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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

More Halloween - The Movies

If you didn't notice, I love Halloween. And part of this is Halloween movies - I'm not talking about horror movies, here. I'm talking about silly Halloween/creepy/witch-themed works of cinematic genius.

1. Hocus Pocus. A childhood favorite that I must watch every year. When the three main witches are played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, you cannot go wrong. The dialog is priceless - 90's cultural references spoken in "ye olde English" - and the historical elements always intrigued me as a child. This movie is funny, smart, and still enjoyable 17 years later.

2. Teen Witch. Before there was Sabrina the Teenage Witch, there was Teen Witch. My sister and I used to watch this movie on the Disney channel (where it was vigorously edited) and it is completely ridiculous. Quick run down for those of you who >gasp!< haven't seen it - A nerdy girl named Louise turns 16 and becomes a witch. She uses her powers to become popular, but then discovers she just wants to read a book! The cliches are endless, the songs are so terrible, but somehow it all adds up to something awesome. Extra memorable: at one point Louise uses her powers to give her friend sweet rap skills, which Kenneth paid homage to on 30 Rock:

3. The Nightmare Before Christmas. If you haven't seen this brilliant movie, get thee to a movie store! One of Tim Burton's most famous, TNBC is suitable to watch any time from October til Christmas. It's truly creepy ("I am the clown with the tear-away face" is a lyric in the opening song), but strangely vulnerable. And the songs are great. Did you notice I love a good song?

Do you have a favorite Halloween movie? I would love to know about it - I have Netflix, people! 


  1. My favorite is Garfield's Halloween Special. It was a spooky, festive staple during my childhood in the '80s.

  2. One of my favorite Halloween movies is Arsenic and Old Lace with Cary Grant. I used to watch that around Halloween with my mom. When I was in High School, I'd always watch Donnie Darko on Halloween. Now I just watch whatever horror flicks my friends and I can find.

  3. It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! But I was always so sad that Charlie Brown got rocks. :(


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