HALLOWEEN MAGIC MOVIES
Watch spooky movie trailers and creepy video clips- with a magic theme!
We've put together a great selection of eerie entertainment that you can view right from this page!
MAGICAL HORROR MOVIES
Based on the book by William Goldman, this iconic 1978 film features a chilling starring performance by Sir Anthony Hopkins, a struggling ventriloquist named Corky who begins to succeed after incorporating a dummy named Fats into his act. Following a common horror theme, Fats begins to take over Corky's mind, resulting in ... well.. bad things happening. Ann-Margaret plays his girlfriend and Burgess Meredith as his agent.
The Fats dummy was sculpted to look like Anthony Hopkins, but with an outsized (human sized) head on a doll body, for added horror value.
Anthony Hopkins himself did all of the eerie voiceovers to animate Fats.
Gene Wilder was originally considered for the role of Corky.
Terror Train is a 1980 slasher film directed by Roger Spottiswoode in his directorial debut and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Ben Johnson, and Hart Bochner.
The PLOT: Three years after a prank went terribly awry, the six college students responsible are targeted by a masked killer at a New Year's Eve party aboard a moving train.
The film also prominently features David Copperfield, who plays a magician (he performs some magic in the movie) who is important to the plot, let's just say.
THE MAD MAGICIAN
Here is a 1954 3D horror film starring the always-enjoyable Vincent Price.
The PLOT: An illusionist becomes homicidal when his best kept magic secrets are stolen by his rival.
Don Gallico is a master at devising magicians' illusions and tries to establish his own stage show as Gallico the Great. His performance is interrupted mid-show by his employer Ross Ormond who has obtained a court injunction to stop him. Gallico had long ago signed an exclusive contract with Ormond to provide him with any illusions he might create. Gallico sets out to get his revenge against those who have wronged him, including Ormond, his ex-wife Claire, who happens to be Ormnond's wife and magician The Great Rinaldi who is Ormond's business partner and the main beneficiary or Gallico's new magic tricks. A clever young detective, Lt. Alan Bruce, uses a new identification technique, fingerprints, to identify the killer.
This was the first movie to be broadcast on TV in 3D!
Columbia Pictures made this movie as an attempt to capitalize on the success of Price's previous 3D movie, the iconic House of Wax.
THE WIZARD OF GORE [WATCH THE ENTIRE MOVIE BELOW]
The Wizard of Gore is a 1970 American splatter film directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis.
The PLOT: A magician performs a show where he selects a female volunteer and appears to put swords, drills, and such through them. They walk away and everyone applauds, then they show up somewhere else, dead of the same injuries they sustained in the magic show. A TV talk-show hostess and her boyfriend investigate the shady magician who has the ability to hypnotize and control the thoughts of people in order to stage gory on-stage illusions using his powers of mind bending.
SPOOK SHOWS OF THE PAST
Spook shows (also known as midnight ghost shows, voodoo shows, or monster shows) were traveling stage shows that originated in the United States during the Great Depression. The shows were a very campy, very tongue-in-cheek magic show that used onstage "gory" magic illusions presented by a "host" or "ghostmaster" and featuring a "blackout" sequence in which the theater would go completely dark. During the blackout, "ghosts" could be seen flying above the heads of the audiences and furry little creatures would be felt running past the feet of the spectators, all presented with lots of loud sounds, music and chaos. Generally, the spook shows were presented at midnight to add to the spookiness. Of course, after the spookshow, the audience would stay to watch the low-budget movies on the bill- and to hopefully consume lots and lots of popcorn!
Ghost shows experienced a resurgence in popularity in the 1950s due to the huge output of cheap horror and science fiction films aimed at the young adult market.
The shows declined steadily in the 1960s, due to the rise of television along with the public's changing taste in entertainment, but continued into the early 1970s.
HERE ARE TRAILERS FOR A FEW OF THESE SPOOK SHOWS:
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HALLOWEEN TV COMMERCIALS FROM THE 1970s and 1980s:
WHAT THE HECK DID I JUST WATCH??
TEN CREEPY VINTAGE VIDEOS:
From a weird massive pig to the most scary house ever, there has been creepy footage since the very dawn of the development of film technology.
And these clips are over 100 years old!
There is some "magic" here in segments #4 and #3, and definitely some "Halloween" scaries!
AND FINALLY - JACKIE'S FAVORITES
Here are the two video clips that Jackie loves to watch each year at Halloween!
Two of the most creative minds in entertainment made these little Halloween gems.
Enjoy Walt Disney's SKELETON DANCE and Michael Jackson's full version THRILLER!