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

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#1 of 60 Jonathan Burk

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Posted October 30 2002 - 09:44 AM

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.

#2 of 60 Richard Travale

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Posted October 30 2002 - 09:51 AM

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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Posted October 30 2002 - 09:53 AM

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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#4 of 60 Carl Gilbert

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Posted October 30 2002 - 09:58 AM

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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Posted October 30 2002 - 10:02 AM

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Posted October 30 2002 - 10:05 AM

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.

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Posted October 30 2002 - 10:20 AM

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.

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Posted October 30 2002 - 10:23 AM


Seriously, maybe the original INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS or THEM!

#9 of 60 Zen Butler

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Posted October 30 2002 - 10:25 AM

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.

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Posted October 30 2002 - 10:26 AM

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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Posted October 30 2002 - 11:01 AM

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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Posted October 30 2002 - 11:18 AM

How about puppet movies? I hear "Meet The Feebles" is pretty good! (just kidding)

Or "Mad Monster Party".

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Posted October 30 2002 - 11:21 AM

The original Godzilla I was scared for many years (and wondered why Japanese peoples words never matched their mouths)
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#14 of 60 Chad R

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Posted October 30 2002 - 11:23 AM

Another vote for either 'King Kong' or the original 'The Thing.'

Or there's always the whale in 'Pinocchio.'

#15 of 60 Jeff Kleist

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Posted October 30 2002 - 11:24 AM

The Witches would be a great one, scary, but not TOO scary

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Posted October 30 2002 - 11:24 AM

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#17 of 60 Patrick McCart

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Posted October 30 2002 - 11:46 AM

Murnou's Nosferatu.

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Posted October 30 2002 - 11:58 AM

Event Horizon

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Posted October 30 2002 - 12:11 PM

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.

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