Halloween Flicks – The Fun, The Scary, and The Disturbing

Today we’ll be taking a look at some information about spooky films that you might want to make part of your annual Halloween tradition!

First, you can find a couple of videos from Doug Walker, otherwise known as The Nostalgia Critic of Channel Awesome, taking a look at the despised 1999 film The Haunting and how it compares to the beloved 1963 version of the film.  Both books are based on the book The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.  You might have read Jackson’s disturbing short story The Lottery during your schooling.

Booktuber Katesbooksdate presented a post of the movies she thinks people should watch during the Halloween season, ranging from family friendly to hardcore frights.  Her list includes well-known Halloween fare such as Hocus Pocus and The Babadook, as well as the Scooby Doo movies.

If you like to add a bit more of a chill to your creepy entertainment, the Top 5s YouTube channel lists five movies based on true stories.  The list includes the paranormal movie An American Haunting, based on the legendary Bell Witch haunting, as well as the horrifying home invasion film The Strangers.  Though not mentioned in this video, the topic made me think of a couple of true story movies that made me lose a lot of faith in humanity.  Alpha dog tells of the kidnapping of a teenager as a way to force his older brother to pay up on a drug debt.  It goes about as well as you’d expect.  Then there is An American Crime, about a pair of carnival workers who leave their daughters with a single mother while they are on the road.  But when they fail to send the promised money to the single mother, she takes her horrifying rage out on one of the couple’s children.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for something more light-hearted, Buzzfeed challenges you to answer five questions in order to get a recommendation of a not-so-scary Halloween movie.  My recommendation was The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Other options include Ghostbusters, The Witch, Teen Witch and Hocus Pocus.  The two movies I probably would have put here are Coraline and Paranorman.  I actually suggested this “whimsically spooky” flicks to my parents as a way of getting into the Halloween spirit without going too dark, but they passed on them.  Cowards.

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