Jump to content



Sign up for a free account!

Signing up for an account is fast and free. As a member you can join in the conversation, enter contests to win things like this Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote and you won't get the popup ads that guests get. Click here to create your free account.

Photo

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


This topic has been archived. This means that you cannot reply to this topic.
59 replies to this topic

#1 of 60 Jonathan Burk

Jonathan Burk

    Second Unit

  • 451 posts
  • Join Date: May 31 1999
  • Real Name:Jonathan Burk
  • LocationCastaic, CA

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

Richard Travale

    Producer

  • 3,401 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 27 2001
  • Real Name:Richard Travale
  • LocationVancouver Island, Canada

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.
 "Cock your hat - angles are attitudes. "
- Frank Sinatra 

#3 of 60 HankM

HankM

    Second Unit

  • 337 posts
  • Join Date: May 15 1999

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.
My DVD Collection

My System

"Perhaps you could warn them, if only you spoke Hovitos"

#4 of 60 Carl Gilbert

Carl Gilbert

    Extra

  • 17 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 08 2000

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.

#5 of 60 Reginald Trent

Reginald Trent

    Screenwriter

  • 1,317 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 18 2000

Posted October 30 2002 - 10:02 AM

Shrek and Monsters Inc. Posted Image

#6 of 60 Randy A Salas

Randy A Salas

    Screenwriter

  • 1,348 posts
  • Join Date: Apr 25 2002

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.

All are on DVD.
Randy A. Salas
DVD Columnist & Feature Writer
Minneapolis Star Tribune daily newspaper

#7 of 60 Ron-P

Ron-P

    Producer

  • 6,283 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 25 2000
  • Real Name:Ron

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.


Peace Out~Posted Image
You have all the weapons you need...Now fight!


#8 of 60 Justin_S

Justin_S

    Producer

  • 3,573 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 04 2001

Posted October 30 2002 - 10:23 AM

EVIL DEAD or CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST. Posted Image

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

#9 of 60 Zen Butler

Zen Butler

    Producer

  • 5,315 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 24 2002

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.

I tried the classic approach, and usually I would get "yeah, its good, but when is it gonna be over"

bladerunner-thumb-510x227-39115_zpse210a


#10 of 60 Rain

Rain

    Producer

  • 5,020 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 21 2001

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.

"Imagine all the people, living life in peace..." - Imagine by John Lennon

#11 of 60 StevenA

StevenA

    Second Unit

  • 350 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 28 1999

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.

#12 of 60 TedT

TedT

    Second Unit

  • 422 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 13 2002

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".

#13 of 60 Grant B

Grant B

    Producer

  • 3,213 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 29 2000

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)
"Whatever it is, I'm against it!" G. Marx

Sony TAE/TAP/TAN(2)9000ES;DVP-CX860 DVP-CX777ES
Sony CDP-CX270 CDP-CX355 CDP-CX270 CDP-CX355
Sony S-TS 700ES XPR32450Pioneer Elite CLD 79 KEFs (5) Q75s & 20B Subwoofer

#14 of 60 Chad R

Chad R

    Screenwriter

  • 2,174 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 14 1999
  • Real Name:Chad Rouch

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

Jeff Kleist

    Executive Producer

  • 11,286 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 04 1999

Posted October 30 2002 - 11:24 AM

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

Too bad it's only P&S

#16 of 60 Steve Christou

Steve Christou

    Executive Producer

  • 14,160 posts
  • Join Date: Apr 25 2000
  • Real Name:Steve Christou
  • LocationLondon, England

Posted October 30 2002 - 11:24 AM

Nightmare Before Christmas, thats the one.Posted Image Posted Image Posted ImagePosted Image

Dave hören... auf, wille stoppen sie Dave... stoppen sie Dave... Mein gehirn geht... Ich bin gefühl es... Ich bin gefühl es... Ich bin ängstlich Dave... Guter Nachmittag. Ich bin ein HAL 9000 computer. Ich wurde funktionsfähig am HAL-Betrieb in Urbana, Illinois auf January 12 1992.


Lord of the Hubs


#17 of 60 Patrick McCart

Patrick McCart

    Lead Actor

  • 7,456 posts
  • Join Date: May 16 2001
  • Real Name:Patrick McCart
  • LocationBlairsville, GA, USA

Posted October 30 2002 - 11:46 AM

Murnou's Nosferatu.

#18 of 60 Steven K

Steven K

    Supporting Actor

  • 832 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 10 2000

Posted October 30 2002 - 11:58 AM

Event Horizon

#19 of 60 Paul McElligott

Paul McElligott

    Screenwriter

  • 2,598 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 02 2002

Posted October 30 2002 - 12:05 PM

The Anna Nicole Show.Posted Image
R.I.P. DVDSpot

#20 of 60 Walter Kittel

Walter Kittel

    Producer

  • 4,573 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 28 1998

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.

( I'll get off of my soapbox now. )

- Walter.

Fidelity to the source should always be the goal for Blu-ray releases.