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Can anyone recommend some Halloween movies?

I’d like to download some Halloween movies for kids, as well as the best Halloween movies for adults. There are a lot of Halloween movies to choose from. What are the best? Is there a Top Ten or Top Twenty list? Is there a way to rate the “fear factor” in horror movies?

Carlton Burgess

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Daniel King on October 18, 2018

There are many lists of top Halloween movies based on views, tastes, and other factors. In the United States, the traditional rating system (explained at https://www.mpaa.org/film-ratings/) rates the levels of graphic violence in movies, from “G” for sweet little stories about how children have fun at a safe wholesome party, to “R” for serial murder stories like the “Halloween” series.

Probably the most popular Halloween movie for kids is “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” found near the tops of several lists. The whole family can enjoy Charlie Brown. Young children may also enjoy “Curious George: A Halloween Boofest,” “Casper,” and “Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie.”

Older, tougher-minded kids like comedies with Halloween motifs like “Monsters Inc.,” “Ghostbusters,” “Beetlejuice,” “Bedknob and Broomstick,” “The Nightmare before Christmas,” “The Addams Family,” and, of course, the Harry Potter series.

In the “PG-13” category there are movies with high teen appeal, but low on-screen violence, like “The Birds,” “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” “Poltergeist,” “The Haunting,” and masses of Dracula, Frankenstein, and Mummy movies. Some of these movies are funny; others are suspenseful and arouse real horror.

In addition to the “Halloween” series itself, anything by Stephen King is likely to be chosen by some people as a “best Halloween movie for adults.” Gory favorites like “Psycho,” “Friday the Thirteenth,” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” have formed series. Other classic horror movies include “The Amityville Horror,” “Night of the Living Dead,” “Diabolique,” and “Fright Night.”

“Halloween 2018” should be worth watching if you like to cling to someone special during the gruesome bits. Michael Myers has embodied evil for forty years and played by different actors wearing a bloodstained mask.

If you’d rather be scared at home for free, “Nosferatu” and some other full-length horror movies are available on Youtube.

On the other end of the spectrum, Disney has released family-friendly Halloween specials almost every year, recently: https://disneymovieslist.com/list-of-disney-halloween-movies/.

 

Ronald Miller7 months ago

Is Halloween supposed to be a good holiday for children, or is it a celebration of evil and death after all? I don’t believe there is any “devil” who’s going to “get” people, but I’m not sure why else we need a whole genre of movies about serial murderers or some other horror stories. I wouldn’t recommend Halloween movies at all. Why do we want little children running around at night wearing masks and threatening to play tricks on people who don’t give them candy treats? I don’t like this holiday and I think that it has only bad consequences. 

Cynthia Baker7 months ago

Stephen King explained horror fiction and Halloween movies as ways to clean out the basement of our mind. There’s a little of Michael Myers in all of us. Many agree that it’s healthy to take him out and look at him from time to time. For those who hate Halloween, Charlie Brown ought to be one of the best Halloween movies for kids or anybody else. The movie does not say there is a Great Pumpkin. There is only a lovable, pitiful little boy who wants to believe in one. 


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