Bucket List – Watch Scary Movie (or seasonal)

I have been watching several movies to enjoy the Halloween season. Some I have seen before, others are new to me.

I am rating these films with the 1-5 Jack O’lantern scoring system

🎃 just awful

🎃🎃 not the best, may never watch again but with some redeeming qualities

🎃🎃🎃 good and may be worth a watch every few years

🎃🎃🎃🎃 very good movie or series, really enjoyed

🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃 excellent, worth to watch every year. One of my favorites

Practical Magic 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

One of my favorites to watch every year. Love the scenery, the spells and the family love. I just got the book so I hope it is a good read.

The Popes Exorcist 🎃🎃 (new)

I was hesitant to watch this as this sort of thing does not set well with me. But actually I was kinda bored with the movie.

The Mummy (1959) 🎃🎃🎃

A classic oldie but goodie. I used to watch all these old movies growing up. Well technically they were new movies when I was young. It probably is really a two pumpkin film, but the nostalgia bumps it up one pumpkin. Kinda goofy but you gotta love it.

Dracula Great Love (1971) 🎃 (new)

This movie was part of an Elvira movie series. I thought it might be good, but oh my gosh, this was soooo bad. Unless you like women’s breasts, bad acting, and stupid plots. Lol

Signs 🎃🎃🎃🎃

I like this film and watch it at least once a year. One of my favorite scenes is where they are are sitting with tin foil hats on their heads. You know, you don’t want them to read your thoughts. Lol

Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

I love this film. Of all of the Hitchcock films this is my favorite. Tippi Hendren is so glamorous and the dialog and cinematography is awesome. One year for Halloween I dressed up as Tippi Hendren, had a blue suit with birds 🦅 tied to it. When I flailed my arms the bird flew around. We won 1st place at the Halloween costume contest at work that year. My secretary Connie came as Reagan from the Exorcist with split pea soup down the front of her nightgown. My boss came as Carrie – prom dress, tiara and blood everywhere. We were the damsels in distress Halloween version. I don’t remember what we won but it was more the prestige of it all.

Stephen King’s Rose Red 🎃 (new)

This was sooooo bad. The movie and I assume the book is a mix of Hill House and Winchester Mystery House. The acting was bad. The effects were bad. Everything was predicable and boring. If I could give zero pumpkins I would.

Halloweentown 🎃🎃🎃 (new)

This was a cute little Halloween film and worthy to watch on Halloween. I understand this has a cult following. Good clean fun. The kids were irritating but I expected they would be.

Arsenic and Old Lace 🎃🎃🎃🎃

A classic oldie but goodie. This is a Frank Capra film (you know, It’s a wonderful Life Frank Capra). A bit silly but I love the characters, the old maid aunts, the graveyard by the house, the casual attitude to poisoning gentlemen visitors. LOL. Not to mention Cary Grant. He is so yummy.

Mad Monster Party 🎃🎃🎃🎃

I love this little movie using the same stop motion technology as Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. I use to watch this as a child and loved Phyllis Diller character. This is good for the kiddos to watch

Winchester 🎃🎃

I love going to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. This house is very interesting with all its beautiful architecture. Helen Mirren did a good job but otherwise this was a weird movie. I did not like the male lead. Although scary with special effects, I think this would have been better served exploring Sara Winchester instead of trying to scare us.

American Horror Story – Cult 🎃 (new)

I have always enjoyed the American Horror Stories series but this one was so bad. I almost had flashbacks to the Clinton/Trump election.

Trilogy of Terror 🎃🎃🎃

This one is a throw back to my youth. 2 of the stories are ok, but the one with Karen Black and that dang voodoo doll. Dolls freaks me out a bit so I was not keen on the little guy in the first place.

Bell, Book and Candle 🎃🎃🎃🎃

Who could not love a Jimmy Stewart movie. A classic from the past of a beautiful witch falling in love with a mortal. This was before Bewitched.

Beetlejuice 🎃🎃🎃🎃

Michael Keaton at his best. Fun to watch and enjoy the handbook for the recently deceased. Not to mention the Calypso dance.

And finally

Hocus Pocus


I love the witches. Bette Midler is a hoot. I like the story line. Good acting and great effects. No wonder people love it

Thanks for hanging out with me on the Halloween season.

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