Spring is in the air! Which means it’s time to say good-bye to seasonal depression and say hello to gardening, school dances, and cult horror films. This is the time of year to whip out the classics that showcase what spring is all about. There’s always so many great movies to choose from, so I narrowed it down to my top ten favorite films (in no particular order) that are sure to give you that warm, fuzzy (and gory) feeling of spring.
1. THE WICKER MAN (1973)
One of my favorite thrillers from the 1970s, THE WICKER MAN is the perfect film to pull you head-first into spring. This cult classic surrounds itself in spring-time rituals, and houses one of the greatest endings you could ask for. Nothing says “spring” quite like creepy animal masks and ritualistic sacrifices to welcome warmer weather and a bountiful harvest.
2. CARRIE (1976)
Spring is notorious for school formals and, of course, prom night, with CARRIE being my favorite of the prom-themed horror films. This classic Stephen King tale has everything a great horror movie should have, from the perfect cast to bone-chilling death scenes, and suspenseful plot points. Telekinesis and a bad school and home environment can make for deadly combinations.
3. THE BURBS
What can you do when you think your new neighbors are a part of a murderous satanic cult? Protect your beloved suburb, of course. This film has always felt like late spring to me, and still hails as one of my all-time favorite black comedies. THE BURBS is the type of movie that will make you think twice about who’s actually living next door while you’re outside planting your petunias.
4. APRIL FOOL'S DAY (1986)
With April Fool’s Day right around the corner, what better way to celebrate than by watching this campy horror classic? This movie isn’t a masterpiece by any means, but it’s definitely entertaining and underrated, and makes for the perfect watch during the month of April.
5. TEEN WOLF (1985)
High school is hard enough without having a hairy history of werewolfism to deal with, and student Scott Howard can either choose to control it, or embrace the beast within. Teen Wolf is as corny as it is amazing, with Michael J. Fox as Scott being a perfect match. I am a sucker for anything werewolf-themed, and TEEN WOLF delivers in the 80s comedy department that will have you howling at the moon with laughter.
6. SERIAL MOM
One way or another, SERIAL MOM always finds its way back to my horror lists. If this movie doesn’t scream spring, then I don’t know what does. SERIAL MOM is chock full of beautiful spring flowers, chirping birds, and a crazy house wife with murder on her mind. But don’t forget, the only “serial” she claims to knows anything about is Rice Krispies.
7. HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II
This movie will never win any awards, but is a ridiculous good time none the less, and embodies the essence of prom night. Showcasing campy 80s cheese at its finest, PROM NIGHT II is a great film to watch with friends during this time of year to get you in the spring time spirit.
8. THE CRAZIES (1973 & 2010)
I’m cheating here a little bit, but I enjoy both versions of this film, and I know that the remake definitely takes place during early spring. Both versions are great in their own right, and deserve a place on anyone’s spring time horror viewing list. These films are also a nice change up with the zombie/outbreak theme.
9. THE LOVED ONES
This film is one hell of a ride, to say the least, and packs a crazy punch to the prom night horror genre. If watching for the first time, you’re in for a real treat, as THE LOVED ONES is not what you’d initially expect. But I guarantee you will not be disappointed in the slightest.
SPRING is actually not a huge favorite of mine, but it’s definitely suitable for this time of year. This is a very unique film with a romantic body horror premise and is sure to surprise and keep your attention. It’s as sweet as it is disturbing, showing just how romantic and gruesome horror movies can be.