Halloween is right around the corner and I think we're going to weenie out and not dress up this year. We have a party invitation, but I'm not entirely convinced it's a costume party anyway. But honestly, I'm tired. Every day, I'm beat. I've been working hard and every weekend I crash like it's my job. Plus, last year I convinced A.P. to dress up (we went as Publisher's Clearing House...I wore a robe, he wore a douchey suit and presented me with a ginormous check, then I hooted and hollered). So, this year, I think we're going to take it easy and do a scary movie marathon!

Here's the thing: I am terrified of scary movies! The last one we saw together was Paranormal Activity, which we saw in the theaters. I practically peed myself and sat on edge the whole time, while A.P. was bored to death. So, yeah, we need to choose wisely. I didn't think it through enough to queue up any DVDs from Netflix, so our options have to be limited to Amazon OnDemand, cable, and Netflix Instant Watch. Here's my list so far:

1. Paranormal Activity 2 - Why not catch up on the franchise? The ad for this last year was sufficiently scary. Anything supernatural scares the crap out of me. I grew up Catholic. I believe in the devil, mmkay?

2. Case 39 - Even though I get so annoyed by Renee Zellweger's ridiculous squinty eyes and inability to move her face in any emotional way thanks to God knows how much Botox, this movie looks creepy. Let's face it. Anything with evil children is usually scary as hell (Omen, anyone??)!

3. Poltergeist II - Even though I've seen the original so many times it's not scary anymore, I've never seen the sequel. Might be worth a watch. Plus, the older stuff I can usually handle better since they're a little less scary.

4. House on Haunted Hill (original) - Never hurts to throw in a classic! I've always heard good things about this movie. Plus, I loves me some Vincent Price. Now there's a creepy creeperson, but you know, in a good way!

5. The Walking Dead - It's not a movie, but we started watching this great zombie series last year and couldn't keep up with the episodes on OnDemand. Now they're available on Netflix Instant Watch and I'm thinking a little zombie action might be Halloweenish enough, but you know, not kill me of a heart attack.

What are your Halloween plans? Are you dressing up? Or will you stay in this year, too?

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  1. Ahh! I ALSO hate scary movies! Blech. But The Walking Dead is really, really good. If you like that, also check out Survivors (the BBC show, which is on Netflix, and is about a plague that wipes out pretty much everyone-- not the one about the island). Zombie flicks that I've been able to handle include 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later, and (the old) The Exorcist, The Shining.. and that's about it, hah. Scary movies I have not been able to handle: Silent Hill, Amityville Horror, (the new) The Exorcist, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, every other scary movie ever. Another good 'plague movie' is Contagion, although that might actually not be out on video yet.

  2. I am STILL terrified of Paranormal Activity 2 a year later!! We will be staying in, I'm sure. Trick or treat is on Halloween here, and we have to hand out our full-size candy bars to keep the neighborhood urchins from egging our house the rest of the year.

  3. @Helen: The Shining still scares the crap out of me! The Exorcist was never that scary to me...maybe it had been spoofed too much by the time I saw it? I wanted to see Contagion, but those are the types of movies that really freak me out. Movies that show, like, contagious diseases that wipe everyone out, or tsunamis! *That's* scary! : )

    @Jennie: Uh-oh! Am I going to regret watching it this weekend? Yikes! Also, I'd be pissed as hell if someone egged my house. Damn urchins!

  4. I don't think you'll regret it, but I found it S.C.A.R.Y.


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