I have never in my life enjoyed scary films. It stresses me out too much. I think I've only seen The Shining and Ghost Ship. I've managed to avoid all others for the last 27 years. Still, I love films and I love watching certain films at certain times of the year and autumn is no exception. I've listed a few of my favorites and some honorable mention, some of which I got as suggestions from my Instagram followers.
So far this year, I've only seen one of my top six, but I'm hoping to schedule in a cozy night at home to watch the rest. Of course we'll need some hearty soup and some seasonal treats.
Ghostbusters - It's a supernatural classic, isn't it? It has easily stood the test of time. It's still referenced in other movies and TV shows and everyday conversation. How many people still dress up like the Ghostbusters for Halloween or shout "Ghostbusters!" when someone says something even remotely along the lines of "Who ya gonna call?" While I did enjoy Ghostbusters 2 and the 2016 reboot with female stars, nothing beats the original. My favorite IMDb fact: In the DVD commentary, Ivan Reitman says he received a call from William Athertoncomplaining that the movie ruined his life. The character of Walter Peck was so hated that people would talk to Atherton as if they were giving the character Peck a piece of their mind. Apparently more than once, physical fights had been started with Atherton in bars.
Hocus Pocus - I actually just saw this cult classic starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker for the first time in its entirety a few weeks ago! Needless to say, I loved it! It's a great Halloween movie and isn't even scary. We watched it with friends while eating chili for dinner and pumpkin muffins for dessert. It was seriously the most perfect fall evening I've ever experienced. My favorite IMDb fact: Sarah Jessica Parker has said that she thoroughly enjoyed being in the flying harness, so much so that she would stash a copy of the New York Times on her person and would read in the air between takes.
Practical Magic - Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman play sisters who also happen to be witches looking to break a curse to find love. I don't remember too much about the film itself, but I actually remember watching it for the first time quite vividly, strangely enough. It's at the top of my list to watch this year. My favorite IMDb fact: According to Sandra Bullock in the commentary, in the scene where Gillian and Sally get drunk with their aunts and they sling insults, the actresses actually got drunk. They were drinking some very bad tequila that Nicole Kidman brought.
Remember the Titans - My favorite football movie of all time! I love Denzel Washington as Coach Herman Boone. At one point in my life, I knew most of the lines and to this day it's still one of my favorite soundtracks. Nothing says fall quite like football and even though it's a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, it's still a fun, feel-good movie. My favorite IMDb fact: The film is made more accessible to non-fans of football by careful music editing. Whenever the Titans complete a key play, or turn the game in their favor, the music changes to upbeat rock.
Step Mom - Starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon, this movie is set in New York in the fall. Susan Sarandon has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and is coming to terms with Julia Roberts being the stepmom to her children. It's emotional, to be sure, but is there anything more beautiful than New England in the fall? My favorite IMDb fact: In the film, the characters played by Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon are often at odds with each other. In reality, the two are close friends, and chose this project specifically to work on together.
Young Frankenstein - One night when I was younger, my mom and sister wanted to watch this movie and I absolutely flipped out. I was so sure they were trying to trick me into watching a horror movie, despite their assurances that it was actually a comedic masterpiece. Because of that, I got it on DVD for Christmas one year as a joke. It's been one of my favorite comedies ever since! My favorite IMDb fact: In 1974 rock band Aerosmith took a break from a long night of recording to see this film. Steven Tyler wrote the band's hit "Walk This Way" the morning after seeing the movie, inspired by Marty Feldman's first scene, the "walk this way . . . this way" scene.
Honorable Mention: Autumn in New York*, Cabin in the Woods, Dead Poet's Society, Ghostbusters (2016), Ghostbusters 2, Good Will Hunting, ParaNorman*, Rudy*, Shaun of the Dead*, When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail
*Films I haven't seen. I'm going to try to watch them all before November is over.
What are some of your favorite films to watch in the autumn or for Halloween?