Like I mentioned last week, Fangirls, we knew we weren’t going to make it with the full 31 spooky nights, so we overhauled and watched multiple in one night, and we focused on classic shorts instead of full length movies. Our final count ended up being 25/31, which isn’t as terrible as I expected.
Like I mentioned last week, we started this week off with Paranorman. Paranormal is one of my favorite movies, because Laika straight kills at the stop-motion game (have you seen Kubo? It doesn’t seem possible). Paranorman is about a boy who can see and talk to ghosts. It’s a neat concept, except everyone in town ridicules poor Norman for something he can’t control, but then everyone finds out it’s up to him to halt the Witch’s Curse. Spooky stuff.
That same night (in failed hopes of catching up) we watched Coraline. Coraline is another Laika film, about a girl (named Coraline) who travels through a small door to find her other family. It’s terrifying when she is told that she can stay there forever, if she lets them sew buttons into her eyes (and basically kill her, turn her into a doll, and then wait for the next kid to move in). I slept through this one, but have seen it countless times, and was told I woke up during the garden scene, enthusiastically said, “this is my favorite part!” and then fell right back to sleep.
After that we watched Disney’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a 30 minute “movie” about the disappearance of Ichabod Crane and the legend of Sleepy Hollow. I had surprisingly never seen this before (I don’t know how; not only is Disney my area of expertise, but my hometown is actually pretty close to Sleepy Hollow). I really liked watching this; it had some fun musical numbers, and had Gaston as Brom Bones.
Next, we watched some shorts. We watched one where Donald Duck isn’t very nice to his nephews on Halloween, which was funny and very Donald of him. We also watched one with Daffy Duck serenading monsters in a copyright free way. Our final short was when Bugs Bunny met Witch Hazel, which is hilarious and reminded me of why the Looney Toons were so rad.
Finally, last night, we rounded out our watching spree with a rematch of What We Do In The Shadows; a hilarious vampire movie about a group of flat-sharing vampires in New Zealand. It is probably one of my favorite movies; we started watching Nightmare Before Christmas, made it about 1/3 of the way in, and Rob said, “we should have watched What We Do In The Shadows!” I practically screamed to change it, and we watched the whole thing (impressive for me because it was so late). I love it; it’s grey at times, but the perfect not-too-scary Halloween movie.
We hope that everyone had a lovely Halloween, and we can’t wait to do this again next year. I may try to convince him that we should do a 25 Nights of Christmas, but since I live with the Grinch, I don’t think that will happen!
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