First up on my list is Ruby Gloom, a cute and quirky animate television series about Ruby, a cheerful Babybat who lives in a Gothic mansion. If that isn't sweet enough, she named her cat Doom Kitty. Group bawwwing may now commence. I don't know about the rest of you but I find this kind of cute but spooky television show very endearing, and it makes me wish I'd been watching them when I was growing up.
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Tim Burton's magnum-opus (is that a controversial opinion? I've just found his more recent works disappointing), this movie is about Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, satiating his ennui by deciding he's going to take over Christmas. This movie was released the year before I was born and I remember it coming down from the attic in the Halloween decoration box every autumn to be watched again and again and again (and then I stole it from the box and watched it year-round.) Now it's available on Netflix so I can give that tired old VHS a rest.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
The only real horror on this list, American Horror Story is a curious television show that follows a creepy, sometimes down-right terrifying plot each season. The first season, Murder House, surrounds a family moving into a house only to be haunted by the houses former occupants and a weird Southern lady. The second, Asylum, takes place in 1964, and documents the goings on in a mental institution. The third season, which will air later this year, is called Coven, but I don't know much else about it.
Be warned: this series is SCARY and takes no prisoners. Trigger warnings for: blood, mutilation, body horror, jump scares, flashing lights, scary faces, murder, self-harm, suicide, school shooting, hospitals, abuse, gore, rape, sexual abuse, etc. etc. etc.
ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES
If you're wondering where all those gifs on your Tumblr dashboard came from, chances are they originated with this classic movie. The Addams family are back with a new baby in tow and a crafty, sassy love interest for Uncle Fester. It's my favorite Addams Family interpretation, however much I enjoyed watching the show, especially for Wednesday and Gomez.
I had intended to watch this movie when it came out because I thought it was great that we were getting an influx of spooky movies, but I didn't get around to it until last week. The movie stars Norman, an oddball kid who eventually has to save his town from the zombie outbreak (and not with a shot gun!) It's a very cute movie, and it's PG if you have a Babybat around you need to distract for an hour and a half.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a nineties show circulating around Buffy Summers who, surprisingly enough, is chosen to be the Slayer, an age-old tradition of kick-ass women who fight vampires, demons, and all things ick. But, Buffy is also a teenager in the nineties, and her unique sassy personality shines through in every episode. Besides, there's a hot British Billy-Idol lookalike vampire named Spike. What more could you ask for?
This Addams Family rival is a silly, fun show starring the Munster family, Lily, Herman, Grandpa Dracula, Eddie (a werewolf) and Marilyn, their normal-looking niece. It definitely takes after the family sit-com trend of the 1960's but is shaken up in a very spooky way. It's got a great kooky sense of humor and a house to die for. There are currently two seasons available.
Oddities is a reality television show about the antique & oddities shop Obscura, base in New York City. Owners Evan and Mike, and buyer Ryan, buy and sell unique piece of history sure to surprise, amuse, and horrify. But what's really amazing here are the customers, who sometimes come in with requests or to show off their bizarre talents (ever seen a guy shoot kernels of corn out of his tear ducts?) There are two seasons on Netflix, and you might see someone you know! (Cabaret performer Voltaire makes an appearance, among others!)
Bela Lugosi stars in this 1931 interpretation of Bram Stoker's famous novel Dracula. This is a classic early-horror hit that gave inspiration for Bauhaus' iconic song Bela Lugosi's Dead. The movie is 74 minutes of classic black and white horror, a must-see for spooky types.