Horror for kids!

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  1. Derek Slazenger

    Derek Slazenger Specs, rugs & rock n roll Thread Starter

    My friend's kids (10F and 8M) can't go trick or treating this year so they want to watch a 'scary film' instead. They're both nice little kids with no concept of what a really scary film is about. They're just not old enough for most things. Their dad and I were chatting about it a few nights ago and 'Sleepy Hollow' was mentioned. Neither of us had seen it for years so I watched it again last night. The kids would never sleep again if they saw that! They've seen A Nightmare Before Christmas (we think) and both enjoyed that. Can you give me any recommendations? It doesn't matter if it's a '12' as long as it's not going to disturb them. Thanks for any suggestions!!

    EDIT: They saw Nightmare Before Christmas last night for the first time and both loved it!
  2. Welshman

    Welshman Forum Resident

    The Goosebumps films would be OK.
    Nothing too bad in Gremlins as far as I remember.
  3. Reid Smith

    Reid Smith Forum Resident

    N Ky/Cincinnati
    This one is very popular from Disney and rated PG..my 6 year old grand-daughter loves it.Always wise for the parents to watch any movie first to see if there is anything they might find objectionable or too scary.
  4. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    "The Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror"...maybe?.....there's over 30 of 'em!
  5. stepeanut

    stepeanut King of the North

    Nicolas Roeg’s The Witches?
  6. SmallDarkCloud

    SmallDarkCloud Forum Resident

    The Gate is a fun movie for children. My 12-year old self loved it. The lead characters are kids, and no one dies except
    a dog who is restored to life by the end.
    There’s no graphic violence but a lot of great stop-motion monsters.
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  7. eric777

    eric777 Astral Projectionist

    The Addams Family films are pretty good.
  8. kamchatka

    kamchatka Forum Resident

    Bellingham, WA
    "The Watcher in the Woods" might be a good choice (1980 film with Bette Davis). It has a great spooky atmosphere, but nothing traumatizing.
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  9. woody

    woody Forum Resident

    charleston, sc
    The Classic monsters set from Universal is a good introduction but some kids won't watch old movies. My daughter loved them when she was 8-10 yo.
    Hitchcock's The Birds.
    Monster House
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  10. Tim S

    Tim S Senior Member

    East Tennessee
    Gremlins was mentioned. That might be a good choice, though it may be just a tiny bit rougher than I remember (a family pet is killed, I think? creatures microwaved and shoved in a dispose-all?) Even so, I think they'd be ok, but that's your call as a parent and you know your kids.

    If they will watch old black and white films, I'd show them King Kong. I know it looks strange now to people growing up with modern effects, but that's part of its charm. Would that be charming to a kid - ummm.... dunno about that
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  11. Karnak

    Karnak "81-82-83-84..."

    The Ghost and Mr Chicken with Don Knotts.
  12. stepeanut

    stepeanut King of the North

    A good choice — maybe for Christmas, rather than Hallowe’en — might be The Amazing Mr. Blunden. Quite an old film, but it holds up well. I first saw it around the age of your friend’s kids. Bought it on BD recently, and it still looks great.
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  13. thesilverbeatles

    thesilverbeatles Forum Resident

    Gonna have to agree with the 1933 King Kong. It's in my all time top 5.
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  14. A couple of people mentioned ' Gremlins ' and that would be a fine , safe choice ; not too scary and a few laughs along the way.
    But ! You should
    just throw them in the pool and see if they can swim and put on ' Evil Dead '
    Being scared is fun !
  15. DorothyV

    DorothyV Forum Resident

    Cleveland, Ohio
    The Monster Squad
    The Goonies (not horror, but I group it in with The Monster Squad)
    The Lost Boys (maybe more of a pre-teen / teen film)
    Edward Scissorhands
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  16. JoeOnWheels

    JoeOnWheels Forum Resident

    Loveland CO USA
    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
  17. Tim S

    Tim S Senior Member

    East Tennessee
    If I were a Dad, I'd probably do something like this. PRobably good that I am not a Dad.

    I haven't seen it in a long time, but "Army of Darkness" might really work. I remember it being very action oriented, with plenty of comedy, but some fairly strong scares for kids. The language may be another matter alogether.

    I just don't know any kids in these age groups and when I try to imagine what an 8 year old would find scary or what they would find overwhelming I'm at a loss.

    Part of me is definitely in the camp of choosing a "ok, you can NOT tell your Mom we watched this" film.
  18. mynameistaken

    mynameistaken Forum Resident

    Oklahoma City, OK
    I often think of this question myself. I can’t use myself as an example because I first watched Nightmare on Elm Street when I was 6, and The Exorcist at 12. I’m a well adjusted adult, but don’t recommend kids following in my footsteps. My boys are 11, 8, and 6. They just wanted Haunted Mansion starring PG Eddie Murphy on Disney+ and all enjoyed it. I’ve thought about Gremlins for the older two, but not sure if they are up for it. My main concern is Phoebe Cates character’s story about her dad as Santa Claus stuck in a chimney. My boys still say they believe in Santa and don’t want to ruin it.
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  19. Tim S

    Tim S Senior Member

    East Tennessee
    Interesting, thanks for your post.
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  20. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    The House with a Clock in its Walls from a couple of years ago is a fun movie. I would think it would be a good Halloween movie for that age group. But I'd probably watch it or have their dad watch it first before deciding. I could see how some 8 year olds might be genuinely scared at parts.
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  21. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    Am I right in believing that was directed by the same guy that did the "Hostel" movies??
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  22. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
    How about Casper?
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  23. profholt82

    profholt82 Resident Blowhard

    West Michigan
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  24. jbmcb

    jbmcb Forum Resident

    Troy, MI, USA
    Coraline is great, but it freaked my kids out. It's a genuinely creepy movie. The audiobook, read by Gaiman, is great, too.

    Gremlins has some gruesome scenes, but if your kids are pushing 10 it should be fine.

    I'd nominate Coco for younger kids. There's another movie called The Book of Life that is supposed to be good as well, but I haven't seen it.

    My 12 year old and I watched The 'Burbs, and he *loved* it. Might be an option for older kids.
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  25. Isaac K.

    Isaac K. Forum Resident

    For a cartoon movie: Monster House.

    For a live action movie: Poltergeist. A few scary scenes but ultimately nobody dies in it.

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