Monday, October 17, 2022

Friday Night Double Features Vol. 23

 by Adam Riske and Patrick Bromley

10 new Scary Movie Month double feature suggestions to ring in Halloween!

Double Feature 1:

Adam: #1: Suspiria (2018)
Patrick: #2: X (2022)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Pearl, A Cure for Wellness, Maxxxine
Patrick: Theme: Goth Girl

Patrick: Mia Goth is having a real moment thanks to her collaborations with Ti West (two this year and one coming next year), so let’s dedicate a whole night to her excellence. I still haven’t seen Pearl as of this writing and barely remember her from Suspiria and A Cure for Wellness, so I’m looking forward to the refresher going into Maxxxine.

Adam: Yeah, Mia Goth is the best. She sort of came out of nowhere for me this year after X and has become an actor I’m excited to see now in every new movie she’s in. I hope her and Ti West keep collaborating after Maxxxine. You know what would be cool? A Nutty Professor type of movie, but with Mia Goth in different Pearl family makeups.

Double Feature 2:

Patrick: #1: Terrifier (2016)
Adam: #2: Tales of Halloween (2015)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: V/H/S, Turbo Kid, Nina Forever, Terrifier 2, All Hallows Eve “Art the Clown” short
Adam: Theme: Epic Halloween

Adam: I wanted to pay tribute to Epic Pictures, who were a beacon of quality during those Bruce Campbell Horror Fests back in 2015 and 2016. I thought about pairing Terrifier (a franchise that has its hooks in me currently somewhat to my surprise) with V/H/S because they’re both similarly mean-spirited but that seemed potentially like a bummer night. Since both Terrifier and Tales of Halloween take place on Halloween, I couldn’t resist. Plus, I think Tales of Halloween would be a good breath of fresh air after something hardcore like Terrifier.

Patrick: You made the right call for sure, as this is a great double feature. I miss the old Epic Pictures. They haven’t put out much I’ve really liked in recent years, although I think they distributed Benny Loves You and that was pretty fun. Man, those Bruce Campbell fest days were the best, weren’t they?
Double Feature 3:

Adam: #1: I’m Dangerous Tonight (1990)
Patrick: #2: Salem’s Lot (1979)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: The Apartment Complex, Amazing Stories “Miss Stardust” episode, Tales from the Crypt “Dead Wait”
Patrick: Theme: Tobe on TV

Patrick: I mean, it’s a no-brainer. Anytime we can celebrate My Guy I’m going to do it. I can’t wait to hear what you think of I’m Dangerous Tonight. It’s kooky but OMG. Plus, we get to watch a TftC AND an Amazing Stories!

Adam: This sounds incredible. I’ve been meaning to watch both movies for a while, so I would buy a ticket for this immediately.

Double Feature 4:

Patrick: #1: Old (2021)
Adam: #2: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Dark City, Bless the Child, The Devil’s Hand
Adam: Theme: Dark Sewells

Adam: I’m not exactly a fan of Rufus Sewell but I recognize that’s entirely because of the characters he is often cast to play and not his performances. A full-evening tribute to him is what I think I need to put me over the top in becoming a fan. Also, I can revisit Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a movie I don’t like but now suddenly feel like watching. P.S. In my head, Old rules even though I know that is a lie I tell myself so I can sleep.
Patrick: Well at least this will be a chance to finally see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter! And it seems like a fun night of trash, especially with those trailers (minus Dark City, which rules). I’m probably in the same boat as you when it comes to Rufus Sewell, but I don’t think this night is going to turn the tide for me.
Double Feature 5:

Adam: #1: The Lost Boys (1987)
Patrick: #2: Let Me In (2010)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Near Dark, Day Shift, Fright Night
Patrick: Theme: All the Damn Vampires

Patrick: It’s lazy, I know, but it’s Scary Movie Month and an all-vampire night seemed appealing. I think I’m at the point where I’d sooner watch Let Me In than Let the Right One In even though I know the latter is the superior movie. Am I the problem?

Adam: No, man; like what you like. I’m a bigger fan of Let the Right One In, but I only saw Let Me In when it came out so maybe I’ll like it more with some distance away.

Double Feature 6:

Patrick: #1: Paranormal Activity (2007)
Adam: #2: Cloverfield (2008)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Final Destination, Hatchet, House of 1000 Corpses, Saw, Underworld
Adam: Theme: 2000s Horror Franchise Kickoffs

Adam: I went with Cloverfield to pair with Paranormal Activity since they both similarly benefitted from online buzz to become hits. The trailer block should be fun! There were a lot of new horror franchises launched in the 2000s. I’ve only seen the original Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. Should I go back and watch any of the others?

Patrick: I remember really liking 3, but I don’t remember much about the others despite having seen all but the most recent Paramount + one. This whole night would be a crazy blast. I always tell myself the early 2000s were kind of bad for horror, but this double proves me wrong.
Double Feature 7:

Adam: #1: The Exorcist (1973)
Patrick: #2: Repossessed (1990)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Scream, Scary Movie, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Dracula: Dead and Loving It
Patrick: Theme: Spooky & Spoofy

Patrick: I thought it might be fun to pair some famous horror movies with the comedies poking fun at them. I suspect it’s a mistake.

Adam: I saw Repossessed on cable WAY BEFORE I ever saw The Exorcist and that is why I suspect The Exorcist has never been scary to me (it works for me more as a Drama). This sounds like a lot of fun!

Double Feature 8:
Patrick: #1: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Adam: #2: Christmas Evil (1980)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: ‘80s Christmas Commercials block, Siskel & Ebert “Silent Night Deadly Night” review, Don’t Open Till Christmas, Gremlins, To All a Goodnight, Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2, Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 3: Better Watch Out!, visit from Santa for a Christmas carol sing-a-long during intermission
Adam: Theme: 1980s Christmas Horror

Adam: This isn’t a very creative theme but it’s also one that will be a crowd-pleasing no brainer. Silent Night, Deadly Night is one of those movies I can’t ever remember if I’ve seen in its entirety. I’ll gladly (re?)visit it in order to watch Christmas Evil again. That movie is fantastic.

Patrick: I love Christmas horror, so I’m totally the audience for this night. I love that included the Siskel & Ebert clip, too, so we can kind of feel bad about the fun we’re having.
Double Feature 9:

Adam: #1: Final Destination 3 (2006)
Patrick: #2: The Funhouse (1981)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: House on Haunted Hill (1999) rollercoaster scene, Ghoulies 2, The Amusement Park
Patrick: Theme: Amusement Park Horror

Patrick: I had a really hard time with this one, so I just used the big rollercoaster set piece as a jumping off point to program one of my favorite horror movies. How crazy is that House on Haunted Hill rollercoaster? That’s a gag that works exactly once. Don’t they want people to ride it again?

Adam: Every time I re-watch House on Haunted Hill (1999), I think about how bad the lines must be for that ride between the track gag and the elevator gag. This seems like a fun double feature. We should get a street carnival going outside the theatre.

Double Feature 10:

Patrick: #1: The Wicker Man (1973)
Adam: #2: Jaws (1975) in RealD-3D
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: House of the Dead, The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), Island of Lost Souls, Zombie, The Wicker Man (2006)
Adam: Theme: Island Terror

Adam: I was so glad to hear recently how much you liked The Wicker Man (1973)! Let’s pair that classic with another. I want to watch Jaws again though in 3D. It was incredible when I saw it in theaters that way last month.
Patrick: The Wicker Man is so good! I’m not saying anything people don’t already know. I missed Jaws in 3D back in September, so I appreciate the opportunity for the makeup. Plus, that trailer block is pretty rad! Can we buy our own island to host the screening?

1 comment:

  1. I always love these columns and this one is no exception!

    For Mia Goth, may I recommend the addition of Mayday? It's maybe not quite horror but it's very atmospheric and she's awesome in it and there is definitely violence. The trailer could definitely fit with the others listed.

    There are so many great double features & trailer picks here, but I think my fave is #9. I also would love the Christmas one... haven't seen any of those except Gremlins. Bonus, you could have the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack playing in the lobby as people get their concessions.