I have never in my life enjoyed scary films. It stresses me out too much. I think I've only seen The Shining and Ghost Ship. Well, does Cabin in the Woods count? I actually enjoyed that film, but it was still stressful for me. I've managed to avoid all others for the last 27 years. Still, I love films and I love watching certain films at certain times of the year and autumn is no exception. Today, I'm sharing--in my opinion--the ten best not scary autumn. A few are Halloweenish, a few just have stunning fall foliage and of course I included the best football film of all time. (Don't @ me.)
Last year, we watched a few on the list, but this year I'm determined to literally press pause on whatever show we're bingeing to have some cosy nights having movie marathons instead. You gotta have some hearty soups or seasonal treats. Light some autumn-scented candles. And definitely pray for rain. If you're in the mood for a delicious autumnal cocktail, stick around to the very end.
Okay, so it's the complete opposite of scary and it actually came out in June of 2005, but it's about a witch so it counts. The film isn't quite a reboot of the show, but actually a film about the reboot of the show and an actor who unknowingly casts an actual witch for the starring role. It's quirky and silly, but it has Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, and sometimes a quirky, silly Halloween is all you need.
My favourite IMDb fact: Broomsticks were sent out to movie theatres as promotional items for the film.
DEAD POET'S SOCIETY
Who hasn't seen this film about an all boys boarding school set against the backdrop of a Vermont autumn? It's one of Robin William's best roles, but it's also crazy to think that the late 80's film also starred two of the biggest stars today: Ethan Hawke and Josh Charles. It's been years since I've seen the film and actually, I think we watched it in health class in high school when we were learning about mental health. It will make you feel all the feels.
My favourite IMDb fact: When the boys show Professor Keating his old senior yearbook picture, it is, in reality, Robin Williams's high school senior picture when he was a student at Redwood High School in Larkspur, California, north of San Francisco.
It's a supernatural classic, isn't it? It has easily stood the test of time. It's still referenced in other movies and TV shows and everyday conversation. How many people still dress up like the Ghostbusters for Halloween or shout "Ghostbusters!" when someone says something even remotely along the lines of "Who ya gonna call?" While I did enjoy Ghostbusters 2 and the 2016 reboot with women starring, nothing beats the original.
My favourite IMDb fact: In the DVD commentary, Ivan Reitman says he received a call from William Atherton complaining that the movie ruined his life. The character of Walter Peck was so hated that people would talk to Atherton as if they were giving the character Peck a piece of their mind. Apparently more than once, physical fights had been started with Atherton in bars.
It's a cult classic starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, but I actually just watched it for the first time last year! Needless to say, I loved it! It's a great Halloween movie and isn't at all scary. Like most films from the 90's, it's aged and you can see that, but it just adds to its charm, in my opinion.
My favourite IMDb fact: Sarah Jessica Parker has said that she thoroughly enjoyed being in the flying harness, so much so that she would stash a copy of the New York Times on her person and would read in the air between takes.
Even though I do still enjoy kids' films, I always brushed the Hotel Transylvania films under the rug. That is, until my sister highly recommended them ahead of the third film's release. We decided, since it was a slow month at the cinema, to give it a shot, but we wanted to watch the first two to catch up with the story first. Luke and I agreed that Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is the best yet because they keep building on the jokes, but I do think the first film is best suited for Halloween. Either way, give it a shot and I definitely recommend a marathon of the trilogy.
My favourite IMDb fact: Dracula, The Invisible man, The Mummy, Frankenstein and The Werewolf are influenced by the monster universe set between 1930-1940 and are brought together in this film.
Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman play sisters who also happen to be witches looking to break a curse to find love. Strangely enough, I have a very vivid memory of the first time I watched this film. I still like it today, but I think it also has a bit of a nostalgia factor for me.
My favourite IMDb fact: According to Sandra Bullock in the commentary, in the scene where Gillian and Sally get drunk with their aunts and they sling insults, the actresses actually got drunk. They were drinking some very bad tequila that Nicole Kidman brought.
REMEMBER THE TITANS
My favourite football movie of all time! I love Denzel Washington as Coach Herman Boone. At one point in my life, I knew most of the lines and to this day it's still one of my favourite soundtracks. Nothing says autumn quite like football and even though it's a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, it's still a fun, feel-good movie.
My favourite IMDb fact: The film is made more accessible to non-fans of football by careful music editing. Whenever the Titans complete a key play, or turn the game in their favour, the music changes to upbeat rock.
Starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon, this movie is set in New York in the autumn. Susan Sarandon has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and is coming to terms with Julia Roberts being the stepmom to her children. It's emotional, to be sure, but is there anything more beautiful than New England when the leaves are changing colours?
My favourite IMDb fact: In the film, the characters played by Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon are often at odds with each other. In reality, the two are close friends, and chose this project specifically to work on together.
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY
It's a classic rom-com and always will be, even if it is kind of hard to wrap your head around Billy Crystal as a romantic lead. Not only does it have one of the most iconic scenes (with one of the most quotable movie lines) in cinema history, but it also features beautiful shots of New York in the fall.
My favourite IMDb fact: The orgasm scene was filmed at Katz's Deli, an actual restaurant on New York's E. Houston Street. The table at which the scene was filmed now has a plaque on it that reads, "Where Harry met Sally...hope you have what she had!"
One night when I was younger, my mom and sister wanted to watch this movie and I absolutely flipped out. I was so sure they were trying to trick me into watching a horror movie, despite their assurances that it was actually a comedic masterpiece. Because of that, I got it on DVD for Christmas one year as a joke. It's been one of my favourite comedies ever since!
My favourite IMDb fact: In 1974 rock band Aerosmith took a break from a long night of recording to see this film. Steven Tyler wrote the band's hit "Walk This Way" the morning after seeing the movie, inspired by Marty Feldman's first scene, the "walk this way . . . this way" scene.
SPIKED SPARKLING CIDER
If you’ve been hanging around here since last fall, you know my favourite go-to drink this time of year is a spiked sparkling cider. It’s simple to make and so easy to enjoy:
1 oz spiced rum or 1 oz whiskey (room temperature)
3 oz apple cider (warmed)
3 oz ginger beer (room temperature)
Stir ingredients together in the glass of your choice. (I usually use copper mugs.) Serve warm.
PIN FOR LATER!
What are some of your favorite films to watch in the autumn or for Halloween?