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Halloween movies for the faint of heart

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Halloween and horror go hand in hand, and gory flicks abound in theatres and at home. But for some of us, watching a scary movie is torture - even if it isn’t “Hostel 666: Torture Mania.” Personally, I’ve never been able to watch many scary movies. It doesn’t matter how weak the plot, phony the acting, or silly the story line - as soon as the suspenseful music starts playing I’m trying to crawl out through the back of my seat. I also begin to jabber about how stupid the movie is, just to make myself feel better. It’s probably even less fun for anyone actually trying to watch the movie.

Here’s a list of Halloween flicks that you can probably watch without having a heart attack.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The denizens of Halloween Town co-opt Santa Claus and take over the season of giving, with a sinister twist.

Ghostbusters

This classic comedy answers some of life’s most important questions, including if someone asks you if you’re a God, you say … yes.

Shaun of the Dead

So this one might be a bit borderline, especially if you can’t stand the sight of blood. However, if you can take a few jumps and scares, this movie is an absolute hoot.

The Halloween Tree

A group of friends learn the history of horror as they strive to save their friend from the gates of death in this animated film based on the Ray Bradbury book of the same name.

Hocus Pocus

Come on, it doesn’t get better than Bette Midler mugging as a wicked witch. This one is good for the whole family.

The Corpse Bride

A pale young man finds himself married to a pale young woman from beyond the grave. It’s got everything you need for a not-so-freaky but still Halloweeny good time.

Beetlejuice

This classic Tim Burton flick has ghosts and hauntings and laughs to spare. Remember when stop-motion counted as a special effect? Good times.

Zombieland

Another case where, if you can stand the sight of gore, you’ll get a huge kick out of this flick. It’s hands-down one of the funniest movies out there - but there are flesh eating zombies. You can’t ignore that.

Coraline

Another creepy animated film. In this one, young Coraline finds another world and a whole new family through a strange door in her house. Everything seems better than fine at first, but the veneer quickly rubs off and Coraline needs to screw her courage to the sticking place to save her real parents from her evil Other Mother.

The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

This can’t scare you. In fact it will do the opposite. It will make you feel all warm and fuzzy.

Last modified on Friday, 16 December 2011 13:58

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