Erin Gardner | Culture Staff Writer | firstname.lastname@example.org
Binge-watching Freeform’s 13 Nights of Halloween and listening to Monster Mash on repeat can get monotonous and old. We are here to help to keep Halloween weekend frighteningly retro. Here’s FANGLE’s top 10 recommendations for a scary good movie night at the witching hour.
Children of the Corn
This 1984 classic focuses on a couple driving across the Midwest for a potential job and discover a murdered boy. When trying to get help, the couple wanders into a town only populated by children who eventually want to sacrifice the couple to a demonic deity. This Stephen King classic is often forgotten, especially with the release of IT, but the creepy film is a thrill nonetheless.
This 2006 animated children’s horror comedy is about tweens believing the neighbor’s house is possessed and can come alive. When Hotel Transylvania or The Nightmare Before Christmas gets repetitive, pop on this movie and enjoy some laughs.
Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire
Disney’s 2006 family horror comedy is about two kids who set their mom up with a man, who turns to be a vampire. The classic is underrated, and has strong ties to the 1980’s timeless film The Lost Boys.
The Haunted Mansion
Eddie Murphy’s 2003 mystery centers on a overachiever real-estate agent who is blamed by his wife of disregarding his son and daughter. To make thing up, he takes his family on a trip and on the way, stops by a mansion that he has been asked to sell. Soon after, he discovers the mansion is haunted. This is an overlooked alternative to Addams’s Family that will deliver some classic feel-good Halloween vibes.
Tia and Tamera Mowry stars in this 2005 Disney girl-power comedy about twin sisters that are reunited on their 21st birthday and use their newfound magic powers to prevent their kingdom being showered in evil. Although it’s painful to admit, Hocus Pocus can get dreary. Watching this comedy about twin witches can liven the night up.
The infamous 2004 series centers on a photographer and oncologist who are chained to pipes and soon realize that they were captured by a sadistic serial killer named “Jigsaw” and must complete masochistic games in order to survive. Although popularized Jigsaw coming out this year, a 7-year hiatus, Saw is still revolutionary is regards to its cinematic horror presence. If gore is a must have on a Halloween night, FANGLE recommends this gore-filled classic.
The 1981 vintage film is about a group of friends that hike into the woods for have a relaxing night in a cabin. Inadvertently, they discover an old book, the Necronomicon, whose writing resurrects the dead. Perfect for the campy teen horror, this movie gives off an old-school vibe to its modern-day counterpart of The Cabin in the Woods.
Casper, a young, friendly ghost who kindheartedly haunts a mansion, falls in love with a specialist’s daughter, Kat. The specialist wishes to communicate with the ghosts and in the process, Kat and Casper kindle a friendship in the midst of Casper’s troublesome uncles. This 1995 family-friendly comedy often is overlooked by the popularized Beetlejuice, but good ole’ Casper just can’t be resisted in a feel-good movie night.
Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin
Based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, the animated short highlights Charlie Brown being invited to his first Halloween party, Snoopy dreaming of being the Red Baron in a dog fight, and Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear in a pumpkin patch. Because cable television isn’t a hot commodity in college, watching this ageless classic is a must on Halloween.
What’s New Scooby Doo: “A Scooby Doo Halloween”
The 14th episode of the second season of the popular animated children’s show aired in 2004 and is about the gang going to Banning Junction to visit Velma’s family, but they are interrupted by haunted scarecrows. Often forgotten among the franchise that is Scooby Doo, this spooky episode can lighten the mood and bring on feelings of nostalgia.