"The Walking Dead" makes its long-awaited debut on AMC this weekend, offering one heck of a Halloween treat for television audiences.
Given the timing of the premiere, it's easy to guess what the "Walking Dead" cast and creators will be doing this Halloween, but what about in years past? Given all the time they've spent around zombies lately, I asked "The Walking Dead" team about their go-to horror movies for the Halloween season, and which scare-fests get pulled from their shelf every year around this time.
We gave you an early peek at Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd's answers last week, and now you can find out what the rest of the cast and creative team had to say.
ANDREW LINCOLN (Rick Grimes in "The Walking Dead"): I don't know whether it was that, when I was younger there were better movies being made, I'm not sure — but I loved "The Omen." I was young when I saw "The Omen." it scared the bejeesus out of me. [Also] "The Shining," I think, is great. "Don't Look Now," I love. But these are great films, and they transcend genre. But certainly those three are the top.
ROBERT KIRKMAN (creator and exec. producer of "The Walking Dead"): I have been actively trying to watch "Evil Dead" for about four months now. I have it on Blu-Ray. I've seen it about a hundred times, but I realized a year ago that I hadn't seen it in two years, which is upsetting to me. I bought "Army Of Darkness" on VHS in high school, and I watched it every night for six months. I could probably quote that entire movie. But yeah, I haven't been able to find the time, which is frustrating. So "Evil Dead" is a go-to Halloween movie for me.
JON BERNTHAL (Shane) and SARAH WAYNE CALLIES (Lori Grimes):
Bernthal: I'm a huge "Friday the 13th" fan. The early stuff. I was huge Jason freak when I was a kid.
Callies: Did you put a mask on and follow people around?
Bernthal: I kind of did. I had ambitions of getting in the woods, getting a little shack and doing my thing.
Callies: That's terrifying. Stay away from me on Halloween. I can't watch scary movies, so... yeah, it's a mess. A scary Halloween movie for me is "Thriller" — the music video. If I saw "Thriller," I wouldn't sleep. I'm the wrong person to ask about that.
FRANK DARABONT (series producer/writer, pilot director) and GALE ANNE HURD (producer):
Darabont: My sort of traditional Halloween movie viewing experience starts with "Night of the Living Dead" and then "The Exorcist." Then I usually wrap it up with "Count Yorga, Vampire." ["Count Yorga"] is a movie that not many people know, but I was 11 years old when it came out and it scared the living crap out of me. It's this little low-budget, muscular little scary vampire movie, and because I saw it when I was 11, it still scares me. Having seen it as an adult, it might not do anything for me, but I remember the effect it had on me. I get that sense memory thing happening, and that's the wonderful thing about movies and cinema: they can make you regress instantly to the age of 11. That's my troika of Halloween movies generally speaking, but if I branch out from there, I gotta veer into John Carpenter with "Halloween," definitely," he added. And "The Thing," let's face it, it's on my all-time greats lists.
Hurd: I would say "Night of the Living Dead." That would be a good one for me. I liked "The Howling," too. That was fun. Also, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."