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18 Scary Movies That Will Teach Children To Appreciate A Good Scare



‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

This Tim Burton classic that introduces kids to a lot of the major players in horror movies: werewolves, vampires, zombies, and more. The musical numbers and romantic subplot keep the movie far from a fright-fest.

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Vampires can be scary, but one of the blessings of old horror movies is that the gore is implied rather than graphically depicted. This horror classic can also help your kids develop an appreciation of the world before color TV and film.

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Coraline is based on a short story by Neil Gaiman. The titular character discovers a door to an alternate universe where her family isn’t too busy to spend time with her. She falls for her “Other Mother,” who turns out to be more monster than mother.

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Jaws was rated PG at a time where PG-13 didn’t exist, so proceed with caution. There’s blood, but not in an overly-gory way. With beach season behind us, older kids, tweens, and teens can likely handle the thrilling film.

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‘Corpse Bride’

Kids will get a kick out of a groom who doesn’t realize his bride’s a corpse. As they travel back to the Land of the Dead, romance and horror do a delicate dance that won’t leave kids too spooked.

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Ghostbuster is a scary movie dressed up as a comedy in all the best ways. It’s also a classic your kids will surely enjoy. There’s definitely some scary moments throughout the film, but the comic relief more than balances it out.

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Casper is more heart-heavy than horror. It deals with the loss of parents for both Casper and Kat, so be sensitive to that fact when considering if it’s right for your kids. It opens up the idea of the afterlife in a way that’s not so scary.

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‘Little Shop Of Horrors’

If your kids are into musicals, Little Shop Of Horrors can be a great way to introduce them to scary elements. It’s got all of the ’80s funniest comedians, plus a man-eating plant.

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Beetlejuice is on the darker, weirder side of the PG spectrum, but blends comedy and horror elements well. When a ghost family can’t get a live family out of their haunted house, they get some help from a demon from the underworld.

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It’s time to let your kids in on the feeding after midnight joke. The Gremlins have come to wreak havoc during Christmastime. The deeper metaphors will be over kids’ heads, but the balance of cute and gross monsters will keep them engaged.

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‘The Dark Crystal’

The Dark Crystal blends fantasy and horror in a way that’s really accessible and intriguing for kids. The magical creatures can be creepy, but not too creepy.

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‘The Witches’

The scene where Anjelica Huston transforms into the Grand High Witch will be burned into your memory forever. If you’ve ever seen the illustrations that accompany Roald Dahl’s books, you know exactly what to expect.

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‘Spirited Away’

Watching a Hayao Miyazaki movie is always a treat, whether or not it’s scary. This one happens to deliver in both areas in the story of a 10-year-old girl who moves to a new neighborhood. There, she finds all kinds of creatures, even monsters.

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ParaNorman is an introduction to zombie movies at its core. When Norman figures out he can speak to the dead, he also realizes he’s the only one who can save his town from a ghostly curse. Along the way, he discovers who the real monsters are.

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Frankenweenie is a modern, kid-friendly retelling of Frankenstein featuring a kid who loves STEM. The stop-motion animation makes the spooky Tim Burton flick complete.

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Goosebumps is pretty safe for even the easiest to scare. It’s got creepy elements but keeps clear of it in favor of group antics and comedy breakaways.

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‘Hocus Pocus’

Hocus Pocus has become a cult classic in its own right. The film features a witch coven brought back to life after killing a girl by an unknowing teenager. Now, they have to outsmart the witches to save the day and their town.

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‘Addams Family Values’

Addams Family Values is more dark comedy than horror, but it’s still a lot of fun. See what happens when the creepy cast of characters tries to be more like an average family, with a few major exceptions. This will become a family favorite.

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SNL’s Kate McKinnon Honors ‘Real-Life Superhero’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg




Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon, who often played Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the NBC sketch series, has added to the many tributes honoring the late Supreme Court justice.

“For so many of us, Justice Ginsburg was a real-life superhero: a beacon of hope, a warrior for justice, a robed crusader who saved the day time and again,” McKinnon said in a statement on Saturday. “Playing her on SNL was a profound joy because I could always feel the overwhelming love and gratitude that the audience had for her. It was one of the great honors of my life to meet Justice Ginsburg, to shake her hand, and to thank her for her lifetime of service to this country.”

Ginsburg, who served on the Supreme Court for 27 years, died Friday at the age of 87, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Per NPR, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera days before her death: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” (The 2020 presidential election is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 3.)

McKinnon has played Ginsburg in several sketches and “Weekend Update” bits since she started on the late-night series in 2012. Most recently, McKinnon showcased her impression of the justice on SNL‘s first quarantine edition, which was filmed remotely after Studio 8H production shut down. In the sketch, which you can watch above, McKinnon’s Ginsburg invites viewers to try her at-home workout.

Ginsburg was also recently portrayed by Felicity Jones in the 2018 biopic On the Basis of Sex, which chronicled Ginsburg’s early years as a lawyer fighting for women’s rights.

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We finally understand why Elf 2 won’t ever happen




Caan revealed the fate of the Elf sequel after his assistant, who is from Cleveland, called into “Bull and Fox” to discuss the NFL team the Browns’ most recent win. The actor eventually joined the conversation, sharing that not only did a sequel almost happen, but he was ready to sign on — a major shift from his reluctance to appear in the first film.

Caan told 92.3 sports talk radio hosts Adam “the Bull” Gerstenhaber and Dustin Fox that he initially turned down Ferrell’s request that he star in Elf as his father. “Will called me one night and said, ‘Jimmy, want to do this picture with me?” Caan explained. He replied to the request in the negative at first, saying, “Listen, Will, I love you, you’re a funny guy, but I’m not doing a picture called Elf, okay?” 

Caan said he negotiated to change the film title to “Elk” on the working scripts as a condition of his casting. “I said, I’ll tell you what, if you put a K on the end of it — like just through the working scripts … then I’ll do it,” Caan said before adding, “It was great fun with Will. He’s a great guy.”

Following the Christmas film’s success, the Las Vegas actor shared that, while its two biggest creatives may not have been ready for a sequel, he definitely was. “We were gonna do it, and I thought, ‘Oh my god, I finally got a franchise movie, I could make some money, let my kids do what the hell they want to do,'” Caan said. Elf may not be a franchise, but we’re guessing Caan’s kids are doing just fine.

It may not just be personality clashes behind why we haven’t seen an Elf 2. Both Favreau and Ferrell also keep pretty busy, with the director attached to several Disney projects including season 2 of The Mandalorian, while the SNL alum continues his on-screen work in surprise hits like Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga as he juggles producing obligations on projects like SuccessionDead to MeHustlers and Booksmart

Time can mend all wounds, but it can also lead to the kinds of busy schedules that keep the film’s biggest creatives out of a sequel deal.

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Kate McKinnon Calls Ruth Bader Ginsburg a ‘Real-Life Superhero’ and ‘Robed Crusader’




Kate McKinnon has paid tribute to the memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, calling her a “real-life superhero” and a “robed crusader.”

The Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg died on Friday at age 87, and McKinnon, who mimicked RBG in a series of “Weekend Update” segments on “Saturday Night Live” dating all the way back to 2015, said that playing her was a “profound joy.”

“For so many of us, Justice Ginsburg was a real-life superhero: a beacon of hope, a warrior for justice, a robed crusader who saved the day time and again. Playing her on ‘SNL’ was a profound joy because I could always feel the overwhelming love and gratitude that the audience had for her,” McKinnon said in a statement. “It was one of the great honors to meet Justice Ginsburg, to shake her hand and to thank her for her lifetime of service to this country.”

McKinnon’s character involved dropping by the Weekend Update desk from time to time to react to events in the news — like the appointment of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — delivering some sick “Gins-Burns” (“I like my men like I like my decisions, 5-4,”) and then breaking out into dance.

The real Ginsburg reacted to McKinnon’s portrayal on two occasions, saying in the documentary “RBG,” “It’s marvelously funny,” but it didn’t resemble herself one bit. “Except for the collar,” she said. Ginsburg told NPR’s Nina Totenberg that she would love to deliver a “Gins-Burn” to her colleagues if given the chance.

McKinnon wasn’t the only actress who portrayed Ginsburg to gave the late Supreme Court justice a shout-out Saturday. Felicity Jones, who portrayed her in the 2018 biopic “On the Basis of Sex,” also praising Ginsburg as a “beacon of light.”

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave us hope, a public figure who stood for integrity and justice- a responsibility she did not wear lightly,” Jones said in a statement Saturday. “She will be missed not only as a beacon of light in these difficult times but for her razor sharp wit and extraordinary humanity. She taught us all so much. I will miss her deeply.”

The justice and feminist icon died due to complications from metastatic pancreas cancer Friday.

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