What's a good scary movie to watch with my 5-year-old on Halloween?

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  1. Jonathan Burk

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    I'm looking for a scary movie that our family can enjoy on Halloween night.

    I'm not too familiar with older "horror" films, like the ones in the Universal Monster collection, so I'm hoping someone can recommend one that has some good suspense, but won't scare the doodles out of my 5 year old. I'm thinking there must be dozens of good films made from the '30's-60's that fill the bill, but I don't want to blunder into one that is too scary, or too cheesy/ boring.
     
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    The Blob!!! This movie is great and I think your 5 year old would enjoy it too. Of course I'm talking about the original with Steve McQueen, not the one that was made in the 80s.
     
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    Try Howard Hawks' The Thing from 1951. IMO this is one of the best horror/sci-fi films of the 50's. It is not available on DVD though so it would have to be VHS.
     
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    At that age, Halloweentown by Disney might work. It's not a 'classic', but it is funny and just scary enough to give a 5 year old a bit of a scare without totally freaking him out. My kids love it. Tough thing is its not on dvd yet, just aired 10/28 and 10/29.
     
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    Shrek and Monsters Inc. [​IMG]
     
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    I have to put in another pitch for The Blob. My youngest daughter, now 7, saw it at that age and thought it was a hoot. It was just scary enough to be fun, but not so much that it caused nightmares. She talked about watching "the Glob" for weeks afterward.

    Another good one for kids is Hocus Pocus, with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as bumbling witches.

    Madeleine's current scary-movie fave is The Nightmare Before Christmas.

    All are on DVD.
     
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    Yes, The Nightmare Before Christmas. My daughter watched this last year when she was 4 and loved it. Still, like dad, one of her very favorite movies.
    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
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    EVIL DEAD or CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST. [​IMG]
    Seriously, maybe the original INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS or THEM!
     
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    I agree also with Nightmare Before Christmas also
    Beetlejuice(may be a tinge inappropriate)
    Ghost Ship (2000, kids film)
    The Little Vampire
    Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf
    The Watcher in the Woods
    Something Wicked This Way Comes
    Monsters Inc.
    The Witches
    also a personal fave
    Monster Squad , not yet on DVD, so VHS would have to do.
    I tried the classic approach, and usually I would get "yeah, its good, but when is it gonna be over"
     
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    I think you'd be pretty safe with any of the Universal monster movies, as they are fairly benign by today's standards.
    My personal favourites are The Invisible Man and The Wolf Man.
     
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    How about the original King Kong (1933)?
    I loved it as a child and it's still exciting for adults also.
    Not on DVD yet, alas, but is on VHS and LD.
     
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    How about puppet movies? I hear "Meet The Feebles" is pretty good! (just kidding)

    Or "Mad Monster Party".
     
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    The original Godzilla I was scared for many years (and wondered why Japanese peoples words never matched their mouths)
     
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    Another vote for either 'King Kong' or the original 'The Thing.'

    Or there's always the whale in 'Pinocchio.'
     
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    The Witches would be a great one, scary, but not TOO scary

    Too bad it's only P&S
     
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    Nightmare Before Christmas, thats the one.[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Murnou's Nosferatu.
     
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    Event Horizon
     
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    I hope Steven K is joking. A 5 year old child has absolutely no business being exposed to Event Horizon. That film is simply too intense and gory for small children.
    ( I'll get off of my soapbox now. )
    - Walter.
     

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