Monthly Archives: October 2015

For parents only: Movies4Kids picks the scariest kids in the movies!

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It’s Halloween tomorrow, and since I have suggested spooky movies for kids before (click here for our top Halloween treats for kids of all ages), this year I decided it was time to freak out the grown-ups instead.

So check out the Movies4Kids list of the scariest kids in the movies, and remember – this list is for ADULTS ONLY! Most of these movies are 18 certificates, and none of them are suitable for children!!

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Read on if you dare…

Damien – The Omen; Damien: The Omen II

Gregory Peck is the dad who realises his son may just be the spawn of the devil in 1976’s The Omen, especially after his nanny hangs herself and Patrick Troughton’s Catholic priest gets gruesomely impaled by a post. In the 1978 sequel, little Damien (Jonathan Scott-Taylor) is now a 12-year-old with a sinister glare who has the mark of the devil (666) hidden under his bowl haircut and a string of dead bodies in his wake. Creepy doesn’t cover it.

Regan – The Exorcist

This classic horror was made back in 1973, and, of course, tells the story of the demonic possession of 12-year-old Regan (Linda Blair). Once watched, you’ll never forget the infamous vomit/head-spinning scene as priests Max von Sydow and Jason Miller try and exorcise the demon. The scariest bit, though, is actually a deleted scene you can watch on Special Edition versions that has Regan crawling down the stairs like a spider. Watch it if you dare…

David and his spooky pals – Village Of The Damned

Based on the John Wyndham book The Midwich Cuckoos, this 1960 British sci-fi movie is the one about the village full of blonde, creepy children. After the inhabitants of Midwich village all fall unconscious, it turns out all the women are pregnant and give birth on the same day to blond, staring babies. Uh-oh. These spooky tots grow up to be cold-hearted, callous kids who can communicate telepathically and don’t seem to be too worried when the adults of Midwich meet unfortunate ends…

Henry – The Good Son

To be honest, we thought Macaulay Culkin was creepy enough in Home Alone (just kidding), but the former cutie is truly psychopathic here as young Henry, who threatens his cousin Mark (Elijah Wood) and may just possibly have been responsible for the death of his own brother. It’s all a bit daft, but Culkin is truly sinister as the murdering teen.

Isaac and Malachi – Children Of The Corn

Horrormeister Stephen King has created some creepy kids in his time and none more so than Isaac and Malachi, two of the unusual children living in the town of Gatlin. The movie based on his short story isn’t a classic by any means, but there are some twistedly fun moments as the kids – who sacrifice any grown-ups who stray near their town – pursue clueless passers-by Burt and Vicky (Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton).

Sadako/Samara – Ring/The Ring

Hideo Nakata’s 1998 Japanese horror and Gore Verkbinski’s 2002 US remake both contain a fair number of moments to make you jump as a cursed video tape ends up with the viewer meeting a nasty end. But the bits that will freak you out the most involve the girl with long hair (in both versions of the story), crawling towards the camera. She’s coming to get you!

Kyra – The Sixth Sense

M Night Shyamalan’s superb chiller about the boy (Haley Joel Osment) who thinks he can see dead people and the psychologist (Bruce Willis) who tries to help him has one moment that makes even the bravest viewer jump. At the funeral of little Kyra (Mischa Barton), young Cole goes to her bedroom and … well, we won’t spoil it.

Rhoda – The Bad Seed

Little Rhoda (Patty McCormack) may look cute with her blond pigtails, but beware – she kills a little kid with her tap shoes (yes, really), and murders an old lady who didn’t give her some trifle. A big hit when the movie was released in 1956, this has a different ending to the novel and play it is based on – in fact three different endings were filmed so it could be kept secret.

Danny – Salem’s Lot

Another Stephen King adaptation, this story of vampires in a small American town was turned into a TV mini series by Tobe Hooper that was later edited into a movie. David Soul is the man who travels back to his home town of Salem’s Lot and discovers a mysterious man has bough the Marsten house, a grand old house on a hilltop that’s just perfect for a vampire and his lackey. Surprisingly spooky when you consider it was made for TV back in 1979 (decades before we had more graphic shows like The Walking Dead), the moment that makes everyone jump is when Danny, a kid who has been turned into a vampire, hovers outside the window of his schoolfriend Mark. “Open the window, Mark. Open the window…”

The Grady daughters – The Shining

While it is stunning to look at, Stanley Kubrick’s movie adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining isn’t quite as stomach-twistingly scary as the book, partly because Jack Nicholson overplays the madness of his character Jack, from the moment he takes up the job as caretaker of the remote Overlook Hotel (in the book, it’s the hotel that sends Jack over the edge, whereas on screen he’s pretty bonkers before he gets there). However, it’s still a terrific piece of cinema as Jack’s wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) realises she and her son Danny (Danny Lloyd) may be in danger, not just from her husband but from the spooky hotel itself. You’ll jump when you see the old, rotting lady in room 237, but the creepiest ghosts of all haunting this isolated inn are the daughters of former caretaker Grady, as played by twins Louise and Lisa Burns, who try to get Danny to play (“Come and play with us, Danny. Forever… and ever… and ever….”)

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The Best James Bond Movies For Kids

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Loved by adults and kids alike, James Bond was created by author Ian Fleming in 1953 but first became movie flesh and blood fifty years ago when, in 1962’s Dr No, Sean Connery sipped his shaken not stirred Martini and first told us that his name was “Bond. James Bond.”

More than five decades later and we have had 24 ‘official’ Bond movies (1967’s parody Casino Royale, and 1983’s Thunderball remake Never Say Never Again aren’t counted as proper Bonds by fans), with the latest, Spectre, now out in cinemas. Over those 50 years, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and now Daniel Craig have all romanced the ladies, killed the bad guys and delivered the cool quips as 007, and each have brought their own style and charms to the franchise.

Everyone has their favourite Bond – and favourite Bond movie – but if you’re…

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The Good Dinosaur – 20 Years of Friendship at Pixar

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The latest animated movie from Pixar, The Good Dinosaur, opens in cinemas next month (the UK release date is November 27th). To celebrate the release, and to mark 20 years of Pixar, the animation studio has released a sweet clip to celebrate some of the loveliest moments from their movies while giving us a hint of the adventure to come:

Marty McFly and Doc Brown visit Jimmy Kimmel

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We love Back To The Future here at Movies4Kids and our favourite part of yesterday’s 30th anniversary celebrations has to be Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel talk show in character as Marty and Doc.

And if that wasn’t brilliant enough – Huey Lewis is there too:

Happy Back To The Future Day!

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Today is Back To The Future Day – celebrating 30 years since the first movie came out… and it’s also the day in the future that the second instalment of the trilogy is set. Yes, that’s right, if we were to believe writer/director Robert Zemeckis’s predictions when he made Back To The Future II in 1989, on October 21, 2015, we should all be dashing around in flying cars, watching a holographic Jaws 19, and drinking Pepsi Perfect.

bgnnnjWell, while you may not be able to experience the first two, Pepsi have released a limited edition drink to celebrate the trilogy’s anniversary that goes on sale today. It looks exactly like the bottle Marty orders in Café 80s in Back To The Future Part II, and 6,500 have been made, selling for $20.15 (2015, geddit?) and the drink inside is original Pepsi. Unfortunately, it will only be available to buy online from Pepsi’s US website –  though expect bottles to appear at inflated prices on Ebay any day now.

Here’s the Pepsi Perfect ad to celebrate the anniversary:

If you’re a fan, check out the official Back To The Future website at http://www.backtothefuture.com , buy the new 30th anniversary DVD and blu-ray release of the trilogy, and best of all, watch this Toyota advert, launched today, featuring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd talking about which predictions the movie did get right about 2015:

Click here to go to the Toyota website

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All the Back To The Future movies are reviewed at Movies4Kids – click on the movie titles below to go to the reviews:

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It’s here… the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Okay, we are now beyond excited here at Movies4Kids Towers. It’s just over 8 weeks until Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in cinemas around the world, and director JJ Abrams and the lovely people at Disney are spoiling us with a new trailer.

Watch closely for some more hints about the story – though happily it doesn’t reveal too much.

If you haven’t booked tickets yet, they are on sale at www.theforceawakens.co.uk in the UK.

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Tickets on sale for Star Wars #TheForceAwakens… if you can get through

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Unless you have been living under a rock these past few months, chances are you are aware that there is a little movie named Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming to cinemas in December this year. The highly anticipated Episode VII of the space saga has had a release date for quite some time now – December 16 in parts of Europe including France and Sweden, as well as Taiwan and The Philippines, December 17 in countries including the UK, Australia, UAE, Mexico and Russia and the rest of the world (including the USA) on December 18 – aside from China who have to wait until January 29th.

We’ve had sneak previews, Comic Con announcements, yesterday’s reveal of the Luke-less poster (above) and a trailer coming later today, all to tie in with the worldwide release of, well, potentially the biggest box office sensation of all time. So you would think movie theatres/cinema chains would be prepared for a busy day on their websites on the day that tickets to Star Wars became available to book online, wouldn’t you?

Hmmm. We haven’t heard how the rest of the world faired this morning yet, but certainly two of the UK’s biggest cinema chains – Odeon and Cineworld – got a fair bit of abuse online as their websites buckled under the strain of people trying to book tickets as they went on sale at 8am. Certainly, our experience over here at Movies4Kids wasn’t too positive. While I will hopefully see the movie just before release at a screening for critics like myself writing reviews, my husband and son aren’t so lucky and wanted to buy tickets for one of the earliest public performances at Odeon’s flagship cinema in Leicester Square. Simple, right? Ha.

240px-Leicester_Square_OdeonThe Odeon website simply couldn’t cope with the demand, failing at every step of the booking process, and after over two hours of trying (yes, we are very dedicated Star Wars fans… well, of the original movies, at least) I was ready to spew blood, just like poor Hugh Bonneville in last night’s Downton Abbey. Taking to Twitter, I saw just about everyone had encountered the same problem – payments not going through, bookings failing at each step, messages saying that bookings were suspended because the website had imploded, and that visitors to the Cineworld site had experienced similar problems. Many people tweeted asking why the cinemas hadn’t prepared for a mass of bookings – surely they knew Star Wars may be a little bit popular? – but amongst all the grumbles, there was one glimmer of hope… a user suggested trying the Odeon app rather than the website. Thanks to that suggestion, I got tickets within 15 minutes (after entering my credit card details so many times I think I may have purchased the entire Odeon Leicester Square) and can now breathe easily knowing neither my husband or my son will hit me with a toy lightsaber when I least expect it.

So, tut tut to Odeon and all the other cinema booking systems for not being prepared, and a shout out to my father who, when hearing of my Star Wars traumas, sighed and sagely replied: “It is only a movie, you know…”