I love having film nights. I especially love having themed film night. And before that, I love coming up with themes for those movie nights.
Here are just a few of the more successful themes I’ve gone with.
Sam Raimi, Wes Anderson, Woody Allen, Darren Aronofsky, Baz Luhrmann, John Carpenter, Jud Apatow or the Coen Brothers are just a few of my favourites; each perfect for a different mood.
Nineties Teen Slashers
This is the decade I discovered, and became obsessed with Horror films. And it all began with Scream. A must see for the Nineties Teen Slasher night, along with Scream II, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Urban Legend, Bride of Chucky, and Candy Man.
I’m a huge fan of horror films. Something I’ve already expressed and will probably mention a dozen times more. And while Slashers or rather Slasher reboots are often shockingly bad, they’re also really entertaining. It’s because they’re so bad that I enjoy them so much. You just can’t beat a bit of cheesy dialogue, big and probably fake boobs, predictability and absurd storylines, and a group of teenage stereotypical characters. That’s all the ingredients of an entertaining night in front of the television. My favourites are; Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Michael Bay’s Friday the 13th, The Grudge, Last House On The Left, One Missed Call, and When A Stranger Calls.
Female Power (For women only)
Whether you’ve just been dumped or just want to see women kick some male ass while you’re man hating then these are the films for that; Jennifer’s Body, Alien, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Kill Bill, Terminator II, The Silence of the Lambs. Kick-Ass (Hit Girl is an inspiration). Carrie, and Underworld. There are so many great female heroines and if the list above doesn’t float your boat then check out some of the films fronted by these ass kickin’ women.
Good old cheesy Rom/coms and romances. This night is all about perving on and fantasising about men, perfect-every-womans-dream men who don’t really exist, and laughing at the embarrassing things our female screen representatives’ do that we are often guilty of doing ourselves. But it’s mainly about the perving.
Never Been Kissed, The Proposal, 17 Again, The Notebook, He’s Just Not That Into You, Bridesmaids, Thelma And Louise, Dirty Dancing.
Christmas (Even if its not Christmas)
Christmas films are not just for December. No! No! No! Home Alone I & II, Fred Claus, The Santa Claus, Elf, Jack Frost, Meet Me In St. Louis, Miracle of 34th Street, Jingle All The Way, Gremlins, A Muppets Christmas Carol, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Die Hard are great all year round.
Films from your birth year.
You’ll have to figure this out on your own unless you were born in 1986. If so then Stand By Me, Blue Velvet, Flight of the Navigator, Labyrinth, Short Circuit, Ruthless People, and Aliens are all great choices.
There are so many great foreign films and I haven’t seen nearly enough. You’ll probably have to break it down further into foreign horror, foreign action, foreign romance films, and so on. But these are just a few of my favourites; Evil, Pans Labyrinth , Y Tu Mama Tambien, Amores Perros , Battle Royal, The Skin I Live In, The Devils Backbone.
Cult films are a tough one because there’s always someone who will argue “that’s not a cult film”. If in doubt check this out .
These are my favourites; A Clockwork Orange, The Big Lebowski, Clerks, Freaks, The Thing, The Warriors.
Some other theme suggestions; Animation, Sci-fi, films by one actor/actress, best of British, Musicals, The Studio Era,