Eight Horror Videos To Watch Together
If you've got kids (especially if you've got kids of different ages), you already know how hard it can be to find a movie you can all enjoy together. It can be just as challenging to find good video entertainment for a family Halloween get-together. Some older horror films can be too slow or too talky for younger children. Some newer horror films can be too gory for grownups. And some films of any vintage can be too corny for teenagers.
Here are a few recommendations that all age groups can enjoy together:
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
The 1931 original's a classic, but as an early talkie it can move a bit slow for younger viewers. The 1935 sequel's faster, and has more comic relief (especially Elsa Lanchester, hissing like a scorned tiger in the title role). Also, kids can quickly sympathize when the Monster (Boris Karloff) tries awkwardly to fit in with adult human society.
I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF
The late Michael Landon became a star with this 1957 tale of a growing boy struggling to understand his changing body. He starts growing facial hair; his voice changes; he feels different from all the other kids. Your own kids might not howl at full moons, but they'll get the symbolism. The Michael J. Fox vehicle Teen Wolf tells the same story in a less-scary, more-hokey manner.
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
Neat underwater photography, a pretty heroine, and another monster who's not so much evil as misunderstood.
PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE
Yeah, the special effects are laughable and the acting's worse than hammy. But it moves, it has a story, and it has heart.
THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES
More high-camp humor, this time deliberately funny. Also borderline-gory, but always with a clever wink; as the deformed Phibes (Vincent Price under a lot of makeup) schemes up a series of comically gruesome ways to get revenge on his wife's killers. (Many of them involve clever mechanical contraptions and classical music.)
No gore, just a lot of knowing fun in Mel Brooks' 1974 parody. A few scattered sexual references among the hundreds of gags, but nothing too explicit.
Some real scares-but also an understated plea-for-understanding theme-in a 1932 classic starring real circus freak-show performers.
One of the best Japanese monster spectacles. Younger kids may especially like the six-inch-tall princess twins.