Halloween on Morgan on Media may have run on into All Saints Day and All Souls Day, but it’s finally time for it to come to a close. After all, we need to have some sort of return to normalcy before things get all snowy and wintery in here. Sometime tomorrow the Halloween decor will go away; the pumpkins will go back to the pumpkin patch, and the orange-and-black color scheme will revert to its normal blue-and-white. The Halloween Haunters posts, and other seasonal posts, will retain the Halloween 2012 banner, but the site will return to its normal header — or rather, it won’t. I’ve created a slightly different version of the banner, which will make its debut tomorrow.
But here and now, it’s time for the roundup of this year’s Halloween Haunters.
I made a private decision this year to try and have Halloween-appropriate content every day of the month (and, as it turned out, two days beyond it). This meant that even on days that had other content — such as the Weekly Weblinks — I was posting something else on top of it to ensure that there was Halloween content. This was fun, and ultimately successful, but I have to admit it got pretty tiring close to the end. Part of the reason I write different types of posts periodically — and yes, part of the reason for the Weekly Weblinks — is that it makes it easier to keep a posting schedule without spending an excess of time. If I then go and double up on posts, it sort of defeats the purpose. All of these take work, especially the movie reviews, which require a two-hour commitment before I even start typing. That said, though I expect I’ll take it easier on myself next year, this was a hell of a lot of fun.
This year’s Halloween season brought with it three Top 10 lists, which were a lot of fun to do and were well-received. It also included the first-ever Halloween entry in Favorite Films, with Ghostbusters, and a Favorite Films/Devil’s Advocate blend with The Black Cauldron, which just went up this morning.
And, of course, there were a lot of additions to the Halloween Haunters. In all, there were 27 films and specials that were new to me. Here’s the breakdown on the ratings:
The Abominable Dr. Phibes
The Blob (1958)
The Blob (1988)
Fright Night (1985)
Halloween II (1981)
Halloween is Grinch Night
The Man With Two Brains
Monsters vs Aliens
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
If you’ll compare with the roundup of last year’s films, you’ll note that this batch was considerably more positive. Granted, there’s still only one 5-pumpkin film, Alien, but a few of the 4s were verging on it, particularly Monsters vs. Aliens and Beetlejuice. Just as importantly, there are a lot of four-pumpkin films, not a lot of twos and ones, and most of the threes are high threes rather than lows. The reason is fairly simple: I went into this year with a bit more preparation (and yes, I realize the irony of that statement when I’ve run over by two days.) There are a lot of these films that I knew I would be watching before the month even began, and several others that I cherry-picked along the way. I did have to start winging it a bit around the 20th, but even that mostly worked out. The end result of this was that where last year I was thoroughly burned out on horror and monster movies by the end of October, this year I was caught by surprise when Halloween rolled around so quickly. It’s a lesson I hope to carry into next year’s selections (some of which may already be selected, if they don’t spontaneously acquire sooner expiration dates from my Hulu queue).
All in all, it’s been a lot of fun, and though I’m definitely ready for it to be done, I’m already looking forward to next year a little bit. Happy Halloween — or All Souls Day by this point — and regular programming will resume tomorrow.