Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Favorites: Film: Halloween

I thought I would stick with a Halloween theme for Friday Favorites up until All Hallow's Eve since it is my favorite holiday.  This week, I'm going to recommend to you my favorite scary or otherwise Halloween themed films.
Tim Burton's
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
This film is technically a Christmas movie, but I stretch it out for Halloween, too, and pretty much every day of the year!  This film is good for children and adults alike.  The major theme of the film is that one should accept his or her uniqueness and embrace it even.  I give this one million stars and recommend it for everyone from preppies to goths, infants to geriatrics.  It is rated PG and is available on DVD and Blu-ray.  Watch and enjoy!

Anatomie (2000)
This is also one of my favorite films ever.  This German film is subtitled, so skip it if you're not in the mood to read.  Rated R, this is only for adults, and rightly so, it gets pretty gory at some points.  Main character Paula, Franka Potente (Run Lola Run), is a medical student studying at the famed Heidelberg Medical School when she finds out that people are being killed to make interesting cadavers for study.  Horrifying experiments, secret societies and great special effects make this movie a great watch.  It is available on DVD only.  If you're left wanting more, there is also a sequel!


Rosemary's Baby (1968)
This Roman Polanski classic is a must-see for any fan of horror or supernatural films.  Honestly, if you haven't seen it...get thee to the store swiftly!  Rosemary Woodhouse, a young wife is thrilled to be pregnant.  However, the further into her pregnancy she gets, the more convinced she is that her unborn child is in danger.  It could be all in her head, but it seems as though her doctor and her eccentric neighbors have a bit too much concern for her baby's well being, doesn't it?  This is rated R and is available only on DVD.



The Haunting (1963)
Don't fall for that big budget, bad CGI filled, Hollywood remake of this film from 1999.  The original blows it away!  This is based on the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.  It is the story of three people recruited by a paranormal investigator to stay the weekend in and uncover the secrets of the haunted mansion, Hill House.  This film is understated and suspenseful.  You will not see any ghosts, but you will believe they are there.  It is rated G and is available on DVD only.  Sometimes you can find this film at the dollar store!





Hocus Pocus (1993)
This is a family comedy that is campy yet spooky for small kids.  I've been watching this one every Halloween since it premiered.  Hocus Pocus is the story of Max, a teenage boy who accidentally brings back the Sanderson sisters, who are evil witches, from the dead.  He must destroy them before sunrise, lest they suck the lifeforce out of an unsuspecting child and are brought back to life for good!  It stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters.  It's rated PG and is available on DVD only.


Casper (1995)
Here's another family comedy that is spooky for younger children.  This film stars Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, and Eric Idle.  This is only loosely based on the cartoon Casper the Friendly Ghost, in that it has a friendly ghost named Casper.  That's pretty much where the similarity ends.  Ricci and Pullman move into a house, Whipstaff Manor, haunted by Casper and "The Ghostly Trio" who hate humans.  Ricci and Casper become friends.  All the while, Pullman is a doctor hired to rid the house of ghosts for the evil Carrigan Corrington who is looking for treasure there.  Eric Idle is her sidekick.Fun for all ages, especially if, like me, you were a teen in the 90s.  Casper is rated PG and is available on DVD only.

The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
This film is based on true, documented events and that's what makes it genuinely frightening.  When a family moves into a new home to be closer to a cancer treatment center for the eldest son, a series of supernatural events reveal the family's new home to be a former mortuary with a sinister past.  It stars Virginia Madsen and Elias Koteas.  The film is rated PG-13, but I would recommend it for older kids and it is available on both DVD and Blu-ray.






You still have time to get a few of these from Netflix or Blockbuster (if you can find one) and many of these movies show up in the bargain bin at Walmart.  Happy watching!

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