SXSW Halloween Movie Party from the comfort of your couch – sxsw.com | Episode Movies

It’s the perfect time of year to catch up with some friends, toast the falling temperatures and get no need for a Monday night scare. Luckily, your friends here at SXSW have some great suggestions featuring Film & TV Festival alumni and their spookiest creations. Plus a mix of some spooky favorite tunes and snacks to complete the Hallow Evening marathon of insanity.

Set the spooky scene

Like every Ghostess with the Mostess, you’ll want to set the mood for your movie marathon with wickedly good snacks and an immersive Monster Mash playlist between screenings.

SXSW Music Team member Berkli’s tip for guests: get a Cherry Coke Slurpee and popcorn with mini M&Ms mixed in for maximum Halloween indulgence.

  • “Wolf Like Me” from TV on the radio
  • “I Walked With a Zombie” by Roky Erickson
  • “Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo
  • Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie
  • “Scarecrow” by Beck
  • Jonathan Richman’s Vampire Girl
  • Mind Playin Tricks by Geto Boys
  • “Murder Was the Case” by Snoop Dogg
  • “Down by the River” by Neil Young

Demonstration #1

At the opening, weigh your guests in a deceptive sense of security Attack the block (SXSW 2011 world premiere). The out-of-this-world premise lures you to a first watch; But the twists, the cast, and the humor will make you want to queue it up again year after year.

SXSW film crew member Claudette suggests pairing this film with a coke, popcorn and Reese’s Pieces. (Blame ET)

Spooky snack break

After your first movie, crank up the tunes and stretch your legs. Maybe switch seats to watch movies or grab a few extra pillows. Things are getting scarier and you need as much comfort as possible…

SXSW music team member Brian recommends spicy lemon pepper wings and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for your break.

  • “Little Dark Age” by MGMT
  • “Psychic Killer” by Talking Heads
  • “Pet Seminary” by The Ramones
  • This is Halloween by Danny Elfman
  • “Heads Will Roll” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • “Haunted” by Beyoncé
  • “SURVIVE” by RR7349
  • Pastel Ghost by Ethereality
  • “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus

Demonstration #2

Now let’s crank up the horror with a sub-order of suspense for our second showing of the night, A quiet place (SXSW 2018 world premiere). John Krasinski leads a star-studded cast in this terrifying depiction of a family being hunted by a creature summoned by sound…any sound.

SXSW film crew member Chevis suggests staying as quiet as possible while enjoying Sour Gummy Worms or Sour Patch Kids.

Monster Nosh

Your Halloween movie marathon is almost over, and by that time your guests are probably wondering if they should go to the bathroom alone. Sounds like you’re ready to wrap up your night of terror! First another bite.

SXSW music team member Nicole recommends treating yourself to some HEB Orange Pumpkin Cookies and mulled wine before your final viewing.

  • “The Lost Boys” by OST
  • “Season of the Witch” by Lana Del Rey
  • “Red Drive” by Being Dead
  • “Red Right Hand” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  • “Time of the Season” from The Zombies
  • It’s Spooky by Jad Fair and Daniel Johnston
  • Pink Moon by Nick Drake
  • “Murder in the Red Barn” by Tom Waits
  • “Black River Killer” by Blitzen Trapper

Last Scream

drag me to hell (SXSW 2009 World Premiere) follows the events of an ambitious young woman who, in order to impress her boss, turns down an old woman’s application for a loan extension. Imagine a Beauty and the Beast situation, but instead of the beast breaking its curse and falling in love, a woman is brutally afflicted.

SXSW Film Crew Member Trent Suggests Grabbing Hot Tamales! or Buncha Crunch (sometimes mixed) while enjoying that final flick.

Would you like to expand your watch list? Note the following additions to this marathon; pet cemetery (SXSW 2019), The guest (SXSW 2014) and body, body, body (SXSW 2022).

So hang up some cobwebs and turn out the lights, we’ve taken all the pressure off of party planning for you. The only thing we ask is that you try to be understanding when your guests ask to stay the night and they all end up sleeping in the same room – with the lights on.

During the 2023 SXSW Film & TV Festival, keep your eyes peeled for more screams with plenty of horror to devour, including ours midnight people Section where the scary, funny, sexy and controversial hit the big screen.

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