Halloween Marathon

by bumbiqc | created - 29 Sep 2016 | updated - 08 Oct 2016 | Public

My personal Halloween Marathon movies to be seen every year. They aren't perfect movies (far from it) but they work when in the mood.

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1. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace | Stars: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O'Herlihy, Michael Currie

Votes: 45,281 | Gross: $14.40M

A completely different movie from the other Halloween movies. Its a must see, you will remember the shamrock song forever.

2. The Mummy (1932)

Approved | 73 min | Fantasy, Horror

An Egyptian mummy searches Cairo for the girl he thinks is his long-lost princess.

Director: Karl Freund | Stars: Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners, Arthur Byron

Votes: 24,411

Karloff as Imhotep in this classic monster movie is a joy to watch and kicks in the classic monster movies marathon that I adore.

3. Frankenstein (1931)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster out of lifeless body parts.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

Votes: 67,117

Once again Karloff, but this time in his more famous role as the Frankenstein Monster.

4. Dracula (1931)

Passed | 75 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

71 Metascore

After a naive real estate agent succumbs to the will of Count Dracula, the two head to London where the vampire sleeps in his coffin by day and searches for potential victims by night.

Directors: Tod Browning, Karl Freund | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye

Votes: 48,197

This is Lugosi at his best. Halloween wouldn't be complete without Dracula.

5. The Wolf Man (1941)

Passed | 70 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance

72 Metascore

Larry Talbot returns to his father's castle in Wales and meets a beautiful woman. One fateful night, Talbot escorts her to a local carnival where they meet a mysterious gypsy fortune teller.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Claude Rains, Warren William, Ralph Bellamy, Patric Knowles

Votes: 24,722

My personal favorite from the classic monsters, the wolf man is a great addition to a Halloween movie marathon.

6. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

89 Metascore

A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a horde of flesh-eating ghouls that are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman

Votes: 120,024 | Gross: $0.09M

Romero's Classis zombie movie. No halloween is complete without a Zombie movie...or many!

7. Carnival of Souls (1962)

Approved | 78 min | Horror, Mystery

After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

Director: Herk Harvey | Stars: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison

Votes: 22,098

Creepy, semi-artistic movie thats is moody. An overall treat.

8. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

87 Metascore

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 239,518 | Gross: $47.00M

No halloween is complete without Halloween.

9. Young Frankenstein (1974)

PG | 106 min | Comedy

80 Metascore

An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle

Votes: 147,660 | Gross: $86.30M

Halloween is also about having fun which is why this movie is perfect for the season.

10. The Screaming Skull (1958)

Unrated | 68 min | Horror, Thriller

A newly married couple arrives at the home of the husband's late wife, where the gardens have been maintained by a gardener faithful to the dead woman's memory. Soon, eerie events lead the new wife to think she's losing her mind.

Director: Alex Nicol | Stars: John Hudson, Peggy Webber, Russ Conway, Tony Johnson

Votes: 3,250

Ridiculous movie with a skull as antagonist. Makes for a lot of fun on movie nights with friends.

11. Horror of Dracula (1958)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Horror

67 Metascore

Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses, forcing his colleague Dr. Van Helsing to hunt the predatory villain when he targets Harker's loved ones.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling

Votes: 22,569

Dracula makes a comeback on the list but this time from British cinema and its the begining of the Hammer film we love.

12. House of Frankenstein (1944)

Passed | 71 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A deranged scientist escapes from prison and recruits Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man to get revenge on his behalf.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., J. Carrol Naish, John Carradine

Votes: 6,295

Just when you tought you were done with the classic monsters you get a crossover with multiple monsters!

13. Blood Feast (1963)

Not Rated | 67 min | Horror

An Egyptian caterer kills various women in suburban Miami to use their body parts to revive a dormant Egyptian goddess while an inept police detective tries to track him down.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis | Stars: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Lyn Bolton

Votes: 6,267 | Gross: $4.00M

Instead of the Hammer film "The Mummy", I chose a similarly themed film from HGL, the godfather of gore. Gotta love some splatter movie in this somber time of the year.

14. House (1977)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Horror

A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which turns out to be haunted.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Ohba, Ai Matsubara

Votes: 23,381

This movie is something else. Japanese haunted house, bizare movie.

15. Phantasm (1979)

R | 89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

72 Metascore

A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber, known only as the Tall Man, who employs a lethal arsenal of unearthly weapons.

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester

Votes: 33,566 | Gross: $11.99M

Movie that I love, thrilling with cool design, fun characters, not the last Don Coscarelli movie on this list.

16. The Burning (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

42 Metascore

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.

Director: Tony Maylam | Stars: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, Larry Joshua

Votes: 16,935

Friday the 13th might not be on the list but at least we have a murder-in-a-camp movie on there with this gem.

17. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical

65 Metascore

A newly-engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must seek shelter at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-n-Furter.

Director: Jim Sharman | Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien

Votes: 136,252 | Gross: $139.88M

This movie is always great + it has the word horror in the title, making it a perfect candidate for the list!

18. Frankenhooker (1990)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A medical student sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancée by building her a new body made of Manhattan street prostitutes.

Director: Frank Henenlotter | Stars: James Lorinz, Joanne Ritchie, Patty Mullen, J.J. Clark

Votes: 9,501 | Gross: $0.21M

Cool take on the frankenstein lore with a strange yet awsome movie with plenty of boobs, special effect and horrible acting.

19. Fright Night (1985)

R | 106 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

62 Metascore

A teenager discovers that the newcomer in his neighborhood is a vampire, so he turns to an actor in a television horror show for help dealing with the undead.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 63,668 | Gross: $24.92M

Medley of multiple monsters in a typical 80's style movie with superd effects.

20. Curse of the Demon (1957)

Not Rated | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham

Votes: 12,530

Atomic era monster movie from the US. they make great monster flicks.

21. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

G | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno

Votes: 27,736 | Gross: $1.30M

Another classic monster for good measure.

22. Re-Animator (1985)

Unrated | 104 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale

Votes: 58,879 | Gross: $2.02M

I always love myself some re-animated corpses.

23. Vampire Hookers (1978)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror

Carradine is an aged vampire who has a bevy of vampiric beauties who lure many of their customers back to his lair. A pair of virile young Navy sailors get mixed up in their shenanigans.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: John Carradine, Bruce Fairbairn, Trey Wilson, Karen Stride

Votes: 656

While not a usual halloween movie for most, this scooby doo-esque adventure with vampires and hookers (who would have tought!) is fun and stupid, riff away.

24. Bride of the Monster (1955)

Not Rated | 69 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A mad doctor attempts to create atomic supermen.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Tony McCoy, Loretta King

Votes: 6,790

Ed Wood, Tor Johnson and Bela Lugosi, sign me up every time.

25. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror

76 Metascore

The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon

Votes: 213,002 | Gross: $25.50M

Good old movie, never gets old. its either this one of Elm stree 2 for the camp.

26. The Howling (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

68 Metascore

After a bizarre and near deadly encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Christopher Stone

Votes: 32,388 | Gross: $17.99M

Werewolves!

27. Werewolves on Wheels (1971)

R | 80 min | Horror

A biker gang and its leader fall prey to a satan worshipper and his cult.

Director: Michel Levesque | Stars: Steve Oliver, Donna Anders, Gene Shane, Billy Gray

Votes: 1,240

Speaking of werewolves, how about a biker movie with a werewolf riding a motorcycle, cultists and overall stupidness? Cool background movie, not the best one, but enjoyable.

28. Suspiria (1977)

R | 92 min | Horror

79 Metascore

An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé

Votes: 84,600

A movie about ballet with beautiful cinematography. Also...Witches!

29. Pumpkinhead (1988)

R | 86 min | Fantasy, Horror

47 Metascore

After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers.

Director: Stan Winston | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John D'Aquino, Kimberly Ross

Votes: 21,335 | Gross: $4.39M

Witches, monsters, child death, the pumpkin head series is weird in many ways, but you gotta love this gem.

30. Cemetery Man (1994)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Horror

A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies.

Director: Michele Soavi | Stars: Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi, Mickey Knox

Votes: 20,429 | Gross: $0.25M

The kind of movie that has now disapeard from current filmmaking, cemetary man is atmospheric, dark and has wonderfull effects.

31. Evil Dead II (1987)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

72 Metascore

The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Votes: 151,912 | Gross: $5.92M

What more to say? You probably already seen it multiple times!

32. Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde (1976)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

When a scientist develops a formula to regenerate dying liver cells, it accidentally turns him into an albino vampire with a taste for prostitutes.

Director: William Crain | Stars: Bernie Casey, Rosalind Cash, Marie O'Henry, Ji-Tu Cumbuka

Votes: 434

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in 19th century london? No! 70's US ghetto with a guy that turn white when evil? Perfect!

33. Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

10 Metascore

Two tabloid reporters are sent to Transylvania to find the Frankenstein monster - or get fired. They are laughed at there, but something suspicious is going on.

Director: Rudy De Luca | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Joseph Bologna, Ed Begley Jr., Carol Kane

Votes: 7,020 | Gross: $7.20M

Not enough comedy? Fear not this one is dumb for everyone!

34. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

57 Metascore

Elvis Presley and a black "JFK" stay in a nursing home where nothing happens - until a wayward Egyptian mummy comes and sucks out the old people's souls thru their a-holes. The two decide to fight back.

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Bob Ivy, Ella Joyce

Votes: 46,646 | Gross: $2.00M

The sinopsis is enough to make you insterested. Might not be a perfect movie for the marathon but can be added as extra!

35. Blackenstein (1973)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Eddie is a Vietnam veteran who loses his arms and legs when he steps on a land mine. A brilliant surgeon is able to attach new limbs but his jealous assistant switches the DNA injections, transforming him into a gigantic killer.

Director: William A. Levey | Stars: John Hart, Ivory Stone, Joe De Sue, Roosevelt Jackson

Votes: 979

Black Frankenstein?!? Why not the 70's were a hotbed of awsome exploitation movies, blaxploitation was one of the best.

36. Monster House (2006)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

68 Metascore

Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

Director: Gil Kenan | Stars: Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Ryan Whitney

Votes: 105,968 | Gross: $73.66M

Great film for kids and adults. Cool style, looks outdated but its fresh and light.

37. The Monster Squad (1987)

PG-13 | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

61 Metascore

A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.

Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr

Votes: 29,872 | Gross: $3.77M

Kinda like the old classic monsters mash-up, this updates gives it a more pro-active plot with a goonies feel.



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