If you’re anything like me then you’re not be a big fan of horror, gore and guts! With All Hallows’ Eve – or Halloween as it is more commonly known – around the corner (even though it is not really that big in South Africa), here is our top 5 family-friendly movies to watch on Halloween (in no particular order):
Hocus Pocus (1993)
“I put a spell on you and now you’re mine. You can’t stop the things I do. I ain’t lyyyyyin” sings the witch Winifred in this classic family movie. Hocus Pocus stars the ever-divine Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are inadvertently resurrected by a cynical teenager, his younger sister, and his crush. With a comical and musical element to this family-favourite, Hocus Pocus is a definite must-watch.
Synopsis: After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teen-agers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all. (source: imdb.com)
“Beetlejuice!” “Beetlejuice!” “Beetlj..!” – with those words, Tim Burton’s un-dead character was immortalised. This is not a movie I would leave my kids to watch on their own as it might be a little scary for them (although with the stuff our kids get exposed to in today’s world – who knows!). None the less, this is still one of my favourite movies.
Synopsis: This is the story of Adam and Barbara who live in a beautiful house in New England. One day whilst driving home they are involved in a terrible auto accident. They manage to walk home only to discover later that they have died and now haunt their house. When their house is purchased by an out-of-state family, they feel their home is threatened by the over-the-top artists wife and real-estate idea-man husband. Their only relief is the Gothic daughter of the family. Their attempts at scaring the family out of the house are ignored or laughed at. Finally they fall to the temptation to use the people-exorcizer Beetlejuice. When they find his tactics too dangerous, they attempt to contain him and save the family they were trying to boot. (source: imdb.com)
As both a Tim Burton fan and a fan of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Frankenweenie is a must see. In 1984 Tim Burton directed a short film (about 30 minutes) produced with Buena Vista Distribution called Frankenweenie. This movie is both a parody and tribute to the 1931 film, Frankenstein, based on Mary Shelley’s novel. In 2012, Burton released a full-movie with the same name.
Synopsis: After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life-with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous. (source: imdb.com)
The Addams Family (1991)
The eccentric Addams Family has been with us for a long time (since 1938!). In 1991, the first full-length movie based on the Addam’ses were released. We were all fascinated by this strange family – Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsley and off course Uncle Fester. Raúl Juliá, Christopher Lloyd and Angelica Huston immortalised the characters and to this day, it is still one of my favourite movies.
Synopsis: The Addams step out of Charles Addams’ cartoons in this 1991 live-remake. They live within a ghoulish manner and is quite wealthy. Added to this mix is a crooked accountant and a plot to slip into the family an imposter – posing as their long lost Uncle Fester. Can the false Fester find his way into the vault before he is discovered? (source: imdb.com)
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
When we were growing up, the Ernest P. Worrell movies were quite popular. One of my favourites though is Ernest Scared Stupid. Ernest is incredibly funny – “You’d better stay away. I know jujitsu, kung fu, karate, tai chi, and I saw “Hulkamania” three times. Once in slow-mo!” and the ever-popular “A women’s job is never done…”. This is good, clean fun – and definitely family entertainment.
Synopsis: In 19th century Briarville, Missouri, Trantor the troll has been on a rampage, turning children into wooden dolls so that he can feast upon their energy. The townspeople, using a little girl as bait, lure the troll into a trap, tie him up in burlap and throw him into a pit. The village elder, Phineas Worrell, seals the troll beneath an oak tree so that it will never terrorize the children of Briarville again. Fast-forward to the 1990s, where Phineas Worrell’s descendant, Ernest, is a garbage man and friend to the neighbourhood children, Kenny, Elizabeth and Joey. The kids are busy working on a haunted house, until it gets destroyed by a couple of bullies. Ernest steps in to help them build a tree house instead. And of course, which tree does he decide would be the best choice? (source: http://tvtropes.org)