So, today I've two movie recommendations. (After I checked my inventory of films and added a few I wanted to see and hadn't yet...I've enough on hand to do that. That's actually pretty great.) Anyway, on to the movies.
The first is Practical Magic, of course. I watch it every year about this time. It's my October kick-off film. :)
I won't tell you it's the best movie ever made, but it is fun, and it does something that most movies during this season rarely do: it portrays paganism in a positive light. I deeply appreciate that, and I admit, that's the biggest reason I love it. The novel by Alice Hoffman is wonderful, by the way, but don't expect it to have the same tone. It's quite a bit darker and more sinister. I still enjoyed it and recommend reading it.
Next, is a remake of an old favorite that actually manages to out-do the original. It's the 2011 Fright Night.
I totally love this film. Where the original was campy and sexist...this one is far more serious, scary, and creepy. I'm not normally a fan of Colin Farrell, but in this film he is amazing. Plus, a very young Anton Yelchin (he played Chekov in the Star Trek reboot) is in it, and he's fantastic too. The women in it do smart things. Imogen Poots and Toni Collette were also wonderful. They aren't stupid. They don't constantly trip. They do intelligent human things. And the 'vampire as serial killer' is a nice touch. Oh, and David Tennant plays the vampire expert/horror show host. It's a lot of fun. It's also, like I said, genuinely creepy.