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Have you ever been watching a horror movie, and thought to yourself, “I wish I could see some dancing right now”?  Yeah, me too!!

Well, look no further because here is a list of some movies that include not only blood and guts, but also DANCING!!

1. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

My #1 favorite dance scene in any movie has to be Crispin Glover’s totally 80’s dance from the fourth installment of the Friday the 13th series.  Now this dance makes me wish I was in my teens in the 80’s because you could dance any which way you wanted, and it would still be cool.  Well, on second thought, Jimbo’s friends were looking at him like he was a bit crazy while he was dancing, but still, dancing was so much more relaxed then, and since I can’t dance, I think it would have been the perfect decade to have been a teen in.  According to IMDb trivia, this is the way Crispin Glover actually danced at clubs, so that makes this scene even cooler.  In case you wanted to go out and pick up that track after watching, the song is “Love is a Lie”, by Lion.

2. Prom Night (1980)

Has disco ever been so cool??!!  The scene in Prom Night where Jamie Lee Curtis and her boyfriend dance at the prom is amazing, even more amazing is that it was a serious dance, it was not something making fun of disco.  It reminds me of Ross and Monica’s ultra-choreographed dance number from FriendsWatch here! Now, if this dance sequence does not make you want to go out and by some platform boots, and bell bottoms, or maybe get a perm a la Jamie Lee Curtis, nothing will.

3. Night of the Demons (1988)

As I mentioned in my Halloween post, one of the most memorable parts of this movie is Angela’s (Amelia “Mimi” Kinkade) dance sequence.  To me, it resembles a demonic version of a Flashdance dance sequence. Watch here and here, but instead of 80’s pop music, it is 80’s metal.  According to Wikipedia, Amelia Kinkade choreographed the dance herself, and she was a professional jazz dancer and choreographer.  What is she doing now, you ask?  Well, she is a psychic animal communicator, of course!  Now, in case you’re a huge fan of the song, and want to go out and buy a copy immediately and perform your own demonic dance, the song is Stigmata Martyr by Bauhaus.

4. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

So this is a really short dance scene, with some lip-syncing as well, but it definitely deserves a place on this list.  Now, doesn’t this make cleaning look fun?  I know when I have to put away clothes, I put on some glittery sunglasses and dance around my room, doesn’t everyone?  The question is, where can I get those glasses he was wearing, and more importantly, how can he see with those on?

The song he is singing and dancing to is “Touch me (all night long)” by Wish, featuring Fonda Rae.

5. Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985)

The next dance sequence that needs a place on this list is Violet’s robot dance from the fifth installment of the Friday the 13th series.  Poor Violet, just minding her own business, listening to a song called “His Eyes” by Pseudo Echo, when the killer sneaks into her room and stabs her with a machete.  Couldn’t he have knocked first?  I know if I saw someone doing the robot as awesomely as her, I wouldn’t kill her, I would join in and dance.  I feel like Jason, or in this case- pseudo-Jason, would do a mean robot.  He is already stiff, and emotionless, definite skills when it comes to this type of dance.

That’s all for now, but I’m sure not for long.  Everybody knows that nothing goes together better than death and dance!

~Emily

Many people have a tradition on Halloween of watching scary movies, including myself of course, but what are the best movies to watch on Halloween?  Just any old horror movie, or a horror movie dedicated to the holiday itself?  In my horror movie watching history, I have come across few movies that really pay respect to Halloween, and fewer that evoke the feeling that I associate with Halloween, rooted in the Halloween celebrations of my childhood.  So what do I associate with Halloween? Trick or treating, Jack O’ Lanterns, costume parties, scary stories, horror movies, and of course candy.

In tribute to Halloween, here is a list of Halloween themed movies that you may want to add to your own Halloween horror movie watching tradition.

  1. Halloween (1978)- Well of course Halloween has to be included on this list, for me it is the quintessential Halloween movie. This movie has it all- trick or treating, pumpkin carving, horror movie watching (in this case The Thing From Another World), and of course the BOGEYMAN!!!! Now I like to watch the original on Halloween, but certain sequels to this original would do as well….Maybe watch Halloween 4 or 5 which has Michael Myers terrorizing Jamie Lloyd two years in a row, or Halloween H2O. This is one of my favorite in the series, despite the fact that the entries past Halloween II in the series have been disregarded, and despite that fact that there is no Dr. Loomis.

2.  Trick ‘R Treat (2008) – A new entry into Halloween themed horror, this movie has finally been released on DVD and just in time for the holiday. Set up as an anthology with four stories, inter-linked with some characters, settings, and overall theme. This movie really embodies what Halloween is really about- tradition. It includes some history of Halloween, as told by our Halloween expert, Rhonda- “Samhain, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, also known as Halloween. Predating Christianity, the Celtic holiday was celebrated on the one night between autumn and winter when the barrier between the living and dead was thinnest and often included rituals that included human sacrifice”.  This movie really makes you want to respect all Halloween traditions, because someone or something will get you if you don’t!  So don’t extinguish your Jack O’ Lanterns before the night is over, don’t smash them, and ALWAYS CHECK YOUR CANDY!  I found that this movie is best viewed multiple times because you will pick up something new every time you watch it!

3. Night of the Demons (1988) – On Halloween night a group of teenagers have a party at an abandoned funeral home, “Hull House”, built on EVIL land, and where the whole Hull family was massacred years before. There are of course the requisite stereotypes, and some mean-spirited humor, and some awesome 80’s music.  Of course the teens decide to have a séance, causing a demon to be released, which ends up possessing most of them…..then the death starts!  Another reason to watch it is for the amazing dance scene- its like a demonic version of flashdance, of course to much darker music.

4. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) – Now, I’m including this entry separately for obvious reasons. It was made as an entry into the Halloween series, due to the fact that originally this was going to be a series of films about Halloween, an anthology, rather than a series about Michael Myers. This was the only one made with the anthology in mind, before the “man” decided that Michael Myers was much more popular.  Due to the lack of Michael Myers, this is a controversial entry in the series, and is frequently dismissed as sub par. I admit, I too dismissed it until fairly recently. I have watched it since, and realized that it is much better when viewed as its own individual film, and you’re not just wondering “when is Michael going to show up?”  It really does evoke that sense of waiting for Halloween, the countdown to Halloween…and that Silver Shamrock song will be running through your head for days after.  I do find it a weird, but entertaining film, and it is a scary thought that wearing one of these Halloween masks can kill you,  One question though…..why only 3 masks? I find it really strange that the kids only get three choices.  It seems to me that when I was growing up, I was always trying to find a costume that not everybody else was wearing, but oh well, it’s just a movie.

5. House of 1000 Corpses (2003) – So this movie isn’t really about Halloween per se, but it does take place on October 30 and 31st, and there are some disturbing scenes involving a really creepy and disturbing Halloween show put on for the guests by the Firefly family.  I think that its gruesome, sinister, troubling, and supernatural nature makes it a worthy selection for watching on Halloween.

    And a very special selection:

    Hocus Pocus (1993) – So this is really a family/kid’s Halloween movie, but it’s one of my childhood favorites.  This is one of my Halloween staples, about a kid (Max)  who hates Halloween (How is this possible?) who has moved with his family to Salem, Massachusetts. On Halloween night he lights the black flame candle, and because he happens to be a virgin, brings some witches- the  Sanderson sisters – back to life. Now he, his sister, and his love interest have to find a way to get rid of them before they suck the life out of all the children in Salem. Thora Birch (American Beauty) is hilarious in this movie as the little sister. Also starring in this movie is Vinessa Shaw from the remake of The Hills Have Eyes.

    ~Emily