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Share the scare: 15 scary movies for a fun Halloween

By Kyle Lee
Berthoud Recorder

Kid stuff

Coraline (2009)
A dark and haunting tale of a girl who is tired of being ignored by her parents, “Coraline” stands out as one of the creepiest kids movies to come out. Using beautiful stop-motion, Director Henry Selick creates a great story for kids looking for a scare who aren’t ready for the more adult fare in the horror genre.

Monster House (2006)
What initially looked like a pretty harmless animated movie actually scared the pants off parents taking their kids to see the newest kids movie. Many audience members were taken for a ride in one of the funniest and scariest movies for the age group.

Hocus Pocus (1993)
A movie centered around Halloween, witches and many other magical creatures, “Hocus” sought to create a scary movie for kids that didn’t talk down to them. Bette Midler’s performance as the leader of the witches was one of those scary moments that stuck with me personally throughout my childhood.

The Goonies (1985)
Not your typical idea of a horror movie, “Goonies” still managed to pack scares into its adventure tale. By taking normal kids and putting them in an extraordinary position, Director Richard Donner helped create a genre that scared kids while showing them that they can be brave and fight bad guys just like adults do.

Gremlins (1984)
With exciting creatures and great practical effects, “Gremlins” still holds up. It created scares with a traditional cautionary tale – follow the rules and everything will be just fine. Although some don’t like to admit it, this movie still scares many kids of the ‘80s and early ‘90s.

Scared to the funny bone

Zombieland (2009)
One of the funniest movies of the year managed to have some genuinely creepy and scary moments. Never taking the zombies into a full-blown comedy mode, the undead buggers still are a force to be reckoned with.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)
A huge influence for the movie mentioned above, takes great British humor and mixes it with a faithful homage to the George A. Romero movies that inspired so many film makers to try their hand at zombie movies. Never shying away from brutality, the gore is on full display right alongside the jokes.

Black Sheep (2006)
A movie that largely flew under the radar, “Sheep” is one of the most subversive and weirdly funny movies I’ve seen. It takes an animal that no one has really found terrifying and makes it into brutal killing machines. A ridiculously simple idea that was executed hilariously.

Evil Dead 2 (1987)
After Sam Raimi’s original “Evil Dead” gained worldwide attention, he decided to essentially remake it with a bigger budget and a few changes. This resulted in a movie that still had scares but could be considered a Three Stooges horror movie. Filled with slapstick and gross-out moments, Raimi created a genre in its own – the spook-a-blast.

Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Raimi returned to the genre years later with “Drag,” which most audiences went into expecting either “The Ring” or “Hostel.” What they got was a movie that could have easily been called “Evil Dead 4.” Great special effects, old school scares and hilarious moments throughout, “Drag” is a movie that deserves a second look with fresh eyes.

Honest-to-goodness scares

28 Days Later (2002)
Zombie movies had grown stagnant until this film came out and revolutionized the genre. By making the zombies faster it made them more imposing, creating a much more dangerous feeling for a monster largely laughed at since the ‘80s. This restarted the love affair for the creature that has continued to grow.

Silence of the Lambs (1991)
A classic in every sense of the word, “Silence” creates a horror thriller from a realistic story. Hannibal Lector and Buffalo Bill are real monsters so you can’t easily wish it away by saying it’s not real.

30 Days of Night (2007)
By taking a horror staple like vampires and stripping them down to the pure animalistic nature of wanting to eat, “30 Days” creates a new fear for the classic monster. These aren’t the “Twilight” or Anne Rice vampires that we’ve been inundated with over the years. They barely look human. And they only want to kill you.

The Thing (1982)
A story built upon the idea of paranoia growing exponentially in small spaces, “The Thing” is one of the best horror movies of all time. While still having monsters and gore, the monster you have to fear the most is the person right next to you. It creates the fear of ourselves that so many movies have copied since.

“The Shining” (1980)
Haunted house stories are as old as time, but few display the downslide of a realistic father and husband as well as Stanley Kubrick’s classic entry. It creates a real feeling of terror of what has happened as well as a complete fear of what is to happen next. One of the greatest of all time, it is not to be missed.

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