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Every October 31st, the realms of light and dark merge into one, and the dead rise to wreak havoc on the land of the living. Zombies, ghosts and ghouls roam the streets, terrorizing innocent victims in search of tricks and treats, required to sustain their sinister existence. Coping with terror and fright lurking outside your front door can be challenging, but in the end, there is only one weapon that works against these wicked forces, .... and that is laughter!

This year, we recommend avoiding Michael Myers, Children of the Corn and other horror-movie franchises that really and truly just won’t die, in favor of films that turn all this fear and anguish on its head by transforming it into an occasion for laughter and glee. Horror-comedies have stood the test of time, and we guarantee they’ll turn your frightened little frown upside-down into a happy smile, as you successfully live through this Halloween unscathed. 

Hocus PocusHocus Pocus (1993) featuring Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy
After 300 years in the ground, the Sanderson sisters, a trio of witches executed in 1693 for practicing the dark arts, return to consume the spirits of the children of Salem once again. However, a lot of things changed in the past three centuries, and the world has become a strange and frightful place for the sisters played by Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. Max, the new kid in town, aided by his sister, his girlfriend, and a mysterious black cat named Thackery Binx uses the Sandersons’ ignorance of the twentieth century against them in an attempt to end the witches’ reign of terror once and for all in this hilarious 1993 film.


The Adams FamilyThe Addams Family (1991) Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd
Being creepy and kooky isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For the Addams family, it’s a way of life. In this gut-busting 1991 macabre comedy, a con-man named Gordon poses as Gomez Addams’ long-lost brother Fester, in order to get close to the family fortune. However, locating a vault hidden away in a mansion filled with torture devices, hidden rooms and a severed hand for a servant is easier said than done. This classic features an all-star cast comprised of Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya and a young Christina Ricci in one of her earliest roles and is guaranteed to have you laughing and dancing the Mamushka all night long. 


Young FrankesteinYoung Frankenstein (1974) featuring Gene Wilder
In this 1974 classic film from the master of comedy Mel Brooks, Frederick Frankenstein, a neurosurgeon, inherits his grandfather’s journal. For years, he has sought to distance himself from the legendary and controversial experiments of his famed grandfather but now decides to investigate the family castle. Frederick, played by Gene Wilder, soon discovers that his grandfather’s work was not entirely without base and then goes about creating his own monster. Young Frankenstein is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with the release of a beautiful HD edition on Blu-Ray, which has been released just in time for the frightful festivities.


BeetlejuiceBeetlejuice (1988) featuring Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin and Winona Ryder
Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse! Dangerous words indeed, but if you’re in need of a bio-exorcist to rid your home of the living this Halloween, we have just the one for you. In this hilarious early work from acclaimed director Tim Burton, Michael Keaton joins Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones and Winona Ryder in this awkwardly funny film about a deceased couple trying to learn how to cope with being dead, when a family of yuppies moves into the house they left behind. The dark humor, stylish sets, unique animation, and a beautiful score from Danny Elfman make this horror-comedy a must-watch movie this October. 


ZombielandZombieland (2009) featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Emma Stone
Though the entire planet is overrun by horrid flesh-eating zombies, survival is possible as long as you follow the rules. In this instant-classic from 2009, Columbus, a nerdy college student from Columbus, Ohio played by Jesse Eisenberg, is trying to make his way back home to find his family. Soon, he encounters other survivors played by Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. Together, the four make their way to a Los Angeles theme park that is rumored to be zombie-free. The journey provides plenty of surprises and excitement including a run-in with Bill Murray (as himself). This Halloween, don’t forget rule number 31 and Watch this movie! / Issue 163 - September 2018
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