HALLOWEEN MOVIE CLASSICS

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IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN CHARLIE BROWN – Release Date: October 27, 1966
STARRING: Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer, Kathy Steinberg
GENRE: CARTOON/COMEDY/HALLOWEEN
STORYLINE: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. A Halloween special, it was the third Peanuts special to be produced and animated by Bill Melendez

HOLD THAT GHOST – Release Date: August 6, 1941
STARRING: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Richard Carlson, Joan Davis, Shemp Howard, The Andrews Sisters
GENRE: COMEDY
STORYLINE: Two nightclub waiters (Bud Abbott, Lou Costello) inherit a haunted roadhouse from a bumped-off gangster.
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NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – Release date – November 9, 1884
STARRING: John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Nick Corri, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund
GENRE: HORROR/SLASHER
STORYLINE: The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.. The movie grossed over 57 million dollars at the box office but really took off once it hit cable TV in the latter to mid-80s.
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GHOST BREAKERS – Release date – June 7 1940 in Detroit, June 21 the rest of the U.S.A.
STARRING: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Willie Best, Richard Carlson, Paul Lukas, Anthony Quinn
GENRE: MYSTERY/HORROR/COMEDY
STORYLINE: After intrepid working girl Mary Carter (Paulette Goddard) becomes the new owner of a reputedly haunted mansion located on Black Island near the Cuban coast, a stranger (Anthony Quinn) phones to warn her to stay away from the castle. Undaunted, Mary sets sail for Cuba with a stowaway in her trunk — wise-cracking Larry Lawrence (Bob Hope), a radio announcer who helps Mary get to the bottom of the voodoo magic, zombies and ghosts that supposedly curse the spooky estate. The movie was based on a 1909 play titled “The Ghost Breaker” written by Paul Dickey and Charles W. Goddard.
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HELLRAISER – Release Date – September 10, 1987 in London, worldwide shortly after that
STARRING: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence,
GENRE: Horrow
STORYLINE: A woman discovers the newly resurrected, partially formed body of her brother-in-law. She starts killing for him to revitalize his body so he can escape The movie wasn’t a smash at the box office, it only grossed a little over 14 million dollars. However, the movie was only budgeted for $1,000,000.00 so, you do the math on how great that rate of return is on investment. Along with that, the movie has stood the test of time as one of the eeriest movies made.
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ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN — Release date – June 15, 1948
STARRING: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange, Lenore Aubert, Jane Randolph
GENRE: COMEDY
STORYLINE:  Abbott and Costello, as railroad baggage clerks, receive a strange shipment – the last remains of Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster. But this deadly duo is still very much alive. So when the shipment arrives at the House of Horrors, the Monsters are not in their crates but have disappeared to a secret hideaway island. Blamed for the disappearance, Abbott and Costello follow their trail to the island, where not only do they meet up with Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and the Monster (Glenn Strange), but a Mad Scientist (Charles Bradstreet) who wants to switch Costello’s brain with that of the Monster. With everyone chasing each other, the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney, Jr.) shows up to scare them all.  The movie was budgeted at over $790,000.00 and did over 3.2 million dollars at the box office
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PHANTASM – Release Date – March 28, 1979
STARRING: Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester, Angus Scrimm
GENRE: FANTASY/HORROR
STORYLINE: A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber, known only as the Tall Man, who employs a lethal arsenal of unearthly weapons. The movie had a meager budget of $300,000.00 and brought in over 22 million dollars at the box office.
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VIDEODROME – Release Date – February 4, 1983
STARRING: James Woods, Sonja Smits, Deborah Harry, Peter Dvorsky, Les Carlson, Jack Creley, Lynne Gorman
GENRE: HORROR/SCI-FI
STORYLINE: A programmer at a TV station that specializes in adult entertainment searches for the producers of a dangerous and bizarre broadcast. By Hollywood standards, the movie was a flop. With a budget of almost six million dollars, the movie barely broke 2 million dollars at the box office but it has remained a cult classic.
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SCARY MOVIE – Release Date – July 7, 2000
STARRING: Anna Faris, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Jon Abrahams, Carmen Electra, Shannon Elizabeth, Kurt Fuller
Regina Hall, Lochlyn Munro, Cheri Oteri, Dave Sheridan,
GENRE:  COMEDY
STORYLINE: A year after disposing of the body of a man they accidentally killed, a group of dumb teenagers are stalked by a bumbling serial killer.  The movie spawned a few sequels however, this was the goose that laid the golden egg.  The budget was 19 million dollars and the movie did almost 300 million dollars at the box office.  The was the Wayan Brothers at their funniest.
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Sources:  IMDB, Wikipedia, Amazon