Top ten terrifying throwbacks


Photo by Alex O'Gorman

Story by Langley Leverett, staff writer

  1. Nightmare before Christmas

Stereotypically, monsters, ghouls and witches are inherently evil. However, a new light is shone upon the inner depths of these seemingly frightful, but harmless creatures in this eccentric film about an ominous skeleton king. When Jack Skellington grows bored with the forever repeating days of Halloween, he stumbles upon a grove of trees that are actually portals to numerous holiday universes, and inevitably, can’t pass up the opportunity. A tale of self discovery and newfound love, this movie will leave you with hope of navigating the haunted house known as life.

  1. Hocus Pocus

Some teenagers recklessly insist on pushing the limits, especially when regarding the warnings in old fairy tales on lighting a certain candle that will release dangerous, cannibalistic witches. Fixed on the idea of teenage love and heroism, Max Dennison takes it upon himself to save the small town of Salem, Massachusetts from a massacre. So, on Halloween night, do the world a favor and refrain from investigating eerie old houses and leafing through grimoires.

  1. Addams Family

Most people think their family is wild, eccentric and perhaps lingering on the fringes of sanity. However, the Addams family is a unique being all on their own. You might realize the shocking truth about lunatics when Wednesday Addams tells about her Halloween costume. ”What are you for Halloween this year?” “This is my costume. I’m a homicidal maniac; they look like everyone else.” With these peculiar characters and their charming, morbid perspectives on life, you will quickly realize that there is no absolute definition of ‘normal.’

  1. Beetlejuice

Most people don’t think too hard about what they’re going to do in the afterlife, or prepare a backup plan for when they’re stuck in an architectural purgatory. Therefore, when you’re faced with the uncertainty of eternity, you can always count on the Handbook for the Recently Deceased and a lunatic notoriously known as Beetlejuice to guide your way. You might just realize the true meaning of “live like you were dying.”

  1. Harry Potter (The whole series)

Locked in a cupboard, with scarce food and too large second hand clothing, Harry Potter has never known true happiness and love. So when a giant comes barreling down the door and proclaims that he is wizard, and is destined to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, it comes as little bit of a shock. Especially when he discovers a rogue wizard is on the hunt to kill him. No problem. This is nothing a brave Gryffindor and the bond of friendship can’t handle.

  1. Edward Scissorhands

Everyone knows not to judge a book by its cover. Especially if that book happens to have scissors for hands and an affinity for styling hair and trimming bushes in the forms of animals. It’s hard not to love someone when they boost your confidence levels, all the while helping with wardrobe malfunctions.

  1. Corpse Bride

Falling into the world of the dead can be a little disorienting, especially when a widow, and dead one at that, insists on marrying you. Likewise, when frail, timid Victor finds himself in this position, he becomes unnerved at the surprising turn of events. Determined, for once in his life, to make it back to the world of the living to rescue his soon to be wife from an evil tyrant, he is faced with the prospect of putting old conflicts to rest- once and for all.


  1. Dark Shadows

Faced with the formalities of the 18th century, Colin Barnabas, a wealthy and highly obnoxious young man, takes advantage of a commoner, and finds himself six feet under. Unbeknownst to him, it is a fact that you should never irritate a witch. It’s also wise not to declare your love to them and then betray them by falling for another girl. You might just find yourself buried for 200 years and cursed as a vampire for all eternity.


Mysterious slime? Possessions? Random flying objects? This isn’t an ordinary house pest or neighborhood rascal. No, this is definitely the works of paranormal activity. One only needs a handful of scientists, a secretary, and love to repair all the problems.

  1. Coraline

When Coraline Jones is ominously warned against traveling through the inconspicuous passageway in her new home, temptation cannot be defeated. There is nothing like falling into a parallel world and being threatened to have buttons sewed over your eyes to make you appreciate your mom and dad. Yes, change can lead to neglect, but your parents truly do love you, even if they don’t pay attention. Hang in there, and do please try not to fall into an alternate universe.