by Matthew Warsofsky
It’s that time of the year again: the leaves are starting to fall, parents are stocking up on candy, and little kids are starting to buy their Halloween costumes. For those who grew out of trick- or- treating, it’s time to start watching all of the classic Halloween movies that we all grew up watching. Here is a top five list determined by local NAHS students, of the best Halloween movies ever.
5) Nightmare Before Christmas
Nightmare Before Christmas is a stop-motion film made in 1993 with a budget of $20 million dollars. In fact, it took three years to make. This film is based off a poem by Tim Burton with the same name written in 1982. It received an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, making it a first for animated films. The film was so good to movie-watchers that the film was reissued by Walt Disney Pictures. According to Wikipedia, the movie was re-released annually in Disney Digital 3-D from 2006 until 2009, making it the first stop motion animated feature to be entirely converted to 3D. Google gave a quick summary about this movie, explaining that “The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.” When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life — he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers “even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.”
Olivia Boulet, a local student said “this is one of my favorite movies of all time, I watch it every year with my family.”
4)Friday the 13th Part 2
Friday the 13th Part 2 is a sequel to the American slasher film of the same name. This 1981 film includes all new characters and this time the killer is the son of the film’s previous killer, Jason. The previous killer wanted revenge for what happened to her son when he stayed at “Camp Crystal Lake” where he drowned when the counselors weren’t paying attention. IMDb’s summary about this movie reads: “Months after Alice beheaded psycho killer/mother Pamela Voorhees at Camp Crystal Lake, survivor Alice is still traumatized because of the murders. But there is one problem. Mrs. Voorhees’ son Jason never drowned and died – he saw Alice behead Mrs. Voorhees. Jason finds Alice soon and murders her. Five years later a camp counselor in training program begins at Campanack Lodge, right near Jason’s home at Camp Crystal Lake. As teenagers in the program start snooping around Camp Crystal Lake, they start getting killed violently one by one.”
Liam Conway, another local student said “this movie by far is one of the most scary movies I have ever watched in my life. It has also become a cult classic and a must watch every year around this time.”
On a lighter note from the previous films listed, this movie is more of a comedy slasher film that is loosely based off the killer from the movie Scream. This critically-acclaimed movie series isn’t serious at all; however, it is still a fan favorite to watch. Google’s description of the movie says: “Defying the very notion of good taste, Scary Movie out-parodies the pop culture parodies with a no-holds barred assault on the most popular images and talked-about moments from recent films, television and commercials. The film boldly fires barbs at the classic scenes from “Scream,” “The Sixth Sense,” “The Matrix,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “The Blair Witch Project,” then goes on to mock a whole myriad of teen movie clichés, no matter the genre.”
Alex Warsofsky, another local student said “I always enjoy watching this movie, I’m usually not a big fan on horror films however this horror/comedy film works perfectly and is very entertaining.”
The Halloweentown series is a Disney movie series that is part of their “fantasy horror Disney Channel Original Movies”. Here is a main plot summary of the first part of the series from IMdb: “Marnie, Dylan, and Sophie Piper have their first out of many adventures! On Halloween, while Marnie is arguing with her mother Gwen, the kids’ grandmother Aggie comes to visit. Aggie wants to start Marnie’s witch training before her 13th birthday or Marnie will lose her powers forever. But there is another reason for Aggie’s visit. Something dark and evil is growing in Halloweentown & Aggie wants help to defeat it. While Aggie & Gwen are arguing, Aggie uses magic which Marnie observes. After Aggie leaves to return to Halloweentown, Marnie, Dylan and, unknown to Marnie and Dylan, Sophie follow her onto the return bus. Soon afterwards, Gwen follows the children to Halloweentown. While there, Aggie & Gwen are attacked by the dark force in a movie theater. Marnie, Dylan & Sophie race to get the ingredients to activate Merlin’s Wand to stop the evil.”
This personally is my favorite movie series because of all of the magical creatures it brings and I enjoy watching the development of characters as the series goes on.
Twitches is another movie that is part of the “Disney Channel Original Movies”. This 2005 movie is about these two twin sisters (Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry), reunited on their 21st birthday. They use their magic powers to save their kingdom from the forces of darkness. This movie and Halloweentown are two of the most watched Disney films ever made.
Hailey Demers, another local student said “ This by far is my favorite movie ever, since I was a little girl, I always wanted to have magical powers all because of this movie.”
If you have nothing to do during this time of year, and you enjoy movies, I recommend to watch all these movies so you can remember the nostalgia for what it means to be in the true Halloween spirit.