Culture Vulture- Halloween Throwback Movies

By Sydney Souness

For those of you who do not dare delve into the realm of horror films around Halloween time, then good for you. I never understood the appeal of feeling terrified through an entire two hours or so. You could say that some members of the audience watch scary movies to marvel at the wonderful special effects, but, in all honesty, who can actually appreciate a movie while cowering in fear? I digress. I think of myself as a “light-hearted-Halloween-themed-movie” type of person, and I find enjoyment in a few throwbacks here and there. This is your guide for those Halloween throwbacks from us at the Spectrum.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

If you have an appreciation for the art of stop motion film mixed with an occasional catchy tune, you should watch this movie. Producer Tim Burton makes you fall in love with the stereotypical “scary monsters” as they sing and dance their way to sabotaging Christmas. Absolutely a must-see. 10/10

Halloweentown (1998)

If you haven’t seen this movie, or any other of the three movies in the series, you have definitely missed out. In all honesty, the first and fourth movies are the best ones, but Halloweentown will have you reminiscing about the fashion trends of the late 90s and making friends with skeletons. 9/10

The Addams Family (1991) Duh, duh da-duh *snap snap*

This iconic family of four and their butler makes your dysfunctional family seem not all that weird. Pugsley and Wednesday’s dangerous pranks can always be good for a laugh, and Gomez and Morticia’s love story is #goals every time. 8/10

Coraline (2009)

I personally love this movie. Like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline’s beautiful stop motion makes you appreciate the movie that much more. The twisted storyline begins seemingly harmless, but soon takes a dark turn. This movie will certainly have you wondering what’s behind the small door in your living room wall. 9/10

Casper (1995)

Imagine a ghost, who’s incredibly friendly and just wants someone to be friends with him. That ghost is Casper, the ghost of a boy who died too young. There’s a raging Halloween party at a haunted house, three prankster ghosts and a love story between the main character and Casper himself. It may seem a little American Horror Story esque, but this movie will surely capture your heart. 7/10

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