It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Happy Halloween!
Once upon a time I was a video store guy that wrote reviews (they’re all here)!
To celebrate the festivities, I’ve sifted out my top five reviews for spooky films to enjoy with the whole family.
Ready to trick or treat? Let’s go!
5. Godzilla (1954)
The original and the best. Need an in to introduce Kaiju to the kids? There have been many fine entries in recent years including Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and Shin Godzilla (2016), but the original is still the best.
The destruction effects are top notch and the story is surprisingly engaging.
A solid classic.
Note: There is an English dub for the little ones not quite ready for subtitles.
4. Hotel Transylvania
With three to choose from (and a fourth on the way), if you are going to start somewhere – this is your ideal entry point. Adam Sandler is no stranger to spooky performances from the son of the devil in Little Nicky (2000) to the bumbling title character of Hubie Halloween (2020). His best, in my humble opinion, is his Dracula; a protective father afraid of being left in the past.
With all your favourite monsters, this one is guaranteed to get some giggles.
3. Metallica Through the Never
Okay bear with me, I know this is a stretch. Heavy metal and horror go hand in hand and Metallica are no exception. Their sound and lyrics draw from a rich history of horror influences from Universal Monsters to HP Lovecraft, the bible to Vietnam.
Metallica are all about horror, and the surreal trip of a movie that surrounds this live concert draws heavily on the tropes we’ve come to know and love.
And besides, is it ever too early to introduce your kids to some of the finest music of the 20th century? I think not.
Tim Burton’s career is tent-poled by Halloween classics. Edward Scissorhands (1990), Sleepy Hollow (1999), and Corpse Bride (2005) just to name a few.
Frankenweenie began life as a live-action short film in 1984. It was Burton’s love letter to his spooky and sci-fi cinematic influences. This stop-motion remake expands on that idea with more mayhem and higher stakes to deliver a rollercoaster of fun that stays true to the monochrome aesthetic of the original.
The best zombie movie you will ever watch with your kids. Part ghost story, part coming of age drama, this is storytelling at its finest. The stop-motion animation is second to none with tons of fun, scares, and genuinely touching moments by the spoonful.
A genuine classic that will not disappoint.
What are your Halloween favourites? Share your memories and recommendations in the comments!