Monday, October 19, 2015

Top Eight Halloween Spooky Yet Not Too Scary Movies

I don't know why but I don't feel Halloweeny yet. I haven't even put up my Halloween decorations.

In order to jump start the Halloween season, here is a list of my top eight Halloween movies. I wouldn't 100% say these movies aren't scary. Sleepy Hollow has some gross scenes and Bram Stokers Dracula has some scary parts. I just generally don't care for horror and slasher films that make you jump out of your seat or look behind you when you walk in the dark like The Exorcist or Friday the 13th. I go for more classic vampire, zombie, werewolf type movies or humorous/odd ball flicks.

Sleepy Hollow - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is such a good traditional Halloween tale. Tim Buton adds some twists in this version and I like Depp's quirky portrayal of Ichabod Crane.

Edward Scissorhands - Did you know that the character of Edward is based on the screenwriter's Caroline Thompson's dog? That is why he barely speaks and walks around with wide eyed innocence.

Little Shop of Horrors - I get the music in the movie stuck in my head pretty easily. It's kinda weird to think it was directed by Frank Oz. The film has a dark side and I typically connect Oz with Miss Piggy and Bert on Sesame Street.

Beetlejuice - Do you remember the cartoon Beetlejuice? So weird. Turns out there are plans for a Beetlejuice 2 in 2016.

Adams Family - The spooky film industry must be a small one. The screenwriter for Edward Scissorhands, Caroline Thompson, is also a writer for The Addams Family.

Ghostbusters - I am really looking forward to seeing the Kristen Wiig, Chris Hemsworth, Melissa McCarthy version of Ghostbusters coming in 2016. Dan Aykroyd is one of the writers.

Bram Stokers Dracula - I can't explain it. I don't like movies about things that go bump in the night but I like just about any vampire film. Interview with a Vampire, Queen of the Damned, The Lost Boys, Underworld, and even Blade.

Psycho - You might call this the "I't's a Wonderful Life" of horror films. It was groundbreaking and still a classic. Had to give it a shout-out.

Psycho was Alfred Hitchcock's first horror film. He filmed it in black and white because he thought color would be too gory. Yet the "blood" in the shower scene is Hershey's syrup, because it showed up better in the filming.

There were a lot of other movies I considered - Nightmare Before Christmas, ET, Hocus Pocus, Casper... but I was trying to keep it to eight.

With that said here are two bonus movies. Sweeney Todd and Dark Shadows - I didn't originally include these because my list was getting a little Johnny Depp heavy.

Here were my top 8 Christmas movies if you are curious.

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