Pass The Popcorn: Fright Night

Pass The Popcorn is a sporadic feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I discuss various aspects of some of my favourite films and/or television shows.

Well, here goes nothing! It’s time for the introduction of a new feature on Pop! Goes The Reader!

While I’ve always known that books and reading would act as the primary focus of Pop! Goes The Reader as they’re what I’m most enthusiastic about, I also knew from the outset that I eventually wanted to take the time to touch upon some of my other interests as well. As some of you might know, I’ve affectionally labeled myself a self-professed ‘television addict’, which is a good-natured way of saying that I spend more time watching television than a professional might deem healthy or sane. During an average television season I can ordinarily be found watching anywhere from twenty-two to twenty-five shows per week. ‘Rabbit Ears’ was created primarily as a means of creating a dialogue about some of the series I’m currently watching, or those I’ve loved in the past.

For the first edition of Rabbit Ears, I’ve decided to use Halloween as the inspiration for today’s topic. While I was never the most enthusiastic proponent of the holiday when I was growing up (I enjoyed neither dressing up nor eating candy. I was a joy.), I’ve always been an ardent fan of the Horror genre. Whether I was devouring the novels of R.L. Stine as a child or bowing at the altar of Alfred Hitchcock and Wes Craven, I’ve always enjoyed the sensation of being scared. Now, as an adult, there’s nothing I like to do more on Halloween night than sit down with a warm bowl of buttered popcorn, miniature candy – because when it’s that small the calories don’t count – and indulge in a horror movie marathon. So, without further ado…

Thirteen Must-Watch Additions To Your Halloween Vieiwng Marathon

As always, these choices are listed in no particular order.

“Mother Knows Best”

Date: 1960, Directed by: Alfred Hitchock, Starring: Anthony Perkins & Janet Leigh

“The Devil You Know”

The Omen
Date: 1976, Directed by: Richard Donner, Starring: Gregory Peck

“Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Date: 1996, Directed by: Wes Craven, Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox & David Arquette

“Inside My Head”

Silence of the Lambs
Date: 1991, Directed by: Jonathan Demme, Starring: Jodie Foster & Anthony Hopkins

“Off Season”

The Shining
Date: 1980, Directed by: Stanley Kubrick, Starring: Jack Nicholson & Shelley Duvall

“When Animals Attack”

The Birds
Date: 1963, Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock, Starring: Tippi Hedren & Rod Taylor

“And They Called It Puppy Love”

Let Me In
Date: 2010, Directed by: Matt Reeves, Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz & Kodi Smit-McPhee

“Be Kind, Rewind”

The Ring
Date: 2002, Directed by: Gore Verbinski, Starring: Naomi Watts

“Cabin Fever”

Cabin in the Woods
Date: 2012, Directed by: Drew Goddard, Starring: Kristen Connolly & Fran Kranz

“Spiritual Awakening”

Date: 1984, Directed by: Ivan Reitman, Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd & Harold Ramis

“Trick or Treat!”

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Date: 1966, Directed by: Bill Melendez, Starring: Peter Robbins & Christopher Shea

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Harper’s Island
Date: 2009, Starring: Elaine Cassidy, Katie Cassidy, Jim Beaver & Christopher Gorham

Bates Motel
Date: 2013, Starring: Vera Farmiga & Freddie Highmore

5 Responses

  1. I love this new feature! I’m the worst at being up-to-date with new TV shows. What I usually do is wait for the entire season to be on Netflix and just binge-watch its entirety in one or two days. Totally healthy. The only thing this doesn’t work for is reality TV.

    I’m surprised you didn’t include American Horror Story on here. I really enjoyed it for a while, but I’m slowly starting to lose patience with it. That’s a discussion for another time.

    Love seeing Bates Motel on here. I was actually watching that live, but then I moved and missed a bunch of episodes so it will be a while before I catch up.
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  2. I love this idea! I spend a lot of of time watching tv shows (when I’m not reading books) so I always squeal in joy with bookish friends watch the same things I do!

    I don’t like horror movies because I’m a big scaredy cat. 😛 The Ring messed me up. When I turn off my TV and it shows that white/black fuzzy screen, I get freaked out because I’m afraid Samara will crawl out of there. The lesson is: never watch a nondescript videotape or you’ll receive a weird phone call. ;D

    I really need to re-watch Silence of the Lambs. It has been too long!

    ALWAYS LOVE CHARLIE BROWN. It tells us when the holiday season is upon us! I love it! Soon, we’ll be able to play Christmas music. SO EXCITED!
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  3. Oh! What a fun new feature. I know I’ve said before that I can’t do scary movies.. yet I have actually seen a few on your list. Hitchcock is a favorite of mine, his brilliance amazes me, so of course I’ve seen Psycho! I remember watching The Shining when I was at my grandmother’s house as a child (what grandmother thought that was OK?!). Needless to say, I had nightmares. I saw Scream when it came out.. definitely had some jumpy moments! GHOSTBUSTERS! Such a classic. I think I may watch this one tonight if our Halloween gets rained out.
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  4. I love this idea! I don’t like horror movies since I get scared easily (even when I’m watching a really bad horror movie). One of my friends wanted me to watch The Grudge (the Japanese version) and I was freaked out for a good day.

    I love, love Charlie Brown though.
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Jen is a thirty-something Canadian book blogger and bibliophile currently residing in the wilds of suburbia. Aside from a penchant for older men, particularly those with the surnames Firth, Elba and Norton, Jen is also passionately interested in running, Mad Men, and Marilyn Monroe. In addition to being a voracious reader and self-proclaimed television addict, Jen is also an aspiring children and youth services librarian who would like to pursue a MLIS and better help readers find the perfect book for them.