GHOULISH & GHASTLY GIFT GUIDE: TOP 5 MOVIE & TV PICKS

Happy Holidays from FearSeeker.Net! Explore these recent releases for all of the fright fans on your gift list, or give a gift “From You, To You” to reward yourself for surviving another year.

#1: MOVIES & TV
#2: VIDEO GAMES
#3: BOOKS
#4: SURPRISING FINDS

Additional reporting by Laura Bitten, Maggie Z, and Christopher Foulke.

Nightmare Before Christmas 3D

TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS 3D

A seldom-noticed fact: Tim Burton did not write this creepy, heartwarming classic. He didn’t even direct it. Yet every frame of the movie bears his unmistakable mark, from the iconic curly-cue mountaintops to the long, slender form of Jack Skellington himself. Like most great films made before the dawn of the Internet, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS bores some viewers today. Disney knows this about modern attention spans, so they re-released it in 3D, and now on Blu-ray 3D.

Available now on Blu Ray/DVD from Amazon for $29.99. Watch it now on iTunes.

Also recommended: The special-edition NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS album, also available on iTunes, featuring covers by Marilyn Manson, Fiona Apple, and Fall Out Boy.

THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 1

THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 1

All you really need to know: It’s about zombies. It’s based on a superb comic book series. It’s roughly as good as 28 DAYS LATER and the new DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004), which is to say, it’s quite good. And DVD collections and box-sets are the perfect gift for old people who don’t watch Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, Amazon, or illegally downloaded digital files with Korean subtitles.

Available on DVD from Amazon for only $14.99. Watch it now on iTunes.

HARRY POTTER

HARRY POTTER: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION YEARS 1 - 7

In a woeful marketing practice known as “artificial scarcity,” Warner Brothers is reportedly discontinuing all HARRY POTTER discs on December 29, 2011, so that people will be forced to buy a pricier box set, which is due in stores in late 2012. If you happen to have a gajillion dollars in Gringotts gold, then hold out for that ultimate, super-deluxe, mega-colossal set. Otherwise, pick up this bare-bones, value-priced collection as soon as possible. It includes the recently released eighth film, which also happens to be the scariest installment in the sure-to-be-timeless series that began as an innocent fable for children and ended as an epic saga of great moral heft.

Available on DVD from Amazon for $48.99. Watch the final film now on iTunes.

GODZILLA

THE CRITERION COLLECTION: GODZILLA (1954)

The Criterion Collection is a vast library of special-edition DVDs uniquely calibrated to the tastes of die-hard film buffs. Previous honorees include THE SEVENTH SEAL (starring Death himself!) and the vampire-zombie flick CRONOS by the wise and powerful Guillermo Del Toro. At long last, Criterion pays its proper respects to GODZILLA, with all-new documentaries; a free bonus movie (the 1956 American version); cast & crew interviews; and an “illustrated audio essay” exploring a real-life event that inspired GODZILLA. Like all great scary movies, GODZILLA equals more than the sum of its monster parts: The story is a post-Hiroshima allegory for Japanese life in the shadow of unprecedented nuclear destruction. If you dislike black-and-white movies with subtitles (you probably do, statistically speaking), hold out for the sure-to-be-louder American reboot due in theaters soon, but, by all means, please continue to ignore the boring 1998 remake from the producer of INDEPENDENCE DAY.

Pre-order on DVD from Amazon for only $19.99. Watch it now on iTunes.

SUPER 8

SUPER 8

SUPER 8 provides another pick for the monster-movie classicist on your list. Although released just last summer, it’s a suburban period piece steeped in nostalgia. Without a doubt, writer/director J.J. Abrams long ago earned his “street cred” among genre fans, but his creature-design team might benefit from a crash course with Godzilla. Abrams’ CLOVERFIELD, STAR TREK, and now SUPER 8 all share a series of lackluster monsters teeming with awkward limbs and lacking in personality. Regardless of any monstrous shortcomings, each of these movies continues to win over audiences by virtue of their pure humanity.

Available on Blu Ray/DVD from Amazon for $24.99. Watch it now on iTunes.

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21-11-2011 12:01 am by Joshua Gee

COMMENTS (6)

6 Responses to “GHOULISH & GHASTLY GIFT GUIDE: TOP 5 MOVIE & TV PICKS”

  1. I FREAKIN’ love Harry Potter!

  2. Ahem… American Horror Story.

    That is all.

  3. I thought super 8 was supposed to be a horror movie. Does this mean it’s not?
    My mom said we’re supposed to be having a Harry Potter week-long marathon right now.
    Nobody remembers her ever saying that, and now she’s saying we have to return the second part of book 7 because she found a cheaper deal at a black friday sale. SERIOUSLY!?
    I still need to finish reading through the series though…stupid Order of the Pheonix went missing, which sucks, cuz that’s also the most confusing movie. And I can’t skip ahead.

  4. It took me a while to read order of the phoenix… Big book.

  5. I’ve read all of the Harry Potter books, but not in order. I read them in this order: 1, (a really long time passes…), 7, 1 (re-read), 2, 3, 4, 6, 5. The only reason I read 6 before 5 was that 6 was at the library, but 5 was checked out :( I wish I would’ve read them in order. 4, 5, 6, and 7 were huge! I never thought I would get done with them! I’ve seen all of the HP movies except 6 and 7 pt1 & pt2.

    Maybe you should add Paranormal Activity to your list? I’ve only seen the first one, but I didn’t think it was that scary until the end (mostly the alternative ending). I want to see the other two.

  6. i read the books and saw the movies

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