Back when Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley created these classic gothic monsters to scare us with throughout the ages, they most likely never dreamed we’d love them so much 150 plus years in the future and beyond. Apparently, neither did any of the monsters, because that is why Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) had the Hotel Transylvania built, but that was not the main reason. As humans, and to quote the Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, “We don’t like what we don’t understand…” and such was the way we were with monsters during the 19th century, especially in Eastern Europe, which was about the time Dracula and his lovely wife had a sweet little vampire child, Mavis. Read more...(554 words, 113 images, estimated 2:13 mins reading time)
Dreamworks was in full swing back in 2006, cranking out hit after computer animated hit, and this seasonal treat can still give you a good old fashioned kind of scare, and cannot be beat when it comes to great family horror films. This modern classic sits right up there with the Scary Godmother series for great Halloween holiday fun, and even has a retro setting most parents will enjoy and will identify with.
So, here it is, circa early 1980s, in a town that could be anywhere from Maine to Washington state, with crisp red, orange, and golden trees dotting the landscape. The focus of this story is one young teen, DJ (Mitchel Musso), and his obsession with the mysterious house across the street. This old place belongs to what appears to be a crotchety old man named Mr. Nebbercracker (Steve Buscemi). This man goes crazy whenever anyone messes with his lawn or comes near his home. From the most innocent little kid on a tricycle to drunken teenagers, no one is immune to his wrath. DJ has been investigating the pattern, and wants to know more about what is happening with that old house across the street. His parents are leaving town for the weekend of Halloween, and now he has his chance to find out more. Read more...(736 words, 173 images, estimated 2:57 mins reading time)
“Since the very first bedtime, all around the world, children have known that once their mothers and fathers tuck them in, and shut off the light, that there are MONSTERS hiding in their closets, waiting to emerge! What they don’t know is: it’s nothing personal. It’s just their job.” What a great way to advertise such a great movie. There are many wonderful family movies out there, and with films like these filling the genre, it’s no wonder that this is my favourite kind. In this movie, the are many kinds of monsters, but this story focuses on three. The big, lovable, furry blue, James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) “Sulley”, his wise-cracking best friend, the cyclopic, little green Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), and the evil chameleon-like Russell Boggs (Steve Buscemi). Read more...(719 words, 104 images, estimated 2:53 mins reading time)
A truly funny family film with just a touch of sadness to warm your heart. This film directed by Anthony Leondis is about a hunchback forced to be an Igor for an evil mad scientist named Dr. Glickenstein in the kingdom of Malaria. We get to see his life threw his own words as the story unfolds. To better understand the world he is living in here are some of the lines from the voice over as the movie starts.
… Here in the Kingdom of Malaria, every day’s forecast is rainy, with a 100% chance of horror! It wasn’t always like this, though. Years ago, Malaria was a sunny land of farmers, until the mysterious storm clouds rolled in … Read more...(983 words, 39 images, estimated 3:56 mins reading time)