What is your off the beaten track "go to" Halloween film?

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Halloween can be a real enjoyable evening when you have the right films, and the right munchies to go along with them.

Go to munchies for me are baked pumpkin seeds. When cleaning out your jack-o-latern (which hopefully you are doing now - or plan to), collect all of the seeds, separate the seeds from the goo, then wash them gently in a sieve, preheat your oven to 200 C or so (like the same temp for baking pizza), grease a large cookie sheet, dump them onto the cookie sheet, spray them lightly with cooking oil (like Rapeseed oil something like that - not mandatory), and them sprinkle them with salt.

Bake for about 10- 15 minutes turning often with a spatula. You may need to baby sit them so that they don't burn. You want them to be a nice lightly colored brown.

That's for the munchies.

For the films - and besides the obligatory "Halloween" etc. - I have a few that are a nostalgic trip for me that aren't the run of the mill:

"The Innocents" 1961 with Debra Kerr - is by far my favorite ghost film; it's the definitive ghost/psychological drama. I have seen this nearly every year since I was around ten. Gives me goosebumps every time. :D

"The Haunting" (1963) with Julie Harris, it may be a little tame to 21st century blood/slash/gore but the setting and character arcs are impressively thought out. There are some mortifying moments in this movie.

**"The Haunting of Hill House" which is now on Netflix is mindblowing. We are on chapter 8 and hope to finish the rest of it tonight. Loosely based on the haunting, this is a brilliant piece of work - intersecting timelines, flash backs and flash forwards. The actors are convincingly spot on - fantastic performances, just brilliant. Some of the best child actors I've seen yet. Watch the first couple of episodes and you're hooked.

"Three tales of Terror" with Vincent Price and Peter Lorre. I remember watching this in the cafeteria in the 7th grade for Halloween - scared the bejibbers out of me when the ghost lady is flying around.

So what say you? Have you any "off the beaten track" films that are your "go to" Halloween movie night?

**New to the list and on Netflix
 

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Too busy to watch films sadly. I still prefer JLC and Donald Pleasance in the original Halloween from '78.
I'm occupied right now with constructing my annual Halloween flamethrower which erupts from the letterbox when trick or treaters ring the doorbell. Alas despite plenty of naptha jelly and propellant the propane canister has run out so off out now to get it recharged.
 

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No nostalgic memories to be found here. All I know is that we're going to see Halloween tonight, and I'm already sh***ing myself
 

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The most Halloween fun I ever had was here in CM.
About films, I don't have any that I watch all the time, but I have many that I like and I may see again.
My fav films are the ones with a twist, a surprise in the plot that makes them not really the same once you have seen them, you know?

Like "The Sixth Sense" or "The Others". But there are many other films that I have fun with, some darker than others, like "Scream" or "Let me in".
Will deff check all the suggestions above. :)
 

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Yep, I binge watched "The Haunting of Hill House" over the past few days. Superb - but more than a Halloween movie. That's an investment of +10 hours. :p
 

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