We here at Gores Truly believe in equal opportunity horror. The things that go bump in the night don’t discriminate against age – so why should we? For all the horror-loving parents out there with little ghouls and boys – Terror Tots is our feature focused on getting your spawn brushed on the lighter side of all things horror.
Sharing horror with your little ones can be a frighteningly fun time for the kids (and how most of us here at Gores Truly got into it ourselves). And this time? The topic is Monsters.
Check out some of our favorites below and feel free to let us know what flicks are your family’s favorite.
Before Hotel Transylvania let the public know that Dracula can throw one bitching party - Mad Monster Party (1967) taught us that Baron Boris von Frankenstein (voiced by Boris Karloff himself) could throw a pretty sweet shindig too. Mad Monster Party is a classic animated stop-motion story (think Rudolph – with monsters) that spoofs the classics – and although it sneaks in some pretty risqué humor every now and then, your little one is bound to miss it and rather enjoy the impromptu musicals and Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde’s hysterical transformations.
If you haven’t showed your kidlets Monster Squad yet – WHAT THE HELL? Monster Squad without a doubt is horror’s version of the Goonies. It is the ultimate monster movie classic for kids – and shows how friendship can help small ones overcome any adversity – including adults who don’t believe them and Creatures who steal their Twinkies. I’m not going to lie – parts of Monster Squad, specifically Duncan Regehr as Dracula can be slightly frightening. Guy is amazing at channeling pure evil. However? Most of the movie is a spectacular showing of special effects, incredible writing, and jokes that never get old. Never (see: Wolfman has nards!).
Nothing – and we mean NOTHING makes us feel better then busting. Ghosts that is. Ghostbusters is by far one of the most widely known team names out there – and although the films contain some slightly adult humor, the fact that it has almost been 30 years and Venkman, Stanz, Spengler, and Zeddmore STILL inspire kids (young and old) to build their own proton packs out of cardboard and tell each other not to cross the streams. Ghostbusters is also a really good flick to help little ones (if necessary overcome their fear of things that go bump in the night – I mean, seriously. If Venkman can do it, why can’t your seven year old?).
What are some of your favorite Monster flicks to watch with your little terrors? Let us know and feel free to share other horror family favorites of yours to be shared in our Terror Tots feature over the next few months.