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Family Friendly Monster Movies for Halloween

John on October 30, 2006 at 5:08 pm

John Hawkins has posted his 50 favorite horror movies. Most of the ones on his list are adults only, and quite a few I haven’t seen myself. But he inspired me to post something about fun movies to watch tonight and tomorrow for those who have kids. These aren’t in any particular order.

Monsters Inc (2001) – 2nd tier Pixar. My 2 1/2 year old has seen it with no ill effects. The basic message that monsters are more afraid of kids than vice versa is one we emphasize in our house. Halloween fun for the whole family.

The Thing from Another World (1951) – If you’ve never seen this, you’re missing out. This was the first great alien invasion film. It still stands up today. The film is credited to Christian Nyby, but everyone knows that Howard Hawks was the real director. AFI listed this as one of its 100 greatest “Thrills.” It gets a 90% fresh rating at rotten tomatoes. A great film suitable for kids 6 & up. Black and White but don’t let that deter you. It’s fun.

Tremors (1990) – Fun monster movie done in the 1950s style starring Kevin Bacon. Not too scary or too gory, but plenty entertaining. 7 & up should be okay.

Curse of the Demon (1953) – Another great 50′s horror film. This film has tons of great atmosphere and a couple scenes that can still make you jump. Lots of fun and suitable for kids 8 & up. Black and White.

Horror of Dracula (1958) – Most of the Dracula films just aren’t that good. This one is an exception. Christopher Lee (Saruman from LOTR) as Dracula vs. Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin from Star Wars) makes for a fun and mildly scary adventure. I’d recommend no one under 10 see this one.

Aliens (1986) – Not as scary as the first one, but much more entertaining. Still, probably too scary and intense for anyone under 13. But if you have a bunch of high school kids coming over for a Halloween party and they at want to watch something scary (but not trauma-inducing) this is a good choice.

All of them are available on DVD. Enjoy Halloween and remember, the monsters are trying to tell you something.

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