We’re thinking this is the year for a Bette Davis/Robert Aldrich Halloween night double-header.
“What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” followed by “Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte” will make a perfectly terrifying screen screamfest.
But why wait for Oct. 31? We’re going to dedicate October as movie month — classic horror flicks we’ve always meant to watch.
Last year, we enjoyed Rocky Horror Picture Show, Young Frankenstein, and American Werewolf in London.
This year, we’re taking movie theatre night inspiration from the adorable, and very silly, Amy Sedaris.
“Last year we watched The Changeling. I served wine because there was a lot of whining going on in the movie.” Bloody Marys, she says, are always good for Halloween, too.
“One year I sprayed cobwebs on an 800-year-old wheelchair I had in the apartment (long story) and placed one shoe on the footrest. I thought it would be scary to think where the other shoe was.”
She also likes to play an old sound effects tape as her guests enter the apartment. “One of the lines on the tape says, ‘Didn’t the other children tell you?'”
For her discount-theater dinner parties, Sedaris usually serves meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and corn — no knife required. “I choose this menu because you don’t have to see it to eat it,” she says. “This is important, because the lights are out. It also provides an extra measure of safety should there be psychotic murderers lurking about.”
Sedaris also likes to have her guests help carve a jack-o’-lantern at the beginning of the party. “You have to bake the seeds from the pumpkin,” she says. “People have an association with that smell.” Place seeds (don’t rinse them! You want that squashy meat to help flavour them — on a lightly oiled cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt, and then bake them in a 350°F-oven for about 10 to 15 minutes until lightly browned. Cool, then set out in a bowl for snacking.
What are some of your favourites?
We’ll take classics (Psycho) and silly (Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein) over slashers any day.
The Bad Seed
Night of the Living Dead
Something Wicked this Way Comes
Shaun of the Dead
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Children of the Damned
The Hills Have Eyes
The House on Haunted Hill (we just saw the remake)
Alice, Sweet Alice
The Others (new but halloweeny) Sleepy Hollow
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
Witches of Eastwick
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Trilogy of Terror
The Skeleton Key
Red Riding Hood
Agatha Christie: Death on the Orient Express