Nightmare Before Christmas – Best Halloween Movie Ever!

Today is the day!! The one I look forward to all year long! Halloween!!! So Today I talk about my favorite movie of all time!

Okay, I know Nightmare Before Christmas is both a Christmas and a Halloween, but it is my favoritest movie! I love it! I have a dozen Jack hats, and even more Jack shirts. My favorite PJ’s are Jack and my favorite Mug is Jack and my favorite Pen, is Jack. Jack, Jack, Jack!

So, I think Nightmare Before Christmas was the first time the name Tim Burton really stuck in my mind. I saw the movie while in college and I loved it. I have always been drawn to dark and creepy things, and this movie embodied that for me. From the mostly black and white setting to the exaggerated features of every character, I loved it. And it didn’t hurt that it took Halloween and mixed it with the other holidays as well.

Danny Elfman’s music is haunting and beautiful and his singing is both soulful and sexy.  Jack’s ballad at the end is one of my favorite songs ever.

So for those of you who haven’t see Nightmare Before Christmas, do it! You can watch it for free on Netflix instant streaming, or you can get it here:

http://www.amazon.com/Tim-Burtons-Nightmare-Before-Christmas/dp/B003SI9WYG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1381640904&sr=8-2&keywords=nightmare+before+christmas

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21 Day Countdown to Halloween – Best Kids Halloween Movies!

 

So my next entry for favorite Halloween movies, I am going to do my favorite kids movies. I have already mentioned a few of my favorites. Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus are two of the best.  But there are a few others I would like to mention.

Disney’s Adventure of Icabod Crane. Love it and it still totally scares me. The headless horseman is and jack-o-lantern have freaked me out since I was little. Yes, I know it’s a cartoon, but it still scares me. I have never seen cattails and other natural sounds be made so eerie as well. And Disney does a seriously good job of making scary things scary. But this one has enough fun for kids to enjoy.

I also really like Scary Godmother. Though I don’t care for the illustrations, the story is fun and the godmother is great. I love Godmother as well as the vampires. And I find the werewolf super weird but Oogie is cute and funny and I love the fact that he hates that kids are scared of him. It’s not a popular movie or book but it’s worth a watch. It was a hidden treasure we found when i got the graphic novels for my daughter to read.

Monster House was a great original story that also sufficiently freaked me out. SPOILER – A woman’s soul trapped in her house, she hates kids and tries to kill them if they get too close. There isn’t much scarier than that. It’s the first time I’ve seen an actual house embody the spirit of someone who has died and they can control the whole thing. The kids that inevitably end up inside the house were great and Steve Buscemi always does a great voice.

And no Halloween is complete till my kids watch Beetlejuice. One of the greatest ghosty movies of its time and a whole lot of Tim Burton fun! Beetlejuice has one of my favorites, Geena Davis. As well as Michael Keaton who was wonderful as Beetlejuice. I even enjoyed Winona Ryder. They have talked about doing another one. I am not sure how I feel about that. I don’t know if they’ll be able to recapture that lightning in a bottle they got last time with this one.

Sadly, Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin is not on this list because I never cared for Charlie Brown, but if your kids are young and require something more mellow, that is a good way to go. So is the awesome Disney DVD, House of Villains, which sports a collection of old Halloween Disney stories.

My newest favorite kids movie is Goosebumps with Jack Black. I think I’ve watched that movie a dozen times in the last year. It was great. Funny, creepy and based on all of R. L. Stine’s books, it inspired my kids to want to read his books. It was really well done and I thought the acting was spot on. I was super impressed. It is a new family classic for us. If you haven’t seen it, you need to. But watch out for Slappy the Dummy, he is sufficiently creepy! I am not a dummy person.

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown- Best Witch Movies

Welcome back to 21 Days of Halloween! As with all things Halloweenish and Paranormal no countdown would be complete without Witches!

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Dressed in black, skin of green, warts, cauldrons…or not. Witch movies have come a long way since the Wizard of Oz.

I can honestly say aside from Harry Potter, I haven’t seen a ton of witch movies. I’ve seen a lot of 80’s goofy teen witch movies, but not a lot of witch movies.  A have seen a few that I either really liked, or totally creeped me out, though.

Witches of Eastwick was a great fun movie filled with Jack Nicholson and Jack Nicholson, and well, Jack Nicholson, who needs anything else really? This classic movie was tons of fun with him seducing women and sleeping with women and having babies with women. And Susan Sarandon, Cher and Michelle Pfieffer are wonderful. I will never get over seeing the women in those huge glasses and puffy sweaters.

In 1993, Disney came out with the movie Hocus Pocus. I have always been a huge Bette Midler fan, so I wanted to see the movie and was pleasantly surprised by it. It was funny, goofy, creepy and a great Halloween movie. And I have to say, today, it is still my kids favorite. The chemistry between the ensemble cast was only outdone by the well written script. There were rumors they might remake it, but I hope they don’t. The original is classic.

In 1996 I was quite terrified by Fairuza Balk in The Craft. She is seriously freaky! And the thought that a bunch of whiny, teenage girls could gain powers and harm other girls (i.e. make their hair fall out) was terrifying. You’ve seen my picture, you know what kind of hair I have! Anyway, also the part with the bugs and snake, sooooooo not my thing.  All in all, I was impressed and horrified by the movie and still think it remains one great witch movie.

In 1998 Sandra Bullock broke my heart when – Spoiler Alert – the love of her life was hit and killed by a car in Practical Magic. And when her screwed up sister showed up with the ever so hot Goran Visnjic, and they kill him, it took a darker twist. Enter Aidan Quinn, sigh, and you have one great movie. Crazy aunts, screwed up sisters, a family curse and a haunting ex-boyfriend and a detective who won’t let things go. And the female wicca circle toward the end, hilarious! I’ve not seen another paranormal drama with witches that has come close to it since.

Stardust wasn’t scary but it was a movie with great witches in it. I found the movie much more entertaining than the book sadly, but the book is good too. The movie though has a bit of everything. Love, fantasy, steampunk, witches, funny dead brothers, chases, sword fights, snotty girls, a young hot Daredevil and Superman. It’s got it all. A great addition to the witch collection.

Another good witch movie was the only one of its kind I’ve ever seen. The Covenant. An all male witch movie with some of my favorite hotties. Sebastian Stan, Steven Strait and Taylor Kitsch. In contract to most of the films out there, the plot on this one was good and the effects were lack luster. But I really liked it. Seeing guys wield magic as witches normally reserved for women in movies, was refreshing.

Now for the not so great. I am a sucker for Nicholas Cage. And I am a sucker for fantasy movies, or books or whatever, so I was excited for Season of The Witch in 2011. MAJOR LET DOWN! And not because of the acting. Not because of the sets. Not because of the cinematography. Because of the story. I have never seen a more slow moving, hole ridden story in my life. This movie could have been so awesome, if there had been a couple more re-writes. As a matter of fact it has spurred me to think of an off-the-wall witch idea myself. But other than that, no, I would not recommend wasting your time with this one.

So what’s left? Most recently Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters with Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, and Famke Janssen. And though Jeremy Renner is totally sexy. And the guns and gadgets that Hansel and Gretel use are steampunk and make me drool like a man staring at a shiny red Ferrari. But the movie… didn’t make me drool. The sexual awkwardness between Hansel and Gretel is…well…weird! Like, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Age of Ultron weird! And the story, lacking. And mostly, just… weird. I liked the ogre, Edward, a lot. He was sad and fun. Mostly though, besides Famke Jensen being a great villain witch, the graphics were pretty good.

Another newish witch movie I had really high hopes for was The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel. I love Vin Diesel! My DOG is named Diesel, and yet… another lacking movie with some good graphics and predictable, flat plot. I must say, I am getting seriously tired of great graphics and no plot movies. Sigh…

So all in all. There are some great fun witch movies out there for Halloween. And there are some not great ones if you just really must see a witch movie or die!

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21 Days of Halloween Countdown Best Halloween Werewolf Movies

So a few years ago I started trying to figure out what my favorite Werewolf movie was and was sad and shocked to find, that there are very few werewolf movies I have actually liked!

Underworld, is my most favorite movie with werewolves, but other than that, as I went through the werewolf movies I have seen, there were very, very few that I would say I actually really liked.

A werewolf movie came out in 2014 called Wolves. I watched it for one reason and one reason alone. Jason Momoa. Lucas Till is in it and he is one of my least favorite actors but I said, for Jason, I will give this a shot. Don’t. It’s not worth it. Unless, you are going in just to see Jason Momoa as eye candy. Then it’s worth it. He is so evil it’s awesome. But the story sucked and the graphics made them look like giant fuzzy kittens.

In 2007 I was so anxious for the movie Blood & Chocolate to come out in theaters. I had seen the previews and was squealing with delight at finally having a great werewolf movie. It had Hugh Dancy and Olivier Martinez, both of whom I liked. Yet sadly, I was depressed with the outcome. The movie was a let down. Not a total letdown, but a moderately big one. So again, I will rank this on the list of werewolf movies out there, but don’t expect to come away feeling like you got an awesome werewolf movie.

In 2011 I waited with baited breath for Red Riding Hood to be released! Again! I was ecstatic for the movie to come out and couldn’t wait to see it. The visuals looked stunning, the story interesting. It had Gary Oldman for Pete’s sake!! And I like Amanda Seyfried. But again, I was let down. The holes in the story were enough to turn me off. Even though I wished so hard for the movie to be awesome. Some of the twists were good. Gary Oldman was totally evil. The love story was sweet and there was action, but it didn’t live up to the hype for me.

Sigh…

So when I went to find an awesome werewolf movie, there was only one that I could think of, that met my expectations. No, it is not the New Wolfman from 2010. As much as Anthony Hopkins has been one of my favorite actors since Silence of the Lambs, I refuse to even review that movie because it would hurt my soul to say something bad about him.

The one movie that I loved. The one movie that I thought was a great performance of werewolves in today’s society was, Wolf. Yes, the 1994 Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfieffer, James Spader movie. How could one ever forget Jack Nicholson marking his territory in the bathroom? Plus the special effects were very well done and quite believable. Though I do not write my werewolves to still be in human form when they wolf out. I think the movie did an awesome job of it. I don’t think they could have put together a better cast with a better script.

Another shout out I’m going to give is not a werewolf movie but a shifter movie. LadyHawke. Michelle Pfieffer and Rutger Hauer. It a beautiful love story set in a fantasy world about two cursed lovers. It is not horror nor is it really even a werewolf movie, but it is a shifter movie and a great one at that. Plus is has a young Matthew Brodrick in it.

So if you’re going to watch a Werewolf movie, I recommend Wolf or Underworld. There is nothing sexier than an Alph Male protecting his mate. And there’s nothing better than a werewolf movie with a real plot!

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Nightmare Before Christmas – Best Halloween Movie Ever!

Okay, I know Nightmare Before Christmas is both a Christmas and a Halloween, but it is my favoritest movie! I love it! I have a dozen Jack hats, and even more Jack shirts. My favorite PJ’s are Jack and my favorite Mug is Jack and my favorite Pen, is Jack. Jack, Jack, Jack!

So, I think Nightmare Before Christmas was the first time the name Tim Burton really stuck in my mind. I saw the movie while in college and I loved it. I have always been drawn to dark and creepy things, and this movie embodied that for me. From the mostly black and white setting to the exaggerated features of every character, I loved it. And it didn’t hurt that it took Halloween and mixed it with the other holidays as well.

Danny Elfman’s music is haunting and beautiful and his singing is both soulful and sexy.  Jack’s ballad at the end is one of my favorite songs ever.

So for those of you who haven’t see Nightmare Before Christmas, do it! You can watch it for free on Netflix instant streaming, or you can get it here:

http://www.amazon.com/Tim-Burtons-Nightmare-Before-Christmas/dp/B003SI9WYG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1381640904&sr=8-2&keywords=nightmare+before+christmas

Best Kids Halloween Movies!

So my last entry for favorite Halloween movies, I am going to do my favorite kids movies. I have already mentioned a few of my favorites. Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus are two of the best.  But there are a few others I would like to mention as well!

Disney’s Adventure of Icabod Crane. Love it and it still totally scares me. The headless horseman is and jack-o-lantern are totally scary! I have never seen cattails and other natural sounds be made so eerie as well. And Disney does a seriously good job of making scary things scary. But this one has enough fun for kids to enjoy.

I also really like Scary Godmother. Though I don’t care for the illustrations, the story is fun and the godmother is great. I love Godmother as well as the vampires. And I find the werewolf super weird but Oogie is cute and funny and I love the fact that he hates that kids are scared of him.

Monster House was a great original story that also sufficiently freaked me out. A woman’s soul trapped in her house, she hates kids and tries to kill them if they get to close. The kids that inevitably end up inside the house were great and Steve Buscemi always does a great voice.

And no Halloween is complete till my kids watch Beetlejuice. One of the greatest ghosty movies of it’s time and a whole lot of Tim Burton fun! Beetlejuice has one of my favorites, Geena Davis. As well as Michael Keaton who was wonderful as Beetlejuice. I even enjoyed Winona Ryder.

Sadly, Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin is not on this list because I never cared for Charlie Brown, but if your kids are young and require something more mellow, that is a good way to go. So is the awesome Disney DVD, House of Villains, which sports a collection of old Halloween Disney stories.

 

Welcome To Monster Mondays! Best Werewolf Movies

So I started trying to figure out what my favorite Werewolf movie is and was sad and shocked to report, that there are very few werewolf movies I have actually liked!

Underworld, is my first favorite movie with werewolves, but other than that, as I went through the werewolf movies I have seen, there were very, very few that I would say I actually really liked.

In 2007 I was so anxious for the movie Blood & Chocolate to come out in theaters. I had seen the previews and was squealing with delight at finally having a great werewolf movie. And sadly, I was depressed with the outcome. The movie was a let down. Not a total letdown, but a moderately big one.

In 2011 I waited with baited breath for Red Riding Hood to be released! Again! I was ecstatic for the movie to come out and couldn’t wait to see it. The visuals looked stunning, the story interesting. But again, I was let down. The holes in the story were enough to turn me off. Even though I wished so hard for the movie to be awesome.

Sigh…

So when I went to find an awesome werewolf movie, there was only one that I could think of, that met my expectations. No, it is not the New Wolfman from 2010. As much as Anthony Hopkins has been one of my favorite actors since Silence of the Lambs, I refuse to even review that movie because it would hurt my soul to say something bad about him.

The one movie that I loved. The one movie that I thought was a great performance of werewolves in today’s society was, Wolf. Yes, the 1994 Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfieffer, James Spader movie. How could one ever forget Jack Nicholson marking his territory in the bathroom? Plus the special effects were very well done and quite believable. Though I do not write my werewolves to still be in human form when they wolf out. I think the movie did an awesome job of it.

So if you’re going to watch a Werewolf movie, I recommend Wolf or Underworld. There is nothing sexier than an Alph Male protecting his mate.

Welcome To Monster Mondays! Best Witch Movies

All Hallow’s Eve would never be complete without witches! Dressed in black, skin of green, warts, cauldrons…or not. Witch movies have come a long way since the Wizard of Oz.

I can honestly say aside from Harry Potter, I haven’t seen a ton of witch movies. I’ve seen a lot of 80’s goofy teen witch movies, but not a lot of witch movies.  A have seen a few that I either really liked, or totally creeped me out, though.

Witches of Eastwick was a great fun movie filled with Jack Nicholson and Jack Nicholson, and well, Jack Nicholson, who needs anything else really? This classic movie was tons of fun with him seducing women and sleeping with women and having babies with women. And Susan Sarandon, Cher and Michelle Pfieffer are wonderful fun. I will never get over seeing the women in those huge glasses and puffy sweaters.

In 1993, Disney came out with the movie Hocus Pocus. I have always been a huge Bette Midler fan, so I wanted to see the movie and was pleasantly surprised by it. It was funny, goofy, creepy and a great Halloween movie. And I have to say, today, it is still my kids favorite.

In 1996 I was quite terrified by Fairuza Balk in The Craft. She is seriously freaky! And the thought that a bunch of whiny, teenage girls could gain powers and harm other girls with it, i.e. make their hair fall out, was terrifying. You’ve seen my picture, you know what kind of hair I have! Anyway, also the part with the bugs and snake, sooooooo not my thing.  So all in all, I was impressed and horrified by the movie and still think it remains one great witch movie.

In 1998 Sandra Bullock broke my heart when the love of her life was hit and killed by a car in Practical Magic. And when her screwed up sister showed up with the ever so hot Goran Visnjic, and they kill him, it took a dark twist. Enter Aidan Quinn, sigh, and you have one great movie. Crazy aunts, screwed up sisters, a family curse and a haunting ex boyfriend and a detective who won’t let things go. And the female wicca circle toward the end, tons of fun.

I am a sucked for Nicholas Cage. And I am a sucker for fantasy movies, or books or whatever, so I was excited for Season of The Witch in 2011. MAJOR LET DOWN! And not because of the acting. Not because of the sets. Not because of the cinematography. Because of the story. I have never seen a more slow moving, hole ridden story in my life. This movie could have been so awesome, if there had been a couple more re-writes. As a matter of fact it has spurred me to think of an off the wall witch idea. But other than that, no, I would not recommend wasting your time with this one.

So what’s left? Most recently Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters with Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, and Famke Janssen. And though Jeremy Renner is totally sexy. And the guns and gadgets that Hansel and Gretel use are steampunk and make me drool like a man staring at a shiny red Ferrari. But the movie… didn’t make me drool. The sexual weirdness between Hansel and Gretel is…well…weird! And the story, lacking. And mostly, just weird. I liked the ogre, Edward, a lot. He was sad and fun. Mostly though, besides Famke Jensen being a great villain witch, the graphics were pretty good.

So all in all. There are some great fun witch movies out there for Halloween.

Best Kids Halloween Movies!

So my last entry for favorite Halloween movies, I am going to do my favorite kids movies. I have already mentioned a few of my favorites. Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus are two of the best.  But there are a few others I would like to mention as well!

Disney’s Adventure of Icabod Crane. Love it and it still totally scares me. The headless horseman is and jack-o-lantern are totally scary! I have never seen cattails and other natural sounds be made so eerie as well. And Disney does a seriously good job of making scary things scary. But this one has enough fun for kids to enjoy.

I also really like Scary Godmother. Though I don’t care for the illustrations, the story is fun and the godmother is great. I love Godmother as well as the vampires. And I find the werewolf super weird but Oogie is cute and funny and I love the fact that he hates that kids are scared of him.

Monster House was a great original story that also sufficiently freaked me out. A woman’s soul trapped in her house, she hates kids and tries to kill them if they get to close. The kids that inevitably end up inside the house were great and Steve Buscemi always does a great voice.

And no Halloween is complete till my kids watch Beetlejuice. One of the greatest ghosty movies of it’s time and a whole lot of Tim Burton fun! Beetlejuice has one of my favorites, Geena Davis. As well as Michael Keaton who was wonderful as Beetlejuice. I even enjoyed Winona Ryder.

Sadly, Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin is not on this list because I never cared for Charlie Brown, but if your kids are young and require something more mellow, that is a good way to go. So is the awesome Disney DVD, House of Villains, which sports a collection of old Halloween Disney stories.

 

Nightmare Before Christmas – Best Halloween Movie Ever!

Okay, I know Nightmare Before Christmas is both a Christmas and a Halloween, but it is my favoritest movie! I love it! I have a dozen Jack hats, and even more Jack shirts. My favorite PJ’s are Jack and my favorite Mug is Jack and my favorite Pen, is Jack. Jack, Jack, Jack!

So, I think Nightmare Before Christmas was the first time the name Tim Burton really stuck in my mind. I saw the movie while in college and I loved it. I have always been drawn to dark and creepy things, and this movie embodied that for me. From the mostly black and white setting to the exaggerated features of every character, I loved it. And it didn’t hurt that it took Halloween and mixed it with the other holidays as well.

Danny Elfman’s music is haunting and beautiful and his singing is both soulful and sexy.  Jack’s ballad at the end is one of my favorite songs ever.

So for those of you who haven’t see Nightmare Before Christmas, do it! You can watch it for free on Netflix instant streaming, or you can get it here:

http://www.amazon.com/Tim-Burtons-Nightmare-Before-Christmas/dp/B003SI9WYG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1381640904&sr=8-2&keywords=nightmare+before+christmas