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Halloween movies to start the season...

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I took a very quick and not at all comprehensive look at the threads and didn't see this. So; what movies do you guys start the Halloween season off with? For us it is the first Nightmare on Elm Street movie, The first and second Aliens movies, Event Horizon ( the perfect blend of sci-fy and horror), A Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, The Reanimator and its sequel, Bubba-HoTep ( you must see this, especially if you enjoyed any of the Evil Dead movies), the Evil Dead movies, The Hellraiser movies-specifically the first three, Cannibal Holocaust, and Brain Dead. And of course the first Halloween movie. Sometimes the Hills Have Eyes, and any of the recent Rob Zombie flicks.
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Last night we watched The Bride Of Frankenstein. My ten year old was bummed the bride was only in it for a few minutes. She said it should have been named Frankenstein part 2 haha.....I'm watching Fright Night tonight :)
Momof2! Nothing lame at all about your movies. We have been doing a spooky family movie night since my kids were really small. Each weekend in October I let one kid chooses a movie and some sort of treat to make to match the movie. They look forward to it every year. This year my 8 year old chose Ghost Rider. I never would have thought of that one for Halloween but flames and skulls sounds great to me haha.....He will help me decorate our table and make the food. Here are some of our past years family movie night movies you can try with your family.
Tower of Terror, Alvin and the Chipmunks meet the Wolfman, The Ghost and Mr Chicken, The Munsters Go Home, The Halloween Tree, My Babysitter is a Vampire, Under Wraps, Double Double Toil and Trouble, Teen Witch, The Worst Witch (Tim Curry), Ghostbusters, Are you afraid of the dark (series), Garfields Halloween Special (My Favorite!)


I have kids so most of the movies I watch are something they can watch too. I love Hocus Pous! We also like Nightmare Before Christmas, Paranorman, Corpse Bride, Goosebumps, Halloweentown, Monster House, and It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. (I know, lame)

We try to sneak in a few when it's just us two or us two and our 17 year old. I am just hearing about Trick R Treat and it sounds like something I would like. Why have I never heard of this? My 17 year old likes Jeepers Creepers, and the Insidious movies (I probably spelled that wrong). We just bought season 1 of Tales From The Crypt, and I'm excited to watch that. It's been years!
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Just introduced my 3 year old to "Hocus Pocus" on Thursday night...He loved it!!! We've watched it twice already!
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If I had to pick "just one special" Halloween film, something FUN AND LIGHT, I would have a hard time choosing between "13 Ghosts" (1960) and Disney's "Hocus Pocus".

"Hocus Pocus" might have a little bit of an edge, because it actually takes place on/around Halloween and has lots of Halloween imagery, because it's a big-budget, slickly produced Disney flick with lots of special effects, and because it has a nice stereo sound mix that sounds good on home theatre systems.

But "13 Ghosts" is classic William Castle, in spooky moody black and white, it has a great cast all around (including Martin Milner and Jo Morrow-----among all the OTHER great castmembers!), it was filmed in a real spooky old house in Los Angeles (and partially also in a real museum in Los Angeles!), and it has one of those neato ambiguous William Castle endings that doesn't QUITE make sense but that's part of the fun, for sure.
Gotta love Disney stuff. Gotta love William Castle.
Momof2! Nothing lame at all about your movies. We have been doing a spooky family movie night since my kids were really small. Each weekend in October I let one kid chooses a movie and some sort of treat to make to match the movie. They look forward to it every year. This year my 8 year old chose Ghost Rider. I never would have thought of that one for Halloween but flames and skulls sounds great to me haha.....He will help me decorate our table and make the food. Here are some of our past years family movie night movies you can try with your family.
Tower of Terror, Alvin and the Chipmunks meet the Wolfman, The Ghost and Mr Chicken, The Munsters Go Home, The Halloween Tree, My Babysitter is a Vampire, Under Wraps, Double Double Toil and Trouble, Teen Witch, The Worst Witch (Tim Curry), Ghostbusters, Are you afraid of the dark (series), Garfields Halloween Special (My Favorite!)
Thank you for the suggestions. I will definitely check some of them out! We do family movie nights all year long. Mostly Disney stuff. We choose a movie, and I decorate to go along with it, make dinner and snacks themed to go along with the movie, and usually a craft too. My friends say I have too much time on my hands lol! We all love it though.
30 Days of Night
Hocus Pocus
Trick R Treat
Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Sleepy Hollow (Johnny Depp)
Hotel Transylvania
Monster House
Any George A Romero zombie films
Evil Dead movies
Coraline
Shrek Halloween specials
Monsters vs Aliens Halloween special
While I do watch horror movies all year long, here's what we've been watching lately:

Beetlejuice
The Blair Witch Project
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Alien Triology
Poltergeist -original and the new one
Private Eyes - not really horror but I loved it as a kid
Rosemary's Baby -original
Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Corpse Bride

and what I hope to watch between now and Halloween

Trick r Treat
Halloween - original and Rob Zombie version
House of 1000 corpses
The Devils Rejects
Insidious
Twice Told Tales - Dr. Heidegger's Experiment is my favorite
The Exorcist
Rosemary's Baby - the newer one
Return of the Living Dead 1 and 2
Night of the Living Dead - original and1990 version
Corpse Bride
Motel Hell - it takes a lot of critters to make Farmer Vincent's fritters :)
Hell Night
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My Mom and Aunt absolutely loved horror films. I will always remember watching with them, they would always yell at me to close my eyes during the nude scenes. Sucked for a young boy but I got my peeps in,lol. Some movies that might be on the list that I enjoy is my favorite werewolf movie the howling, also loved the movie critters and the first tremors with Kevin Bacon. Damn their was another one but I am catching a senior moment. Owe well if It comes back to my I'll post it. Great selection everyone.
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