Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Great Movies You Would Not Want To Miss On Halloween

Halloween night isn’t just for kids.  And if you’ve totally outgrown your drive for trick-or-treating, there’s nothing better than to stay home and have quality time with your family. 

It’s no secret that most video shops enjoy a rental revenue spike a few days before Halloween. And from experience, they know what movie titles to stock up at around this time of the year.  Of course, renting isn’t the only way to watch that scary movie.  For sure there are households that own quite a few film titles on DVD or Blu-Ray as part of their home theater collection.  After watching them once, there’s a good chance these titles start to collect dust on shelves.  But come special occasions and holidays, some titles find their way back on the video player.  They deserve a special screening just for the family on Halloween night.  And here are some of them.

Harry Potter series.
Witchcraft and wizardry makes this set of films a must see at this time.  Nothing scary about them, but the later installments do get a bit darker in ambiance and plot.  Unless you schedule a marathon screening of all 4 releases from morning until night, you may have to make a choice on which Harry Potter film to watch.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Francis Ford Copola’s re-telling of this overused vampiric lore gets a fresh overhaul to the old tale.  You can ofcourse get the Hammer series with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing as well as countless remakes on “Dracula.”

Resident Evil series
If you prefer the more acrobatic action type or Mila Jovovich’s presence, “Resident Evil” and its sequels can provide one breathtaking moment on Halloween night.  Just be sure the kids are old enough to take on much of the violence and gore.

Stephen King’s Red Rose
A made-for-TV movie, Red Rose does have the spooky ghosts for a traditional haunted mansion movie genre.  But what sets this apart is its engrossing story that had been woven to sound quite historical when it is not.  You could opt for another like the more comical Haunted House from Disney with Eddie Murphy.  Or the more spooky “The Shining.”  Any of them gets a good vote as giving one hell of a ghostly night on Halloween.

Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride
“A Nightmare Before Christmas” gets equal footing as a must see on Halloween. The Corpse Bride is just a bit more recent. An excellent pair using traditional stop-motion animation, both films will have you laughing with fright. You might not have all the time to watch both back to back, but see if you can.

Van Helsing
In just one movie, you have Dracula, the Frankenstein monster and the werewolf together. The battle is out against a church-sponsored monster-assassin Van Helsing. In case you don’t remember, he’s the arch-enemy of Dracula in the original Bram Stoker novel.  This time, Hollywood gave him a more “responsibilities.”  With action and legend getting some hormonal boost, “Van Helsing” shouldn’t be missed.

Wow, all those films on Halloween night?  Not a chance. You have to do some serious choosing as to which one can bring the best entertainment for you and your family. But these have become timeless samples. Any of them will do. And there’s always next year’s Halloween.

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