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September 9th, 2014

Funny Halloween Movies Rated PG

 Comedic PG-Rated Halloween Movies for Young and Old Alike

Not all Halloween movies are hide your eyes and bite your nails scary. Some Halloween movies are actually quite hilarious, with maybe just a tiny touch of a scary surprise mixed in. These are some of my favorite funny Halloween movies rated PG that are sure to get a chuckle from young and old alike.

Beetlejuice (1988, PG)

Rated PG for coarse language, frightening images and sexual innuendo.

Beetlejuice_@_Hollywood_(Universal_Studios_Singapore) by Erwin Soo

Beetlejuice as portrayed at Hollywood Universal Studios Singapore. Photo by Erwin Soo © Wikimedia Commons

This funny Halloween movie has a dark side without being scary and a funny side without being ridiculous. A young couple’s (Geena Davis & Alec Baldwin) premature death leads them to a series of wild and bizarre afterlife exploits. They are stuck as ghosts in their home and are challenged with scaring off the new owners (Catherine O’Hara & Jeffrey Jones) whose daughter (Winona Ryder) has an attraction to all things morbid. The couple is too nice to really scare real people and that’s where Beetlejuice comes in. Michael Keaton plays the mischievous Beetlejuice, a freelance “bio-exorcist” who has an evil agenda behind his plot to help the young undead newlyweds. But when he starts getting on your nerves real bad, just say his name 3 times to make him go away - “Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!”

Casper (1995, PG)

Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements.

This film is based on the comic book about Casper the Friendly Ghost (Malachi Pearson is the voice of Casper), so there are no scary ghosts here. Casper’s nasty (but funny) uncles “Stretch,” Stinky,” and Fatso” try to be scary but really are not. Paranormalist and widower Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) moves into a new house with his daughter Kathleen, better known as “Kat” (Christina Ricci) and they meet up a dead little boy’s ghost. The cast works well with the wonderful animation and special effects.

Ernest Scared Stupid (1991, PG)

Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements.

Ernest (Jim Varney), our favorite lunkhead, accidently releases an evil demon from its sacred tomb that then goes on a devastating rampage of the town. It’s up to the bumbling Ernest and his faithful dog Rimshot to save the town from total destruction. Ernest Scared Stupid is loaded with uproarious hilarity, and a host of outrageously kooky characters!

Ghost Dad (1990, PG)

Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements.

This is a very funny Halloween movie that is ghostly and silly that’s fun for the whole family. Elliot (Bill Cosby) is a widower with three children who goes into a coma after an accident. During this time, his spirit leaves his body and turns into a ghost who can roam around but can only be seen in the dark. His children figure this out and fix up a spot in the house where they can visit their ghost dad.

Ghostbusters (1984, PG) & Ghostbusters 2 (1989, PG)

Rated PG for mild language, mild supernatural violence, scary scenes and sexual innuendo.

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ECTO 1 – The Ghostbusters car. Photo by The Community – Pop Culture Geek © Wikimedia Commons

The original Ghostbusters movie generated two of the most famous lines of all time: “Who you gonna call?” Answer: “Ghostbusters!” and “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!” It also spawned a television cartoon series, “The Real Ghostbusters,” a top ten hit for Ray Parker, Jr. appropriately titled “Ghostbusters” and their very own line of toys. We learned from this funny Halloween movie that “ghosts” can actually slime us live people and that the Ghostbusters have contraptions (proton packs and ghost traps) that can catch the ghosts. The Ghostbusters have a “pet” ghost that goes by the name of Slimer. In addition to the slimy ghosts, a giant Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man makes an appearance towards the end of the film. The stars for Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 are Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Raymond Stantz), Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett), Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler), Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddmore), Rick Moranis (Louis Tully) and Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz).

On a side note: My family saw the real, live “Ghostbusters” at Universal Studios Florida in the 1980′s, and while our youngest son was getting all their autographs we almost lost my oldest son (he was 8 at the time) as he went running away down the street to catch Slimer who was riding in the Ecto-1, the Ghostbusters’ car. Our oldest also dressed up like the Marshmallow Man for Halloween.

The Goonies (1985, PG)

Rated PG for coarse language, frightening images and sexual innuendo.

What young boy (or girl) doesn’t at one point in their lives dream of finding a pirates treasure map and going on an adventure to find the buried treasure? These young guys in Oregon and their families are about to be evicted from their homes to make way for the new country club that is going in unless they can come up with an outrageous amount of money. Two of the boys, Mikey (Sean Astin) and Brandon Walsh (Josh Brolin) are brooding in their home when Mouth (Corey Feldman), Chunk (Jeff Cohen), and Data (Ke Huy Quan) drop by. In their boredom, they decide to explore Mikey’s dad’s attic where he keeps all of the rejected museum items. There, they find a map showing where the kids can find pirate One Eyed Willie’s buried treasure on the coast. The “Goonies“, as they call themselves, follow the mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden doubloons, the kids race to stay one step ahead of a family of bumbling bad guys… and a mild-mannered monster with a face only a mother could love.

The Haunted Mansion (2003, PG)

Rated PG for frightening images, thematic elements and language.

Eddie Murphy stars in this funny Halloween movie flick based on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. Gracey Manor has 999 grim, grinning ghosts that Jim & Sara Evers (Murphy & Marsha Thomason) and their family must battle to break the mansion of its age-old curse. They get some help from supernatural psychic Madame Leota (Jennifer Tilly). The Haunted Mansion is a fright-filled comedy adventure with hair-raising laughs. But is it scary? Not really. A lot of things make a surprise “Boo!” jump out at you to try to get the audience to jump, but adults especially should be able to predict when this will happen. What about the special effects? They are awesome! If you’ve been on the ride you will recognize the ghosts in the movie and get a good chuckle from them.

Little Monsters (1989, PG)

Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements.

Haunted_Mansion Disney by Benjamin D. Esham

The Haunted Mansion at Disney Photo by Benjamin D. Esham © Wikimedia Commons

A child’s worst nightmare comes alive when young Brian Stevenson (Fred Savage) discovers there really is a monster named Maurice (Howie Mandel) under his bed. Brian quickly discovers that this monster cannot be exposed to bright light and blackmails him into teaching him how to sneak into other houses and causing all the mischief you swore wasn’t your fault when you were younger. Little Monsters is the coolest funny Halloween movie for kids to watch. It has everything in it – imagination, fun, excitement and a monster under the bed.

Teen Wolf (1985, PG)

Rated PG for mild language, thematic elements and teen drinking.

This funny Halloween movie features Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox), a high school loser on a basketball team that never wins, has a crush on the cutest girl in school, Pamela Wells (Lori Griffin), who is dating Mick McAllister (Mark Arnold), the most popular hunk in school. Something odd happens to Scott one night when he is at a party with best friends Boof (Susan Ursitti) and Stiles (Jerry Levine) – he starts turning into a werewolf! Being a werewolf is a hard secret to keep, especially when the transformation happens in the middle of a basketball game which takes his game – and popularity – to a whole new level.

Film ratings provided by the Motion Picture Association of America Film Ratings

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September 8th, 2014

Werewolf & Vampire Halloween Cartoons for Kids

Halloween-Themed Cartoons for Kids

lil vampire by Mushii

A Halloween cartoon vampire, Photo by Mushii © Wikimedia Commons

Most everyone loves to watch scary flicks during Halloween. But for those that are too young for really scary shows, there are child-safe Halloween cartoons starring fang-tastic characters such as werewolves and vampires. Here are seven retro cartoons featuring those fang-faced characters. Some of these howling good shows can be found on DVD at your local store or online at favorite shopping sites such as Amazon or possibly E-Bay.

Count Duckula (1988)

He is a green-skinned, vegetarian vampire duck who likes to eat ketchup and broccoli and resides in Castle Duckula in Transylvania. He is Count Duckula! If you’re wondering how a vampire could possibly be a vegetarian, well, I’ll tell you. It goes something like this:

If a vampire is destroyed by a wooden stake or sunlight there is hope for them to come back to life using a secret ritual. To complete this ritual, first you need some blood. Unfortunately, in Count Duckula’s case, a bottle of ketchup was mistaken for a bottle of blood and thus was born the vegetarian vampire, Count Duckula. Now instead of lusting after blood, the Count lusts after healthy vegetables along with money and power which was always slipping through his fingers, but he always has plenty of vegetables. Count Duckula’s biggest enemy is Dr. Von Goosewing who has a specially sharpened wooden stake ready to use on the Count. In order to escape the clutches of the evil doctor, the Count has devised a teleportation device to transport Castle Duckula anywhere on the planet, but always returns to Transylvania at dawn.

The Count Duckula series is a spin off from the Dangermouse cartoon, specifically the episode titled “The Four Tasks of Danger Mouse” where super-agent DangerMouse was tasked with retrieving a feather from a vampire duck.

Count Duckula was produced by Cosgrove Hall Productions for Thames Television and aired from 1988-1993.

Drak Pack (1980)

Known as the Drak Pack, these animated teenage descendants of famous monsters join forces to try to atone for the sins of their ancestors. Members of the Drak Pack include Drak (Dracula’s son), Howler (Wolfman’s progeny), and Frank (Frankenstein’s son). The teens morph into monsters by clasping hands and shouting, “Drak Pack Wacko!” Drak’s great-grandfather, Dracula, doled out assignments to the Drak Pack to fight evil against adversaries such as their nemesis O.G.R.E. (The Organization of Generally Rotten Endeavors.) Led by the villainous Dr. Dred, O.G.R.E. was based in a flying dredgible. members of O.G.R.E. consisted of creeps such as Vampira, Toad, Mummy Man, Fly and Big D.

Drak Pack was produced by Hanna-Barbara and aired on CBS from 1980-1982.

Fangface (1978)

In real life, Sherman “Fangs” Fangsworth is a cowardly teenager who turns into the friendly werewolf Fangface when the moon is full, or even if he just sees a picture of a full moon. It’s not a stretch to say this show was inspired by the hit teenage sleuth show Scooby Doo, but the bad guys on Fangface don’t wear ghostly masks; these are genuine bad monsters Fangface is facing in this Halloween cartoon. Friends Kim, Biff and Pugsy help Sherman investigate day-to-day mysteries and troubles faced in high school and drive around in the coolest orange convertible dubbed the Wolf Buggy. To change back from Fangface to the human Sherman, the loveable werewolf must see the sun or something that resembles the sun. Sherman has no memories of the activities he pursues when he is Fangface and dismisses what he does remember as weird dreams.

Sherman has a baby cousin known as Baby Fangs who also turns into a werewolf who goes by the name of Fangpuss and appeared on the cartoon Fangface & Fangpuss on ABC in 1981.

Fangface aired on ABC from 1978-1979 and was produced by Ruby-Spears Productions.

Gravedale High (1990)

Gravedale High is another ghoulish cartoon that features offspring of famous monsters, only this time they are teenagers in high school. The high school is located inside an old cemetery and is run by a human named Max Schneider (voiced by Rick Moranis, Ghostbusters) who helps these friendly monsters with life lessons, as well as various social activities and sporting events. Also on staff are Ms. Crone, the spooky headmistress, and Coach Cadaver. The big man, umm, vampire, on campus is none other than Vinnie Stoker himself. Other teen monsters attending Gravedale High includes Sid the Invisible Kid, Cleofatra, J.P. Blanche, Frankentyke, Gill Waterman, and Duzer.

Gravedale High  aired on NBC from 1990-1991 and was produced by Hanna-Barbera.

The Groovie Goolies (1971)

In this Halloween cartoon, Horrible Hall is the monstrous boarding house which is run by Tom Drac. He lives there with his wife, Hagatha; their son, Frankie; Hagatha’s enchanted broom named Broom Hilda; and their two pets, Salem the cat and Rover the dinosaur. Monsters boarding at Horrible Hall, aka The Groovie Goolies, include Bella La Ghostly, Ratzo and Batzo the vampire twins, Wolfie the Wolfman, Dr. Jekyll/Hyde, the Thing-Eating Plant, the two-headed switchboard operator, the disembodied Ghoulihand, a skeleton called Napoleon Boneapart, Orville Mummy, and the Ask-It Casket.

The Groovie Goolies was originally teamed with Sabrina the Teenage Witch on Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies (CBS, 1970-71). Later, the show ran in syndication under the title Groovie Goolies and Friends (SYN, 1972-75). The Groovie Goolies also teamed with Looney Toons characters in the ABC Saturday Superstar movie, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies. In the last five minutes of the film, The Goolies became live-action characters when they entered the “Mad Mirror Land.”

The Groovie Goolies aired on CBS from 1971-1972 and was produced by Filmations.

Little Dracula (1991)

Little Dracula has green skin and hangs out with his best bunny friend Werebunny. Children can relate to this 8-year-old vampire as he faces some of the same things children do such as starting school, celebrating Christmas, gong on vacations, and holding down his first job at a fast food restaurant. But things aren’t as easy for Little Dracula as they are for kids in real life. His vacation was ruined by an evil villain made of garlic (vampires don’t like garlic), and it turned out that the fast food restaurant was owned by the evil garlicky villain and sold dangerous-to-vampires garlic burgers. Little Dracula is based on the children’s books by Martin Waddell and Illustrated by Joseph Wright.

Little Dracula aired on Fox in 1991, and on Fox Family in 1999.

Teen Wolf (1986)

Teen Wolf was a popular movie film in 1985 starring Michael J. Fox who was a teenage werewolf in high school. Then in 1986, the cartoon spin-off came to life with the not-so-original title of, you guessed it, Teen Wolf. This Halloween cartoon mainly follows the movie outline featuring a teenager named Scott living in the werewolf-obsessed town of Wolverton who is suddenly turning into a real-life werewolf. Only Scott’s girlfriend and best friend know the secret being kept by Scott and his family. His grandfather is constantly chasing the neighbor-ladies cat and she in turn is constantly spying on the family vowing to learn the secret she just knows they must be keeping. Scott’s younger sister Lupey can’t wait to become of werewolf age so she can transform but for now she has to pretend with plastic fangs.

Teen Wolf (the cartoon) aired on CBS from 1986-1988 and was produced by Southern Star Productions and Atlantic Entertainment Group.

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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.

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September 29th, 2009

At the Movies with Creepy Kids

Creepy Kids at the Movies

Macaulay Culkins plays a creepy kid  Henry Evans in  "The Good Son." Photo by Alan Light (C) Wikimedia Commons

Macaulay Culkins plays a creepy kid Henry Evans in “The Good Son.”
Photo by Alan Light (C) Wikimedia Commons

Do you get “scared” watching a horror flick? Or, do you get “startled?” There’s a difference between being truly scared and jumping when something unexpected jumps out at you. Forget about the bloodthirsty monsters or unstoppable serial killers in these horror flicks, it’s the creepy kids that are the real stars of horror films. Do you think the creepy kid at the heart of Orphan‘ is frightening? Here’s a ghastly collection of worse than ornery on-screen creepy minors that makes her look angelic — from Damien Thorn to Draco Malfoy. And here’s another thought: Have you ever noticed that most all the blonde kids are always bad news? Which creepy kid gives you the heebie-jeebies the most?

Abby / Lucinda (Lara Robinson)

Knowing (2009) - Why do all the aliens send the earth messages through kids? It must be easy to program their minds like when Abby starts writing numbers that turn into disastrous worldly events – even the eventual end of the world.

Barto (Ethan Cutkosky)

The Unborn (2009) - We all know younger siblings can be a pain in the butt – even the unborn ones. Barto, the unborn twin, stalks his older twin sister in hopes of being born into the world where his evil nature will reign supreme.

Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O’Rourke)

Poltergeist (1982) - “They’re heeeere.” announces Carol Anne while watching late night TV. The Beast, the tree trying to eat the little boy, the chicken that came alive on the counter – they all stemmed from Carol Anne and her not knowing any better than to talk to strangers through the television.

Carry White (Sissy Spacek)

Carrie (1976) - A bullied high school girl develops telekinetic powers just before her senior prom. She exacts revenge, killing them all, at their senior prom.

Charlie McGee (Drew Barrymore)

Firestarter (1984) - When you participate in experiments for extra money while in college, there are possibilities of side effects, like, say, mind control. And what happens to your offspring? They develop pyrokinetic abilities, so don’t make her mad. Charlie can set you aflame just by looking at you.

The Children

Children of the Corn (1984) - If just one murderous creepy kid, such as the ones in The Omen and The Good Son aren’t scary enough for you, how about a whole crop of them that are out to kill all the adults?

Claudia (Kirsten Dunst)

Interview with the Vampire (1994) - Typically young bad kids will bite. Child vampire Claudia however, goes straight for the jugular and asks for more.

Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment)

The Sixth Sense (1999) - Even though we know Haley Joel Osment is going to say, “I see dead people,” it still sends shivers up our spine when he says it. Osment gives a terrifying performance not because Cole is an evil kid, but because he’s a genuinely good-hearted youngster being terrorized by this fourth dimension.

Damien Thorn (Harvey Stephens)

The Omen (1976) - It must be frustrating to pretend to be occupied with kid stuff like Legos and scooters when you are the son of the Antichrist. People should know to beware of children with numbers inscribed on their heads – especially “666”. They are most likely the devil’s child and sooner or later they will start killing people.

Danny Torrance and The Grady Children (Danny Lloyd and Lisa Burns and Louise Burns)

The Shining (1980) - Before daddy starts chasing him with an axe, little Danny has a psychic connection with the demons of the Overlook Hotel. He channels their voices, screaming “REDRUM!” The Grady sisters haunt the hotel halls and taunt, “Come play with us.”

David Zellaby (Martin Stephens) & All the Other Kids

Village of the Damned (1960) - When an army of blonde-haired, blue-eyes, British-speaking kid-demons are all born on the same day they all have telepathic powers that are accompanied by glowing alien eyes. Some call children a gift from God, but these little bundles of terror have clearly been sent by a far more insidious power.

Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton)

The Harry Potter sagas - Blonde-headed Draco has been Harry’s number one rival since they first met on the Hogwart’s Express. He’s obnoxiously snobbish, rude, and extraordinarily wealthy, which makes him think he is better than everyone else.

Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman)

Orphan (2009) - Polite, artistic and warm…everything you’d hope for when adopting a child. But not everything is as it seems.

Girls Skipping

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - The grotesquely-disfigured maniac with knives on the end of his fingers is not the scariest bit in the film. It’s the skipping girls who sing that horrible “Freddie’s coming for you” song.

Henry Evans (Macaulay Culkin)

The Good Son (1993) - This flick is both hilarious and disturbing the way Henry expertly holds a cigarette. This blonde bad-boys favorite line that sends shivers down the spine is, “I cause dead people.” He’s a wolf in s- eep’s clothing, willing to kill anyone to keep his secret.

Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair)

The Exorcist (1973) - Linda Blair’s transformation is still arguably the scariest movie ever made. When you’re possessed by Satan anything goes, including killing babysitters and priests, spewing vomit on your decor, and speaking in tongues. Tied to a bed, her face deformed and her mouth spewing forth an array of vulgar insults, her goals seem to be both homicide and suicide. Part of the reason why “The Exorcist” is often held up as the best horror film of all time is because such utter loss of control is a gut-wrenching prospect.

Rhoda Penmark (Patty McCormack)

The Bad Seed (1956) - Girls will be girls—and in the case of young pigtailed Rhoda being a girl involves murder, mayhem, and baubles like pendants, jewelry and penmanship awards. “The Bad Seed” is not just about a naughty little girl but a perverse universe in which parents defer to children, and where children do pretty much anything they want.

Samara Morgan (Daveigh Chase)

The Ring (2002) - Samara is kept locked in an attic and then thrown down a well, why shouldn’t she be pissed at the world? Now a member of the living dead, she jumps out of televised wells and scared people to death, while tracking dirty well water onto their carpets.

[Sources: Internet Movie Data Base]

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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 funny movies for Halloween rated PG-13 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 turning what should be a horror movie into a funny movie. 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 this funny movie for its grand entertainment.

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

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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 horror 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.

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