Halloween has finally arrived! But you know what? It's also Friday, and that means everywhere is going to be packed to the brim with people in huge costumes, it's cold, and maybe it would just be more fun to settle in at home with a heaping bowl of candy or popcorn (no candy corn, please) and watch a movie or two tonight. Here are our suggestions from Amazon Prime for making this a Halloweekend of binge watching.
Tagline: Look into the eyes of evil.
Plot Summary: A powerful curse forms where a brutal murder took place, its victims appearing and wreaking havoc (a.k.a. killing in the the most terrifying way) on whoever visits.
Memorable Line: "I told her... I told her again and again... Again and again, just the way you said to. Please stop tormenting me."
Reason to Watch: Ahh, the movie that spawned a terrible Sarah Michelle Gellar-helmed American remake. Like Ringu, this is early 2000s Asian horror at its finest, filled with creepy children and spirits seeking bloody, bloody vengeance from beyond the grave. It's a little confusing, since the segments aren't told in sequence, but when you hear that ghost kid's death rattle, you know things are about to get real.Title: House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Tagline: See it with someone with warm hands!
Plot Summary: A wealthy old man invites a group of strangers to a mansion for a party. The catch? It's a haunted house party, and they're all stuck with each other trying to survive the night without getting offed by murderers, ghosts, or creepy housekeepers. If they do manage to get out alive, the millionaire throwing the party has promised them all $10,000.
Memorable Line: "Darling, the only ghoul in the house is you!"
Reason to Watch: Two words: Vincent Price. He's the king of old-school B-movie horror, and if you haven't yet made an introduction to Price and his fabulously campy-creepy demeanor, this is your best bet. Scenes from this movie were filmed at the Ennis House, which also made an appearance in a flick called Blade Runner, among many others.Title: Vampire in Brooklyn
Tagline: A comic tale of horror and seduction.
Plot Summary: A vampire comes to -- wait for it -- Brooklyn on a ship filled with corpses which crashes into a dock. He disembarks and chaos breaks out with a spate of murders and undead
Memorable Line: "Evil is good and ass is good, and if you find you a piece of evil ass, woo!"
Reason to Watch: Eddie Murphy as a wisecracking vampire? Okay, it's actually a pretty terrible movie, but that's what adds to its weird mid-90's charm.Title: True Blood (Seasons 1-3)
Tagline: Thou shall not crave thy neighbor.
Plot Summary: Finally, not a movie, but something that's totally exclusive to Amazon Prime (unless you've got access to HBO): True Blood. Follow telepathic waitress Sookie (Anna Paquin) as vampires start "coming out of the coffin" after the advent of a synthetic blood drink called Tru Blood goes on the market. Fangs aren't the only otherworldly creatures on the loose -- there are shapeshifters, werewolves, and crazy Dionysian followers.
Memorable Line: "Sookieeeee."
Reason to Watch: In the later seasons, things pretty much flew off the supernatural rails, but the first few seasons (and the only ones on Amazon Prime) are on point with their blood-soaked social commentary about sexuality, drug use, and religious fanaticism.