Sunday, October 4, 2009

Top 13 Frightful Family Features

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, animals both domesticated and wild, today's theme is all about family ... and how to terrify them.

Top 13 Frightful Family Features

13. Haunted Mansion - It's worth watching just to see an elderly General Zod (Terence Stamp) play a butler.

12. The Little Vampire - Because Jonathan Lipnicki (of Jerry Maguire and Stuart Little fame) is just too friggin' cute.

11. Hocus Pocus - It's one of those movies that if you saw when you were young, you'll still like it today; otherwise, just keep moving along ... nothing to see here.

10 . Legend of Sleepy Hallow - This Disney-fied version was my introduction to the Washington Irving classic.

9. Corpse Bride - Not Tim Burton's best, but a wonderfully original movie nonetheless.

8. Coraline - "She's a peach, she's a doll, she's a pal of mine."

7. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island - Scooby and the gang in hands down their best full-length mystery.

6. The Mad Monster Party - A classic voiced by such talents as Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller and put together by the same stop-motion wizards who created Rudolph and Frosty.

5. Monsters, Inc. - Now if I can only figure out how to harness the imagination of the Pixar crew the same way Monsters, Inc., harnesses screams.

4. Beetlejuice - Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Who out there can listen to Banana Boat by Harry Belafonte and not think of this movie?

3. Ghostbusters - C'mon, you all know it ... Who you gonna call?

2. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - I don't believe there's another show more synonymous with Halloween.

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas - You can say this is Tim Burton's best movie and you'd be wrong. Mostly because the film was directed by Henry Selick (Coraline). Burton produced the film and gets credited as one of the screenwriters.

Later Fiends,


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