Happy Halloween!

dark crystalHappy Halloween dear readers, it’s time to get your creepy on!  Whether it’s hanging out at an awesome party with friends or watching a spooky favorite at home with your favorite person or fur baby, have a great time and stay safe.

Don’t know what to watch? Here are some of my favorites-

Kid Friendly Picks:

The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth – Growing up, it became tradition to watch both of these movies in the week leading up to Halloween.  There was something about the magic and the puppetry that was very appealing to me.  Well, that, and David Bowie has an appeal all of his own. Rumor is that there is a sequel to Labyrinth in the works, I’ll keep you updated.

Watcher in the Woods Admittedly this is an oldie, but it still gets me everytime. And, yes, that is Betty Davis.

Nightmare Before Christmas – I say that this is kid friendly even though I can’t get my kids to watch it still. I get a kick out of it.

Not So Kid Friendly:

army-of-darknessArmy of Darkness – Ok, I’ll admit this is slightly out of my comfort range when it comes to language and gore, which shows immediately what kind of horror film watcher I am. (A wimpy one, not going to lie). But, there’s something about Bruce Campbell that I love. Plus, it’s laugh out loud funny.

The Mist – This movie based on the Stephen King novel packs so many punches that you’ll question going out into the fog for the rest of your life.

Shaun of the Dead – Take your classic zombie movie and turn it upside down and you get this hilarious parody. Again, this is more funny than scary, and that’s why I like it.

 

What are your favorite creepy movies? Share in the comments below!

 

Michael Jackson’s Ghosts Music Featurette

Just in time for Halloween I’ve found what has to be the strangest Michael Jackson music video out there – the 40 min long “Ghosts” featurette. In it, a quiet community is up in arms about one of the stranger residents because he doesn’t fit the norm.

Although it was shot in 1996, the film is meant to be set somewhere in the fifties which makes it stranger to see an angry mob of Leave it to Beaver wannabes storming his house armed with torches, yes, actual flaming torches, but no pitch forks – that would be silly.

Jackson does his best to scare the townsfolk away by making silly faces. They aren’t impressed so he summons his legion of ghost family who dance and gyrate and pelvic thrust in a way that only is found in a Michael Jackson video.

Some interesting notes – the film was co-written by none other than horror novelist Stephen King. Also, Jackson plays five different roles including that of the stuffy town mayor who wants to run him out-of-town.

It isn’t Thriller by a long shot and I can only guess that this was trying to relive those glory days. If anything it comes across as gross and a little silly.  Still, it was enough to keep my nearly three-year old up all night with nightmares.

Wanna know more? Check out the wiki.