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October 24th, 2010

Spooky, Scary TV Shows

Boo! Photo by Lionel Allorge © Wikimedia Commons

Boo!
Photo by Lionel Allorge
© Wikimedia Commons

It’s Halloween week and what better way to get in the Halloween spirit that popping some popcorn and settling down in front of the boob tube to watch some scaaarrryyy movies on TV.  There are witchy movies, ghostly movies, vampire movies, Frankenstein and monster movies and Halloween-themed TV shows, both new and old. And there are more than plenty TV and movie Halloween-themed shows on Halloween Day. There are also Halloween-themed cartoons for the young ones. It’s all scary all day and night!

If you don’t really like being scared, check out these suggestions of some not-so-scary horror and funny movies that still have a Halloween-theme to them that can be rented at your local video store.

October 17th, 2010

Halloween Movies on TV

A Teenage Vampire Photo by Justin McIntosh © Wikimedia Commons

A Teenage Vampire
Photo by Justin McIntosh
© Wikimedia Commons

Vampires are currently all the rage  right now, but don’t forget about all the other monsters that are roaming around haunting and scaring innocent people during the Halloween season. There are also ghosts, monsters, zombies, witches & warlocks and things that go bump in the night haunting the innards of your TV right this minute. Click on the previous links to get this week’s list of monstrous creepy good movies and click here for Halloween themed shows on TV this week. Little ones like to get in on the Halloween spirit too. These retro vampire and werewolf themed cartoons are fun for kids to watch. So you don’t like being scared? There are plenty of non—nail biting funny horror and funny Halloween movies available.

There have been plenty of bloodthirsty monsters and unstoppable serial killers in the lead roles of horror flicks. Freddy Kreuger has to be my favorite horror villain next to the original Michael Meyers. Who’s your favorite horror villain? But never mind them or others like them, what’s really frightening is the creepy kids that have starred in horror shows. They will surely give you the heebie-jeebies.

October 12th, 2010

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Guest post from: Issac Bird

Charlie Brown Pumpkin Patch Photo by Kevin Dooley © Wikimedia Commons

Charlie Brown Pumpkin Patch
Photo by Kevin Dooley
© Wikimedia Commons

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a great children’s Halloween program to watch that is often shown on satellite TV from http://www.cannonsatellite.com. This movie is very popular for both children and adults to watch because children love the cartoon characters and their parents remember Charlie Brown when they were young kids. There is nothing better than snuggling on a couch during a cool fall night watching this movie.

There are many popular characters in this movie that most parents remember including Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and Pigpen. The plot of the story is about a tale that is going around the neighborhood about a mysterious pumpkin. None of the friends believe in the tale except for Linus.

September 14th, 2009

Funny Movies for Halloween Rated PG-13

Some people love to get scared. That’s why they go to haunted houses and watch scary movies at Halloween. But others will not watch any type of scary movie whatsoever. Here are four PG-13 funny Halloween movies that were made just for them. They may sound scary, but really, they are hilarious.

Gremlins (1984, PG) & Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990, PG-13)

Rated PG-13 for mild violence, language and frightening elements.

Gremlin Stripe Photo by Inti © Wikimedia Commons

Gremlin Stripe
Photo by Inti
© Wikimedia Commons

Billy (Zack Galligan) has received a special Christmas gift from his dad. It’s a furry Chinese creature called a Mogwai. There are 3 basic rules young Billy must follow to take care of his new pet. 1. Keep the pet away from water, 2. Keep him out of the light and 3. Never, ever, EVER feed it after midnight. Billy tries his hardest to follow all the rules but one day the Mogwai gets wet which causes him to replicate others just like him. Then one night Billy accidently feeds all the Mogwai, except for one called Gizmo (voiced by Howie Mandel), and they all turn into scary, ghastly reptilian ghouls called Gremlins that wreak havoc all over town. It’s up to Billy, his friend Kate (Phoebe Cates) and Gizmo to save the town from the scary and evil green slimy little monsters. Today’s generation may wonder where all the special 3D effects are for the loveable furry creatures in this film. There are none. Yes, Gizmo and the Gremlins are all handmade – done up by terrific make-up artists.

Young Frankenstein (1974, PG-13)
Rated PG-13 for sexual innuendo and mild language.

Young Frankenstein will forever be one of the classics. By spoofing classic horror films Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Mel Brooks put together a loving tribute and a respectful parody. Frankenstein’s laboratory was re-created using the same equipment in the original Frankenstein. This attention to such physical and stylistic detail creates a foundation for nonstop comedy. After finding a book titled “How I Did It” left behind by his late father, Frederick Frankenstein - that’s Fronkensteen - (Gene Wilder) begins to resume experiments in re-animation. Assisting him is the unfortunate hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman) and the buxom but none-too-bright maiden Inga (Teri Garr), and when Frankenstein succeeds in creating his not so scary monster (Peter Boyle), the stage is set for an outrageous revision of the Frankenstein legend. With comedy highlights too numerous to mention, Brooks guides his brilliant cast (also including Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, and Gene Hackman in a classic cameo role) through scene after scene of inspired hilarity.

The Willies (1990, PG-13)
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements.

Here’s another film with spooky stories that aren’t really scary. The concept is simple. Let the kids have a campout and try to scare each other with their best horror story. The boys share their scary stories about a Kentucky-fried rat and the woman who eats it, a dog in the microwave and a boys’ obsession with flies. Only these scary stories that are told come to life for us on the big screen and it’s not as scary as it may sound. The Willies stars a young Sean Astin with James Karen, Kathleen Freeman, and Jeremy Miller rounding out the cast.

Ghoulies (1984, PG-13)
Rated PG-13 for mild violence, drug use, brief sexuality, and crass language.

The Ghoulies is one of best scary B-movies of the 1980s. The cover art on the video says it all – there are scary-looking little green ghouls coming up put of the toilet. What more could you ask for? Ghoulies is largely a tale revolving around black magic and satanic rituals. Ghoulies has some of the cheesiest special effects considering all the Ghoulies are mostly puppets. There’s also plenty of bad acting and ridiculous jokes involved so have a good time watching it for its grand entertainment.

Film ratings and descriptions provided by the Motion Picture Association of America Film Ratings.

August 28th, 2009

10 Best of the Worst Horror Villains

A Freddy Krueger Cosplayer Photo by Nicholas Gemini © Wikimedia Commons

A Freddy Krueger Cosplayer
Photo by Nicholas Gemini © Wikimedia Commons

With Halloween II (H2) hitting the theaters today (August 28, 2009), I thought it would be a good time to visit some of the best of the worst villains that have hit the big screen. This are my picks for the best of the worst horror villains that have hit the big screen.

10. Chucky (Brad Dourif) Child’s Play (1988)

This was a creepy movie in 1988 and scary for a young child. But now, as an adult, it’s a funny movie. Only toys from movies like “Toy Story” are allowed to come alive these days.

9. Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) Psycho (1960)

A boy’s best friend is his mother. Who doesn’t know about the famous stabbing shower scene from “Psycho” with the screeching music playing in the background?

8. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) The Shining (1980)

Jack becomes the wintertime caretaker at the Overlook Hotel in the secluded mountains of Colorado. Cabin fever takes control and Jack goes crazy and tries to kill his family in the same manner the previous caretaker did. The most famous scene and line from the movie is where Jack puts an ax through a door trying to get to his family, sticks his head through the cracks and with this eerie, leering look says, “Heeeeere’s Johnny!” But what are even creepier than him are the ghosts of children, that Jack’s son Danny can see, that haunt the hallways of the hotel.

7. Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) Misery (1990)

When I think about the movie “Misery,” I see Kathy Bates with a sledgehammer. Not only will she break your ankles with a sledgehammer, but she will also ruin a perfectly good sheepskin coat with a shotgun without the blink of an eye.

6. Pinhead (Doug Bradley) Hellraiser (1987)

In the original film, Pinhead did not have a name, but was simply credited as the “Lead Cenobite,” an extra-dimensional being. Pinhead was a name coined by the Make-up Department, who needed reference terms.

5. Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

People today still use the sound of a chainsaw being fired up as a part of a scary Halloween Haunted House. What’s a Haunted House one without it?

4. Jason Voorhees (Ari Lehman, Steve Daskewisz, Warrington Gillette, Richard Brooker, Ted White, Tom Morga, C.J. Graham, Kane Hodder, Ken Kirzinger, Derek Mears) Friday the 13th (1980), Part II (1981), Part III (1982), The Final Chapter (1984), A New Beginning (1985), Part VI: Jason Lives (1986), Part VII: The New Blood (1988), Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Jason X (2002), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), Friday the 13th (2009)

There have been almost as many actors playing Jason as there have been sequels. The actions of Jason can be summed up by a quote from a witness to his destructive ways in 2003′s “Freddy vs. Jason,” where he says, “Dude, that goalie was pissed!”

3. Hannibal Lechter (Anthony Hopkins) Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lechter isn’t actually onscreen for all that long, yet the acting skills of Hopkins make Lechter such a memorable character that he won an Oscar for his performance of Lechter. The freaky voice with its charming ways will pull you in and you begin to like him. But when he gets you close enough all he wants to do is eat your liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

2. Michael Myers (Tony Moran) Halloween (1978)

Michael grew up as your normal everyday boy next door. Normal, that is, until something inside him snapped and he became the evil Michael we all know and love who wears that eerie mask all the time. After watching the movie in 1978, my brother and I checked under the car and behind the seats before we got in to go home. By-the-way, the mask was a spray-painted facsimile of William Shatner’s face, better known as Captain James T. Kirk.

1. Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

If the boogey man were real he would look like Freddy Krueger. Just ask my son who, when he was 4-years-old, was being a little monster while we were visiting a friend. It just so happened that said friend had a life-sized cutout of Freddy that she got from the local theater. We warned my son to be good or the boogey man would get him and that he was in the next room. My friend went to get the Freddy cutout and when she came around the corner hiding behind Freddy, of course my son screamed. We calmed him down by letting him touch and play with the Freddy cutout to see that it wasn’t real. He told us later that he was “so scared that his knees were knocking.” And, yes, he still remembers that night. Now we all get a good laugh from it.

If you are not into the scary movies, check out these Funny Movies for Halloween.