Posted at 9:49 AM on October 31, 2008
by Euan Kerr
I got an e-mail from my sister yesterday with a question: her son Geordie and his pal Archie are going out on a Hallowe'en tour tonight, but then want to come back and watch a movie that is funny but scary. Geordie and Archie are 12.
Here's part of what she wrote: I have ordered a couple of Abbott and Costello films Meet the Mummy and Meet Frankenstein. But somehow I remember him saying that the Cat and the Canary was no good as it was old fashioned and now feel I should get something else. Any suggestions?
I immediately suggested Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" and the early Roman Polanski romp "The Fearless Vampire Killers." As an afterthought I added "Plan 9 from Outer Space," although it might be better to hold off on enjoying Ed Wood's work until they are a little older.
But, I realized there is a whole other resource at my finger tips: what would Movie Natters readers suggest?
All suggestions for funny/scary movies for 12-year-olds are welcome, especially with explanation! Fire away.
And here's a taste of "Young Frankenstein" to whet your whistle:
My family always has to watch Arsenic and Old Lace, Then also for the kids we watch Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstien. My husband and I watch Shaun of the Dead when the kids are asleep...
OOps I forgot to add for a twist Rocky Horror Picture Show, although they'ld have to be fairly open minded 12 yr olds and then there is Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Good Luck
_Evil Dead 2_ , no contest. Assuming they're not put off by splatter, that is. If splat makes them squeamish, how about _Curse of the Were-Rabbit_?
For a starter, try Buster Keaton's 2-reeler _The Haunted House_.