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2011-10-01 10:38:12 AM  
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Wolfman's got nards!
 
2011-10-01 11:13:37 AM  
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/hot like a flaming pumpkin
 
2011-10-01 11:15:24 AM  
No Hocus Pocus? Really? It's like the only movie where SJP is even mildly attactive.

/Amok, amok, amok, amok, amok...
 
2011-10-01 11:20:46 AM  
Down at our comic book store for Halloween, we play:
Ghostbusters 1 & 2.
Monster House
Monster Squad
Hellboy Animated series

Then we clear the kids out and have a Walking Dead premiere on a big screen.
Last year was awesome.


/think the writer was stretching it with Cinderella
 
2011-10-01 11:22:18 AM  
Replace Adams Family with Adams Family Values. One of the few instances where a sequel was better than the original.
 
2011-10-01 11:25:19 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Replace Adams Family with Adams Family Values. One of the few instances where a sequel was better than the original.


Gooordon?

Gordon!

Are you theeeeeere?!

/mmmhmm
//aahh hah hah
 
Ant
2011-10-01 11:25:42 AM  
I'd add Coraline, but my 6 year old son still won't watch it. He says it's too creepy.
 
2011-10-01 11:26:13 AM  

Zombie DJ: /think the writer was stretching it with Cinderella


The original version of Cinderella had the stepsisters mutilating their feet to try and get it into the glass/fur slipper. And then, as punishment, their eyes are pecked out by birds. Of course, it means not showing your kids the Disney version.
 
2011-10-01 11:26:36 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Replace Adams Family with Adams Family Values. One of the few instances where a sequel was better than the original.


Gary: Now, one of you will be the drowning victim and the other one gets to be our lifesaver.

Amanda: I'll be the victim!

Wednesday: All your life.
 
2011-10-01 11:29:16 AM  

Ant: I'd add Coraline, but my 6 year old son still won't watch it. He says it's too creepy.


This. Coraline was awesome.
 
2011-10-01 11:32:22 AM  
Leaves disappointed...again

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2011-10-01 11:33:48 AM  

Ant: I'd add Coraline, but my 6 year old son still won't watch it. He says it's too creepy.


I don't blame any kid who thinks that movie's creepy. I read the book when it came out and was like, "This is a CHILDREN'S book?" The movie was cool but I can definitely see why smaller kids would get easily scared.

The book was waaaay creepier, BTW.
 
2011-10-01 11:34:43 AM  
Angel Heart and the first three Hellraiser movies?
 
2011-10-01 11:35:10 AM  
I dunno, the first Halloween movie I remember was The Thing. Don't patronize your children.
 
2011-10-01 11:38:17 AM  
brigid_fitch: Leaves disappointed...again

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good call.

And to the author- the scariest part of Ghostbusters wasn't the chair, it was that damned library ghost.
 
2011-10-01 11:38:27 AM  
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/hot like a flaming pumpkin


Holy sh*t, I remember that.


I don't know how many times my brother and I would watch that around this time of year.
 
2011-10-01 11:46:09 AM  
For really young kids, the Scary Godmother flicks are fun - and they won't get the campy gay references. so you can enjoy that on your own.

/not joking
 
2011-10-01 11:46:16 AM  
Absent from the List:

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Garfield Halloween Special (1985)

Halloween movie that scared the hell out of me back in third grade:


Fright Night
 
2011-10-01 11:47:46 AM  
Disappointed there was no Hocus Pocus, but even more-so there was no Ernest Scared Stupid. One of the best children's Halloween movies ever. And if you think about it- it really plays off like a children's horror/slasher movie where the kids die off one by one (turned into dolls). And it's not like it's 20-somethings playing teenagers either, so as a kid it's more or less relate-able. Also the villain is legitimately scary and doesn't come off as cheesy as in the most kids movies.
 
2011-10-01 11:51:27 AM  

scottydoesntknow: No Hocus Pocus? Really? It's like the only movie where SJP is even mildly attactive.

/Amok, amok, amok, amok, amok...


Oh thank Jeebus, I'm not the only one!
 
2011-10-01 11:52:05 AM  
"The Halloween that almost wasn't" aka
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"The Worst Witch"
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2011-10-01 11:55:59 AM  
No Spice World!??
 
2011-10-01 11:56:38 AM  
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2011-10-01 11:57:16 AM  
List fails without Hocus Pocus.

Also, a personal fave from childhood:

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2011-10-01 11:59:13 AM  

Captain Hollywood: Disappointed there was no Hocus Pocus, but even more-so there was no Ernest Scared Stupid. One of the best children's Halloween movies ever. And if you think about it- it really plays off like a children's horror/slasher movie where the kids die off one by one (turned into dolls). And it's not like it's 20-somethings playing teenagers either, so as a kid it's more or less relate-able. Also the villain is legitimately scary and doesn't come off as cheesy as in the most kids movies.


How bout a bumper sandwich boogerlips?
 
2011-10-01 12:00:43 PM  
So, what to watch if your kids aren't ready for, say, Army of Darkness?

Hey, MY kids are born ready for Army of Darkness.
 
2011-10-01 12:00:49 PM  

ComicBookGuy: Angel Heart and the first three Hellraiser movies?


I agree. I'm showing my kids the Rob Zombie remakes of Halloween, then Pumpkinhead, and wrap it up with The Exorcist.

/my first movie was Night of the Living Dead ... back in '68.
//I was two years old.
 
2011-10-01 12:05:33 PM  
[checks list]

Nightmare before Christmas is on the list. Nothing more needs to be said.

/one of my favorite movies
//have the damn thing on LaserDisc
 
2011-10-01 12:07:05 PM  
The previously mentioned Garfield's Halloween Adventure:

Link (new window)
 
2011-10-01 12:08:01 PM  
2. Daffy Duck's Quackbusters

Eau de Torme' still makes me chuckle.
 
2011-10-01 12:13:32 PM  
No love for Something Wicked This Way Comes? It's a disney movie if I remember right, but it captures the creepiness of the novel really well.
 
2011-10-01 12:15:18 PM  

mikieb: No love for Something Wicked This Way Comes? It's a disney movie if I remember right, but it captures the creepiness of the novel really well.


Yeah, replace Cinderella with this.
 
2011-10-01 12:20:14 PM  

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I LOVE that movie!! Seriously underrated.

Trailer (new window)

/First time I heard the name Francesca was from this movie. Still one of my favorite names for a girl.
 
2011-10-01 12:27:53 PM  
OK, I'll do it.
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2011-10-01 12:31:47 PM  
I second The Worst Witch.
 
2011-10-01 12:34:41 PM  
8. Beetlejuice

"NICE farkING MODEL!"

I'm not going to let my 6-year old watch that one just yet
 
2011-10-01 12:37:13 PM  

scottydoesntknow: No Hocus Pocus? Really? It's like the only movie where SJP is even mildly attactive.

/Amok, amok, amok, amok, amok...


This movie:
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would like a word with you.
 
2011-10-01 12:37:18 PM  

hbk72777: "The Halloween that almost wasn't"


WOW. Haven't thought of that one in ages.

/teeny tiny bat
 
2011-10-01 12:42:52 PM  
I have all those except for Cinderalla.

I love genre, comedy, cartoons, corn, camp, kitsch, and parody. Halloween is my favourite holiday of the year, even though I don't trick or treat, dress up, or go to halloween parties.

An alternative list (not that there is anything wrong with the original)

Hocus Pocus
Ernest: Scarred Stupid
(it may be low-brow but he is an excellent mimic and very campy)
Ghostbusters (the original TV series, if you like camp, nothing like the movies)
The Ghoulies (meh, but semi-watchable like most low-animation 70s shows)
The Hilarious House of Frankenstein (Canadian, stars Vincent Price and perrenial D-list Cdn actor, Billy Van, cult classic)
Scooby Doo (campy originals for adults, the rest for the kids)
Dead and Loving It (some people dont like it but it sticks remarkly close to the spirit of the original Dracula, which I find unintentionally hilarious)
Toonsylvania (with Whozit from Seinfield, the fat guy that Seinfeld hates)
Mad Monster Party (Stop action animation, Boris Karloff)
The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price (head the kiddies off at the pass, before they see The Omega Man and have their little liberal minds warped forever)
Any of the original Universal Moonster movies (they're pretty tame by today's standards, as Bart Simpson says of the Elm Street franchise)
Abbot and Costello monster and space travel movies (ditto)
 
2011-10-01 12:45:06 PM  
I couple of years ago, we made the mistake of putting on "The Witches" (the 1990 Roald Dahl adaptation) for our kids (who were 6 or 7 at the time) at a party, and it scared the holy living crap out of them. Glad to see that wasn't on the list. It wasn't even what I'd consider scary, but I think every kid in the room was terrified.
 
2011-10-01 12:46:49 PM  
My kids like The Little Vampire.
 
2011-10-01 12:48:33 PM  
We really have raised a generation of f*cking pussies

FTFA -- 10. Ghostbusters - It may seem a bit inappropriate for really little kids, with lines like "Yes, it's true: This man has no d-k." But older tweens could probably handle it just fine, especially since it has only a few scary moments

Are you goddamn kidding me? I was 10 when Ghostbusters came out! It's been a favorite of mine for 27 years. What the hell happened to kids that f*cking GHOSTBUSTERS can be considered too scary???
 
2011-10-01 12:48:43 PM  
I see a DVD of the Roseanne Halloween Specials is being released or recently released.

She always did one of the best Halloween specials on TV. I don't feel any need to buy the show, but the Halloween Specials are tempting.

I've been saying for years that The Simpsons need to release a boxed set with all of the Halloween specials. I have 13 seasons, but that leaves a lot of shows I have to either watch or tape at Halloween, and I usually miss a few.

Also, I buy the Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror comic books (and everything else Simpsons) and re-read those each year. The latest is out now. The comics are as good as the show and sometimes better. Every story is like a mini-episode of the TV show but with different standards for what can or can not be done.
 
2011-10-01 12:50:34 PM  

scottydoesntknow: No Hocus Pocus? Really? It's like the only movie where SJP is even mildly attactive.


also LA Story and, to a lesser degree, Flight Of The Navigator
 
2011-10-01 12:53:05 PM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: scottydoesntknow: No Hocus Pocus? Really? It's like the only movie where SJP is even mildly attactive.

also LA Story and, to a lesser degree, Flight Of The Navigator


I'm not the one with purple hair
 
2011-10-01 12:55:00 PM  

Mugato: Tyrone Slothrop: Replace Adams Family with Adams Family Values. One of the few instances where a sequel was better than the original.

Gary: Now, one of you will be the drowning victim and the other one gets to be our lifesaver.

Amanda: I'll be the victim!

Wednesday: All your life.


Morticia: Malibu Barbie.
Gomez: The nightmare.
Morticia: The nerve.
 
2011-10-01 12:58:13 PM  

Mugato: Tyrone Slothrop: Replace Adams Family with Adams Family Values. One of the few instances where a sequel was better than the original.

Gary: Now, one of you will be the drowning victim and the other one gets to be our lifesaver.

Amanda: I'll be the victim!

Wednesday: All your life.


When I was a kid this was one of my very favorite movie moments.

/also started my lifelong crush on Christina Ricci
 
2011-10-01 1:06:13 PM  

DeaH: scottydoesntknow: No Hocus Pocus? Really? It's like the only movie where SJP is even mildly attactive.

/Amok, amok, amok, amok, amok...

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would like a word with you.


So much this.

Plus she is sparkly clean, on the inside.
 
2011-10-01 1:08:20 PM  

odinsposse: Mugato: Tyrone Slothrop: Replace Adams Family with Adams Family Values. One of the few instances where a sequel was better than the original.

Gary: Now, one of you will be the drowning victim and the other one gets to be our lifesaver.

Amanda: I'll be the victim!

Wednesday: All your life.

When I was a kid this was one of my very favorite movie moments.

/also started my lifelong crush on Christina Ricci


I disagree with Addams Family Values being better than Addams Family. Raul Julia was a tour de force in the first movie, and didn't do much in the second. If anyone could come close to surpassing John Astin as Gomez, it was Raul. With the exception of the Christina Ricci parts, I found the second movie kind of boring. Christina does make the movie worth watching, though.
 
2011-10-01 1:20:49 PM  
Let the kids watch this one...

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/they'll love you for it
 
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