Take Two: Halloween Movies Edition – The Frighteningly Great Horror Flicks Of All Time


Editor’s note: Deadline presents the 37th episode of its video series Take Two, in which Pete Hammond and Todd McCarthy tackle the artistry of films. Each has reviewed and written about the craft for decades and built a remarkable breadth of knowledge of films past and present. What we hoped for when we asked them to do this was a concise, mature and thoughtful conversation comparable to what we saw from Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel.

With Halloween firmly front of mind, this week we focus on recommendations for your Happy Halloween viewing just to get into the mood. We detail our horror favorites, both new and old, the movies that are must sees for the occasion and will certainly add to the ghoulish celebrations. From The Exorcist to Hitchcock, from The Bride Of Frankenstein to Dracula, from Jaws to The Blob and just about every scary movie worth mentioning, we take a deep dive into the top horror classics of the past, and also make some recommendations for current fare like the outstanding Barbarian currently in theatres.

Click above to watch our conversation.

Hammond has been Deadline’s Awards Columnist for the past decade, covering what now seemingly is the year-round Oscar and Emmy seasons. He is also Deadline’s Chief Film Critic, having previously reviewed films for MovieLine, Boxoffice magazine, Backstage, Hollywood.com and Maxim, as well as Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, for which he was a contributing editor. In addition to writing, Hammond also hosts KCET Cinema Series and the station’s weekly series Must See Movies.

McCarthy is a veteran trade publication film critic, columnist and reporter who has also written several acclaimed books and documentary films. He served two stints on the staffs of Variety and The Hollywood Reporter and extensively covered film festivals internationally for both publications. His film Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography won the best documentary prizes from the New York Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics associations, and he won an Emmy for writing the documentary Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer. He also directed the documentaries Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient and Forever Hollywood.


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