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13 Horror Movies for Wimps
Because nothing says horror like a 1920 German Expressionist film. This classic about a murderous hypnotist is inspiring now for its groundbreaking cinematography and sheer artfulness, more of a gorgeous film noir than a real horror story.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Here’s one to relieve the tension you’ll get from all these other Halloween movies: a Mel Brooks send-up of the classic creature feature. Gene Wilder may have you screaming with laughter, but not fear.
The Addams Family (1991)
Who can resist the charms of the delightfully macabre Addams family? The dialogue is sharp and the antics are downright fun. Plus, all kookiness aside, it’s fundamentally a story about a family unit that genuinely loves and cares for one another. Tack on the 1993 sequel, Addams Family Values, for the perfect family-friendly double feature.
Arguably my favorite Halloween movie for kids (and adults), Hocus Pocus features Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as three witches who are on a hunt for eternal youth on Halloween. Thora Birch plays the heroic young trick-or-treater who falls into their clutches when her older brother wakes them from a deep sleep.
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Young Frankenstein puts a hilarious twist on a creepy classic. If you love Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, then this one is right up your alley.