Horror movies aren’t for everyone. A poll this past week found 45% of us don’t like them. So here’s a list is for the rest of us . . .
A writer for BuzzFeed thinks they came up with the best NON-scary movies for Halloween. They might not all be suitable for young kids, but probably won’t give YOU nightmares . . .
1. “Beetlejuice”. It was great in 1988 and still holds up.
2. “Edward Scissorhands”. So that’s two Tim Burton movies in a row.
3. “Practical Magic”, where Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman play witches.
4. “Super 8” with Elle Fanning. It’s like “Stranger Things” meets “E.T.”.
5. “Death Becomes Her” with Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, and Bruce Willis.
6. “Stardust” with Michelle Pfeiffer as the head witch in charge. It’s got a great supporting cast: Robert De Niro, Claire Danes, and a young Henry Cavill.
7. “The Craft” with Neve Campbell and Fairuza Balk. It’s rated R though, so be careful if you have kids.
8. “Casper” with Christina Ricci. Another one of hers also made the list . . . “The Addams Family”, where she plays Wednesday.
9. “Coraline”. For a claymation movie that’s rated PG, that one IS a little scary.
10. “What We Do in the Shadows” with Jermaine Clement from “Flight of the Conchords”. Some would argue the TV show version is even better.
11. The “Twilight” movies. Can you believe the first one came out 14 years ago?
12. “The Witches” with Anjelica Huston, based on the Roald Dahl book. It came out in 1990. Anne Hathaway starred in a remake in 2020.
13. “Labyrinth” with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. I guarantee that one’s still too scary for some kids though.
14. “Signs” with Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix. It’s suspenseful but not that scary. (Except maybe the scene where you first see the alien.)
15. “Little Shop of Horrors” with Rick Moranis and Steve Martin.
One that didn’t make the list but probably should have is the original “Hocus Pocus”.
Also, the 2016 “Ghostbusters” reboot got a spot, but not the original. And “A Nightmare Before Christmas” is nowhere to be found. But is that a Halloween movie, or a Christmas movie?