Oct 15th: A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (2020) ☆☆☆

It’s Codename: Kids Next Door meets Halloweentown, sort of. Something like that.

I will be totally honest: most of the kid movies I have on my Halloween list are ones that I personally watched when I was little. Some movies are quite obviously meant for younger people, like this one, while others–Hocus Pocus and Paranorman, for example–don’t play up the innocence factor quite so much. But I didn’t want to rewatch anything this month except for those nostalgic classics (and It Comes at Night, since I didn’t really watch it the first time around), and I’ve seen almost every interesting horror movie on Netflix (English ones, at least, since Nelson likes to listen even though he isn’t watching half the time.)

So, Babysitter’s Guide was kind of a desperate pick, and I wasn’t expecting much. Thankfully, I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected, and I think it’s a world that I would have been o b s e s s e d with as a child. The Netflix original, directed by Rachal Talalay, is also based on a series of books by Joe Ballarini, who wrote the screenplay.

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Oct 12th: Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020) ☆☆☆1/2

Ah, teenagers fighting and killing vampires to protect their homes and families. LOVE IT!

This movie reminded me marginally of another movie on this list, Fright Night*, and a bunch of other Disney Channel-esque films where a group of kids, usually with no adults willing to believe them, go adventure-fighting supernatural forces to save everyone because they are just darn good kids. (For the record, I saw Fright Night once when I was, like, ten, and I only remember kids, Dracula, and not knowing what a virgin was, so don’t hold that comparison too close to candlelight.*)

Anyway, this Netflix film, directed by Oz Rodriguez, was a funny Halloween romp if you aren’t looking to be scared or overly dramatic. Oh, and the vampires are all white, blonde gentrifiers. Yay for allegory!

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Oct 9th-11th: The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020) ☆☆☆

Ghost story, love story–it’s all the same here!

But if you love a good ghost story, this follow-up season to The Haunting of Hill House may not be your cup of tea. For me–a person who was thoroughly terrified by Hill House and could only deal with the slow pacing of the story because I was constantly scared–I really looked forward to the follow-up to the very successful Netflix haunting spectacular, created by Mike Flanagan. While there was a lot that I really enjoyed (and even loved!), I think the connection to Hill House may let down people looking for a horrific secondary adventure.

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