Later on tonight, we here at Cinematical will shovel out our last two Halloween-related features for you to read. When that happens, we'll officially be done with our 31 straight days of original scary movie content (with one notable exception: our very awesome Halloween Costume Contest, which will continue on through early November), and for that I am grateful. You really do not know how hard it is to round up a group of writers, come up with tons of ideas and ask them to meet specific deadlines for 31 straight days. In order to succeed, one needs the greatest team of movie writers ever assembled. Thankfully, we have that here on Cinematical. And while I intend to thank them privately for all their hard work, I'd also like to thank them publicly for entertaining our millions of readers all month long with some of the finest Halloween content I've ever seen. Feel free to check out our entire collection of tricks and treats over here, and in the meantime I'll point you toward a few of my personal favorites:
From Patrick Walsh: Non-Horror Movies that Scared the Crap Out of Me As a Kid: "You kids today don't know how lucky you have it with your wussy Shreks and your lamewad Pikachus! Children of the 1980s are still in therapy over what Hollywood deemed "family films" back then. The following non-horror mind-screws should prove my point. "
From Monika Bartyzel: The Horror of Fairy Tales: "What is creepier than kids, parents, evilness, sorceresses, wolves, and cannibalism? Before the stories were ripped from their horror roots, they were just right for scary, gory films."
From Scott Weinberg: Best Horror Movies You Haven't Seen Yet, Parts 1, 2 and 3: "If you're a regular reader (Hi Mom!) then these titles will no doubt look a little familiar -- but the flicks haven't been released yet, so that makes 'em eligible for inclusion."
From Eric D. Snider: An Obsessive-Compulsive's Guide to the Friday the 13th Movies: "A few years ago, I decided a good way to spend my time would be to watch all 10 Friday the 13th movies and keep track of the statistics: how many kills, how many heroines taking showers, how many people falling down while trying to run away, etc. I was fond of the Scream series' deconstruction of the slasher genre, and it occurred to me that the Friday the 13th films -- most of which I had not seen at that point -- were probably the source of some of the oldest, ripest clichés."