Halloween us upon us and that means everybody is watching those scary movies. Well, everyone allowed to view such bloody, violent content. But what about the young ‘uns with parental units all “you’re too young for that” who refuse to let the children properly enjoy the spookiest part of the year? Not to worry; I’ve got a few suggestions to ease the sheltered ones’ aching hearts.
And, listen, I know not all of these are horror. But they’re still Halloween-worthy. So there.
This Disney classic has everything you need for a proper Halloweeny film experience: creepiness galore, witches and ghosts and other assorted monster mashables and an undead Pumpkin King. As a bonus, it’s available in 3D which only adds to this frightful treat’s freak factor.
Much like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline is a twisted animated tale that begs to be watched in the dark. For Christie’s sake, it’s based on the book by Neil Gaiman and we all know how messed up his imagination is. Again, this one’s also in 3D so if you have the necessary equipment, make sure you go for the full experience.
Aside from Batman Returns, The Corpse Bride is my favorite Burton film. The characters, the atmosphere and the songs all come together to create a brilliant dark film. It’s a sweet story about love and loss wrapped up in Burton’s trademark creep factor. Also, Helena Bonham Carter just can’t survive one of Tim’s movies, can she?
A horror movie for you younger set, The Hole is about two brothers (and the girl next door) as they are forced to face their fears after finding a mysterious hole in their brand new basement. There’s some heavy stuff here (abuse) but that shouldn’t keep you from adding it to your collection. Throw it in and enjoy the bloodless terror.
If I need to tell you why this film is the ultimate Halloween flick, I question our relationship. You know you love it. How can you not? Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy hunting down the virgin who lit the black flame candle is a staple of the season. And don't forget about a pre-NCIS Sean Murray. You know you crushed. And still do.
Now grab yo' husband, grab yo' kids, grab yo' wife and get yo' (child safe) frightfest on! And don't forget your pile of candy. And maybe consider letting the kiddies something scarier, eh?