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Movie Theaters and Drive-Ins
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Maybe it’s because I get to dress up as a favorite character and be another person, creature, or superhero for the day. This year I was looking forward to heading out to an adult Halloween party, but I will be sitting this one out.
All the streaming channels have their catalog of horror movies with thousands to choose from. It doesn’t have to be a special time of the year for me to watch horror movies.
When I’ve finished binging on my shows that I missed during the seasons, my next go-to is a good old horror film. I can’t keep count of how many times I watched the same movies over and over. I remember my first scary movie, “Fright Night.” It came out in 1985, and now that I’m older and I do the math, I was only 7! Why would you bring a 7-year-old to see a movie about vampires? It’s bringing back memories now. Hiding my eyes with my hands but still hearing all the screams of someone being chased or a creature howling.
Maybe this is what brought on my fascination with vampires. Going home scared to go to sleep because the throw in the chair looks like a monster. Or hearing strange noises at night. It didn’t stop me from continuing to watch horror movies. I would turn on a light at night, to keep the boogeyman away. Something I’m not afraid to say I do now.
Going to the movies was exciting. You saw previews all week, maybe even months ahead, and couldn’t wait to get to the theater. The smell of the popcorn in the air, choosing which gummy or chocolate candy you wanted to buy. As the prices went up at the concession stand, that’s when you started to sneak in your snacks. Waiting for your movie to start and looking at the posters on the wall of upcoming movies.
This was the time you were meeting up with friends or even having your first date. It was always that one person yelling out to the movie screen. The woman falls running from the killer. Someone screams, “GET UP, RUN”. The whole movie theatre laughs. Those were a great time of the “movie theatre.” Since COVID-19 the movies closed down and drive-ins have come back to some towns. This has gotten people out of their homes and some entertainment in the safety of your car.
Halloween is a week away. Get out your favorite snacks and get ready to be scared. This can be a great time to have an outdoor movie night under the stars. Fire up the pit, roast some marshmallows to make some smores, and get out your projection screen. I want to list my favorite horror movies. As I said, vampire movies are my favorite, but I will list a few slasher movies as well.
My Top 10 Favorite Horror Movie
- Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974
- Poltergeist 1982
- The Thing 1982
- Children of the Corn 1984
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984
- Fright Night 1985
- The Lost Boys 1987
- The People Under the Stairs 1991
- Interview with the Vampire 1994
- Silent Hill 2006