I love halloween. Always have, always will. There’s something about being able to dress up as something cool and eat as much candy as I can fit in my open trap. Probably my favorite part of halloween is watching my favorite scary movies during the month of October. I’ve racked up quite a list of yearly traditional favorites. I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to horror flicks, however. I love to be scared, but I hate being traumatized. So I’ve spent years finding just the perfect films that scare but don’t scar. Here are my top ten.
10-Hocus Pocus. Not scary, but lovable to any and all who were of childhood age during the 90s. Great for a fun Halloween watch without any real ounce of adrenaline.
9-The Watcher in the Woods-This movie may have done some psychological damage to my young brain back in the day. For some reason I saw this movie WAAAY before I should have. Its pretty scary. But a good time nonetheless if you like sci-fi horror flicks. Watch the alternate ending for a great unicorn chaser afterwards.
8-Disturbia-We revisited this one recently and I was impressed. It has a great mix of suspense and teenage frivolity. Yes. I just typed the word frivolity. But seriously, I would recommend this as a good scare that won’t leave you up all night.
7-Night of the Living Dead (the original)-This one goes on my list every year. It was really a cutting edge film at the time and started the zombie film movie trend. Great for classic BRAAAAAAIIIINSS entertainment.
6-The Ring-Alright, I know its a pretty popular flick but I actually really love this movie. Dan will tell you its because I always shut my eyes at the scariest moments, but I think the spooky, implausible plot really speaks the my scary bone.
5-Sleepy Hollow-This is an all-time favorite. I LOVE Sleepy Hollow. The setting is fantabulous and nothing beats a stoic Jonny Depp riding a horse while fleeing a dead German Christopher Walken. I watch it every Halloween season, no fail.
4-Young Frankenstein-A silly choice for sure but I absolutely adore this Mel Brooks classic. It even has a few eery moments mixed in with all the comedy. A great watch for the whole family (unless you have young family members who get innuendo…in that case…put them to bed first).
3-All of The Simpsons Halloween Specials-Alright, its not a movie, but we’ve been making a tradition of watching all the Halloween episodes during October. Of course, the early ones are far better than the later, but they’re still all worth a watching.
2-The Nightmare Before Christmas-When asked what my favorite movie is I always answer with this title. I think I’m raising a little “Nightmare”-ite of my own. Eli watch it for the first time yesterday and held still for most of the musical numbers. *little tear*
1-Psycho-There’s no other place to put this one than at number one. The word classic doesn’t even begin to describe the cinematic greatness that is Psycho. If you have the chance, watch the ‘making of” documentary. Its pretty fascinating.