It’s nearly Halloween so I asked some of my blogging buddies what their favourite films are to watch whether they are watching with their partner, friends or children. Check out my Christmas films too.
Hocus Pocus (PG) Three hundred years after they were sentenced to die in Salem, a trio of witches return to gain their revenge. Terrorising the town’s trick-or-treaters on Halloween, riding on vacuum cleaners instead of broomsticks, the only thing that can stop them is a black cat – in fact a boy who was turned into feline form on the day of the witches’ original execution.
Practical Magic (12) Sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are both afflicted by the same curse – their lovers always die before their time. Two new suitors are on the scene, but it may take a few spells from the sisters’ supernaturally gifted aunts to keep their loves alive.
Halloween (18) Six-year-old Michael Myers is confined to an insane asylum after stabbing his sexually active teenage sister to death on Halloween night 1963. Exactly fifteen years later Michael escapes, returning to his home town of Haddonfield with psychiatrist Doctor Loomis in hot pursuit. Bookish babysitter Laurie Strode, all alone in the house on Halloween night, soon discovers that she is Michael’s next target.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (18) When American teenager Nancy Thompson begins to suffer from nightmares, she discovers that many of her friends are having similarly disturbed nights’ sleep. Their dreams are haunted by the hideously scarred former child murderer Freddy Krueger who, it soon transpires, has the power to kill them in their sleep. Freddy is out to exact his revenge on the children of those who burned him alive in retribution for his crimes. The only way to avoid Freddy’s reprisals is to avoid sleep, but Nancy knows that she can’t stay awake for ever.
The Ring (15) After watching a mysterious videotape the viewer receives a telephone call telling them they only have seven days left to live. When a group of teenagers, who watched the tape and scoffed at the warning, die after seven days, journalist Rachel Kelly (Naomi Watts) decides to uncover this deadly mystery. She watches the tape, receives the call and enlists the help of her former partner, and technical whizz-kid, Noah who is convinced that the story is a hoax. That is until he investigates further…
The Grudge (15) ‘The Grudge’ is the curse of one who dies in the grip of a powerful rage. Karen is an exchange student working for a Japanese medical centre. Covering for another nurse she attends to an old American woman, Emma, and while there unknowingly uncovers the source of the curse. Each time the curse finds a new victim, it is reborn. Karen must somehow escape the fits of rage and madness to avoid certain death.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (18) Based on the true-life exploits of serial killer Ed Gein. A group of five teenagers drive down to Texas to check that their grandfather’s grave is intact and stumble upon a farmhouse inhabited by a family of unemployed slaughterhouse workers, including the grisly ‘Leatherface’, who wears a mask made of human flesh and wields a fearsome chainsaw.
The Fog (15) 100 years ago at Antonio Bay, California, a ship was wrecked due to a false beaconlight, enveloped by a sinister fog. The ship’s occupants return to punish the descendants of those responsible for their deaths – their arrival heralded by the fog inexorably rolling into Antonio Bay once again.
The Thing (18) In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers and alien buried in the snow for 100,000 years. Soon unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and infiltrates the human team itself.
Saw (18) Adam wakes up in a dank room across from Dr. Lawrence Gordon and the body of a guy who has blown his own brains out. Not a happy place, obviously, and it gets worse when both men realize that they’ve been chained and pitted against one another by an unseen but apparently omniscient maniac who’s screwing with their psyches as payment for past sins.
The Omen (18) US Ambassador Robert Thorn is persuaded to substitute a newborn baby whose mother has died in childbirth for his own stillborn son. By the age of five the child, Damien, seems to be exerting a malevolent influence on the Thorn household, suffering a violent fit when he is taken to church and causing his nanny to hang herself. Thorn searches for an answer to his son’s behaviour and meets maverick priest Father Brennan, who tries to convince him that Damien is in fact the Antichrist and must be stopped at all costs. The Ambassador at first dismisses this as the crazy rantings of a religious maniac, but subsequent events suggest that maybe the priest had a point.
Rosemary’s Baby (18) The story of a loving young New York City couple who are expecting their first child. Like most first-time mothers, Rosemary experiences confusion and fear. Her husband, an ambitious but unsuccessful actor, makes a pact with the devil that promises to send his career skyward.
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (18) Claire and Michael are a perfect couple who employ the perfect nanny, Peyton, for their perfect, new baby. However, as soon as she joins the household, dramas begin. The faithful handyman falls under suspicion for sexually abusing their daughter and Claire suspects Michael is having an affair with their friend Marlene. When incidents turn fatal, they begin to realise Peyton may not be as angelic as she looks
The Exorcist (18) A 12 year old girl becomes obsessed by a presence created by a Ouija board. Possessed by the devil she turns into a monster. Father Karras isasked to supervise an exorcism performed by Father Merrin who is killed. Now there s only Father Karras who can help.
The Shining (18) Seeking solitude in order to write a novel, Jack Torrance takes a job as an off-season caretaker at the remote Overlook Hotel in Colorado. Eager to get started, Jack disregards warnings that the isolation drove a former caretaker mad, and moves into the massive resort with his wife Wendy and son Danny. But Danny has a supernatural gift which makes him aware of an evil lurking in the hotel, and sure enough, as winter storms cut the hotel off from civilisation, Jack gradually becomes murderously insane.
Casper (PG) Dr. James Harvey, a ghost therapist, has been hired by the greedy owner of Whipstaff Manor to exorcise the house of its spirits, including the friendly, but lonely, Casper and his crazy uncles Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso. While James’ daughter Kat forms a friendship with Casper his three uncles create havoc as they do everything in their power to prevent their eviction.
The Addams Family (PG) Fusing together the old New Yorker cartoons and the 1960s sitcom, this film pits the weird Addams family against a crooked lawyer who finds someone to impersonate long-lost Uncle Fester, in an attempt to steal the family fortune. While Gomez welcomes Fester into the household, his daughter Wednesday soon becomes suspicious of her new-found uncle.
Hotel Transylvania (PG) Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. One special weekend, Dracula has invited all his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. For Dracula catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem but the party really starts when one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and changes everything!
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (U) In 1940 three English children are evacuated from London, only to discover the lady they’re staying with is a witch – but a good one. With the aid of her spells and a magic bed, the children visit an undersea kingdom, witness a football match played by teams of wild cartoon animals, and successfully thwart a Nazi invasion of Britain.
What is your favourite movie at Halloween?x