Recommendations for Halloween

Posted on | October 25, 2011 | 5 Comments

Every holiday and season we’ll say our movie picks to watch as you celebrate. Whether it’s Super 8 for Summer or It’s A Wonderful Life for Christmas, there’s always something to see. We’ll also give descriptions and say why we like it.  Not all of these are our 5 star favorites, so if they’re not we’ll tell you why we think you might like them and why they’re appropriate for the holiday.

It’s almost Halloween!!!  The films listed below are either scary, have a scene with Halloween in them, or have a fun yet creepy style that reminds you of the holiday.

Our Picks:

Monster House (2006):  This film is produced by Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis and uses motion capture animation.  The story doesn’t get interesting until the end, but Steve Buscemi leads a great voice cast.  The story is about a couple of kids and the adventure they have, on Halloween night.  It’s not a classic (don’t forget Spielberg and Zemeckis only produced it), but it’s enjoyable.  Little kids could be scared but there’s nothing too gory. Rated PG

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993): This lively stop action film has an exhilarating story, fascinating characters and great songs. Although Tim Burton didn’t direct the movie it feels like many of his other films.  The movie is interesting because it merges the two worlds of Halloween and Christmas. Rated PG

King Kong (1933):  A classic of horror cinema, King Kong is a film you’ll want to watch again and again.  The story is intriguing.  It is rare to see a movie about movies.  The special effects are dated but think, just think, what it would have been like to have seen the film in 1933 and how an uncountable amount of movies have been inspired by the story and effects.  The actors aren’t that great and it’s a while before Kong is revealed but once he is the film becomes magical.  Classic adventure at it’s best.  King Kong (1976) is a horridly unwatchable mix of bad acting, effects, story, length, and direction.  King Kong (2005) is three hours but it develops the story in a way the others did not.  However there’s a few too many battle scenes not including the awesome climax.  Watching the three films together would be an amazing Halloween festival, even if it would take 7 hours. The ’33 version is Not Rated, the ’76 one is PG, and the 2005 remake is PG-13.

Ghostbusters (1984):  Ivan Reitman and Bill Murray combine their talents to create this wonderfully hilarious, sci-fi, horror, action, adventure, comedy, romance.  Dan Akroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis help Murray form a fine ensemble cast.  The special effects are fun and while some may think it’s a guilty pleasure, in our thoughts it’s an enjoyable, entertaining movie that will make you laugh. Rated PG

Monsters Inc. (2001):  The scene where Sulley, Mike and Boo are being chased by Randal while clinging onto the doors is so utterly engrossing that you feel like you’re clinging on to the doors with them.  Pete Docter’s direction is pitch perfect and all of the monsters have different characteristics.  Some of the best monsters are the ones that are only on screen for a few seconds.  John Goodman, Billy Crystal, and Steve Buscemi lend great voice talent and the music is catchy, especially the theme and the song “If I didn’t have you”  This Pixar gem beats Monster House any day.  Not really for Halloween, except that there’s monsters, it’s still fun and kid appropriate.  Like all Pixar, adults will love it too and although it seems oddly semi-forgotten there’s a prequel called Monsters University (about Mike and Sulley’s hard arguing early days). So hey, it’s time to get watching!!! Rated G

Beetlejuice (1988): Tim Burton has made movies more emotional (Big Fish) and technically more dazzling (Alice In Wonderland). But for pure laugh value this one beats ’em all!!! Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Micheal Keaton as the title character are all hilarious. Burton handles the comedy, spookiness, and drama excellently. Fun, fun, fun!!!! Rated PG

E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982): This is one of our favorite movies!!! The Spielbergian classic may not remind you of Halloween but the best scenes including the bicycle climax (not the one on the poster) are near, if not on the holiday. They actually go trick or treating in the movie.  You may not remember the brilliant (Oscar-worthy) performance from Henry Thomas or just how good the special effects are, so it’s a good idea to revisit this classic.  Exiting.  Funny.  Sad.  Brilliant. This film manages to be all of those. Rated PG

These films could pair well together, too. A King Kong festival  or Ghostbusters and Beetlejuice comedy/ horror double feature are all great ideas. Corpse Bride, Frankenstein (1931), and Dracula (1931) all look good, but we haven’t seen them yet. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a good half-hour special that is one of our annual traditions.  We might see Frankenstein this weekend, so when we do our picks next year maybe it will be one of them.

Agree or disagree, like our picks or don’t?  Don’t forget to comment and tell us what you think, ask questions, and tell your suggestions.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our first holiday/season picks!


5 Responses to “Recommendations for Halloween”

  1. Grace Keenan Kelly
    October 26th, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

    I love all these movies–but Tim Burton is my fav! thanks for the list

  2. flickflack
    October 26th, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

    Did you see The Corpse Bride? Was it better than The Nightmare Before Christmas? What is your favorite Tim Burton movie? Have you seen any of the other movies on this list? If not do you want to? Would you add any other films too this list? Thanks for the comment! From flick

  3. flickflack
    October 26th, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    I think you would love the old King Kong from 1933.

  4. Melissa DuBose
    December 2nd, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    Hey Guys, Great website and you have a pretty spot on assessment here but I have to disagree with your take on King Kong (1976). I absolutely love this film. How could you not be moved by Jessica Lange’s heroic yet compassionate Dwan? And unlike his performance in TRON, Jeff Bridges couldn’t have been better.

  5. flickflack
    December 2nd, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    This is by far the worst Kong film to date (by the rate films are coming out these days there will probably be another one in a couple of years). Which Tron are you talking about, the 1982 or 2010 version. Thanks for the comment! From flick

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