Double Feature Friday: Halloween & Night Of The Demons

An ongoing series of horror double feature recommendations, today's Double Feature Friday offers up two horror films centered around the greatest holiday of the year: Halloween.
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An ongoing series of horror double feature recommendations, today's Double Feature Friday offers up two horror films centered around the greatest holiday of the year: Halloween.

Horror nerds that we are, Fun Size Horror would love to share with you some of our favorite genre films, but with a twist: instead of just listing off some favorites, each week we'll offer up a pairing of two horror films that complement one another in unique or fascinating ways: Double Feature Friday.

It's time to celebrate year's greatest holiday: Halloween. As such, all of October's Double Feature Fridays will be dedicated to (and will present films that are set on or around) All Hallows'Eve.

If you've been following Double Feature Friday this month, you know that one franchise has threaded its way through our picks: Halloween. So it should come as no surprise that we cap off October with the ultimate Halloween film, and the ultimate Halloween film. Add to that one of the most fun Halloween horror films of the 1980s, and you've got a killer holiday double.

HALLOWEEN (1978/ 91 minutes/ dir. John Carpenter)

Look, what else can be said about this film that hasn't been declared 1000 times already? John Carpenter's masterful blending of atmospheric dread, a minimalist and unsettling score, exquisite cinematography, good old fashioned jump-scares, and the theme of faceless, ageless evil comes together in a harrowing 91 minute film that at first glance appears to be nothing more than a babysitter slasher movie, but reveals itself to be nothing less than one of the most perfect horror films of all time.

Sure, it might be the most obvious film to watch on Halloween, but there's a reason for that: there's just nothing better.

NIGHT OF THE DEMONS (1988/ 87 minutes/ dir. Kevin S. Tenney)

Being forced to share space with John Carpenter's Halloween would leave any horror film looking a little paltry by comparison, so it's perhaps a little unfair to stick the silly/ schlock-y Night of the Demons next to such a classic. But if you can see past its imperfections, it's hard to imagine a film that's more fun to watch on Halloween night.

The premise: a group of high school seniors hold a Halloween party inside a mortuary. A seance is held, a demon is accidentally called. What follows: demon murder rampages, demon make-out sessions, demon sex, and, oh, some razorblades in apples.  It's all more than a little goofy, and is the total opposite of Halloween in every way... but that's the inherent fun of the film: it's a big, dumb, fun celebration of the holiday. Halloween is a terrified gasp in the dark, Night of the Demons is the wild cackle that answers.