Everyone has their staples for Halloween watching, like John Carpenter’s “Halloween” and “Nightmare Before Christmas.” But be forewarned, gentle reader, because your master of Scarimonies (God, I sound like the Crypt Keeper), Dukey Flyswatter, will suggest some gems and themes that may have flown drastically under your radar, like a schizophrenic Vampire Bat.
Week One: Horror Anthology Films. Often referred to in Europe and England as Portmanteau films, they contain a selection of stories during the course of a normal feature running time.
Saturday Oct. 8th. “The ABCs Of Death” (2012)
Directors: 26 of ’em. Stars: Chris Hampton, Eva Liorack, Many others.
Each director is given a letter of the alphabet and then a few minutes to weave a humorous, gross, or shocking tale with each letter being explained at the end of each segment, such as “A Is For Apocalypse,” “B Is For Bigfoot,” “D Is For Dog Fight,” “F Is For Fart,” and “X Is For XXL.” A very mixed bag for your weirdo friends.
Offbeat Anthology Runners Up: “Spirits Of The Dead” (1968), “The Willies” (1990), “The House That Dripped Blood.”