Because 2020 was scary enough
First off, I have to admit, I love scary movies.
Not so much the bloody, gory chop ’em up kind. Although, if it’s a classic, (which to me means from the 1980s/1990s), then I make an exception. I’ll rewatch Poltergeist, Close Encounters, and The Shining any day. And all the Freddy Krueger movies.
Side Note: Once, at a voice-over audition I auditioned with the actor who played Freddie Krueger, — Robert Englund. Robert is a nice guy and all, but, I’m not gonna lie— I was scared.
Anyway, even though I’m a selective horror movie fan, I feel like this entire year has been a FREAKIN’ HORROR MOVIE so it seemed redundant to watch more of it. So, I skipped the super scareys this past Halloween.
Here are some of my not scary, some supernatural, and some comedy suggestions.
1. The Craft
1996 — Hulu/Amazon
1990s Los Angeles teen witches get drunk on their own power when their spells come true.
When you open a flood gate, how do you undo it? You unleash something with a spell, there’s no undoing. It must run it’s course.
2. Rocky Horror Picture Show
1975 — Hulu
This musical comedy cult classic is a parody of B horror movies and man oh man is it a good time! It’s about a newly engaged couple whose car breaks down near the mansion of Dr. Frank N. Furter. They spend the night in the mansion and crazy-times ensue.
This movie is famous for having “midnight movies” where people would dress up as their fav characters and a “shadow cast” would act out the movie in front of the screen. The audience would throw rice, bread (I think I remember bread?) and when it rained in the film we’d open our umbrellas. I went a few times in the 1980s in L.A. and I still randomly break out into the time warp.
Don’t Dream it. Be it.
3. Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween
2016 — Amazon Prime
The always hilarious Madea has her hands full when she has to keep an eye on her great-niece when she sneaks out on Halloween to go to a frat party.
I find some of the dialogue useful in my own life. Like when Joe asks Madea to share her “prescription” with him and he says, The Lord is going to bless you if you share. I mean, that’s compelling encouragement, am I right?
I had to give up candy to get candy, that’s what I had to do!
The animation is crazy cool and I love the story. Miguel dreams of playing music but it’s banned in his family so he travels to the Land of the Dead to uncover the truth about his family history.
One cannot deny who one is meant to be.
2005 — Amazon Prime
As a kid, I never missed watching reruns of the TV show with my mom and even though the critics didn’t seem to like this film, I don’t care, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The late Nora Ephron directed and the cast is stellar: Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrel, and Shirley MacLaine.
He’s idiotic, and yet I find him completely charming. It’s been like that since the beginning. Only now, I also hate him.
6. The Ghost & Mrs. Muir
It’s a love story! With a ghost!
This classic (actual classic) film really made an impact on me as a kid. So much so, I wrote this story about it.
You must make your own life amongst the living and, whether you meet fair winds or foul, find your own way to harbor in the end.
7. Practical Magic
1998 — Netflix
I really like Nicole Kidman. And modern-day covens. Apparently.
My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue?
1989 — Hulu
All hail to the Gen X queen, Winona Ryder! This film was another cult classic. Tons of Mean Girl vibes here. Which I guess makes sense since it was written by Daniel Waters who is the brother of the director of Mean Girls, Mark Waters. Their house at Thanksgiving must be fun. And slightly twisted.
Dear Diary, My teen angst bullshit now has a body count.
9. The Sixth Sense
1999 — Netflix/Amazon Prime
My favorite part about this film is how committed most of us were at the time to not tell the BIG SECRET. And in keeping with that tradition. Mums the word. (Hey, maybe you missed this one. I don’t know.)
Do you know why you’re afraid when you’re alone? I do. I do.
10. Death Becomes Her
I love this dark comedy directed by Robert Zemeckis. It pokes fun at our obsession with youth. It’s the whole, “Be careful what you wish for thing.”
This is life’s ultimate cruelty. It offers us a taste of youth and vitality, and then it makes us witness our own decay.
11. The Haunted Mansion
Two words = Eddie Murphy. Enough said. Oh, and Disneyland. Okay, that was more than two words. Anyhow, I think it's fun. I like fun.
Love endures all, no reason, no rhyme. It lasts forever and forever all the time.
12. Escape to Witch Mountain
I was sooooo into this film when I was little! Two psychic siblings uncover secrets about who they really are. Oh and one of the “Housewives”, Kim Richards, is the lead girl, Tia. She’s so good in it!
I should have known there was more than ESP to those two!
I loved, loved, love the board game that this film is based on. I remember this as a bit of fast-paced silliness starring Tim Curry. Curry cracks me up.
Wadsworth : Three murders?
Mr. Green : Six altogether.
Wadsworth : This is getting serious.
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