villain. Fun, twisty, and quite meta, I loved this movie upon my first watch of it and have continued to enjoy it ever since! Rating: 4 out of 5 pumpkins.
- 10/15/2020 – Eight Legged Freaks (2002 – PG-13) – A more fast-paced, comedic, and over-the-top killer spider movie than its early 90’s predecessor “Arachnophobia.” David Arquette and a young Scarlett Johannson battle giant mutant spiders in the Arizona desert in hopes of stopping the freakishly big arachnids from taking over their town. Rating: 4 out of 5 pumpkins.
See you soon with Part Two!