Halloween is almost here. Of course, it’s the time to watch horror films. That said, if you are a wuss like myself, what can you watch? Horror films can be very traumatizing for the faint of heart. That isn’t to say that we do not want to get invested in the spooky fun ourselves. So, for those out there like me who do not enjoy horror films, here are five films you can watch without being afraid that you won’t sleep at night.
1. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Back in the day when you mentioned Tim Burton’s name, people automatically remembered the director for his gothic style and beautiful visuals. Many of his pictures have become classics and The Nightmare Before Christmas is no exception. Jack Skellington is still a favourite at Hot Topic. The film is about Jack, who is the king of Halloween Town. He discovers Christmas Town, but when he attempts to bring Christmas to his home, things inevitably go wrong.
The film is well-made and has stood the test of time, making it a great watch for Halloween.
2. Hocus Pocus (1993)
Another Disney classic. Hocus Pocus is a 1993 comedy horror fantasy film, starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as three witches who murder a young girl to steal her youth. The witches are executed, but before they are hanged, they cast a spell, making resurrection possible. In 1993, a young boy moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before he awakens the trio.
The film wasn’t a critical or commercial success back when it was released, but over time it has become a cult film. Last year, Americans chose it as their favorite Halloween film.
3. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Let’s do the time warp again! This film was released over 40 years ago, yet it is still played in theaters in special midnight showings. This makes it the longest running film ever made. The film is about a young couple who meet a cast of strange characters after they get stranded at a spooky mansion. While back in the day the reviews were bad, this film has also gained cult status over time. Tim Curry is legendary as Dr. Frank-N-Furter. The songs are classics as well. When you do choose to watch this, make sure you watch the original. The remake just wasn’t very good.
4. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Another Tim Burton classic. This is the film that made Johnny Depp a household name. The film is about an artificially created human named Edward who lives by himself in an old mansion after his creator dies. He is found by a woman, who takes him home. The only problem is that Edward has scissors for hands, which causes a lot of problems as he tries to fit in.
Even after all these years, Edward is still a favorite Halloween costume, and it is not hard to see why.This is definitely a good film to watch on Halloween.
5. The Addams Family (1991)
Everybody knows The Addams Family. The film is a supernatural black comedy based on the cartoon and live action series of the same name. The film is about a bizarre, macabre family who reconnect with who they believe to be a long-lost family member. He actually turns out to be the adopted son of a con artist who wants to strip the family of their wealth. Both the film and the series are iconic.
Welcome to the Addams Family!