Scary: Other Recommended Titles

Posted by on Dec 12, 2011 in Scary | 0 comments


Alice (1988): Czech stop-motion animation master Jan Svankmajer’s adaptation of the beloved Lewis Carroll tale is like a surrealist nightmare that meets a twisted dollhouse cabaret with terrifying toys and stuffed animals.

Animal Farm (1954): Britain’s first feature-length animated film is a fantastically brutal combination of Communist totalitarianism and farm animals, but don’t expect anything cute here. While it follows George Orwell’s fable closely, it sways toward a more hopeful ending.

Freaks (1932): Tod Browning’s infamous cult B-movie Freaksintroduces us to (and exploits) the sideshow performers of a circus. “One of us! One of us! Gooble gobble, gooble gobble!”

Gremlins (1984): This scary yet darkly humorous Christmas tale shows a small town overtaken by evil creatures that multiply with water. In its most touching and likewise depressing scene, a character breaks a certain secret about Santa. The 1990 sequel is also worth catching (and in my opinion is better).

The Haunting (1963): A tamer version of The Shining, but this classic haunted house flick is probably for those rare few youngsters with thick skin.

House on Haunted Hill (1958): A quintessential Vincent Price flick with some creepy moments, but mostly a dialogue-driven B-movie.

Jack and the Beanstalk (1974): One of my earliest memories of being frightened by a movie came from this creepy animé version of the classic storybook tale.

Legend (1985): Ridley Scott’s freaky fantasy has unicorns and darkness, Tom Cruise and Tim Curry, and scared the be-Jesus out of me as a child. Its weird atmosphere still gives me the creeps.

Nosferatu (1922): F.W. Murnau’s classic vampire film, though silent, is thoroughly creepy and paved the way for all horror films.

Return to Oz (1985): This terrifying movie with young Fairuza Balk as Dorothy loosely follows three of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books. Don’t expect the likes of the tame 1939 classic, though, as the thoroughly creepy content will freak out most kids.

The Sixth Sense (1999): If you don’t already know the twist to M. Night Shyamalan’s Hitchcockian thriller, then it’s worth experiencing once (and thick-skinned kids could handle it).

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983): Other than Jonathan Pryce’s excellent portrayal of Mr. Black, this adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s dark story is a bit too tame to scare adults, but is decent for the kiddies.

13 Ghosts (1960): We follow a kid as his family inherits a new mansion. Unfortunately, it has some unwelcomed guests. It’s pretty campy and outdated, but a hell of a lot of fun and an annual Halloween tradition when I was a kid. Don’t see the remake, or god help you.

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