12 fun movies for Halloween
Halloween doesn't only have to be about scares. There's plenty of comedy horror — or just good ol' comedy — films that capture the spirit of Halloween. That spirit doesn't have to haunt you or possess. It can merely entertain you, giving you a few laughs and a case of nostalgia. Some of these films are family friends, others arne't, but regardless, you're gauranteed to have a good holidy with these 12 fun films for Halloween.
Ernest Scared Stupid
Funny, as a kid, I remember liking the Ernest movies a lot more. Jim Varney was perfect as the wacky protagonist that consistently gets himself into difficult situations. This one happens to take place on Halloween when he accidentally unleashes an evil troll. It's not a good movie by any means, but if you're a child of the 80s, the nostalgia alone is worth a watch.
Scary Movie 2
The last good entry in the Scary Movie franchise was the last one with the Wayans brothers. Marlon Wayans is now doing A Haunted House, which is a parody movie of Paranormal Activity. But let's not forget one of the best horror movie parodies there is — Scary Movie 2. It parodies horror movies like The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror, Poltergeist, Hollow Man, The Legend of Hell House, and The Haunting. Not appropriate for kids, but adults will have a good laugh with this one.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
A musical sci-fi comedy horror film directed by Frank Oz, Little Shop of Horrors had a great cast of Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, James Belushi, John Candy and Bill Murray. Moranis plays Seymour Krelborn, a nerdy florist who gets a chance at success and the love of his life because of an giant, alien, man-eating plant he found. The songs are funny and the movie is great. Just make sure you don't watch the 1960s version — that one isn't good. It's also rumored that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be starring in a new Little Shop of Horrors, so let's hope that happens. By the way, I played Orin Scrivello (Steve Martin) in my high school musical, and my wife played Audrey, so this movie is dear to me.
Shaun of the Dead
With some genuinely tense moments and plenty of blood, this British horror comedy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost came out when zombies were just starting to take off. Its witty and dry British humor works perfectly in this not so serious zombie flick. Shaun is a lazy lowlife who uses the zombie apocalypse as an opportunity to show everyone he's useful and win his ex-girlfriend back.
Probably the family-friendliest film on the list, Hocus Pocus from Disney is a Halloween film the whole family can enjoy. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker (the young, pretty version) and Kathy Najimy stars as the Sanderson Sisters, three witches from the 1690s who come back, thanks to a curse, on Halloween to put Salem under their spell and regain their youth by sucking the lives out of children. It's one of Disney's best Halloween movies and worthy of a watch this time of the year.
From the comedic genius of Mel Brooks comes Young Frankenstein. As a child, I thought this was a legit horror movie. As I approached my teens, though, I realized that this is one of Mel Brooks funniest and finest movies. It's the funniest Frankenstein tale you can find, and Gene Wilder is amazing in it. It's a classic with typical Mel Brooks humor that won't go unnoticed by adults.
Continue to Page 2 to see the rest of the list