Movies, Quick Lists — October 29, 2014 9:49 am

Pop Rewind Picks: Movies for Halloween Night

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There are horror movie aficionados out there, but rest assured we here at Pop Rewind are not one of those. If you like your horror a little lighter, a little wtf-ier, then you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re giving you our top picks on what to pop in the VCR on Halloween night (or any night, really).

Linz Picks:

Waxwork (1988)

I came across this film accidentally at a sleepover, around age 12 or so, while flipping through the channels at 2 a.m. Waxworks is a strange movie about a wax museum whose exhibits come to life if punk-ass university students cross the velvet ropes.

Don’t cross the rope!

Basically, the dude from Gremlins and his pals go to this wax museum. Each character gets sucked into a horror-themed wax display (vampires, werewolves, zombies, Marquis de Sade, etc.)

Oh yes…

Fun fact: I quote that steak tartare line about once a week. Also: I’ve never had steak tartare. Or human flesh, if we’re really getting down to it.

Once those who get sucked into the wax displays are killed in the display, they themselves become a part of it– transformed into wax and all.

Best part starts at 2:45

A follow-up to the first film was released in 1992. Waxwork II: Lost in Time is disappointingly… well, disappointing. It lacked the genuine feeling the first film had and simply wasn’t very good. At least Billy from Gremlins made it into the sequel. One special guest did save the film (and it happens to be one of my favorite clips of all time): Bruce Campbell. Enough said.

Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

I love Ernest, but only grew up (and still have only seen) two Ernest films: Scared Stupid and Goes to Jail. In fact, Ernest Goes to Jail was one of those movies I’d watch several times a day, every day when I was a kid. I’ve always been bad at movies.

Yes, he says “Ewwwww” at some point in this film.

It’s Ernest versus a troll using only the power of miak to do so. Every time I use milk, I silently giggle, thinking of Ernest’s miak tirade. It’s right up there with the pen-chewing scene in Goes to Jail.

Said troll turns children into wooden dolls so it can feast upon their energy. I’m not clear on why it needs this wooden doll step for their energy… just eat them kids!

The Stuff (1985)

The Stuff delves into the really weird side of horror movies. The dairy-ish-based kind. Tired of yogurt and ice cream? The Stuff, is, well, stuff that bubbles out of the ground. It looks like yogurt, but it’s sweet and isn’t the worst thing ever, so it’s clearly not yogurt. The Stuff has no calories and quickly takes over ice cream as the #1 spoonable dessert.

“Enough is never is enough… of The Stuff!”

Like all food-related competitions, the FBI gets involved to figure out what exactly The Stuff is.

I don’t want to give too much away, because this is definitely mandatory viewing. One of the highlights from this film, however, is the attention to detail put into advertising inside the movie– designing containers and labels for The Stuff, jingles, commercials– the whole deal, just for use inside the film. It’s a little thing, and maybe not that important, but it was really immersive and a nice touch.

Lee Picks

The Ice Cream Man (1995)

If it’s true that The Stuff is never enough, check out another frozen desert movie:  The Ice Cream Man.  Starring Clint Howard, the story follows a former mental ward patient who is living on his own and driving an ice cream truck throughout the neighborhood.  Trouble starts when he attacks a dog and the movie takes a dark turn from there.

What’s your favorite flavor?  Dog or eyeball?

Ice Cream Man has the perfect balance of humor and gore.  At one point, someone’s head ends up on an ice cream cone.  You couldn’t ask for a better prop department to have worked on this film.

If anything, it’s the best dessert enterprise movie from an adult film director starring someone who was in That Thing You Do.  Annnnnd, if this movie still leaves you wanting more, there are rumors of a sequel being in the works.

Army of Darkness (1992)

While the first two Evil Dead movies get all the love, I actually prefer Army of Darkness, the third installment.  Yes, that’s right, another Bruce Campbell flick ended up on our list.  You read this site, though, so it’s not like you’re complaining.

Something’s wrong, something’s amiss!

Army of Darkness has so many iconic moments, including Campbell’s character super jumping to fit his missing hand with a chainsaw.  Shortly after, one of the best lines in the history of cinema is delivered.

Yeah, that’s right.  Burrrrrrn.

If it’s been a while since you saw the dead march toward the castle, give this one another chance.  It’s held up incredibly well over the last two decades.  If you’ve never seen it, the prologue recaps the “need to know” elements of the predecessors, so you can jump right in and still enjoy a fun action movie filled with skeletons.  Be on the lookout for special editions that feature a very different ending to the film.

Dr. Giggles (1992)

Wrapping up our list is another classic from 1992, Dr. Giggles.  It’s disguised as a typical slasher film, but the extra spin is a doctor who’s out… of his mind!  Teeheeheehee

“If you think that’s bad, wait until you get my bill.”

The giggle meister takes it upon himself to “cure” an entire town by practicing unlicensed medicine, usually resulting in fatal blood splatter.  There’s a great back story that all the locals know an urban legend about a doctor from Hell.  “If you’re from Moorehigh and you get sick, fall on your knees and pray you die quick” it goes.  There’s even a scene in which Dr. Giggles provides diagnosis for a round of Dr. Mario.  If that doesn’t make you want to see the movie, then nothing will.

Do you love movies filled with great one-liners?  Then Dr. Giggles is the film for you.  Just about every single thing the doctor mutters is sarcasm gold!  That should mean a lot coming from the wise acre writers of this site.

If you’re never going to watch the movie, at least do yourself a favor and watch this clip of all the one-liners. Skip it if you plan on seeing the movie, though.

 

What are you favorite horror movies to pull out during the Halloween season?

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