Second part of our special dedicated to the ten films, including animated films, which more than any other have celebrated Halloween and its ghoulish characters. After having talked about the first five, here there are the other five. Have a nice reading and of course we welcome your comments or additional reports!
In sixth place on our list of Halloween movies, cartoons and Tv shows, there is a classic of the horror genre as “Halloween”, low budget movie directed in 1978 by John Carpenter (director who has to his credit another cult movie: “Escape from New York”, film that made Kurt Russel famous in the role of Jena Plissken). The movie talk about the story of Michael Myers, a psychopathic serial killer who liked to kill the nights of Halloween who in the movie reaps five victims, precisely in the night of October 31, and seriously wounded a sixth person before being, apparently, killed in turn. It will not be the case, since the first was followed by ten more films always focus on the stories of Myers.
If you don’t love the horror genre and prefer light-hearted and fun movies, you will love Hocus Pocus, a1993 story produced by Walt Disney which sees Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy interpret the role of the three Sanderson sisters, Salem witches who were hanged in 1693 who on Halloween night to come back to life after 300 years trying to capture the children of Salem to suck their lifeblood. They will not succeed thanks to the intervention of a providential and enterprising black cat.
In eighth place, we suggest a very peuliar Japanese manga : Soul Eater, born from the imagination of Atsushi Ohkubo which contains many references to the themes of Halloween (from witches to Jack O’ Lanterns, from zombie to assorted spirits). Pubblished in 2003 eand then made into a TV series (an anime) in 2008, it was published in Italy by Panini Comics starting from 2009 while the anime was broadcast by Rai4 between 2010 and 2011. In addition to the obvious references, also graphics, on Halloween the series, which tells the story of a very particular school, directed by none other than Shinigami, the god of death, and located in the fictional town of Death City, where students are trained in the use of “weapons” to fight against the Kishin (a being who has been feeding the souls of innocent human reaching a demonic stage) is full of quotes ranging from Pink Floyd to Thor, from Frankenstein to famous criminals as Al Capone or Jack the Ripper.
As ninth we can not but quote a classic “evergreen”, The Addams Family, a curious cast of characters designed by Charles Addams which since the Thirties of the last century have been involved in three television series (broadcasted from 1964, from 1992 and from 1998), two series of cartoons produced by Hanna-Barbera (originally as a spin off of the most famous Scooby Doo series, in 1972) four movies (premiered in 1977, in 1991, in 1993 and in 1998, this one only for home video market) and even a Broadway musical, from 2009. Needless to say that the Addams over the years have become protagonists also merchandising, ahaving among other things, saw Mattel produce a “Morticia” Barbie and a “Gomez” Ken (ie Addams couple) in 2000. There are also many video games dedicated to them between 1989 and 2001.
Tenth and final film on our list, Monster & Co., Pixar animated film of 2001, that tells the story of two cute monsters employed in the Monster Inc., Sulley and Mike, that will end up with the friends with a girl, Boo, despite having to craft frighten children. Award winning and blockbuster, Monster & Co, that actually does not refer specifically to Halloween but in general revolves around the concept of what it means to be “a monster”, ahd in 2013 (after the project had been suspended from 2005 to 2010) a prequel, Monster University, which tells of the youth of his protagonists and their encounter at university. One, or rather two, “monster” stories great fun to enjoy with the family in front of the television, not only (but also) on the night of Halloween.
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