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The 20 Best Halloween Movies EVER! by American Elephant

It’s that time of year again! October is here, the weather has turned crisp if not downright cold, the days are markedly shorter, and the grocery stores are already bursting with candy, caramel apples and pumpkins.

Fall has arrived and Halloween is almost upon us.

I love Halloween. Witches, goblins, ghosts and ghouls. Carving pumpkins, trick or treating on foggy nights. (Okay, I haven’t gone trick or treating in ages, but I do like to go all out on the house.) I’ve just never out-grown my love for the fun of Halloween.

And there have always been certain movies that to me are “Halloween movies” — not necessarily because they’re scary (Friday the 13th and Jaws are among the most popular horror movies ever, for example, but what do a killer fish at the beach and a madman at summer camp have to do with Halloween?) — but because they put you in mind of full moons, foggy nights, spooky stories and a crackling fire. Or because they conjure up rich visions of classic Halloween legends: werewolves, witches, vampires and other assorted things that go bump in the night.

So what are your favorite fall and Halloween movies? Which films get you most anxious for All Hallows Eve? Click on comments and let us know!

Here are my favorite films to watch every October (in no particular order.) Scary, spooky, fearsome or funny — it’s an eclectic mix of genres — a little something for everyone. Each one is guaranteed to be a ghoulishly good treat.

(Click images for reviews and trailers.)

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Sleepy Hollow Hocus Pocus Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds Bram Stoker's Dracula

E.T. Poltergeist The Witches of Eastwick Harry Potter

The Craft The Nightmare Before Christmas Young Frankenstein Addams Family Values

Scary Movie Halloween Practical Magic The Lost Boys

The Others The Night of the Living Dead An American Werewolf in London Monster House

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The 20 Best Halloween Movies Ever! by American Elephant

It’s that time of year again! October is here, the weather has turned crisp if not downright cold, the days are markedly shorter, and the grocery stores are already bursting with candy and pumpkins.

Fall has arrived and Halloween is almost upon us.

I love Halloween. Witches, goblins, ghosts and ghouls. Carving pumpkins, trick or treating on foggy nights. (Okay, I haven’t gone trick or treating in ages, but I do like to go all out on the house.) I’ve just never out-grown my love for the fun of Halloween.

And there have always been certain movies that to me are “Halloween movies” — not necessarily because they’re scary (Friday the 13th and Jaws are among the most popular horror movies ever, for example, but what do a killer fish at the beach and a madman at summer camp have to do with Halloween?) — but because they put you in mind of full moons, foggy nights, spooky stories and a crackling fire. Or because they conjure up rich visions of classic Halloween legends: werewolves, witches, vampires and other assorted things that go bump in the night.

So what are your favorite fall and Halloween movies? Which films get you most anxious for All Hallows Eve? Click on comments and let us know!

Here are my favorite films to watch every October (in no particular order.) Scary, spooky, fearsome or funny — it’s an eclectic mix of genres — each one is guaranteed to be a ghoulishly good treat. (Click images for reviews and trailers.)

The Halloweeniest 2

Sleepy Hollow Hocus Pocus Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds Bram Stoker's Dracula

E.T. Poltergeist The Witches of Eastwick Harry Potter

The Craft The Nightmare Before Christmas Young Frankenstein Addams Family Values

Scary Movie Halloween Practical Magic The Lost Boys

The Others The Night of the Living Dead An American Werewolf in London Monster House

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Nominate the Best Halloween Movies Ever! by American Elephant
October 7, 2008, 5:41 am
Filed under: Art, Entertainment, Humor, Movies, News of the Weird, Pop Culture | Tags: , , ,

UPDATE: The list is finished and posted. Click here to check it out .

It’s that time of year!

The days are markedly shorter, the air is crisp and cool, leaves are turning color and littering our lawns, the pumpkins are piling up at the grocery store and we are getting ready to publish our second annual list of the best Halloween movies ever! …and we want your nominations!

But keep in mind, the theme of our list is a little different from the others you’ve seen out there.

We aren’t just looking for the scariest horror movies or the bloodiest gore. Yes, we want monster movies and horror flicks, so by all means, nominate them, but more than that, we are looking for the very Halloweeniest films of all! (Jaws is a very scary movie, for example, but there’s nothing particularly “Halloweeny” about sunny beaches and shark infested surf.)

Specifically, we’d like you to nominate the movies that best put you in the Halloween spirit. What evokes the holiday most to you?  Crisp autumn days and eerie foggy nights? Full moons? Pumpkins? Candy? Monsters, Goblins, Ghost or Ghouls? Or perhaps it’s haunted houses or headless horsemen! You tell us.

Also, keep in mind the movies don’t necessarily have to be scary at all! We are looking for nominations from all genres — so there will be something on our list for everyone in the family. Yes, we want horror and monster movies, but we’re also looking for comedy, drama, adventure… last year we even had a musical and some Halloween chick flicks!

I think you get the idea.

So have at it! Retrieve your brains from the laboratory, shoo the bats from your belfry and tell us what you think are the very Halloweeniest movies of all time! And be sure to tell us why you think they belong on the list of Best Halloween Movies Ever! You can use the comments section below, or email us by clicking “contact” in the navigation menu in the sidebar to make your nominations.

And be sure to check back for the results! (But remember to bring your own popcorn!)



The Half-Blood Prince! by American Elephant

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If you’ve been with us a while, you might have noticed I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter books, and, only slightly less so, the movies. So, naturally, I have been waiting very impatiently for the first glimpse of the movie of the 6th book in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

That wait is over.

The movie, which comes out in November (precisely 113 days, 20 hours, 15 minutes and 20 seconds from the time of this writing), has also been chosen as this year’s Royal Film Performance. It’s not clear just which Royal will attend — I’m putting my money on Harry or William. But who knows! maybe they’ll drag her Majesty, the Queen, along for the show.

In any case, if you’ve read the book, most of the trailer should make sense to you. But be forewarned! they have apparently added a scene to the movie to illustrate the increasing dangers Voldemort and his death eaters pose to the outside world, and especially to Harry himself. Its a scene where Fenrir Greyback and Bellatrix LeStrange attack Harry and the Weasleys at the Burrow. I am dubious, to say the least. I don’t like it when they mess with my movies!

Nonetheless, I wait patiently for the theatrical trailer. This is one of the best books in the series and promises to be one of the most exciting movies yet.

November is a very long time away!

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You Think Your Weather is Bad! by American Elephant

Tornado season is on its way

Sioux City, Iowa

Grand Island, Nebraska

Alvo, Nebraska

Storm-chasers are nuts. But they make good fodder for action/adventure movies. If you’ve never seen Twister with Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton, give it a rent. It’s not high cinema, it’s just good, solid, storm-chasing fun!

A great example of how computer graphics can be used to make the action more believable, instead of over-the-top and unbelievable — Twister really sucks you into the action, and almost makes you feel as though you’re right there in the path of the tornado.

Naturally, to get the best effect, I recommend watching it on the biggest screen you can. The truly daring may want to try finding it at a drive-in. But any way you watch it, Twister is a classic, popcorn-crunching, edge-of-your-seat thriller.

And if you’re reading us from Tornado Alley, keep your heads down and stay safe this season.



There and Back Again? by Emerald City Elephant
February 2, 2008, 1:36 pm
Filed under: Pop Culture | Tags: , , , ,

Looks like I will have to rent Pan’s Labyrinth:

Guillermo del Toro has officially signed up to direct The Hobbit, according to reports leaking out from a film premiere in France. The Pan’s Labyrinth creator will oversee a double-bill of films based on JRR Tolkien’s fantasy adventure, which paved the way for The Lord of the Rings. Peter Jackson, director of the Oscar-winning Rings trilogy, will serve as executive producer. [read more]

I am not familiar with del Toro. Hopefully he won’t screw up as much as Peter Jackson did. Yes, there were things that Jackson did very well — but it may take years before I can reread the Lord of the Rings without picturing that insufferable wimp, Viggo Mortenson, as Aragorn, or Rivendell as a bad collector’s plate by Thomas Kincade, the “painter of light!” Ugh!

Nonetheless, I look forward to the Hobbit very much. As of now, it’s scheduled to come out in 2010. Now that the director has been signed, pre-production will begin right away.




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