Five movies to get in the Halloween spirit

(Warning, this article may contain spoilers and spooks)

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Joe Kronberg, Staff Writer

Halloween is coming, meaning many are ready for a marathon of horror, so here are my top five movies to get in the Halloween spirit, rated from least to most spooky.

1. Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular

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It’s Halloween night, and Jimmy and his friends are excited to go Trick-or-Treating. Jimmy, however, has to bring along his little cousin, Hannah. They plan to ditch her by sending her into a haunted house, where Hannah begins crying from fear, summoning the Scary Godmother.

The Scary Godmother takes her to the monster realm, where Hannah overcomes her fear of monsters at a party, featuring Mr. Skully Pettibone, Bug-A-Boo, Harry the Werewolf, and Vampires Count Maxwell, Ruby, and Orson.

As the party goes on, Hannah finds that monsters are really kind and fun creatures, befriending everyone she meets in the monster realm.

The short film is cute and amusing for all ages, with banter from all characters and Halloween jokes every minute, making it one of the greatest Halloween movies for all ages, and giving the Spooktacular 5 out of 5 stars.


2. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island

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Perhaps the greatest Scooby-Doo movie of all time, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island is the first in the series to explore the idea that monsters are real.

The gang split up a few years back but comes back together for Daphne’s new show where they go out looking for real ghosts. After months with nothing turning up, they end up in New Orleans, where the dead truly rise.

The mystery of the dead is intriguing no matter what your age, with voodoo and immortals bringing Mystery Inc. their greatest mystery yet, giving it a 4 out of 5 stars.


3. Monster House

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In a normal neighborhood, on a normal street, a horrific house terrorizes any who dare to trespass. The house itself is alive, haunted by a vengeful spirit, set on keeping all children away.

None of the adults believe the trio of DJ, Chowder, and Jenny, causing them to take matters into their own hands.

Overall the movie is amusing, with quotes like, “Oh, so it’s a girl house,” and awkward moments creating good comedic relief.

The mystery itself is also good, keeping you guessing on how the house became a horror.

Overall, 4 out of 5.


4. Killer Klowns from Outer Space

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Although ridiculous, Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a fun and hilarious movie featuring the invasion of The Klowns.

A small town witnesses the falling of a shooting star, which is discovered to be a large metal circus tent, which is where the hilarious terror begins.

The Klowns have quite the arsenal, including acid pies, cotton candy cocoons, flying popcorn, and balloon search dogs, used to terrorize innocents as they’re taken and drained of blood.

The mask work is incredible, making the Klowns disturbingly realistic.

As sung by The Dickies, “You’ll be dead on arrival from the likes of the Killer Klowns.”

The dark comedy is about a 3 out of 5, but worth it if you want a laugh.


5. Saw

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Now for the more gruesome stuff.

Although the series is notorious for intense scenes of gore and large amounts of the fear factor, the original 2004 film Saw was revolutionary to the horror industry.

Featuring two men trapped in a disgusting bathroom, they discover that they have been kidnapped and have to kill each other to survive.

The men team up in an attempt to escape, as Dr. Lawrence Gordon’s family is threatened by the man who is suspected to be the mastermind.

Contrary to the series’ stereotypes, Saw mainly features puzzles that Adam and Dr. Gordon have to solve for any hope of escape, with very little gore actually shown.

I rate this intriguing thriller 4 out of 5 stars and am excited for the new movie coming this month.

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Happy Halloween everyone, be sure to stay spooky.