A Scaredy Cat’s Halloween


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With Halloween around the bend, it is a great time to be a horror movie enthusiasts. There is no better excuse to binge-watching movies such as Paranormal Activity 4 and Sinister 2 than this spooky holiday. However, some people are not fans of the high blood pressure and sleeplessness that come as a result of these movies. Finding a movie that is scary yet keeps your underwear dry can be a challenge. For my fellow scaredy cats to still have something to watch on Halloween, here is a list of movies that will spread the Halloween cheer while allowing a full nights sleep.

  1. Any Tim Burton animation

From A Nightmare Before Christmas to Frankenweenie, Burton’s animations are enchantingly creepy with their iconic stop motion animation and dark color palette. The character design and plot are grimmer than most animated movies, but the underlying comedy still manages to make these flicks fun and lighthearted.


  1.  Drew Gaddard’s The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods pokes fun at the typical horror movies stereotypes. The film follows five teenagers as they spend the weekend at an old cabin that supposedly belonged to one of their cousins. Although the movie has a fair amount of gore, some jumpscares, and tense atmosphere, the satirical elements keep the movie from being overwhelming.


  1.  The Harry Potter series

Is there a better time than Halloween to embrace Hogwarts and all its dangers? With wizards, hippogriffs, and pygmy puffs, these movies will put you in the mood to celebrate all things magical. The last movies have a creepy atmosphere, but instead of providing scares, they will most likely produce some tears when your favorite characters bite the dust.


  1.   Hocus Pocus

The movie, which takes place on Halloween night, will get you ready for trick-or-treating. The story follows the story of a teenage boy who finds a house that used to belong to three witches. Not believing in curses, he proceeds to perform a ritual that would set them free. The over the top costumes and dialogue add to the comedy of the movie, overall making it quite enjoyable. Hocus Pocus won’t scare you, but it will definitively make you laugh.


  1. Universal’s monster movies

For those who enjoy old movies like myself, Universal Studios’ old monster movies are extremely entertaining. The black and white shots add to the creepiness, and although the movies tend to move at a slower pace, the plot becomes that much better. Universal’s monster movies include the original Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and The Wolf Man. Although there are remakes of these movies available, the originals are a lot of fun and will get you in the mood for Halloween.


  1. The Addams Family

They are creepy and kooky, the Addams family have the the signature macabre feel that fans of the original cartoons and shows would expect. The dark sets and the family’s love for all that is horror remain, but so does the comedy. There are few better ways to spend halloween than with this ooky family.


  1. Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice follows the story of a newly deceased couple that are attempting to keep their house from being taken over by new tenants. The couple end up in contact with the sly and unpredictable ghoul Beetlejuice. With bright colors, the film created an iconic design that make it timeless. In addition, many special effects are done through animation, adding to the movie’s unique look. The movie has a few creepy moments, but it mostly focuses on the relationships between the characters.


  1. Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked this Way Comes

Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked this Way Comes follows the story of a demonic circus that comes to a small town. The movie is not scary, but rather action-packed. The creepy atmosphere and the designs in the circus are very fun to watch. The movie doesn’t have much comedy even though the main characters are children, but the tension in the movie will get you ready for some halloween scares.


  1.  Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is a classic thriller. It follows the story of a woman who, after stealing a large amount of money, stops at an old motel only to find several mysteries to be uncovered. Once again, the black and white adds to the overall tension of the movie. The pacing may be a little different than what most audiences are used to in classic Hitchcock style, but it is still very fun to watch. The tension created is done masterfully and the mystery will keep you on your toes.


  1. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir


The Ghost and Mrs. Muir follows the story of Mrs. Muir, a widow who moves into a house that is occupied by the ghost of a sea captain. The characters then embark on a sweet romance. Although a romantic comedy, the film is filled with genuine emotion of yearning and loss. Once again, this movie is on the older side–being in black and white–but that only adds to the atmosphere. This movie is proof that a story doesn’t have to be scary to give you chills.