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Halloween Favorites

Well, folks, All Hallow's Eve is quickly approaching. In a little over a week the country will be celebrating. I have broken up my favorite Halloween movies into different categories. You can click on the links to read each list:

Halloween for Kids

Halloween Classics

Halloween Horror

Now, I'm proud to present my top 13 absolute favorite Halloween movies. This list is a mix of the other three categories and showcases my top spooky Halloween favs! In no particular order:

13. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
12. Beetlejuice (1988)
11. Halloween: Ressurection (2002)
10. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
9. Dracula (1932)
8. Campfire Tales (1997)
7. Coraline (2009)
6. Casper (1995)
5. Creepshow 2 (1987)
4. The Garfield Halloween Special / It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1985, '66)
3. The Lost Boys (1987)
2. Return of the Living Dead (1985)
1. Trick R Treat (2009)

Here's a web site of amazing Halloween games to play on your PC:

Halloween Arcade

The Magic of Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet has earned international superstardom from the 90's blockbuster Titanic. I consider Titanic to be one of the best movies of the 90's because of its romantic interpretation of the Titanic era, the James Cameron tone and pacing, and the charismatic performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

Fastforward ten years to 2008, and audiences see a different Kate Winslet in The Reader. The wonderful thing about this bleak drama is that the story is rich with the characters' complexities, and the story weaves an unpredictable tale about the sad, difficult subjects of Nazi Germany, adolescent angst and confusion, and issues of personal loyalty. That's a lot for a movie to tackle these days, in the age of Twilight and Transformers. The Reader is based on a novel, which accounts for the complexities in the story.

The saving grace of The Reader is the wonderful performance by Kate Winslet of troubled and manipulative character of Hanna Schmitz, and David Kross as…

the best Halloween Horror Movies (you've probably never seen)

Time for a Buzz Halloween update! This next category is Halloween Horror. These are straight up "horror" movies that scare, terrorize, and thrill those who dare to embark upon the darker, more bloody aspect of Halloween movies. They are not even necessarily "about" Halloween, but they are appropriate for the Halloween season.

I gravitate toward horror films that are in "short story" format. I guess they appeal to my short attention span. But also, they're more creative because you get a greater variety.

Horror movies always dance around the line between true terror and comedy. In the attempt to make us scared, these movies often become absolutely hilarious. These unintentional comedic moments created a whole culture of people that love to sit around and laugh at The Evil Dead, which made leading man Bruce Campbell and director Sam Raimi both very famous (and even legendary) in Hollywood. So, in that spirit, I suppose every one of these movies have eleme…

Halloween Classics

Welcome to my new category of Halloween movies: Halloween Classics. These Halloween classics age like a fine wine. They're as standard to Halloween as jack-0-lanterns, costumes, trick-or-treating, and candy corn. They have endured over generations, and continue to fascinate, repulse, and entertain people on All Hallow's Eve.

You will notice that many of these movies are from Universal Pictures in the 30's and 40's. This was the golden age of the horror movie, and Universal was cashing out in a big way. Horror movies were selling tickets like hot cakes, and Hollywood business boomed. Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff became big stars in this era, and they were constantly trying to outdo each other. Many of the classic images of Dracula and Frankenstein did not originated from the original books, like many assume, but from these Universal movies.

The Exorcist is also worth special note. It was extremely controversial when it came out in 1973. It created waves worldwide. There…

Halloween Fun for Kids

1. Halloween is almost here!
It's that time of year. The cooler weather, changing leaves, fun commercials, the yard decorations, and stores' aisles of cool Halloween stuff all mean autumn is here!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It is a magical mix of adventure, horror, fun,creativity, and excitement. And, who could forget: CANDY! It is the time of year when everyone expresses their fears, and faces them head on. And, since I am obsessed with movies, I have very strong opinions about Halloween movies.

Halloween movies are one of the best ways for groups to celebrate the holiday, in my opinion. Halloween movies express things brilliantly in a way that no other art form can. I love Halloween music, decorations, and visual arts, as well. But, movies capture the magic better than anything else because of a combination of music, visuals, character, and storytelling. All these elements combine to tap into our fears, fantasies, and nightmares.

Also, everyone has a different app…


my rating: 4 out of 5

Courageous is a passionate, melodramatic, and heartfelt Christian drama from writer/director Alex Kendrick. This is the same team that made Fireproof and Facing the Giants.

Courageous tells us the story of a group of police officers who fight gang members by day and try to lead their families by night. Their badges say "Albany", but everyone had a southern accent. It took a minute to realize that they are in Albany, Georgia (NOT Albany, New York!) Adam Mitchell (played by Alex Kendrick) decides to take his fathering commitments one step further. He drafts a contract, of sorts, that he wants to sign in front of his buddies, family, and God. It is a contract that lists a series of promises of how he will be a faithful father and husband. His co-officers are so moved and convicted that they, too, decide to sign the contract.

Courageous has some ridiculous and awkward moments. Some of the scenes seem to be an awkward wrestling match with the dialouge, …