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Five Favorite Kid Halloween movies

When you really love a film it doesn’t matter how old you are. You still want to scower through YouTube to find if it’s been uploaded or search website after website to see if you can find it. On Halloween this happens quite a lot for me. I look for my favorite Halloween films that I watched every time they where on as a child. Some I now own and others are hard to find. Here are five of my favorite Halloween movies for kids in no particular order.

Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror
This Disney film was a Halloween season staple when it was first released. Starring Steve Guttenberg and a young Kirsten Dunst Tower of Terror was follows a disgraced reporter as he investigates an abandoned luxury hotel where five people mysteriously disappeared sixty years earlier.
Trivia: Most of the footage of the tower was shot inside and outside of the actual Tower of Terror.

Under Wraps

Under Wraps
This Disney Halloween favorite can still be seen late at night on Disney during the month of October. It was one of my favorite Halloween films as a child and still a fun favorite till this day. It fallows three kids who accidentally re-animate a mummy on Halloween night.
Trivia: All by Myself is the only song featured in the film.

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Don’t Look Under the Bed
I often forget this Disney film until I see it mentioned somewhere. However it was a part of my viewing pleasure anytime it appeared on TV when I was a child. After being framed for pranks my a mysterious boogeyman Frances calls on her brothers imaginary friend Larry Houdini to help banish it.

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Halloweentown
A Disney Channel classic for the 90’s kid generation Halloweentown stars Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds. A witch comes to town asking for her daughters help to defeat a dark force in their home realm. The daughter refuses, as she is leaving her grandchildren follow her on to the flying bus. They soon must help their grandmother defeat what is causing the witches and various creatures of Halloween town to turn in to something they are not.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus
Hey Halloween staple for many Hocus Pocus follows the Sanderson sisters after they are resurrected by a virgin on Halloween. It takes two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal cat to stop the three witches.
Trivia: Though this film was meant to be a Disney Channel original it caught the eye of the studios who believed it was strong enough to be placed in Theaters.

10 Decades, 10 films (Horror)

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari  1919 (German)

Genre: German Expressionist

Known for:The twist ending.

It ended and started a decade. Dr. Caligari is one of the best known and best reviewed early horror films. While researching this film some places said 1919 others said 1920 but I do know that I haven’t seen many films pre 1920 so Its best that I use this great film to start off this post. The first time I heard of Dr. Caligai was via a horror documentary. I heard about it more recently through my father who is a great lover of silent films. This film is said to have introduced the twist ending something that’s common in horror and suspense films.

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Nosferatu 1922 (German)
Genre: German Expressionist Horror.
Known for: Nosferatu is an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stokers Dracula. The studio could not obtain the rights to the film.
Starring: Max Schreck as Count Orloc
After Stokers heirs sued a court ruling ordered that all copies of this film be destroyed. One copy survived however and Nosferatu has gone on to be one of the most influential and highly regarded horror films of all time.

When I was a little girl I stumbled upon this film by accident. I walked it to the living room while my dad was off talking on the phone. Nosferatu was on the television and I came in on the most popular scene. Count Orloc rises from his coffin and ascends the stairs. I remember running out of the room terrified. The rest is history.

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Freaks 1932 (American)

Known for: Freaks had a cast of real circus performers.

Tod Browning began his career in the circus and this film is inspired by some of his experiences. Two “normal” looking people scheme to steal the inheritance of one the “Freaks”.

After watching this film for the first time I feel like a part of me had changed. It’s a film that really makes you think. Looks don’t make a person a freak or a monster it is there personalities that make them monsters.

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Cat People 1942 (American)
Genre: Atmospheric, Suspense.
Known for: Cat People popularized the Lewton Bus effect.
Cat People was a Val Lewton picture that raised far beyond the limitations of most b pictures. Irena is a woman who believes she descends from a race of people that turn into cats when they become sexually aroused.

I had heard of this film thinks to my father and several horror documentaries. A few years ago I watched Cat People for the first time and was very pleased with the whole film most notably the atmosphere.

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Them! 1954 (American)
Genre: Science Fiction
Known for: Being the first big bug film. It was among the nuclear monster films popular in the 1950’s.
Them starts off as a suspense film. Police investigate suspicious deaths. The giant ants are not seen until a third of the film has passed. They are heard before being seen adding to the suspense.

I had the pleasure of seeing this film for the first time on a big screen while at school. I wasn’t very interested in these types of films prior.

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Peeping Tom 1960 (British)
Genre: Voyeurism, Early Slasher, Thiller
Known for: Highly regarded as the first slasher Peeping Tom ruined the career of its director Michael Powell.
Peeping Tom is the story of a serial killer who stalks and records his victims so he can keep their expressions of terror. Peeping Top now enjoys a cult following.

I saw this film for the first time in the past year or two thinks to TCM.

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Halloween 1978 (American)
Genre: Slasher
Known for: Popularizing the American slasher film.
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode Halloween is a independent horror film Directed, Written and composed by John Carpenter. Some have criticized this film by saying that encourages Sadism and Misogyny.

Halloween ranks in my top five. I saw this film for the first time when I was around ten years old. I immediately fell in love with the genre.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 (American)
Genre: Slasher, Supernatural
Known for: Freddy Kruger
A severally burnt man haunts the dreams of teenagers. He kills them while they sleep. Nancy fights back after loosing her friends to the monster inside her dreams. She learns secrets about Elm Street.

After I was done watching this film my mom entered my room and scared me as payback for all the times I scared her.

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The People Under the Stairs 1991 (American)
Genre: Comedy Horror
Known for: Having an African American kid as it’s protagonist.
A young boy goes to rob the slum lords of his apartment when he comes across the disturbing life’s they lead. There are people under the stairs that have resulted to cannibalism to live. Fool meets the crazy couples daughter and roach a boy who lives in the walls. They help protect him.

I heard of this film several times before giving it a proper chance. I am glad I did.

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The House of the Devil 2009 (American)
Genre: Haunted house and slasher elements. Satanic panic.

Known for:  Set during the early 1980’s

The House of the Devil makes it easy to forget you are watching a modern film. A college sophomore strapped for cash takes a babysitting job at an old house in the middle of nowhere. While there she begins to suspect that the residents didn’t tell her the truth.

I was recently introduced to this film. It has quickly became a favorite of the genre.

Current recent favorite. 

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We Are What We Are 2013 (American)
Genre: Cannibals
Known for: An American Remake of a Mexican film of the same name.
After the matriarch of a family of cannibals die her young daughters must take up where she leaves off. They are saddled with a domineering father whose health is failing.

I knew I wanted to see this film I just didn’t know why. I was attracted to this films interesting mystique so I gave it a shot via Netflix and I am glad that I did.

My love for John Carpenters Halloween

Yesterday I laid down in bed and watched Halloween like I do almost every year in October. Every time I watch it I fall in love with the atmosphere.  Michael Myers is a cold blooded killer who’s motives are unknown. He could be anybody. He is a man behind a mask who moves like we move. We viewed scenes from his point of view giving us a unique relationship with the infamous killer.  It’s not to hard to believe that the budget was small but when you look at it compared to it’s box office it really is amazing. This was the feature debut for Jamie Lee Curtis one of our favorite scream queens and the ultimate final girl. My favorite film fact is that Myers mask is a Captain Kirk mask painted white, eyes cut larger and hair refashioned. Sadly we don’t know where any of the original masks are today, if they even still exist. Most of the actors wore there own clothes and Laurie’s wardrobe was bought for around $100 at J.C Pennies. Halloween isn’t the original slasher film but it did inspire several other films and was itself the beginning of a new era for horror that would include A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the Thirteenth. Unlike its predecessors Halloween has very little blood also unlike other John Carpenter films. So what is it that sticks out about Halloween for you? 

October! The month for the Horror fan.

October is fast approaching and you know what that means. Spooky music, decorations, parties, costumes and candy. Wait I forgot the most important one of them all. Please forgive me. We can’t leave out my favorite holiday Halloween. October is my favorite month for many reasons. I love hearing the theme from some of my favorite movies play and I love have an excuse to my several bags of candy. I digress. October is the month you will find that some of your favorite films will be easier to find. Your favorite  characters will be on display and the music you love. The themes from your favorite music will play. Will Norman Bate be behind the shower curtain with a kitchen knife? Is Michael Myers stalking the streets? Is that creepy doll really more than it seems? For those of us you reveal in the supernatural. For those of us who love to laugh at ridicules death scenes and for those of us who just love to be scared. October is the month for us. 

This month I will dip in to my collection, I will shop for those favorites I don’t currently own and I will scavenger through the internet (Netflix, Hulu.) to see if I can find some of the classics and those films I have always wanted to see but never got the chance to. I will pop some popcorn, choose a beverage of my liking and cuddle up beneath the covers to watch a machete wielding Jason stalk the woods at Camp Crystal lake. October is for us. Lets enjoy it.