Emily Duke Hargan
Weekend of Fright
Scary movies are thrilling to watch year-round, but there is no better time to enjoy them when chillier temperatures settle in. Especially with the way that COVID is changing the way the way we are participating in our usual Halloween activities this year—and let's admit it—we all need a break from the non-stop political craziness going on around us right now.
So for all our Bourbon and Politics fans, we've put together a Top 10 Movies of Fright and Drinking Guide for your weekend off from politics. Enjoy a spooky flick (some are family-friendly) with a Hargan Bar Halloween cocktail recommendation.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
You can't miss this classic of Linus waiting up for the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown getting nothing but rocks when trick-or-treats, and Snoopy fighting the Red Barron. Note: this special is no longer airing on network tv but you will be able to watch it from October 30-November 1 on Apple TV. Apple will make viewing free.
Cocktail pairing: Pumpkin Pie Martini
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
This is the Hargan Boys' favorite Halloween movie. It is the heartfelt tale of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. Bored with all the same old tricks and treats, he leaves and discovers Christmas Town. He wants to bring Christmas back to Halloween Town and his plan to be Santa starts to unravel. There is a debate as to whether or not this is a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie but either way Tim Burton's movie is a sheer delight.
Cocktail pairing: Bogle Phantom Red Wine
This is a whimsical Disney classic that is a perfect family Halloween movie. Three wild and crazy witches return from 17th century Salem after being accidentally conjured up by some pranksters. They set out to cast a spell on the town but first they have to outwit some kids and a talking cat!
Cocktail pairing: Hocus Pocus Fizz (non-alcoholic option for kids!)
The Addams Family
The family from the beloved 60s television series returns for a zany movie about the return (?) of Uncle Fester. Is he Gomez's brother or is he trying to swindle the family out of their fortune?
Cocktail pairing: Black Magic Margarita
The one, the only, the original supernatural comedy classic stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd along with a zombie taxi driver, terror dogs, Slimer, Gozer the Destroyer, and, of course, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. It's a blockbuster hit that you have to put on your list this Halloween weekend.
Cocktail pairing: Glowing Jello Shots
In my opinion, this is one of Hitchcock's most brilliant films. Made in 1960, it is a timeless psychological thriller. Coupled with the superb performances of Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins and the infamous shower scene, make this classic movie the perfect nightmare.
Cocktail pairing: Death in the Afternoon
If you are going to watch one zombie movie, this is the grandaddy of them all. The story follows seven people trapped in a rural farmhouse in Pennsylvania, which is under assault by an enlarging group of canabalistic, undead corpses.
Cocktail pairing: Bloody Mummy
If Jack Nicholson running around an empty and isolated hotel out of his mind, talking to dead barkeeps and carrying an ax isn’t scary enough for you, an elevator flowing blood, the creepiest twins of all time and an old decrepit naked lady in a bathtub should do the trick.
Cocktail pairing: The Grave Digger
Wes Craven’s slasher movie reinvention holds up so well. Ghostface gave us the definitive horror villain of the ’90s, the opening sequence with Drew Barrymore and a telephone remains an all-timer, plus its cleverness hasn't waned since horror tropes never die.
Cocktail pairing: Tito's Monster Smash
This slash-terpiece introduced an iconic masked maniac to babysitting Jamie Lee Curtis and an unsuspecting Illinois suburbia. Pick your villainous poison from the likes of Freddy, Jason and Leatherface, but Michael Myers' mythology and an all-too-realistic streak makes "Halloween" a cut above.
Cocktail pairing: Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Do you have other recommendations of scary flicks for us to enjoy this weekend? Let us know on social media on Facebook or Instagram. And let us know how your cocktails turned out! We can't wait to watch "Psycho" and drink Hemingway's favorite, Death in the Afternoon.