Halloween Movie Countdown - Do You Wanna Party?

Halloween Movie Countdown - Do You Wanna Party?

From September 1 to October 31, I’m going to be watching and documenting a horror movie every day. 

To start this year’s horror/monster-fest, I chose 1985’s RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. This was a VHS rental mainstay for me back in the day, a horror/comedy. I feel like it’s a great representation of the kind of movie I simply love around this time of year. It’s colorful and quirky, both fun and creepy. It’s a goth/punk/surf movie, but the tidal waves are waves of the dead.

This movie is a follow-up to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, but it sets up an alternate timeline from DAWN OF THE DEAD and DAY OF THE DEAD. It defines the zombie as a “brain-eater” rather than a simple cannibal. It also firmly places rotting tongue in rotting cheek and embraces the humor and absurdity of the zombie apocalypse. The “heroes” of this tale are goofy and dumb, reacting in the absolute worst possible way to every nightmarish situation. In short, it’s a pretty accurate representation of how quickly we’d speed on our way to oblivion.

While it is a humorous movie, the living dead here are pretty scary when you think about it. They’re fast. They’re smart. They’re determined to get what they want. And almost nothing stops them. As their numbers swell, the situation gets steadily worse and worse.

And, of course, there’s Trash, who steals the show throughout, both while alive and while dead.

The soundtrack here deserves a nod, because it is freaking amazing. I used to have a cassette which played in my car on repeat.


The pairing on this one is simple. If you like zombie stories with gore, scares, and humor, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL is the book for you. In that book, Deadpool wakes from an epic food coma to find that the zombie apocalypse has occurred. Of all the Deadpool books I wrote, this one is my favorite.

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One of my favorite movies ever! The undead being in extreme pain and unable to die is one of the freakiest concepts ever, and one of my other favorite horror films, the 2018 version of Suspiria, also portrays the undead as being that miserable and in need of death.

I also just read Night of the Living Deadpool on my Comixology (it was in there for a while) and I really enjoyed it! The tormented dead there were on par with the Trioxin infused zombies of Return of the Living Dead, and seeing them wail for their lost lives honestly gave me a bit of a pause to ready myself for reading the rest of that book.

Luis Castillo Silva

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