by NAOMI HARRIS
For those excited for one of the first official holidays of the semester, the best possible way to prepare for Halloween is, of course, by watching the classics. A compiled list of praised movies with either Halloween themed or creepy undertones can lead perfectly into setting your mood for the holiday.
Celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary, Ghostbusters, is a must see due to that great 80s vibe. The movie stars Bill Murray as Dr. Venkman, a para-psychological professor, who sets on a path to research and catch ghosts with his team. It’s a classic that sets a precedent for maintaining a balance of humor and conflict, not to mention one of the most memorable end scenes. Bill Murray and other talented actors bring to life the idea of the supernatural and bridging the gap of disbelief through a fun plot line, bad CGI and a great cast. So, who are you going to call? I think you’ll find that answer.
Beetlejuice, beetlejuice, beetlejuice. If you’re confused as to why you should never say that name three times then please watch the movie. Michael Keaton portrayed, at times too well, a demonic and attention loving poltergeist with the knack for reeking havoc on the house residents. Without giving too much away, the prior residents want to scare the newcomers away and invest their belief in Betelgeuse. The famous Banana Boat song is hilariously incorporated and though they keep the humor light and the plot engaging, Betelgeuse is truly a strange and creepy character. But seriously, don’t say his name three times.
Corpse Bride (2005)
Created by the beloved Tim Burton, the genius behind anything dark and distorted, Corpse Bride is another addition to any collection. An animation involving love, grief and doubt all with an idea behind one man’s determination to reach his true love has never been sweeter and creeper. But Tim Burton makes you invest in all of the characters and those you may not necessarily like will end up becoming sympathized. Plus it’s the dynamic duo, Johnny Depp and Helena Boham Carter, how can one not be pleased? The movie keeps up with the Halloween vibe and enjoyable for everyone to watch.
A classic that everyone should see at least once, Halloweentown, is one of Disney Channel’s most celebrated movies. The childlike wonder and that one creepy taxi driver never gets old and regardless of the amount of times you watch it, there is always something new to appreciate. Set on the day of Halloween, Marnie and her two siblings follow after their grandmother and discover a whole new world. It’s fun and evokes the childhood!
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
The first time Johhny Depp and Tim Burton collaborated helped create another classic. A story of a man with his heart set after a woman, despite his condition, plays well with the Burton theme. Though he has sharp weapons for hands, Edward’s kindness makes up for the intimidation. One of Depp’s earlier movies and an emotional ride that continues with a gothic feeling, Edward Scissorhands will greatly prepare its viewers for a fun day of spooky and fun activities.