Who are you having for dinner this Thanksgiving? That’s right WHO are YOU having for DINNER? Make your list and after the Macy’s Parade and Football and Turkey comes MOVIES!
Even Vampires like those feel good holiday movies! The traditional Thanksgiving movies around here have been Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (plenty of evil characters in that one so we can all cheer for Truly) and of course Sound of Music, My Fair Lady and just about anything we can all sing along to and know by heart. I also love Local Hero, which is just about my favorite movie. Then there is that long list of favorite romantic comedies that we can watch over and over again. But sometimes it just gets old. I mean, we’ve seen these movies 1,000 times.
And it is THANKSGIVING. So since we’re having guests for dinner, why not watch movies about having guests for dinner?
The list below are my suggestions to new traditions in Thanksgiving movies. Feel free to leave your own suggestions too!
To Serve Man – Twilight Zone (1962)
Odd but friendly aliens land on Earth claiming that they only want “to serve man.” That sounds great to the thousands of people who decide to go away with the aliens with the promise of adventure and wonder. Only the book called “To Serve Man” isn’t what they think. This is so much fun! You HAVE to check it out. One of the best Twilight Zones ever and in wonderful black and white!
X Files “Home”
From Season 4 – this one will give you nightmares (even if you’re a Vampire or Werewolf.) It is creepy and disturbing and about as awful as it gets, but hey, what could be better to have the family hugging each other on the couch! You MUST see this one! I’m not giving anything away. No spoilers here.
Of course for kicks and grins there is “Bad Blood” from season 5 – an amusing Vampire story that won’t disturb anyone.
Eating Raoul (1982)
In this black comedy Paul and Mary, a stuffy couple with quite a few misadventures and an odd way of looking at life, decide to have their friend Raoul for dinner. This charming movie is so funny and unexpected. Get out the good wine and the pumpkin pie and sit down for a lot of silly fun.
World War Z (2013)
Brad Pitt and Zombies. That pretty much says it all. I loved this movie. I also loved the book. And don’t forget to turn on the surround sound on this one! Max Brooks was truly brilliant when he wrote this one.
A plane crash in the Andes. A group of young soccer players stranded without food…except for all those bodies… Based on a true story. This really is a good movie and kind of inspirational. Not blood and guts. It is more about survival and teamwork and friendship.
The Donner Party (PBS) – American Experience
Everybody loves the Donner Party especially if you live in Sacramento. The Donners and their sad story is in our blood. In the winter of 1846 the ill fated Donner party. So what happens when a bunch of friends (not really) get stranded in the mountains all winter? No need for Vampires to make this story scary. Believe me, this was no party. I’m glad my parents took a ship to California. Mind you there were NO roads there back then (there is now a 4 lane highway and snowplows) and no way to get off the mountain. So after they ran out of food and ate their dogs, a few members of the party started to eat their dead friends. There is some speculation that there was more than one murder involved. And not everyone ate the dead. Plus we have to give credit to those who DID survive and kept their children alive through it all. It is a story that we just can’t stop talking about!
So have fun this Thanksgiving and try something new. You never know how Grandma will react and maybe for once weird Uncle Pudd will get to see something he likes!
And feel free to add your own movie suggestions!
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman