Classic Halloween Movies (For Southerners Who Don’t Do Chainsaw Massacres)
Some Southerners can sleep like a baby after watching Leatherface, the psycho Texan, do his worst. Others haven’t closed their eyes without a nightlight since Janet Leigh took that shower in Psycho. If you prefer suspense, spoofs, and campy 50s sci-fi to slasher movies, check out some of our favorite classic Halloween films.
Creature from the Black Lagoon
See, there’s this scaly thing deep in the Amazon, and it apparently likes brunettes . . .
Dial "M" for Murder
Why was everybody out to get Grace Kelly in the fifties?
This movie’s worth watching just to see Grace Kelly’s wardrobe. As an added bonus, you get to sweat it out, hoping Jimmy Stewart won’t have to helplessly watch Raymond Burr murder her through the window of the apartment across the street.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
A frantic Kevin McCarthy tries to warn everybody that the alien pod people are coming to take over their bodies.
Hey, what’s Steve McQueen doing with Helen Crump? The blob in The Blob is yet another alien critter. It gets bigger every time it eats. And we’re on the menu!!!! SCREAM!!!
North by Northwest
Another Hitchcock masterpiece, this film has Cary Grant running from an airplane in an open field and helping Eva Marie Saint escape the bad guys on Mount Rushmore.
Okay, so there’s a little gore with this one, but it’s mild by today’s standards. Did Tippi Hedren get some mileage out of that green suit or what?
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
Small-town newspaper typesetter Don Knotts gets a big break when his editor challenges him to spend the night in a haunted house and write a story about it.
It’s pronounced “FRAHNK-in-steen”! Did you know that Frank Barone, the insufferable dad from Everybody Loves Raymond, and the monster were both brilliantly played by the late Peter Boyle?
Mel Brooks, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman, and Madeline Kahn spoof Hitchcock movies at the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous.