We kicked off with some preparations the night before by prepping our table centre piece, a magnificent Pumpkin Jack Jack 'o Lantern which Craig lovingly carved with a set of scalpels. Zoe took on the dark chocolate and orange mousse dessert and I made my never fail pumpkin soup for starters. Seth and Zoe even managed to bake a plate of horrific cookies; complete with graves, voodoo dolls, skulls and spiders.
We kicked off our Halloween evening with some generous wine libations whilst listening to the top 20 best Halloween hits of all time on MAX music channel. Helen supplied the main course of nachos with guacamole and we had a delightful feast by the light of the candles and Jack's glowing head.
Naturally, the evening had to include horror movies, I mean what better gathering than Halloween to watch something spooky? It was well into the wee hours before the horror ended and I fell into bed to sleep the sleep of a thousand corpses myself.
Release Date: 2012
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 110 mins
There are not a lot of movies that really scare me anymore, perhaps I am just getting jaded or even worse desensitized to a lot of the thrills and chills that the horror industry dishes out. However, for the first time in about 20 years I actually got a decent fright, one that made me squeal a little and made my pulse quicken. Yes, this is a scary movie, and that is why Sinister is in the Hall of Fame and not in the horror section.
Sinister tells the story of a true-crime writer that moves his family into a house where a grisly incident took place some years ago. He keeps this information to himself believing that living at the scene of the crime will assist him with his research for his newest novel. He uncovers a cache of 8mm films in the attic that show a string of other horrific family murders dating back to the 1960's, suggesting that this is the work of a serial killer.
Sinister is a creepy flick that will have you on the edge of your seat. Ethan Hawke portrays the confused and intrigued writer perfectly, and his character is clearly more fleshed out than the ones we usually see in horror, which certainly adds to the overall merit of the movie.
FINAL SAY: Made me jump - a winner!
5 Chili Peppers