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Title: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Curious Cat on October 10, 2013, 12:24:00 PM
I'm thinking about doing a Halloween themed Movie Marathon and was wondering what Halloween movies everyone liked best.   I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's favorites. I'm more into the lighter side of horror (not gore) but don't let that stop everyone from posting your favorites


I'm actually planning on doing mini marathons and watching these between now and the 31st.

Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (I just found out Amazon has this for free with Prime!)
Arsenic and Old Lace
Garfield's Halloween Adventure
Halloweentown 1-4
Hocus Pocus
It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
Nightmare Before Christmas
Roseanne Halloween Episodes - probably not the last season though


When I was 5 Garfield's Halloween was the scariest thing in the world, so I'm wondering how it will be this time around.




Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Firecat on October 10, 2013, 12:33:12 PM
The Disney animated "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" used to scare me a lot when I was a kid. For horror without gore, I like the original "The Mummy" with Boris Karloff and "Dracula" with Bela Lugosi.

I'm also fond of the "Poe" movies directed by Roger Corman and mostly starring Vincent Price. Some of these include: "The Masque of the Red Death," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Haunted Palace" (which is actually based on an HP Lovecraft story), and others. None of these have a lot of gore, and if you like a bit of comedy, "The Raven" and "The Comedy of Terrors" are fun - they also have Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre, and Basil Rathbone is also in "Comedy of Terrors."
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Jones on October 10, 2013, 12:40:14 PM
We always used to watch "The Black Cauldron" on Halloween. I don't know if that counts but we had a good time with it.

Note to self...go dig through the DVDs before end of month so I can intro this tradition to my kids...
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: pinkflamingo on October 10, 2013, 12:44:43 PM
I'm more into the lighter side of horror (not gore) but don't let that stop everyone from posting your favorites


I'm with you. Although I don't get scared, I just think it's gross. I'm more likely to be frightened by psychological thrillers, so scary viewing for me would be "Gaslight" and "Wait Until Dark."

I recently saw "Paranorman", which I wasn't expecting to like, but it's cute.

This Halloween, I'll be watching the various candy-themed episodes of "Chopped." Gummy tarantulas FTW!
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 10, 2013, 12:52:32 PM
Anything by Hitchcock; esp The Birds, Psycho, etc. And anything creepy, but not gory. Blood and guts don't scare me; but the unkown etc. do.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Firecat on October 10, 2013, 12:53:30 PM
"The Others" (with Nicole Kidman) is another one that's good for scares without gore.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Petticoats on October 10, 2013, 01:12:04 PM
I'm with you. Although I don't get scared, I just think it's gross. I'm more likely to be frightened by psychological thrillers, so scary viewing for me would be "Gaslight" and "Wait Until Dark."

Ooh, Wait Until Dark is incredibly tense. One year that was Halloween viewing for a college friend and me. And Gaslight's a favorite.

There are some older spooky classics that I love, like The Uninvited, The Innocents, and I Walked With a Zombie. I also give a big thumbs-up to The Others, as well as The Awakening (as much about loneliness as it is about ghosts, but a cracking good ghost movie too), The Eclipse with Ciaran Hinds--there is one brief gory shot, but it's not actual violence, just the aftermath. The Orphanage and The Devil's Backbone are excellent but do have a leetle visual ick, more so in TDB. The 1960s version of The Haunting is good (although not as good as the book it's based on, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House).
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: violinp on October 10, 2013, 01:15:07 PM
For kids:

For teens and adults:

I also POD the other stuff posted above me. :)
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Betelnut on October 10, 2013, 01:19:00 PM
I think of Nightmare before Christmas as a Christmas movie not a Halloween movie.  After all, it is a celebration of the wonder of Christmas albeit in a creepy way.  One of my favorites, either way.

YMMV
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: violinp on October 10, 2013, 01:22:32 PM
I think of Nightmare before Christmas as a Christmas movie not a Halloween movie.  After all, it is a celebration of the wonder of Christmas albeit in a creepy way.  One of my favorites, either way.

YMMV

I use it for both, which is probably cheating, but oh well. :P
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: BeagleMommy on October 10, 2013, 01:45:54 PM
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is my all-time favorite.

DH loved a cartoon adaptation of a Ray Bradbury book called "The Halloween Tree".  It was only aired once (I think it gave kids nightmares).  The story is four friends out on Halloween and a 5th friend home with appendicitis.  Kids learn the ancient history behind their Halloween costumes and then the narrator (voiced by Leonard Nimoy) tells them to save their friend they must each give up one year of their lives or he dies.

He found it on Amazon on DVD this year.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Firecat on October 10, 2013, 02:13:29 PM
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is my all-time favorite.

DH loved a cartoon adaptation of a Ray Bradbury book called "The Halloween Tree".  It was only aired once (I think it gave kids nightmares).  The story is four friends out on Halloween and a 5th friend home with appendicitis.  Kids learn the ancient history behind their Halloween costumes and then the narrator (voiced by Leonard Nimoy) tells them to save their friend they must each give up one year of their lives or he dies.

He found it on Amazon on DVD this year.

My favorite line from that one is "You didn't TELL me you were gonna KILL it!" Makes me LOL every time.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: lowspark on October 10, 2013, 02:19:11 PM
"The Others" (with Nicole Kidman) is another one that's good for scares without gore.

That's a good one with a good twist at the end. Another good one with a good twist is The Skeleton Key with Kate Hudson.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Petticoats on October 10, 2013, 02:30:34 PM
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is my all-time favorite.

DH loved a cartoon adaptation of a Ray Bradbury book called "The Halloween Tree".  It was only aired once (I think it gave kids nightmares).  The story is four friends out on Halloween and a 5th friend home with appendicitis.  Kids learn the ancient history behind their Halloween costumes and then the narrator (voiced by Leonard Nimoy) tells them to save their friend they must each give up one year of their lives or he dies.

He found it on Amazon on DVD this year.

I remember this, and I also remember seeing a live stage adaptation when I was a kid. Really cool stuff.

Heartily seconding violinp's suggestions of Dead of Night, Night of the Hunter, and The Conjuring. And if you like old-school suspense without actual supernatural elements, I highly recommend Phantom Lady, Corridor of Mirrors, and Hitchcock's Rebecca. There was also a fairly recent BBC adaptation of the story "Oh Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad" that was deeply evocative and creepy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whistle_and_I'll_Come_to_You (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whistle_and_I'll_Come_to_You)

All of the recent BBC M.R. James ghost stories that I've seen are good.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: SamiHami on October 10, 2013, 02:38:11 PM
For me Halloween means watching Vincent Price movies. They are the absolute best ever, imo.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Petticoats on October 10, 2013, 02:56:49 PM
For me Halloween means watching Vincent Price movies. They are the absolute best ever, imo.

Ooh, that reminds me: Dragonwyck and House of the Seven Gables! Gothic goodness with Vincet. *contented sigh*

Also, I can't believe I forgot the wonderful Peter Lorre curiosity Mad Love. Colin Clive (who played Frankenstein) is a sensitive pianist who loses his hands in a terrible accident. His doe-eyed wife gets grotesque surgeon Lorre (who has a crush on her) to come up with an unorthodox solution. Some of the visuals are wonderfully dramatic and even over-the-top.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: SplishFish on October 10, 2013, 04:58:03 PM
Don't know if these fit what you're looking for, but I like:

Shaun of the Dead - has some gore and swearing, but comedy gold
Young Frankenstein  - the doctor and the monster singing "Putting on the Ritz" makes me collapse into a giggling puddle

Speaking of "doctor" ... Doctor Who would probably fit the bill. For creepy, I recommend "Blink" and "Midnight".

Quite a few Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes would work well, too. "The Final Sacrafice" is great.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: zyrs on October 10, 2013, 09:35:39 PM
"Witch's Night Out" with Gilda Radner voicing the witch.

"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"

movies for Halloween:

The Raven
Comedy of Terrors "What place is this?"  "He is not dead, but sleeping"
Young Frankenstein
Lake of Dracula (japanese horror film)
Blood Orgy of the She Devils (many of the villagers in a scene set in the 1500s are wearing bell bottoms)


Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: KenveeB on October 10, 2013, 10:17:59 PM
I'm a total Christopher Lee fangirl, so I devote Halloween to his movies. I'll watch a couple of Dracula movies, then end it off with The Wicker Man. The ending scene with everyone standing around singing is just the ultimate in creepy juxtaposition to me.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Firecat on October 11, 2013, 08:47:36 AM
I'm a total Christopher Lee fangirl, so I devote Halloween to his movies. I'll watch a couple of Dracula movies, then end it off with The Wicker Man. The ending scene with everyone standing around singing is just the ultimate in creepy juxtaposition to me.

The Wicker Man is wonderfully creepy. The ending freaks me out every time.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Petticoats on October 11, 2013, 10:06:02 AM
Criterion is giving The Uninvited its stellar treatment! http://www.criterion.com/films/27964-the-uninvited (http://www.criterion.com/films/27964-the-uninvited)
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: staceym on October 11, 2013, 10:18:27 AM
my favorites are the old stand by's

Halloween (Jamie Lee Curtis version)
and
Nightmare on Elm Street

I typically can't enjoy watching them on Halloween night because my niece comes up to trick or treat and I give out candy..(our trick or treating is always on the 31st).

but last year due to snow they rescheduled Halloween for the following Saturday - I was "yay" I can get all comfy cozy and watch some scary movies on Halloween night - I have, I don't know how many channels and not one of them was playing a good movie.

One channel played the newish remake of Halloween so I decided to watch that - lasted 15 minutes maybe - wow, what a horrible, horrible movie.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Betelnut on October 11, 2013, 11:21:49 AM
Phantom of the Opera--the silent version with Lon Chaney, shown at a cathedral with pipe organs playing the soundtrack.  I've seen it twice this way and it is so great!
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Yarnspinner on October 11, 2013, 11:42:51 AM
Criterion is giving The Uninvited its stellar treatment! http://www.criterion.com/films/27964-the-uninvited (http://www.criterion.com/films/27964-the-uninvited)

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I love love LOVE this movie!  Chills, romance and just right amount of humor mixed in.  Will be heading over to amazon to buy it soon.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Yarnspinner on October 11, 2013, 11:53:27 AM
And now I have to include my favorites:

The Haunting *which might be DVRing as we speak--Julie Harris and Claire Bloom, accept NO substitutions (I am looking at YOU, Disney)
The Curse of the Demon (based on M.R. James "Casting the Runes".  Probably the best "updated" version, even if it was 1960) all key'd up to be DVr'd.
The Changeling (George C. Scott as haunted concert pianist...I will NEVER look at a ball rolling out of the darkness the same way again)
The whole Val Lewton spectrum, but especially "I Walked with a Zombie"  (which some claim is Jane Eyre updated) and--name escapes me, but might be "Island of the Damned"--Boris Karloff and zombies.  What could be better?
Dead of Night (it's all good, but Sir Michael and the Dummy give me goosebumps every time.)
Sleepy Hollow (Johnny Depp's terrified but ultimately brave Ichabod Crane just makes the film--even if it has nothing to do with the original)
And I add a hearty second to "The Conjuring" and "The Others"
Both of those caused three of us to jump out of our skin at the same time.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 11, 2013, 11:56:38 AM
"The Others" (with Nicole Kidman) is another one that's good for scares without gore.

Yes it is.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Acadianna on October 11, 2013, 04:33:17 PM
Criterion is giving The Uninvited its stellar treatment! http://www.criterion.com/films/27964-the-uninvited (http://www.criterion.com/films/27964-the-uninvited)

Thank you!!!!!!!!!  This is one of my favorite movies, and I was about to recommend The Uninvited here -- with the caveat that it wasn't available on DVD and the VHS can be hard to find.  I do have it on VHS, but I usually find it on one of the cable stations like Turner Classic Movies.

Other movies on my annual Halloween marathon are Arsenic and Old Lace, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, Thirteen Ghosts (the original, not the remake), and the old Bob Hope movie Ghostbreakers.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Pie Fight on October 11, 2013, 06:49:04 PM
The Disney animated "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" used to scare me a lot when I was a kid.
Me too! I used to watch it every year after trick-or-treating, and by the end I'd be hiding under a blanket. Never did learn to like scary movies.   :)

My recommendation is Spaced Invaders, which is B-movie bad and isn't scary at all, but it takes place on Halloween. Martians hear a small-town radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" and think they are supposed to be invading Earth. They're mistaken for trick-or-treaters, and hijinks ensue.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: violinp on October 12, 2013, 12:25:48 AM
And now I have to include my favorites:

The Haunting *which might be DVRing as we speak--Julie Harris and Claire Bloom, accept NO substitutions (I am looking at YOU, Disney)
The Curse of the Demon (based on M.R. James "Casting the Runes".  Probably the best "updated" version, even if it was 1960) all key'd up to be DVr'd.
The Changeling (George C. Scott as haunted concert pianist...I will NEVER look at a ball rolling out of the darkness the same way again)
The whole Val Lewton spectrum, but especially "I Walked with a Zombie"  (which some claim is Jane Eyre updated) and--name escapes me, but might be "Island of the Damned"--Boris Karloff and zombies.  What could be better?
Dead of Night (it's all good, but Sir Michael and the Dummy give me goosebumps every time.)
Sleepy Hollow (Johnny Depp's terrified but ultimately brave Ichabod Crane just makes the film--even if it has nothing to do with the original)
And I add a hearty second to "The Conjuring" and "The Others"
Both of those caused three of us to jump out of our skin at the same time.

It's Isle of the Dead.  :) He was also in The Body Snatcher, which is another great one by Val Lewton.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: andi on October 12, 2013, 09:05:05 AM
For kids there's an animated one about a square pumpkin - I can't remember the name of it.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on October 12, 2013, 10:05:21 AM
Nothing scarier than the Good Witch movies on Hallmark and occasionally Hocus Pocus -- if it's daytime.  I don't do scary!
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Betelnut on October 13, 2013, 09:45:35 AM
Since A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite all time holiday stories, I really loved the Halloween episode of Roseanne when Roseanne has lost the "spirit of Halloween" and is visited by three spirits to help her get her Halloween mojo back.  As I recall, the third spirit shows her that she has turned into her mother.  That was enough for her to get back into the spirit!
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Bethczar on October 13, 2013, 05:26:14 PM
We generally watch the Johnny Depp version of Sleepy Hollow. It's spooky, but not really scary. I also like the Halloween episode of Dead Like Me.

Nothing beats Charlie Brown, though.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: HoneyBee42 on October 13, 2013, 07:13:46 PM
I Know Who You Are, and I Saw What You Did (1965)

I also favor Hitchcock movies like Rope, Rear Window, and other such suspense movies, including  Wait Until Dark (not Hitchcock, just excellent suspense).
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Moralia on October 13, 2013, 07:39:33 PM
High Spirits is one of my favorites. For those who've never heard of it. Peter O'Toole is Peter Plunkett, who owns a castle in Ireland that's in danger of foreclosure. He decides to claim that the place is haunted to bring in tourists. But the place really is haunted, you see. So when the fake ghosts are a complete flop, the real ones step in on All Hallows' Eve...
It is a terribly goofy movie. My favorite scene involves a whistling fish.

Also full of great quotes-
Mrs. Plunkett: Good morning, darling!
Plunkett Senior: Good morning dear! Well, our son is an idiot!
Mrs. Plunkett: We've known that for years, haven't we, darling?
Plunkett Senior: Well, this time he has surpassed himself. The ghosts are furious!
Mrs. Plunkett: Why?
Plunkett Senior: Well, they've heard that that Jim Brogan fellow is going to move the castle to Malibu!
Mrs. Plunkett: Oh, how nice! All that sunshine and all those movie stars!
Plunkett Senior: No respectable ghost would live in California!

(ETA - Mrs. Plunkett is alive and elderly. Plunkett Senior is actually dead and looks to be in late-middle age. At this point in the movie she's the only live person in the castle who sees ghosts.)


Miranda: So, I was seeing this guy and he's a devil worshiper, right? Well, he's a hairdresser really, but he devil-worships on the side. And we booked this dumb tour because, you know, he likes ghosts, dead gerbils, that kind of thing... and he ran off with this Bhuddist monk! I mean, how I was supposed to know he was gay? So what about you, are you gay too?

Also, Liam Neeson repeatedly murders Daryl Hannah...which is a terrible bore for them both.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Petticoats on October 13, 2013, 10:47:22 PM
Criterion is giving The Uninvited its stellar treatment! http://www.criterion.com/films/27964-the-uninvited (http://www.criterion.com/films/27964-the-uninvited)

Thank you!!!!!!!!!  This is one of my favorite movies, and I was about to recommend The Uninvited here -- with the caveat that it wasn't available on DVD and the VHS can be hard to find.  I do have it on VHS, but I usually find it on one of the cable stations like Turner Classic Movies.

Other movies on my annual Halloween marathon are Arsenic and Old Lace, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, Thirteen Ghosts (the original, not the remake), and the old Bob Hope movie Ghostbreakers.

How cool to find another fan of that movie! And I'm glad to meet some fellow fans of The Uninvited.

For a really lighthearted seasonal bit of fun, I just found out that I Married a Witch with Veronica Lake has just gotten a DVD release.
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Nikko-chan on October 14, 2013, 12:35:17 AM
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is my all-time favorite.

DH loved a cartoon adaptation of a Ray Bradbury book called "The Halloween Tree".  It was only aired once (I think it gave kids nightmares).  The story is four friends out on Halloween and a 5th friend home with appendicitis.  Kids learn the ancient history behind their Halloween costumes and then the narrator (voiced by Leonard Nimoy) tells them to save their friend they must each give up one year of their lives or he dies.

He found it on Amazon on DVD this year.

I loved that movie... and the fifth kid's name was Pip. :)
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Cherry91 on October 14, 2013, 04:43:21 AM
For a "scarier" horror film (in quotations because it's often subjective) my favourite is "Trick r Treat", a horror film anthology where all the stories are set in the same town on the same night. Very visually interesting and with some good twists in the tales!
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Thipu1 on October 14, 2013, 08:48:21 AM
How about 'Men in Black' or 'Creepshow'?

Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Nikko-chan on October 14, 2013, 08:09:34 PM
Nothing scarier than the Good Witch movies on Hallmark and occasionally Hocus Pocus -- if it's daytime.  I don't do scary!

The Good Witch ones weren't scary, at least not to me, because it was more logic than her being a witch I guess? And Hocus Pocus is always a favorite, a bit creepy, a bit fun.  *realizes she hasn't seen hocus pocus this year* Well, I have to fix that soon...
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Firecat on October 14, 2013, 08:14:08 PM
Nothing scarier than the Good Witch movies on Hallmark and occasionally Hocus Pocus -- if it's daytime.  I don't do scary!

The Good Witch ones weren't scary, at least not to me, because it was more logic than her being a witch I guess? And Hocus Pocus is always a favorite, a bit creepy, a bit fun.  *realizes she hasn't seen hocus pocus this year* Well, I have to fix that soon...

Hocus Pocus is fun. "Amok! Amok! Amok!"
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: Library Dragon on October 14, 2013, 08:53:03 PM
I'm a total Christopher Lee fangirl, so I devote Halloween to his movies. I'll watch a couple of Dracula movies, then end it off with The Wicker Man. The ending scene with everyone standing around singing is just the ultimate in creepy juxtaposition to me.

The Wicker Man is wonderfully creepy. The ending freaks me out every time.

This is the best creepy movie!

Add the original The Haunting, Vincent Price movies, and Disney's Legend of Sleepy Hollow and I'm happy.  Skeleton Key is pretty good too.

I used to watch the cheeseastic horror films on weekend TV. I stopped when they just became gross. 
Title: Re: Your favorite Halloween Movies/TV Episodes
Post by: zyrs on October 24, 2013, 12:25:24 AM
I had nearly forgotten this wonderful Halloween story, but this thread reminded me of it;

TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE ("Trick or Treat") (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q57R9mWVRos)