Oct 31, 2014

Five Other Movies for Halloween | Friday Five


Another holiday is here as is the Friday Five linkup. This week is "Halloween Edition" on the linkup. I like trying to put my own spin on the topics usually, so I had to think of a direction I wanted to take this week. I decided to look at things to watch tomorrow, after the trick-or-treaters are finished. But I wanted to look beyond Hocus Pocus and The Great Pumpkin.  This week's topic is

Halloween movies

Five "Other" Movies for Halloween

1. Young Frankenstein

I have to start with this fantastic Mel Brooks film. Gene Wilder plays a great Dr. Frankenstein who goes to Transylvania after inheriting his family's castle and joins the family business creating Peter Boyle as the monster who "puts on the ritz". A great funny movie and my first choice for tomorrow night. Watch, laugh, enjoy.

2. Little Shop of Horrors

This 80's rendition of this comedy musical is fantastic as well. Starring Rick Moranis as a nerdy florist looking for love finds help for a man eating plant. The cast includes Steve Martin as a sadistic dentist, as well as John Candy, Bill Murray and Jim Belushi in roles. Hilarious songs and plenty of "Feed Me, Seymour".

3. Shaun of the Dead

Next, I'll go a little more current (though still 10 years back) to Shaun of the Dead. Described as a "Romantic comedy. With zombies." says a good bit about this movie with Simon Peg. Above all else, the go for the pub, a great plan when a zombie break out occurs. Simon Peg and Nick Frost work great off of each other and beat up some zombies for a good time.

4. The Addams Family

This movie version of the classic TV show was version that really worked. That doesn't always happen with a TV to movie jump. The cast was fantastic, featuring Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Llyod (great scotts!) and Christina Ricci. They all came together perfectly for this hilarious film. Though from 1991, it's even aged well, so a solid choice to enjoy.

5. Tower of Terror

Finally, I wouldn't feel right with Disney in my blog name if I didn't pick a Disney movie for this list, so that honor goes to the cheesy but lovable Tower of Terror. Starring Steve Guttenburg and Kirsten Dunst as a reporter and his niece trying to solve what happened in the Hollywood Tower Hotel 60 years earlier. This movie tested the waters for Disney converting rides into movies, and went well enough to be followed by movies such as The Country Bears, the Haunted Mansion and of course Pirates of the Caribbean. So if you love Captain Jack Sparrow, watch this movie as a thank you. And come on, it's got Mahoney and Mary Jane.

Recommendations of a 3 Year Old

Now, if the current watching patterns of my 3 year old are anything to be used as a recommendation, she would offer up the following two choices: Disney's Sing-Along Songs - Happy Haunting and Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

Linking Up

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31 comments:

  1. I have never seen any of these movies. I may have seen Adam's Family years ago but it was so long I can't even remember. Hope to watch some scary movies this weekend. -L

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    1. I hadn't seen it in a long while but still good. I'm the inky o e in this household that watches any scary moviesm

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  2. Ahhh Hocus Pocus. I've only seen the Addams Family movies. I usually stay away from the horror ones.

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    1. That's why I tried to throw out some non horror one. The scariest would be Shaun of the Dead, and that's a comedy, just features realistic zombies to do so.

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  3. I am not a scary moving person. The last one I saw was probably Scream, and that was 25 years ago ?!

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    1. Haha. Been a while then. These are good not scary one. I mean, the one may say "of terror" but it IS Disney.

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  4. I don't watch any remotely scary movies, never have. Too easy to get nightmares! But there's always "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" I had a friend whose favorite movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas though.

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  5. Don't forget to add "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" for your 3 year old....a holiday classic. I am scared of my shadow so no scary movies for me!

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    1. That's a good one. I wanted to watch Toy Story of Terror but wasnt on any of the streamings. Only for digital purchase which isn't worth the once a year.

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  6. Rocky Horror picture show! What a bad movie that was such a good time 20 years ago when I last saw it

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    1. Good choice. That was on the long list but got trimmed out. More of an honorable mention.

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  7. I love the Addams Family, I could still sit down and thoroughly enjoy that movie! Young Frankenstein sounds like a good one!

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    1. Young Frankenstein is a good one. There is a musical of it which is HILARIOUS.

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  8. I LOVE Little Shop of Horrors! I haven't watched that one in so long...I should do that this weekend. Thanks for the great list, John; hope y'all have a fun Halloween weekend!

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    1. Always enjoy watching it. A good one to choose. Have a great weekend!

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  9. Love love Little Shop of Horrors but I am not mad at Curious George Boo fest :)

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    1. Always lived curious George books as a kid so don't mind it so much.

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  10. The Adams Family - classic! Hocus Pocus is still top of my list, though!

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    1. Hocus Pocus is a good one too but wanted to branch out the list.

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  11. I love Shaun of the Dead. Simon Pegg is one of my favorite British actors. Great movie selections. I also really liked Warm Bodies - did you see that one about the zombie who came to life when he fell in love with the living? lol

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    1. I love Simon Pegg movies. Hes great. I haven't seen that but I have heard of it. Sounds interesting.

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  12. Great list! I'll have to squeeze one of these in to my Halloween movie night tonight :)

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    1. Yeah. I made the list then realized I wouldn't have the time to watch them all even though I want to. Haha

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  13. I love your lists! They are almost always things I have never discovered. Thanks for always giving me new things to discover!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed. That's a fun part of Friday five.

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  14. the addams family was one of my favorites! now i have that song stuck in my head!

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    1. I have Little Shop of Horrors stuck in my head every time I come to this post.

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  15. We're watching the Addams Family right now! And Nightmare Before Christmas was earlier in the evening.

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    1. Nightmare before Christmas was on the longer list that I had to cut back. You have good tastes. ;-)

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  16. Fun suggestions! We watch the old black and white horror movies because they are mostly hysterical to us now!

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    1. Good choices as well. The old sci fi is just funny now.

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