the gang gets scary

WEEK 67 - OCTOBER 31, 2012

It’s hard to believe that October has come and gone, but here we are dressing up in costume and celebrating Halloween.

We like to get in the spirit of things here at imogene + willie, and what better way to do so than curled up on the couch with some Sour Patch Kids and a scary movie. We asked the team to share their favorite festive films and – as always – get a kick out of seeing how diverse the list inevitably becomes.

So, kick back and enjoy an evening filled with haunted movies and sweet treats.


the i+w family


“Ooh ha ha ha” by Count Drizzle – 2010

Count Drizzle came out with this hit “Ooh Ha Ha Ha” in 2010. He wrote, recorded and filmed the first edition in 48 hours. I have heartstrings attached to the OG, but can’t help but take this opportunity to promote his second release, “Country Crunk,” which just came out last Friday. Let’s help Drizzle go YouTube viral!

- Carrie

The Blair Witch Project – 1999

By far the movie that started the whole scary movie craze is The Blair Witch Project. When that guy in standing in the corner at the end… still get chills! Gregg Hale, the producer on this film, is from our hometown of Henderson, Kentucky and is an old family friend. So good!

- Matt

Silver Bullet – 1985

That movie used to scare the shit out of me when I was little. And also, any 80s movie with Corey Haim was a winner in my eyes.

- Jessica

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – 1966

I am probably the biggest scaredy-cat with movies… so that leaves me with very few Halloween movies I can watch without having nightmares for days! But who can hate on a classic like Charlie Brown? I have grown up loving all of the Peanuts comic books, holiday movies, etc. And I always did have an eye out for the biggest pumpkin I could find.

- Kristen

The Shining – 1980

The Shining, in my opinion, is the epitome of Halloween and horror. I watch every year around this time, and it still causes nightmares.

- Shelby

Beetlejuice – 1988

One of my childhood favorites. 80s aesthetic insanity, Geena Davis being a babe, Michael Keaton being a hysterical lecherous scumbag. To me it means Halloween.

- Kait

The Watcher In The Woods – 1980

That’s right folks, Walt Disney. Their first PG-13 movie and it is freaky.

- Jay

House – 1977

House – not to be confused with the less awesome American House (1986) or the House TV show (which I hear is good) – is easily one of the trippiest horror movies of all time. Before its limited release in American theatres last year, the movie, also known as Hausu, had never been released stateside. The best summation of the film that I’ve read called it “an episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Dario Argento.“ Yeah, that about sums it up.

- Brian

Rosemary’s Baby – 1968

A psychological thriller that plays the fear humans have that no one will believe us, even when belief in our story – no matter how unlikely – is crucial to our physical, psychological and emotional survival. Relying on great acting, camera work, and what we don’t know as viewers, Rosemary’s Baby manages to still scare us almost 50 years later.

- Ian

House of 1000 Corpses + Devil’s Rejects – 2003 + 2005

Never thought I’d be a Rob Zombie fan, but both these movies are awesome and the soundtracks are equally rad. Definitely not a movie I’d recommend to just anyone. I don’t think there’s much of an in-between: you’ll either love these or you’ll hate ‘em.

- Jonathan

What Lies Beneath – 2000

Little ole me was never really allowed to see scary movies growing up, so there are not too many options on my radar. I remember seeing this in the theatre with my mom and being so embarrassed when she jumped and screamed out loud in the most quiet, climatic part of the film. I was “too cool” of a teenager to be afraid!

- Elise

Hocus Pocus + Casper – 1993 + 1995

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy star as witches brought back to life by some unsuspecting kids. Oh yeah. It’s weird and awful and totally cheesy, but it’s definitely Halloween to me.

And Casper. Christina Ricci and Devon Sawa? They are the ultimate early 90s Halloween dream team. The weird animation is just a bonus.

P.S. I don’t do scary movies. Obvious?

- Debbie

Sleepaway Camp – 1983

Saw this gem on VHS for the first time when I was 14. I had begrudgingly and distrustfully agreed to a slumber party at the meanest girl in my high school’s house. We watched this in the backseat of her mom’s weird camper van on the way to her house (which was a million miles away) and this made it way scarier. The slumber party was the worst but this movie has the BEST SURPRISE ENDING TO ANY FILM EVER.

- Erin

Jaws – 1975

I grew up in California, constantly at the beach, and had a HUGE love of sharks as a kid. Then one evening when I was in third grade, I finally wore down my dad with enough incessant begging and we watched Jaws. I made it about 45 minutes in before I lost it and couldn’t finish the movie until sheltered by the light of day the next morning. I can’t remember what exactly did me in, maybe it was Spielberg’s masterful direction, maybe my 8-year-old mind couldn’t handle not being able to see the shark until the very end, maybe it was the stories of my mom barely being able to take a bath after she had seen the movie when it first came out… who knows, but this movie is freaking amazing.

- Joe

Hocus Pocus – 1993

After 300 years, three sister witches are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it us up to two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches reign of terror once and for all.

- Nestor

Casper – 1995

A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by 3 mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.

- Gloria

The Exorcist + 28 Days Later – 2002 + 1973

I think as far as pure scary and darkness goes, I’d have to say The Exorcist because it’s so demonic and dark. I think 28 Days Later is my favorite though because I love zombie movies. Simple and terrifying.

- Alex

Child’s Play – 1988

A single mother gives her son a beloved doll for his birthday, later they find out that the doll is possessed with the soul of a serial killer, who tries to put his soul into the boy’s body in order to become human.

- Juan

A Nightmare on Elm Street – 1984

In the dreams of his victims, a spectral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.

- Mercedes