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film friday: 90s halloween fun

Welcome back for another Film Friday; a feature posted on Fridays where we recommend some of the best films from different, yet niche, genres for you to watch over the weekend.

With Halloween just around the corner, we will be posting our favourite film picks for you to enjoy every friday towards to the run up to 31st October. For this week, our film recommendation theme is 90s Halloween Fun. The 90s was a decade full of incredible films, and we saw this as a perfect opportunity to showcase some fa-boo-lous family favourites (sorry) that will bring nostalgia and wholesomeness to you this weekend. We hope you enjoy the following five films we've recommended.

The Addams Family (1991)

Beginning with this cult classic, The Addams Family is an absolute must when it comes to fun 90s Halloween films. When an evil doctor hires a con-artist to pretend to be the Addam’s Family missing uncle, he must shake their doubts in order to fleece the family of their money, but faces surprising dilemmas when he finds himself fitting in. This film was one of many 90s nostalgic adaptions that Hollywood began producing, with this one being a particularly successful hit. Whilst its plot isn’t particularly wild, its surprisingly strong screenplay and wonderful casting will find yourself appreciating it more when as an adult than if you watched the film when you were younger. Funny, ghoulish, and whimsical, The Addams Family is the perfect film to kick off your spooky October film-fest. Also, Gomez and Morticia Addams? Relationship goals.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Whilst debated to be a Christmas movie, we fully believe this spooky animated classic is for Halloween. The tale revolves around Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, who is tired of scaring humans every 31st October with the same mundane routine. He attempts to bring Christmas to his home instead when accidentally discovering Christmas Town. However, as Christmas approaches, his plans bring unexpected chaos. This film is the perfect way to kick off scary season, as Tim Burton’s extraordinary animation style is like no other. Along with his similar works of Coraline and Corpse Bride, the mixture of creepy crawling eeriness and melancholy beauty in this film is enough alone for it to be worth a watch. From its unique character design and incredible original songs, the film is a fun, gothic masterpiece.

Casper (1995)

Arguably the most intensely 90s film out of our picks, Casper is a thoroughly entertaining and wholesome film that combines the use of cartoon slapstick with comedic traditional elements. The film follows an afterlife therapist and his daughter who meet “the friendliest ghost you know” when they move into a crumbling mansion in order to rid the premises of wicked spirits. Whilst the plot is somewhat cheesy, the film has some solid villain characters and superb cinematography. With a satisfying balance of light and dark material, along with some interesting philosophy concerning life and death for a kid’s film, Casper is a ghoulish delight to watch this Halloween.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

With our second Tim Burton recommendation, can you tell how much we love his style? The kooky film revolves around Edward, an experimental outcast with scissors for hands, who is discovered by a suburban lady. She then introduces him to her middle-class American life whilst he faces the challenges her 'normal' life brings. Better described as a modern-day comedy Frankenstein, Edward’s stark gothic appearance is highly contrasted against the colour-coordinated perfect suburbia, producing striking imagery and incredible cinematography. And of course, we can’t forget how wonderful Johnny Depp portrays this character. As this was his first role breaking away from teen chick-flicks, he produces a wonderful performance in playing the gothic outcast, along with his heart-warming interactions with Winona Ryder’s character.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

And last, but certainly not least, we have our last fun 90s film recommendation of Hocus Pocus! After three witches are accidentally resurrected after 300 years of slumber, three kids have to end the witches’ reign of terror once and for all. This wonderful family favourite has a charming dose of autumn chills coupled with impeccable performances and spooky fun. Also, Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker playing sassy witches? It’s definitely a must-see. This film essentially invented Halloween.

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