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Five Fandom Friday – Must-See Halloween Movies

Five Fandom FridaysIt’s Friday. That means another edition of Five Fandom Friday from geeky bloggers all over.  Today’s topic: Must-See Halloween Movies.  Check out my chosen five below and browse some of the choices from these women too:

Also, head over to twitter and search #Fandom5 to find even more. But first, here are mine:

1. Monster Squad

“Wolfman’s got nards!”

This is a classic! From 1987, Monster Squad is an homage to all the classic Universal monsters.  And it’s done in a way that includes kids working to save the world and even a musical montage as they prepare.  I watch it every year, at least twice when the Halloween season is upon us. It’s so quotable, but certainly best known for that little statement about Wolfman.


2. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Wilbur Grey: You know that person you said there’s no such person? I think he’s in there… in person. I was reading this sign over here, Dracula’s Legend. All of a sudden I heard…

[Wilbur imitates a creaking noise]

Chick Young: That’s the wind.

Wilbur Grey: It should get oiled.

Abbott and Costello met many monsters, but their encounter with Frankenstein is perhaps one of the most beloved.  In fact, the Library of Congress even declared it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.  The hilarious antics of Bud and Lou mixed up with classic monsters is comedy gold and never gets old.

3. Hocus Pocus

It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus….

Pretty sure anyone who’s ever seen Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the infamous Sanderson sisters can’t help but include this movie on their Halloween watch list.  The costuming is amazing. The dialogue is amazing. And of course, it includes a wonderful number by Bette.  How can you go wrong?

4. Arsenic and Old Lace

For a gallon of elderberry wine, I take one teaspoon full of arsenic, then add half a teaspoon full of strychnine, and then just a pinch of cyanide.

This is another classic movie.  How can you not love a kooky, old black and white flick starring Cary Grant? After first watching this movie, I started yelling “Charge” every time I ran up stairs.  Watch it and you’ll want to do the same.

timCurry5. The Tim Curry Tri-Factor

Tim Curry! How can you not love him? While not all of them are strictly related to Halloween I find I pull them out every October and get enormous satisfaction out of watching them.

The Worst Witch

Once in a purple moon, there is a special young witch who shines above the rest.

This is probably as cheesy as they come. But with a young Fairuza Balk as a bumling young witch, the incredible Diana Rigg as her hard-nosed teacher, and the versatile Tim Curry as The Grand Wizard….its a must-see.  The Grand Wizard’s musical number about Halloween is “the most wonderful” thing ever!  Watch it yourself and see what I mean!


Wadsworth: Professor Plum, you were once a professor of psychiatry specializing in helping paranoid and homicidal lunatics suffering from delusions of grandeur.

Professor Plum: Yes, but now I work for the United Nations.

Wadsworth: So your work has not changed.

This movie cracks me up! It is still by far the very best movie based on a board game.  The cast is incredible. The physical comedy and simple gags are perfect. And there are three alternate endings! Don’t you want to visit Hill House and find out ‘whodunit’?

Rocky Horror Picture Show

I’m just a sweet transvestite, from Transsexual Transylvania.

Tim Curry as an alien transvestite. Do I need to say more? Yes. Well, add the Time Warp then. This is one of the strangest movies I’ve ever seen and that is also why its a cult classic.  And its full of great costume inspiration too. Columbia! Magenta! And of course Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

And that’s my list of five (technically seven, but who’s counting?) must-see Halloween movies for Fandom Friday.  For more fun facts and details about these movies and a few other must-sees, check out the Geek Girls Pen Pal Club’s blog +5 Charisma during the Halloweeen Party.  Check out the schedule to find out more about the activities coming up next weekend.

What are your must-see Halloween movies?

7 thoughts on “Five Fandom Friday – Must-See Halloween Movies”

  1. Ahh I was trying to think of a good ’80s movie for Halloween but came up blank! I’ll have to look into Wolfman! And I love Fairuza Balk. Did you ever see her in Return to Oz? So creepy and awesome!


    1. I did! Those wheelers!!! Every time I see the Buffy epsiode “Hush”, the Gentlemen’s henchmen remind me of the Wheelers.

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