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Top Halloween Films

Halloween is right around the corner, and while many will be painting their faces and pouring jelly-like blood across their jugulars in preparation for a spooky night out, some of us will be microwaving popcorn and getting ready for a spooky film filled evening.

We've rounded up a selection of family favourites, or scroll further for our favourite horror films for older film fanatics...

FAMILY MOVIES 

 

The Addams Family (1991) (PG)

Plot: A cult classic follows the adventures of the creepy, cooky and seriously spooky Addams family. A crooked loan shark tries to fool the Addamses out of their money by insisting they have found their long-lost relative - Uncle Fester

Kids will Love: The crazy stunts, sword fights, Lurch, and detatched hand/butler: Thing!

 

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982) (PG)

Plot: The most famous alien in film history finds himself alone on earth and enlists the help of a little boy to help him "Phone Home."

Kids will Love: A cute little alien getting up to mischief, beating the baddies and jumping bicycles impossibly high!

 

Ghostbusters (1984) (PG)

Plot: When the people of New York are over-run with ghosts, ghouls and all things super-natural, the police won't do. You have the call the professionals, you have to call - The Ghostbusters

Kids will Love: Slimer, The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, and all the general butt-kicking dished out by the team!

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) (PG)

Plot: Jack Skellington - the king of Pumpkin Town -  is fed up doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and becomes so obsessed with Christmas he tries to get the residents of Halloween Town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween.

Kids will Love: A classic Christmas film that works just as well for Halloween. Lots of fun animation and catchy songs.

 

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) (G)

Plot: Hapless serial-inventor, Wallace, along with his faithful dog, Gromit, are tasked with getting to the bottom of what is ravaging gardens all over the village. Will the pest controllers solve the mystery before the big Giant Vegetable Contest?

Kids will Love: To many great features to list! This charming spoof of a werewolf film is as funny as it is cute, with plenty of laughs along the way!

 

Hotel Transylvania (2012) (U)

Plot: Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teenaged daughter.

Kids will love: Joining Dracula's 118th birthday party with friends - Frankenstein and his wife Eunice; Wayne and Wanda, the werewolves; Griffin, the invisible man; Murray, the mummy; Bigfoot, among others!

 

ADULT MOVIES

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Halloweentown – It’s a classic. A classic that takes us back to our younger days, which we’re not quite ready to let go of yet.

 

Hocus Pocus - Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy are the ultimate witchy trio in this golden oldie. Not exactly terrifying, well … Carry Bradshaw may be terrified at some of the outfits.

 

Hannibal – We’re kind of kicking up the spook level with this one. Dr Hannibal Lector is a sure way to have you covering your eyes, and developing a fear of the food served at dinner parties.

 

Sweeney Todd – Keeping the whole ‘eating people’ theme running, the demon barber of Fleet Street will have you vowing to never visit a hairdressers again. Or eat a pie for that matter.

 

Shining – Here comes Johnny! Throwing another classic into the mix, this one takes family get-a-ways to a not so enjoyable level.

 

Sleepy Hollow - Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp is a good enough reason to watch any movie. Investigating mysterious murders by a headless horseman is just the bonus.

 

Edward Scissorhands – Johnny Depp. Did we just discuss this? Combined with the genius, Tim Burton, this is a favourite of ours.

 

Dracula – It’s possibly the greatest horror story ever told. The original vampire tale, minus the sparkling skin and awkward teenage angst.

 

Saw – Do you want to play a game? We definitely don’t when it comes to these twisted films. Food for thought: someone sat there actually thinking these up.

 

The Orphan – Possibly one of the weirdest horrors we’ve ever seen. Put it this way, if you’re ever thinking of adopting a child, maybe skip this one.

 

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