Hollywood Treats: Movies as Sweet as Candy Corn
It is rare that an animated movie feels relevant to an adult too. This stop-motion animation is darkly beautiful, compelling, and original. It’s also based on a book by Neil Gaiman (Sandman series).
From Laika Entertainment (the same company that brought Coraline), this is an anti-bullying story incognito as a precisely detailed, thoroughly entertaining family film.
This was made in the 80s and stars Bill Murray. It’s one of the first songs every child learns. One of the monsters is a giant marshmellow man. I rest my case.
Casper Meets Wendy
So much wholesome fun in one package is a tough find. This is Hilary Duff in her prime as a young blonde witch who befriends that sugarcoated entity.
Everyone wants there to be something special about them, and in this Disney movie, Marnie finds out she’s a witch. She goes to the spooktacular Halloween Town where she discovers a plot to take over the human world.
The Little Vampire
Tony is a little boy who has no friends and is often bullied at school. Then comes Rudolph, who becomes his BFF, and his siblings. They may be vampires, but Tony can help them find a stone to become human again.
Tower of Terror
This Disney Channel original was based off the ride of the same name. A group of Hollywood stars go into an elevator and disappear. Some say it was magic, others murder. It’s up to a newspaper reporter and his niece to find the real story.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
This movie combines my two favorite holidays: Christmas and Halloween. When the pumpkin king tries to take over Christmas, it becomes a nightmare of a holiday.
A little spooky, a little humorous, a little historical. The Sanderson witches (including Sarah Jessica Parker) are brought back to life, and it’s up to a brother and sister, with their black cat, to get rid of them.
Halloween Tricks: Movies as Rotten as a Corpse
As far as scare tactics go, there are none. But it’s still psychologically terrifying and dowsed in a blue opalescent tone that haunts your dreams and television screens for “seven days”.
Trick ‘R Treat
The love of Halloween and all that it includes is successfully honored in this underappreciated gem. It’s an anthology of four stories, interconnected by the spirit of Halloween.
Laurie Strodes of the world take warning. Michael Meyers is an unstoppable killing machine. And who can forget the It spawned several sequels and two remakes. And who can forget the music?
It’s equal parts comedy and horror and features some of the most memorable lines of any horror film. And Ghostface has served as a prominant Halloween costume year after year.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
No, not the remake. The only one is the one that started it all—good old Robert Englund haunting the dreams of teenagers on Elm Street and cracking jokes the whole way through. It also served as the debut of Johnny Depp.
The Cabin in the Woods
Generic title. Generic clichés. Generic cast of oblivious actors, with a twist that makes every second an enjoyable ride. It takes Scream and bumps it up a notch.
Kids seem to get possessed often, but I appreciate when it is depicted in a sophisticated, dignified style that doesn’t resort to religious jargon or steady Cam.
It is clever, entertaining, and stupid all at the same time. It is that rare modern horror movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but has enough blood and guts to keep everyone satisfied.
Part of Grindhouse. It’s gritty, sexy, and full of zombies. And unlike other zombie survival films, this one features Rose McGowen with a machine gun leg and Bruce Willis as an army general who literally cuts people’s balls off.