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Making the case for scary movies for kids

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You know what frightens me? A generation of kids raised in a bubble that keeps out anything scary.

With Halloween upon us, and a number of recent family movies such as Frankenweenie and Brave pushing the creepy crawly boundaries of what today’s most overprotective parents deem acceptable, it seems to me like the perfect time to suggest that we all relax and let the little ones enjoy a good scare.

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Christopher Lloyd sinks his teeth into his latest role: a friendly, bloodthirsty 'grampire'

There’s something funny about the retirees of Sunset Estates. They only seem to go out at night, they wear a creepy perfume called “Sanguine Secrets,” and when they pinch your cheek, it’s like they’re testing you for ripeness.

That’s right: Sunset Estates is overrun with elderly vampires, making it the perfect spooky/goofy subject for an episode of R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series. And the block’s leading ghoul is played by an actor who knows his way around a creepy role: Christopher Lloyd, who has thrilled and chilled audiences as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and countless other characters.

The two-parter — called “Grampires,” after Lloyd’s grandpa vamp — will air on The Hub at 6 p.m. ET. Before its premiere, Lloyd called EW to chat about the project, his favorite scary movies, and his most spine-chilling Halloween memory. Caution: You’ll want to read this with the lights on.

What drew you to this part?
It seemed like a lot of fun to do — being a grampire, and at the same time being very human. He has his grandkids, and he has to resist being tempted by them as victims. So he’s got a conflict there. He really cares about them even though he’s a vampire. And he has to protect them from the other vampires in the village, which presents a challenge. Other roles I’ve done — Judge Doom and others — they’re blatantly evil. This guy is more complicated.

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'Frankenweenie' premiere: Tim Burton doesn't think 'the movie is scary at all'

With clips like the one in which Martin Landau channels Vincent Price, it’s hard not to wonder if Tim Burton’s upcoming 3D stop-motion film Frankenweenie (Oct. 5), about a boy who reanimates his dead dog, might be a little frightening. Burton says there’s nothing to worry about.

“Kids are funny and they are all so different. I don’t think this movie is scary at all. I think it is fine for kids,”  the director said at the movie’s Hollywood premiere last night. “My daughter’s 3 and her favorite movie currently is War of The Gargantuas. I’m an excellent parent.” READ FULL STORY

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