With the latest horror films coming out this month, A Quiet Place (Apr. 6) and Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare (Apr. 13) both rated PG-13, a friend of mine presented to me a question on my way home from work. He asks, “What are you top 5 horror films rated PG-13?” Immediately, I was intrigued with the question. It is something I have probably talked about a lot sporadically but never really thought about the question and made a list for myself to be ready when said question would arise. Well, now I have no excuse. I have thought about it and here are my top 5 favorite horror films rated PG-13.
It’s the 24th anniversary of the theatrical release of Hocus Pocus. I have already watched the film today and it motivated me to write a tribute and recommendation for the film for those who have or have not seen it. Basically everyone. What can I say about this Disney masterpiece that most of you don’t already know. I would be very surprised to find someone who hasn’t seen this movie let alone heard of it before. I remember the movie I saw this trailer on: Super Mario Bros. and I also remember the day I went to see this movie with my friends the day it was released. Hocus Pocus is one of those movies that parents would show their kids when they reach a certain age. Some movies transition into the next generation of movies and are not forgotten and this is one of those titles. For most families and individuals like myself it has become a Halloween tradition to watch the movie each year around the holiday in Oct. I want to pay tribute and recommend this wonderful children’s movie as one of the best Halloween and Disney films of all time.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Director: Kenny Ortega
Writer: David Kirschner, Mick Garris, and Neil Cuthbert
Starring: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Vanessa Shaw, and Thora Birch
Plot: Three Witches known as The Sanderson Sisters need the lifeforce of children to stay young. They are caught and hung for their crimes and now 300 years later they are resurrected to finish what they started and it’s up to 3 children to stop them before the witches suck the life of all the children in Salem.
For the latest episode we decided to devote the whole episode to the movie Get Out which is a phenomenon right now and could potential be the best horror movie of 2017 if not years.
Get Out was more than just a horror movie. It was a movie that made self aware of the micro racism that exist in our world today and decided to shed light on what African Americans go through or any people of color for that matter.
The movie also had the ability to make us laugh as well as scare us throughout the whole movie. The script is well written and as a horror movie drives people to have conversations about a topic that makes most people very uncomfortable. You can read more about my initial reaction with my review of Get Out.
Along with my buddy and co-host of our podcast “Bitch, I Ain’t Scared” have a listen to our thoughts on the film and to talk more deeply about the reactions, the emotions, and thoughts of the film and how brilliant this movie is.
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Back in 1994 I came across this underrated gem of a movie starring Kevin Spacey. I didn’t know much about Kevin Spacey except for his role in The Ref with his brilliant brutal, and honest performance I thought what a perfect role for him to play a boss from hell. You may remember him as the evil boss from Horrible Bosses but you haven’t seen evil till you have seen him antagonize his new assistant in the movie Swimming With Sharks. Hysterical movie along with some thrilling suspense mixed in makes this movie worth the watch and for anyone who has ever worked for someone who was just a jerk, this movie is for you.
Swimming With Sharks (1994)
Director: George Huang
Writer: George Huang
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley, Michelle Forbes, and Benicio Del Toro
Plot: A young new studio assistant tries putting in his dues while becoming a successful screenwriter. The studio assistant decides to turn the tables on his verbal abusive producer boss that definitely takes their work relationship to new and dangerous heights.
Back again with another recommendation for you followers. I trust that you already know of this amazing film but in case you don’t I want to introduce you to a smart clever and twisty movie called The Game. To this day, this is one of the first movies that I watched that made me feel like an adult. With the cast, the plot, the tone, this movie shouldn’t have been on my radar as interest given how young I was when I watched it. I walked out feeling very sophisticated watching such an adult movie that made you think, pay attention, and listen to dialogue more than watching things blow up in front of you to keep you engaged.
The Game (1997)
Director: David Fincher
Writers: John Brancato & Michael Ferris
Cast: Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger, and James Rebhorn
Plot: A wealthy banker on his 48th Birthday is set as an example as to test out what you give a man who has everything. That very gift is an opportunity to participate in a game. An interactive game involving mystery and adventure which turns his life upside down not knowing what is reality and what is the game.
My first recommendation I want to bring to your attention is my favorite movie of all time. With the thousands and thousands of movies I could pick for my favorite this movie stands out from the bunch.