Helping Your Teen Host a Fright Night: What To Watch

 

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Samantha is a 17-year-old from Tulsa, OK. She enjoys babysitting, sewing, drawing, crocheting, writing and anything creative. She loves to hang out with her mom and two sisters and hopes to someday work in the fashion industry.

 

Your teen is too old to trick-or-treat this year and you don’t want them to go to that Halloween party where no parents will be present, so what should you do? Why not offer to help your teen host a scary movie night with a few of their friends? I have put together a list of movie ideas ranging from the not-so-scary to the so-very-scary. I have listed what age groups I think each movie is appropriate for and listed some of the scary and inappropriate parts that I think parents should be aware of. I will also be providing links to common sense media for the ‘scary’ and ‘so very scary’ movies.

 

Without further ado, let’s review!

 

 

Not-So-Scary (all ages) –

Spooky Buddies

Casper Meets Wendy

Double, Double, Toil And Trouble

Twitches & Twitches Too

The Halloweentown Quadrilogy

Hocus Pocus

 

All of these movies are either G or PG and there is nothing parents need to be wary of their teens seeing in these movies. Yes, most of these movies are aimed toward younger kids but I myself and the majority of my friends would prefer to watch these movies than an overly-gory horror flick.

 

 

Scary (13 or 14 and up) –

(PG-13) Prom Night –

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/prom-night-2008

Though many people found this movie boring, I have heard of many teens who find it thrilling. I have to say this movie is probably one of the more gory pg-13 films out there. You watch several characters being stabbed, later on you also see their ‘dead’ bodies and there are also a few inappropriate parts, but nothing more than what is normally seen in a pg-13 flick.

 

(PG-13) When A Stranger Calls (remake) –

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/when-stranger-calls-2006

This is a great film for those who want a good scare. Sex isn’t really an issue in this movie, there is a little language and of course there is some violence but most of the gore is not seen onscreen. I recommend this film for ages 13 or 14 and up. It really depends on your family, I believe I was 12 the first time I saw this and was somewhat frightened by it, so if your teen is mature enough and ready to see this at 13 then you should allow them to.

 

(PG-13) Red Eye –

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/red-eye

This is a great option if you want a suspenseful movie. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and has very little gore. You do see a a few dead bodies briefly, and a character gets stabbed in the neck with a pen then pulls it out– it sounds a lot worse than it comes across on film. I first saw this around age 12 and if I remember correctly I wasn’t that scared, it was just somewhat intense. I recommend this for ages 13 and up

 

 

So-Very-Scary (16 and up) –

(R) The Scream Quadrilogy –

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/scream

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/scream-2

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/scream-3

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/scream-4

I happen to be a big fan of the Scream series. I find when horror films have an actual storyline and character development, they are easier to take in. The violence in this film is rather gory but I didn’t find it too overwhelming. The violence was more along the lines of thriller or suspense violence than disgusting and dark. Sex is often more talked about than seen in this series but that is not to say that it isn’t relevant. I have to admit though, these movies will leave you a little scared to pick up your phone the next time it rings.

 

(R) Halloween –

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/halloween

I was 13 when I first watched Halloween and I definitely do not recommend letting your teens watch this if they are under the age of 16. Though there is not a lot of blood and gore, this is probably one of the most frightening movies I have seen. I think the fact that a lot is left to your imagination but the aftermath is still shown, is what makes it so scary. Needless to say, I wasn’t able to sleep very well the night I saw it and I was constantly waking up to check under the bed and in the closet. Now that I am 17, and have watched many different horror movies, I don’t think that it would scare me the way it did 4 years ago and I think that mature 16 year olds and on up can handle seeing this movie.

 

(R) I Know What You Did Last Summer –

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/i-know-what-you-did-last-summer

I enjoyed this movie, it had a good storyline and plenty of character development– I think it is appropriate for ages 16 and up. When it comes to sex it is implied but not seen. Underage drinking is prominent, especially towards the beginning, since it plays a contributing role in what these teens ‘did last summer’… There are some gory parts, more gross than scary. Towards the end, though, there is a scary seen when the main character is trying to avoid the killer and runs across her friends’ lifeless bodies on ice– which sounds much more terrifying than it actually is. The weapon used in this movie is a very large fish hook, which caused me to close my eyes a couple times.

 

 

I hope this list of movies and reviews helps you and your teen decide what to watch at your fright night!

 

Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

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