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Hilarious Halloween films that won’t give you sleepless nights

If you are anything like me, scary films give you the creeps! It doesn’t take much for me to hide behind the cushions, throw the popcorn into the air and scream so much the neighbours rush over.

But it doesn’t need to be that way this Halloween, because Brig is here to suggest some comical spooky or supernatural classics to watch this October 31.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

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Adapted from a Broadway rock musical, Little Shop of Horrors was released in 1986 by director Frank Oz.

The story follows a florist who is tired with living and working in a shabby part of New York City. Due to their lack of custom, the owners decide to put a strange, quirky plant they’ve been growing on display. However, it begins to die and they wonder how to revive it. But after pricking his finer, the owner soon discovers that his plant needs to feed on humans to live.

So, to rescue his business and his love life, the owner begins to listen to his murderous plant, with serious repercussions.

 

GHOSTBUSTERS

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In 1984, Ivan Reitman brought us a legan…wait for it…dary film. I’m sure you know the story, but hey – indulge me.

Three nutty scientists get fired from their jobs at a New York City university and set up their own business in an old firehouse. But forget latching onto the good old American dream, these men don’t whip up a normal business, nope – they become Ghostbusters, catching pesky ghosts, spirits and poltergeists.

But their antics lead them to accidentally slip into another dimension, one which will release crazy spooks upon the city and when that happens, I mean – who you gonna call? And don’t forget, there is also the new 2016 version with a star-studded female cast to compare and contrast with.

 

HOCUS POCUS

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Hocus Pocus came cackling into our lives in 1993, through the work of director Kenny Ortega. After three centuries, three crafty witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, by some overly curious teenagers that explore an abandoned house.

As they get all Macbeth like on town, it is up to two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all.

 

CASPER

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When her late father  left her his rickety old mansion rather than his money, Carrigan is ready to destroy the place.

Then when she discovers a map to a treasure hidden in the house, she becomes more inclined to give it a shot. But when she enters the creaky old place to seek her fortune, she is frightened away by the resident ghosts, but not Casper, the very friendly ghost.

Brought to us from Brad Silberling in 1995, this is a must-see family classic.

 

SCARY MOVIE

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This particular comical franchise – that has hosted a wide array of celebrities -w as born in 2000, thanks to director Keenen Ivory Wayans.

The films offer a parody that reflect on clichéd and iconic contemporary images and films.

The series all kicks off when a group of teenagers accidentally hit a man with their car and dispose of the body, but now they are being stalked by an oddly familiar secret figure. With scenes of mocking horror, Scary Movie makes dark and sinister seem like a fun day out at the circus.

 

SHAUN OF THE DEAD

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A man decides to turn his dull life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, making peace with his mother, and oh yeah – fighting with an entire neighbourhood that has returned from the dead as zombies.

Yet with no skill at all and the heart of a mouse, can two best friends really save the world with a couple of cricket bats and a trip to the pub?

Released in 2004, Edgar Wright’s film sees the beginning of a life-long bromance between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

 

BEWITCHED

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Based on the original 1964-1972 televisions series, this 2005 film directed by Nora Ephron brings a fresh spin on the witching world.

Thinking he can overshadow an unknown actress, an egocentric actor unknowingly gets a witch cast in an upcoming television remake of the classic show – oh look its Bewitched.

But her little tricks cause cheeky havoc and romance magically enchants the naive actor.

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