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Monday, October 19, 2015

Disney Princesses: Halloween Movie Recommendations [Rated PG-13]

Keeping along with my Halloween/Autumn-themed articles, I wanted to make a "Scary Movie" post! I LOVE to binge watch scary movies in the month of October; I suppose it's my way of celebrating the Halloween holiday since I don't do trick-or-treating or anything like that. Since most of the material on my blog is on family-friendly topics, I will only be providing films with a rating of "PG" or "PG-13" to be more content-friendly. (I even provided the rankings for each film along with the year since there was no "PG-13" rating pre-1984 [coincidentally!].) The films I chose can be looked at 2 ways: (1) a film I think the Disney Princesses would like most as a scary movie or get most scared by and (2) a Halloween/Scary movie that I would recommend to you based on your favorite Disney Princess!

Snow White: When a Stranger Calls (2006) [PG-13]:
I picked this one for Snow White because it seems to me like Snow White is so motherly and caring that she could never abandon children, especially in danger. I think this would be a very scary movie and situation to her. She might feel helpless to help the children on one hand but also she will feel obligated to do what she can to keep them safe.
During a babysitting gig, a high-school student is harassed by an increasingly threatening prank caller.
Cinderella: Darkness Falls (2000) [PG-13]:
I picked this one for Cinderella because she got help from a fairy godmother so the idea that the miraculous helper would actually be the villain, I think, would be very frightening to Cinderella. I also think Cinderella would find the concept of taking a friendly, positive childish image and turning it into a creepy, frightening image to be brilliantly scary.
A vengeful spirit has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the only child, now grown up, who has survived her before.

Aurora: The Witches (1990) [PG]:
Evil female witches who stalk on children? I think this one is right up Aurora's alley and would definitely remind her of Maleficent. I think she would find all of the witches motives and actions to be very frightening and she could relate to the horror that some of the kids in the film go through. I think she would also appreciate that the main child's goodness prevails. Furthermore, there is a mystical magical element to this scary movie, just like there's a magical element to Sleeping Beauty!
A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.
Ariel: Jaws (1975) [PG]:
At the risk of being obvious and cliché, no one would understand the real fear of sharks the way Ariel would since she's actually experienced them up close. I think she might find it very frightening that both mermaids and humans are equally afraid of sharks. She's definitely safer on land but even the "landies" fear the sharks.
When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.
Belle: Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) [PG]:
This movie, in particular, watches very much like a book reads so I think Belle would particularly enjoy this. It's a very atmospheric and mysterious piece, watching much like a mystery novel. Since Belle has been known to break the rules in the name of adventure, I'd think she'd feel a special connection to the plot as well as the overall concept of the film and the way it is done.
During a rural picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.
Jasmine: The Others (2000) [PG-13]:
Since Jasmine spent her whole life feeling trapped and not able to explore and socialize the way she wanted to, I think she would find this story absolutely horrific. Particularly, Jasmine would find the ending to be very frightening. To find out that you were more trapped than you even thought would possibly be the worst thing Jasmine could imagine.
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.
Pocahontas: The Mothman Prophecies (2000) [PG-13]:
Why? Because it is a creature of nature[?] providing a sign of bad things to come. Since Pocahontas loves to look for the meaning behind things and this is based on an unexplainable true story, I think she would find this particularly spooky.
A reporter is drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions and the appearance of bizarre entities.

Mulan: Stephen King's IT (1990) [PG-13]:
I don't know why, but I get the sense that Mulan would find clowns to be creepy. (Then again don't a lot of people?) What I mean to say is, I think Mulan would find clowns to be especially creepy. Perhaps because of their hiding who they are behind all of the make up and costume which she doesn't agree with as shown in her song "Reflection". Anyways, this is technically a TV-Series and not a movie but it's still incredibly frightening and very well done nonetheless. (Plus I always thought it was a movie as a child since that's the only way I ever saw it.)
In 1960, seven outcast kids known as "The Loser Club" fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. 30 years later, they are called back to fight the same clown again.

Tiana: The Skeleton Key (2005) [PG-13]:
Much like in Ariel's case, I think Tiana would find this extra frightening because of her personal relation. I think she would find the voodoo element to be quite scary and realistic. Especially since the concept here is believing in it makes you subject to it and she certainly believes in it already as she's seen it's power.
A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.

Rapunzel: Watcher In The Woods (1980) [PG]:
A girl who gets lost in the woods and is never seen from or heard from again? I think this sums up all of the fears Rapunzel had trying to leave her tower. Woods, ghosts, spirits, séances, etc. This might even be a movie Mother Gothel would show her as a young girl to keep her from ever leaving the tower.
When a family moves to a country home, the young girls experience strange happenings that have a link to an occult event years past.

Merida: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) [PG]:
Since Merida is so passionate about sticking to her beliefs and who she is, I think she would find the concept of "You are you but not really you" to be the most frightening of all of the DPs. Merida is far from a conformist so she would not want her body taken over and being forced to convert to a lifestyle she doesn't agree with.
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

Elsa: Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) [PG]:
The struggle between good and evil is something Elsa heavily identifies with in relation to her powers. I think she would really appreciate that good/evil battle element a lot. Since it is the Carnival coming to town that is bringing the "wicked", I think Elsa would also like the symbolism of something that seems fun might not always be. (PS This one's a Disney film! ❤ Bonus!)
In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk.

Anna: The Twilight Zone Movie (1983) [PG-13]:
I think her quirky and spontaneous kind of character would love this anthology type of film. Without giving anything away for potentially new viewers, I think she'd enjoy all 4 stories and find a special little connection to them each, which would make the overall film much more enjoyable.
Four horror/sci-fi segments directed by four famous directors, each of which are their own versions of classic stories from Rod Serling's landmark television series.

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