- This may not fit under the “Halloween movie” category that well, but trust me when I say this: The dark elements in this film pretty much has Halloween in it. If you’ve seen this movie and understand what I’m talking about, that’s great; if you haven’t see this movie and don’t understand what I’m talking about, I recommend that you pick this up sometime- you’ll be surprised. With death, decade, and destruction everywhere, “9” has a spot in the Halloween category…just pretty low in it.
- Even though the characters in this movie are either oblivious idiots, total morons, or unlikable assholes, “Monster House” is, indeed, a Halloween movie. The story of an angered woman’s soul possessing her and her husband’s house, and attacking anyone who isn’t her husband comes near is an unique idea. But my god, why make the characters so unlikable? Well, apart from the main character, who actually TRIES to be likable; same thing goes for the main female role. But regardless, this movie is an okay Halloween treat. I’m one for Halloween movies any day, even if the characters are stupid. It’s quirky, fun, and stupidly silly: “Monster House” is a win for Halloween! :)
- I really like this movie. It’s fast-paced, energized, and knows exactly how to keep us (the audience) entertained. I’ve put it a little low on this list, because it wasn’t really what I was expecting. After viewing the first trailer, I expected a simple Halloween comedy with Dracula and his other monster friends. But instead, after finally watching the movie, that it’s just exactly that, but with an additional Romeo & Juliet with Dracula’s daughter and this human boy about her age, and a whole “Humans are bad” plot. Regardless, I LOVE THIS MOVIE TO DEATH! But again, it wasn’t what I was expecting. But you know what? I still love it; it’s okay to have these two additions. Heck, the more I thought about it, the more it kinda made sense to add-in the additional plots. It’s still a *new* classic Halloween film, but with something new to it. And that’s what’s great about it. So, keep in mind, I DO NOT hate this movie. I love it! :)
- Yes, I know that some of you are probably wondering how THIS could top number 8 and how THIS isn’t counted as a “movie”, but more as a “special”. Well, to be fair, it’s closer to Halloween. That, and it’s in full-length time as a movie would. Regardless, this is still a classic for Halloween. I remember watching this every Halloween, on Cartoon Network, when I was younger; I LOVED this to DEATH! This was my favorite Halloween special of all-time. Just like “Hotel Transylvania”, “Scary Godmother” has the whole “these people are bad, but we’re mistaken, and turns out they are actually good” message, but they do it differently. In “Hotel Transylvania”, Dracula would get rid of his problems by any means necessary; here, Hannah, the main character, FACES her problems and fears. I’m NOT dissing on “Hotel Transylvania”- It’s one of my FAVORITES- but I do feel like “Scary Godmother” is more of a classic. They’re both on the same level, but I just felt like “Scary Godmother” had more Halloween flair. It was a hard decision in placing these two films- they’re both that great!
- To be honest, I mostly see this film as a romance movie. But, hey, it’s a Tim *fucking* Burton movie!!!! Aside the whole wedding plot, “Corpse Bride” DOES deliver some Halloween elements, just like “9”- may not be completely Halloween, but has some darkness in it that makes it fit. The good majority of this film takes place in the “Land of the Dead”, and to top it all off, a MURDER plot. I see this as both a Valentine’s Day AND Halloween movie; I’ll be sure to add this movie in my “Top 14 Valentine’s Day Movies”. But for now, let’s focus on Halloween. I’m not sure about the rest of you, but “Corpse Bride” has a good majority of Halloween in it, making it a decent place on this list.
- I don’t care if this is one of the Disney movies that is hated. I don’t care if this is one of the lesser-known Disney films. I looked it up, and it’s a safe guarantee that THIS fits for Halloween. I use to watch this movie as a kid, and it scared me. After watching it again, I can see why this is a Halloween movie. It’s centered around some dark fantasy, and above all, the music and visuals are pretty interesting and full of fright. There’s nothing really worth mentioning besides that. I fell in love with this movie after viewing it after all these years, and I just had to put it in the top 5. I don’t care if you disagree with me; this movie will always be a good one for an animated Halloween movie, if you’re looking for some dark fantasy and violence. ;)
- Tim *fucking* Burton’s latest stop-motioned film, and certainly not his last (Tim Burton’s stop-motioned version of The Addams Family has been confirmed.) “Frankenweenie” was one of his most classics when the original was released. After bringing it to life once again- this time in stop-motion- it worked once again. Though it’s not as popular as Jack Skellington's performance in “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, Victor Frankenstein delivers ghoulish fun and heart-warming moments as well. This may have to be the first modern stop-motioned film- in 3-D, no less! It’s very fun, heart-warming, and with good child-friendly horror elements; “Frankenweenie” is a good Halloween treat!
- A lot of people are probably wanting this to be number one on this list, considering how it’s the most obsessive film that Laika has released; their first one, too, no doubt. Now THAT’S impressive! “Coraline” is basically about an 11-year-old girl escaping an alternative version of her own world, after wishing for a better life. The Other World turns out to be EVIL, and her Other Mother tires to replace her real eyes with buttons. At first, the film seems child-friendly, until we get to the 2nd act, and figure out that it begins to take a very dark turn. With a very creative and dark plot, “Coraline” takes number three!
- Here’s why this film hits number two on this list: WITCHES, GHOSTS, AND ZOMBIES!!!!! “ParaNorman” is pretty much a stop-motioned version of “The 6th Sense”- another movie about a boy who can speak to the dead. This quirky, child-friendly film with MANY adult jokes and themes now only has many Halloween elements, but it also has a strong message: Bullying. It teaches us how we shouldn’t judge people, just be cause they’re different. It also teaches us how it’s okay to be scared, as long as it doesn’t change who we are. The messages is so strong, that it hits high on the list. Laika’s life messages are awesome, and what they’ve done with this ghoulish film has made them seem a little more mature. Again, with dark touches, hysterical humor, and touching, heart-warming messages, “ParaNorman” will always be my runner-up.
And now, my number 1 best animated Halloween movie IS…..
- All of you probably saw this one coming. I can’t blame you. When it comes to Tim *fucking* Burton, I’m a sucker for his work. This film not only focuses on Halloween, but also mainly focuses on Christmas. Which, by the way, I must add onto my “Top 10 Christmas” list. It pretty much puts Halloween in the center of Christmas, scaring people shitless! Even though this is mostly seen as a Christmas movie, there’s no doubt that this is a good Halloween treat! And I’m going to Disney World in Orlando, Florida next week, so this film is getting me pumped for that! :) I’ve always LOVED this movie, and it’ll always be my number one for both Halloween and Christmas. But mostly Halloween.
It’s no secret that I love both horror and Christmas so why not list my top 10 favorite holiday horror movies and TV specials? So here they are in no particular order:
1) BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) - A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.
2) TALES FROM THE CRYPT (SERIES) “AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE” - A greedy woman makes the mistake of murdering her husband while an escaped mental patient dressed in a Santa Claus outfit is on the loose.
3) SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984) - After his parents are murdered, a young tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior.
4) TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE “SEASONS OF BELIEF” - On Christmas Eve, a father ends his two children’s boredom by holding them spellbound with a scary story about a fearsome beast known as the Grither.
5) BLACK MIRROR “WHITE CHRISTMAS” - In a mysterious and remote snowy outpost, Matt and Potter share an interesting Christmas meal together, swapping creepy tales of their earlier lives in the outside world.
6) RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE (2010) - In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.
7) KRAMPUS (2015) - A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home.
8) TWILIGHT ZONE “THE NIGHT OF THE MEEK” - After a derelict Santa Claus is fired on Christmas Eve, he finds a mysterious bag that gives out presents. With this bag he sets out to fulfill his one wish - to see the less fortunate inherit the bounties of Christmas.
9) GREMLINS (1984) - A boy inadvertently breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters
10) THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) - Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept.
There have been many a poignant, many a funny and many a silly movie that celebrates the Christmas season. From the blockbuster to the obscure, film has been a crucial partner in the wintry wonderland we call Christmas.
At TGON, film is a large part of our tech love as nerds. Here-in no particular order-is a list of films that embody the warmth, neuroses and family fun of Christmas.
1. Home Alone-the tale of the boy left at home by his family before Christmas. I’m aging myself, but I saw this in the theater when it came out and it was gutbustingly hilarious. The slapstick, the message of family being the reason for the season, all worked.
2. ELF-I’m not a huge Will Ferrell fan (except for his SNL oeuvre) but his portrayal of Buddy the Elf was whimsical, touching and laugh out loud funny. Never forget Buddy eating all of the doctor’s cotton balls. Never forget.
3. Holiday Inn-a totally convoluted plot line about an entertainer converting his farm to an entertainment venue…but the male leads are Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. ‘nuff said.
4. The Polar Express-this was beautifully animated and had the voice of Tom Banks lending its dulcet tones. Win-win.
5. A Charlie Brown Christmas-the CBS classic that shows the kid in all of us what the true meaning of Christmas is.
6. Mickey’s Christmas Carol-the Disney take on the classic Dickens’ tale of Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge.
7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer-classic 60’s claymation and animation. The original anti-bullying film for kids.
8. White Christmas-the film that gave us Bing Crosby’s seminal version of the song of the same name.
9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation-who doesn’t remember the Griswold’s tale of neighborhood light competition (and Clark being electrocuted in the process)?
10. The Santa ClausE-Tim Allen was at the height of his 'Home Improvement’ prowess and the film showcased his humor perfectly.
Here’s to the next generation of Christmas films and the hope, laughs and mistress it inspires within us all.