Now I could have easily focused on one of the more gruesome and horrific types of monsters for this final installment, but in all honesty, these are some of my favorite films. And if I had to pick some great classics to watch on All Hallows' Eve, these would probably be it. And plants, though a strange villain, can be wonderfully frightening. Read H.P Lovecraft's At The Mountains of Madness to see what I mean. Giant fungus can be scary.
So here are some great films that I hope flesh out your holiday fun. And if nothing else, may it at least be a good reminder to water the plants.
So I thought I would divide this up a bit. Giving what I think are the best examples of the plant horror genre.
Before the great John Carpenter remake, and its recent mediocre premake, was this classic gem. Following the original short story a little more closely, a group of scientists suddenly have to deal with an other worldly plant creature that has come to invade earth. This Howard Hawks gem is not to be missed by classic horror and scifi fans alike.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
This film has been adapted, made and remade more times than I can count. It practically set up its own subgenre of the invasion films. But the 1978 remake stands on its own. Its creepy, its fast paced, and it has some great stars. Featuring Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum and even Leonard Nemoy, it is as much a character piece as it is a creepy paranoid thriller. Strange poisonous plants are invading the bodies of humans as they sleep, possessing them and quickly taking over the world. Alien invasions, possession, zombie apocalypse, all in one. Though it has been practically done to death, the invasion of the pod people is at its best in this film, and in my opinion even surpassing the original film version.
This is not only one of my favorite Halloween movies, but one of my favorite party movies. Its great with those that have never seen it (even non-horror fans) and those who have seen it a thousand times (trust me, a group of friends sitting around singing the songs to this, Cannibal the Musical, and Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of the best times to be had). It's ridiculous and hilarious, all you ever need in a great horror comedy, and as far as horror comedies go, it is far from gruesome or gory(if you have some squeemish ones in the bunch).
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
This is one of my all time favorite B-movies. It even spawned a saturday morning cartoon. But the original film and perhaps its first sequel are definitely great times to be had. It is cheesy, lame and ridiculous. But it never takes itself seriously. With a z-grade budget and one of the most outlandish plots on record, it is almost impossible to describe how fun this film is to the uninitiated. This film is not for those looking for a straight up well made comedy, or a creepy movie or gory exploitation piece. In fact, if you aren't into movies so bad they are good you may just pass on this all together. But don't shrug it off entirely without first watching this:
Best Evil Plant Movie:
I hope anyone taking the time to read all these has appreciated these recommendations, and I tried to pick a number of well known movies and books that I hoped most could easily get a hold of. If you enjoyed this feature, drop me a line or leave a comment. And keep reading TN for more random stuff.