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What is your favorite Halloween movie?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on October 31, 2006

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Photo of Lance Lappin

The Nightmare Before Christmas.’ I think it’s the soundtrack and general ambiance of the film.”

Photo of Emily Meyer

Hocus Pocus.’ I watched it over and over when I was younger, and it kind of became a tradition with my friends and I.”

Photo of Vince Hardridge

Halloween.’ The music is always a big part of scary movies, but Michael Myers is the one that set it off for me.”

Photo of Jessica Long

Sleepy Hollow.’ It’s a good Halloween movie, and it’s not too scary. I don’t like really scary movies.”

Comments

Gootsie 7 years, 5 months ago

MD - how are you? Congrats to the Goddess!!!

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 5 months ago

Congrats for the Grecian Goddess who won the Applebee's costume award and the big bucks$.

That's my girl!

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FireMarshall_Bill 7 years, 5 months ago

Habanero taffy - Wish I could see all their faces

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milkman_dan 7 years, 5 months ago

I should have bought more Swisher Sweets. The cherry ones were gone in the first hour.

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jimjones 7 years, 5 months ago

Those kids drank a whole cauldrin of kool-aid.

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sbolin 7 years, 5 months ago

Never before have I been ashamed to admit that I live in Lawrence. Tonight while out trick or treating with my family we noticed a group of white male kids dressed up as klansmen knocking on peoples door saying "open up "n" we know your in there", and white power and people would open there door laugh and give the boys candy. Although a few people did tell them that it was unacceptable and to move on. Were have we gone wrong, what are we teaching our children. We as a society have come too far. But I guess ignorance is taught.

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H_Lecter 7 years, 5 months ago

What a night...I'm completely out of the airline-size bottles of liquor.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 5 months ago

ruette, Did the OTS journalist quote her verbatim?, or did he/she use journalistic license, and put a bit of "english"on her response?

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SpeedRacer 7 years, 5 months ago

Carnival of Souls is one of the Monsterfest movies on AMC. You can see it for free on the Sunflower Cable free On Demand. I saw it the other night for the umpteenth time.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 5 months ago

Well, she is "cute little blonde freshman"...............

Yes they do have to take English but then.............

Thanks.

Marion.

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ruette 7 years, 5 months ago

What scares me most is the proliferation of rotten grammar exemplified by Emily Meyer. Don't these cute little blonde freshmen have to take English at KU?

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 5 months ago

Frankenstein, 1931:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0021884/

Dracula, 1931:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0021814/

The Wolf Man, 1941:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0034398/

Son Of Frankenstein, 1939:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0031951/

Bride Of Frankenstein, 1935:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0026138/

The Mummy, 1932:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0023245/

The Thing(From Another World), 1951:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0044121/

Modern horror flicks for the most part do not hold a candle to the originals so turn your lights out and run the tape or DVD.................................

Thanks.

Marion.

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Linda Endicott 7 years, 5 months ago

Reticent, IT was a Stephen King movie.

Which reminds me of Pet Semetary...now that's a scary movie. I read the book first, and even just READING it scared the crap out of me.

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conservativepunker 7 years, 5 months ago

Any of the original Universal monster films--Dracula with Lugosi, Frankenstein with Karloff, or The Wolfman with Chaney Jr.

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sreynold1 7 years, 5 months ago

Carnival of Souls....Don't know if someone mentioned yet...Someone told me that the bridge scene was filmed at the old Lecompton bridge. It's a great "B" movie.

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Pywacket 7 years, 5 months ago

Shaun of the Dead! Why didn't I think of that earlier? Another great favorite. Funny & sad more than scary.

I think The Sixth Sense could qualify as a Halloween movie, too. That was pretty good.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 5 months ago

Ceal,

You never know...

Remember as our dear friend Rud once penned...
The female of the species is more deadly than the male

Could have been a clowness eating little children, inspired by Jonathan Swift?

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Ceallach 7 years, 5 months ago

RI, not the "IT" girl . . this IT appeared like a clown and ate little children :-\

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Gootsie 7 years, 5 months ago

Hey - I happened across the Carnival of Souls PBS show. It was fun to see some of the folks of Lawrence back in the late 80s who were attending the event. I've never watched it either. The lady said she had to sit in the Kansas River in the car for hours at a time while they filmed the shots. BRRRR!!!

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prospector 7 years, 5 months ago

Hey campers

For the chuckles of the day, be sure to read the cop's on safety transcript.

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blue73harley 7 years, 5 months ago

R_I - Yes, and they taped it for a local PBS special that was recently rebroadcast.

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acg 7 years, 5 months ago

When I was a kid it was Halloween. It scared the crap out of me. Now that I'm older I don't find that one scary anymore. I haven't seen a truly scary movie in years. The horror/thriller movies from the past 10 years aren't scary, just disturbing. I have to say, though, disturbing or not, Hostel was one of the best horror movies I've seen in many many moons.

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Katara 7 years, 5 months ago

Well, yeah but not by ZOMBIES!!!

Cue White Zombie "Living Dead Girl". Rowr!

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Irish_Prince 7 years, 5 months ago

Oh, Katara! What are you talking about?! I'm sure you've had your ankles grabbed many times before!---And you loved each and every minute of it!

:P

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innocuous_posts 7 years, 5 months ago

TOB, IIRC, you also see the old bridge over the Kaw in Carnival of Souls.

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Shelby 7 years, 5 months ago

TOB - this film was made when there were actual SERVICE stations downtown.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 5 months ago

A few years back didn't they have a showing of "Carnival of Souls" at the Opera House , with a Q&A discussion afterwards?
I also think the chick who starred in it, and others associated with the movie attended.

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blue73harley 7 years, 5 months ago

TOB - and there are scenes shot downtown but the only building I have been able to recognize is the Masonic Hall. This is when there were actual SERVICE stations downtown.

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Shelby 7 years, 5 months ago

I remember seeing the masonic temple downtown from an auto garage/mechanic across the street, presumably where The Orient is now.

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prospector 7 years, 5 months ago

T-O-B

The opening scene drag race is 23rd and Iowa when Clinton Parkway was a gravel road. The school house that is still there is in the shot.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 5 months ago

Ceal,

"IT" with Clara Bow?

oh, forgot, Clara Bow was it, and that's where the game of tag ended...

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 5 months ago

Never heard of Carnival of Souls I don't believe. Looked it up and part of it was filmed here.

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blue73harley 7 years, 5 months ago

Some trivia about Carnival of Souls. Before I saw the movie, I saw Saltair, the abandoned amusement park near Salt Lake City, Utah. This was in the late '80s. I was traveling home from the Salt Flats at around dusk. Lit up by the setting sun, a truly huge and spooky place. This is where the ballroom scene was filmed. I just found out that they are now using this place for concerts. Cool (and spooky too!) I hope they allow camping because it is quite a ways to civilization.

http://utah.citysearch.com/profile/10352793/magna_ut/saltair_pavilion.html

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 5 months ago

I guess there is a cult following of "The Toxic Avenger"

I don't know why,.

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pagan_idolator 7 years, 5 months ago

Exorcist 111 scared the crap out of me. You only need to watch 1 and 111. Exorcist 11 was a piece of garbage but 1 and 111 are based on William Peter Blatty books. Havent seen Last House on the Left for some reason but it sounds like my kind of movie.

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Katara 7 years, 5 months ago

I haven't seen a scary movie since Poltergeist. I didn't sleep for weeks without obsessively checking my closet.

I also did the huge jump in & out of bed if I had to get up in the middle of the night. You know, just in case something was under the bed waiting to grab my ankles and get me.

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Linda Endicott 7 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, 13 Ghosts and What Lies Beneath were really good. And you're right, Beatrice, the original Night of the Living Dead was great. I've watched it several times, and I still jump and scream. It's creepy from the very beginning, before anything even happens.

I wonder if Sci-Fi will be doing a Twilight Zone marathon this year?

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Silence_Dogood 7 years, 5 months ago

Lance Lappin's photo.

I also like "Marion Plays in Traffic."

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 5 months ago

Nothing compares to The Exorcist.

Of all the "real-life" scary stuff, nothing has been documented more thoroughly than demon possession. Ask any missionary who's spent time in a primative culture and they will tell you "I wasn't sure before if I believed in that stuff... but now I do".

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lonelyguy 7 years, 5 months ago

Wow! Emily sure is pretty!--And she's a blonde too! I wonder if she's single? Does anyone here know Emily personally? I'm just curious.

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Mr_Ramirez 7 years, 5 months ago

"Any video of a Lawrence City Commission meeting ..."

nice. LOL!

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bobberboy 7 years, 5 months ago

The weirdest movie which made the most impact on me was - some people think it's scary but I'm not sure - it's just that once you've seen it your mind will seem to be forever warped is "Eraser Head".

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Laura Watkins 7 years, 5 months ago

I adore Young Frankenstein!

I also like watching most Hitchcock movies to celebrate Halloween. I just watched Suspiria and that was REALLY good.

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jonas 7 years, 5 months ago

I'm somewhat empty on this. I can't say that there are any specifically halloween movies that I think are stellar performances. I seem to remember, however, that the Simpsons have some pretty excellent halloween specials.

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slappedyomomma 7 years, 5 months ago

Killer Klowns From Outer Space is a good one. No one mentioned Freddy Got Fingered. Tom Green's acting + horse's penis = scary.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 5 months ago

sue,

What pray tell, shall you and your cohort be this year?

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Irish_Prince 7 years, 5 months ago

"High School Massacre".

Oh, wait! That wasn't a movie! That was real life!

Ummm....I don't know....The Excorcist, maybe?

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 5 months ago

Of course! I would never miss an opportunity to embarrass my children.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 5 months ago

sue, I trust you will be making your yearly visit to your children's school's dressed in your halloween costume?

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Azure_Attitude 7 years, 5 months ago

The Exorcists still scares the livin' crap outta me! I can barely stand it!!

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innocuous_posts 7 years, 5 months ago

If you want to watch a movie that will make your skin crawl, search out a copy of "The Land Without Bread". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023037/

or if you want to feel as if you've been hit on the head with a board, watch "Night and Fog". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048434/

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Shelby 7 years, 5 months ago

horror movies generally suck, probably more than any other genre

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samsnewplace 7 years, 5 months ago

Friday the 13th series, Halloween series, 13 Ghosts, Why Lies Beneath, The Ring, Sooooooooo many good ones!!! Love them all!

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Centrist 7 years, 5 months ago

Any video of a Lawrence City Commission meeting ...

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Linda Endicott 7 years, 5 months ago

I don't like really gory stuff, so with short films, my favorites are Charlie Brown and the old Disney animated version of Sleepy Hollow.

With full length movies, my favorite is Hocus Pocus. The Shining was good, too. Carrie is also one of my favorites. I've seen it countless times, but I still jump at the end when that hand comes up through the ground...

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beatrice 7 years, 5 months ago

The original "Night of the Living Dead." Nothing scarier than real life.

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smiles 7 years, 5 months ago

I just put "Last House on the Left" on my netflix list - I can't wait!!

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Shelby 7 years, 5 months ago

Eight Crazy Nights with Adam Sandler

So offensive, and neither funny nor clever. AT ALL.

This movie has made my life less meaningful by virtue of its very existence. I only got about 35 minutes into it before turning it off and subsequently rethinking mankind's place in the universe.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 5 months ago

Goots, I can't see the numbers but I predict someone this week will win a sum of money.

Another good movie: "Young Frankenstein."

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bangaranggerg 7 years, 5 months ago

Jiminy Glick Goes to LaLawood... if you really want to be so scared you'll cry yourself to sleep

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Ceallach 7 years, 5 months ago

Bram Stoker's Dracula!!!!

Not related to Halloween, but "In Cold Blood" is the movie I will never allow myself to see again. The fact that it was a true story made it deeply horrifying. I wanted that door to be locked sooooo bad, but I knew it wasn't and that they would all die. That movie haunted me for a long time.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 5 months ago

"Frankenrundle: The Attack Of The Progressives".

Thanks.

Marion.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 5 months ago

Imagine this... they are remaking Last House. I don't get all the remakes. Well, yeah I do, money, but I can't imagine it will be any good.

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Gootsie 7 years, 5 months ago

OH YES! TOB - The Last House on the Left. I will NEVER see it or Deliverance again.

Hahahaha hit me!

Sue, any tips on lottery numbers today? Have you ever seen the headline, Psychic Wins Lottery ?

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KSChick1 7 years, 5 months ago

any of the Halloween movies, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original or the recent one with Jessica Biel), American Werewolf in London, Hocus Pocus and last but not least It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Have not seen Carnival of Souls but have heard it is pretty good.

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moralebooster 7 years, 5 months ago

Who's Buried in the Roundabout?

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innocuous_posts 7 years, 5 months ago

Across the River and into the Duck.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 5 months ago

RI, didn't have to, I already know what's in it.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 5 months ago

sue,

Did you actually buy that 29.95 video? "7 Steps to Increasing your Pyschic Powers"?

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hitme 7 years, 5 months ago

The Walmart That Wouldn't Die

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 5 months ago

Definitely "It's the Great Pumpkin..."
For halloween "shorts," I like Warner Bros Bugs w/ the old witch, Bugs w/ Dracula, (OK, I like all the cartoons WB did).
"Hocuscadabra!" "Alacapocus!"...Too funny!

Since today is "National Increase Your Pyschic Powers Day," I'm going to practice mine now... "I'm seeing that some of you will be walking around outdoors tonight and not quite yourselves. Some of you will be hiding in dark rooms. Some of you will be drunk. Some of you will be...oops! Sorry, can't post that one but WOW! What an image."

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killjoy 7 years, 5 months ago

Roundabout of Souls Last Roundabout on the Left

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OTSSweeper 7 years, 5 months ago

Anything with Will Ferrel makes me want to hurl. I would like to watch a movie where he receives a slow, agonizing, painful, screaming death and then the killer gets a medal from the President.

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innocuous_posts 7 years, 5 months ago

The one scary movie that I actually wish I hadn't seen is "Last House on the Left".

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Pywacket 7 years, 5 months ago

Some great answers so far. Charlie Brown will always be my sentimental favorite.

And listening to War of the Worlds is the best thing to do on Halloween--good call, RI.

Carnival of Souls is wonderfully creepy--and I love the indie-ness of it. Hollywood tends toward the formulaic (screaming teens you hope WILL die, etc...).

When I was a kid, I was terrified by The House of Wax with Vincent Price and one of the Phantom of the Opera movies--it was probably old even then--maybe the Lon Chaney one... (Certainly no votes for that Andrew L-W abomination!)

But.... my favorite for the last few years (and I am hard to please) is The Devil's Backbone. This is the spookiest ever. It's Spanish, so if you don't speak the language or can't tolerate subtitles, it's not for you. But if you are a horror movie afficionado, you owe it to yourself to see this one. Brrrrrrrrrr.....

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tyger_lily 7 years, 5 months ago

Stephen King's The Shining that Stanley Kubrick directed. Something about Jack Nicholson that really ups the creep factor in that one.

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Sigmund 7 years, 5 months ago

Rocky Horror and Little Shop of Horrors (the more recent one with Steve Martin as the sadistic dentist).

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 5 months ago

I would rather listen to "War Of The Worlds"

Every year it is re-broadcast, either on shortwave, or FM.

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trinity 7 years, 5 months ago

great call, hottruckinmomma! that's mine too! :)

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Eric Beightel 7 years, 5 months ago

I LOVE scary movies, here's a quick top 10 (roughtly) in no particular order:

1.) The Exorcist I & III 2.) The Shining 3.) Halloween I, III, IV 4.) Friday the 13th I, II, IV, V 5.) Nightmare on Elm Street (only the original) 6.) The Ring 7.) The Amityville Horror (original) 8.) Saw I,II, and probably III (I reluctantly include them, I don't want to like them, but they are very engaging and I haven't seen III yet) 9.) Helter Skelter (nothing scarier than real life) 10.) Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original)

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 5 months ago

Anything with Keanu Reeves. I am terrified by his total inability to display emotion.

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Gootsie 7 years, 5 months ago

The guy who played the tuba in Jaws just died in the last week. Very sad.

I don't do scary movies since Mothra.

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MasterBlue 7 years, 5 months ago

Jaws I and II??

that music is worse than 'Halloween'.

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Kuku_Kansas 7 years, 5 months ago

I like the Halloween movies.

Gotta love that music when Michael Myers is near-by.

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justsomewench 7 years, 5 months ago

i second hottruckinmama. (good choice!)

otherwise, any wedding video. especially mine.

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hottruckinmama 7 years, 5 months ago

Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.

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