20 Movies Like Ernest Scared Stupid

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Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus
Internet Movie Database: 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 40%
Metacritic: 43/100
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Runtime: 96 min
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Awards: 2 wins & 11 nominations
Writer: David Kirschner, Mick Garris, Neil Cuthbert
Actors: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy
Language: English, French
Country: United States
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“Hocus Pocus” is a 1993 comedy fantasy film about three witches who are resurrected in modern-day Salem, Massachusetts, and must be stopped by a group of teenagers on Halloween night. The teenagers must race against time to prevent the witches from becoming immortal and wreaking havoc on the town.

The Monster Squad

The Monster Squad
The Monster Squad
Internet Movie Database: 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Metacritic: 61/100
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Runtime: 82 min
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Awards: 3 wins & 4 nominations
Writer: Shane Black, Fred Dekker
Actors: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht
Language: English, German
Country: United States
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“The Monster Squad” is a horror comedy film about a group of kids who discover that classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman are real, and they must band together to stop them from taking over the world. With the help of an ancient amulet, they embark on a mission to save their town from the monsters’ reign of terror.

The Witches

The Witches
The Witches
Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Metacritic: 78/100
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Runtime: 91 min
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Awards: Nominated for 1 BAFTA Award3 wins & 8 nominations total
Writer: Roald Dahl, Allan Scott
Actors: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom, United States
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“The Witches” is a fantasy film about a young boy who discovers a secret coven of witches led by the Grand High Witch. With the help of his grandmother, they must stop the witches’ evil plan to turn all children into mice.

Casper

Casper
Casper
Internet Movie Database: 6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 52%
Metacritic: 49/100
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Runtime: 100 min
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Awards: 5 wins & 5 nominations
Writer: Joseph Oriolo, Sherri Stoner, Deanna Oliver
Actors: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty
Language: English
Country: United States
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The Casper movie is about a friendly ghost named Casper who befriends a young girl and her father, and together they navigate the challenges of the supernatural world while learning the importance of love and acceptance.

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice
Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Metacritic: 70/100
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Runtime: 92 min
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Awards: Won 1 Oscar. 7 wins & 11 nominations total
Writer: Michael McDowell, Larry Wilson, Warren Skaaren
Actors: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton
Language: English
Country: United States
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“Beetlejuice” is a comedy-fantasy film where a recently deceased couple hires a mischievous ghost named Beetlejuice to help them scare away the new owners of their beloved home, but things quickly spiral out of control.

The Addams Family

The Addams Family
The Addams Family
Internet Movie Database: 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Metacritic: 57/100
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Runtime: 99 min
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. 5 wins & 23 nominations total
Writer: Charles Addams, Caroline Thompson, Larry Wilson
Actors: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd
Language: English, Italian, French
Country: United States
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The Addams Family movie is about a quirky and macabre family who must confront a greedy reality TV host while also preparing for a major family reunion.

The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion
Internet Movie Database: 5.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 13%
Metacritic: 34/100
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Runtime: 88 min
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Awards: 1 win & 4 nominations
Writer: David Berenbaum
Actors: Eddie Murphy, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly
Language: English
Country: United States
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“The Haunted Mansion” is a 2003 comedy horror film where a realtor and his family get trapped in a haunted mansion while trying to sell it, and must uncover the dark secrets of the house to escape.

Monster House

Monster House
Monster House
Internet Movie Database: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Metacritic: 68/100
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Runtime: 91 min
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. 4 wins & 23 nominations total
Writer: Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab, Pamela Pettler
Actors: Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke
Language: English
Country: United States, Canada
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“Monster House” is a animated film about three kids who discover that their neighbor’s house is alive and haunted. They must work together to stop the house from devouring anyone who enters its premises.

The Little Vampire

The Little Vampire
The Little Vampire
Internet Movie Database: 5.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 55%
Metacritic: 45/100
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Runtime: 95 min
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Awards: 1 win & 3 nominations
Writer: Angela Sommer-Bodenburg, Karey Kirkpatrick, Larry Wilson
Actors: Jonathan Lipnicki, Rollo Weeks, Richard E. Grant
Language: English
Country: Germany, Netherlands, United States
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“The Little Vampire movie is about a young boy named Tony who befriends a vampire named Rudolph. Together, they embark on a thrilling adventure to help Rudolph’s family regain their lost humanity.”

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania
Hotel Transylvania
Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 45%
Metacritic: 47/100
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Runtime: 91 min
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Awards: 2 wins & 15 nominations
Writer: Peter Baynham, Robert Smigel, Todd Durham
Actors: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg
Language: English
Country: United States, Canada
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“Hotel Transylvania” is an animated comedy film where Dracula, the owner of a hotel for monsters, tries to protect his daughter from falling in love with a human. Chaos ensues when a human accidentally stumbles upon the hotel and disrupts the monster’s peaceful existence.

Scooby-Doo

Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo
Internet Movie Database: 5.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 32%
Metacritic: 35/100
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Runtime: 86 min
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Awards: 5 wins & 14 nominations
Writer: James Gunn, Craig Titley, William Hanna
Actors: Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar
Language: English
Country: United States, Australia
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The Scooby-Doo movie follows the iconic mystery-solving gang as they investigate a series of supernatural occurrences at an amusement park, uncovering a plot to resurrect an ancient evil.

ParaNorman

ParaNorman
ParaNorman
Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Metacritic: 72/100
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Runtime: 92 min
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. 19 wins & 46 nominations total
Writer: Chris Butler
Actors: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Language: Latin, English
Country: United States, United Kingdom, Canada
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“ParaNorman” is a stop-motion animated film that follows a young boy named Norman who can communicate with the dead. When his town is threatened by an ancient curse, Norman must use his unique gift to save the day and bridge the gap between the living and the dead.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Internet Movie Database: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Metacritic: 82/100
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Runtime: 76 min
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. 7 wins & 17 nominations total
Writer: Tim Burton, Michael McDowell, Caroline Thompson
Actors: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara
Language: English
Country: United States
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“The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a dark fantasy film about Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, who discovers Christmas Town and becomes obsessed with bringing Christmas to his own spooky realm, leading to unexpected and chaotic consequences.

Gremlins

Gremlins
Gremlins
Internet Movie Database: 7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Metacritic: 70/100
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Runtime: 106 min
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Awards: 8 wins & 7 nominations
Writer: Chris Columbus
Actors: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton
Language: English, Spanish
Country: United States
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“Gremlins” is a 1984 comedy horror film about a young man who receives a strange creature called a Mogwai as a pet, but when the creature is accidentally exposed to water, it spawns mischievous and destructive monsters that wreak havoc on a small town during Christmas. The film follows the protagonist’s attempts to contain and eliminate the gremlins before they cause further chaos and harm.

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters
Internet Movie Database: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Metacritic: 71/100
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Runtime: 105 min
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. 8 wins & 9 nominations total
Writer: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis
Actors: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver
Language: English
Country: United States
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The Ghostbusters movie is about a group of eccentric scientists who start a paranormal extermination business in New York City to capture and contain ghosts. They must save the city from an ancient evil that threatens to unleash chaos and destruction.

The Goonies

The Goonies
The Goonies
Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
Metacritic: 62/100
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Runtime: 114 min
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Awards: 4 wins & 7 nominations
Writer: Chris Columbus, Steven Spielberg
Actors: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen
Language: English, Spanish, Cantonese, Italian
Country: United States
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“The Goonies” is a 1985 adventure-comedy film about a group of kids who embark on a treasure hunt to save their homes from foreclosure, encountering pirates and booby traps along the way. They must work together, facing danger and overcoming obstacles, in order to find the hidden treasure and save their beloved neighborhood.

It’s the Great Pumpkin

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Internet Movie Database: 8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
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Runtime: 25 min
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Awards: Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. 4 nominations total
Writer: Charles M. Schulz
Actors: Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer
Language: English
Country: United States
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“It’s the Great Pumpkin” is a 1966 animated television special that follows the Peanuts gang as they celebrate Halloween. The story focuses on Linus, who believes in the Great Pumpkin and spends the night waiting for him in a pumpkin patch, while his friends go trick-or-treating and encounter various Halloween adventures.

Charlie Brown

A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Internet Movie Database: 8.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
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Runtime: 25 min
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Awards: Won 1 Primetime Emmy. 3 wins & 3 nominations total
Writer: Charles M. Schulz
Actors: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer
Language: English
Country: United States
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The Charlie Brown movie is about a lovable underdog named Charlie Brown who embarks on a journey to find confidence and acceptance, while learning important life lessons along the way.

The Watcher in the Woods

The Watcher in the Woods
The Watcher in the Woods
Internet Movie Database: 6.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 52%
Metacritic: 52/100
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Runtime: 84 min
Genre: Family, Horror, Mystery
Awards: 1 win & 4 nominations
Writer: Brian Clemens, Harry Spalding, Rosemary Anne Sisson
Actors: Bette Davis, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom, United States
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“The Watcher in the Woods” is a supernatural thriller about a teenage girl who moves to a remote English countryside with her family, only to discover a dark secret surrounding the mysterious disappearance of a young girl years ago. As she delves deeper into the mystery, she becomes entangled in a haunting presence that threatens her own life and those around her.

The Frighteners

The Frighteners
The Frighteners
Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Metacritic: 52/100
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Runtime: 110 min
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Awards: 3 wins & 17 nominations
Writer: Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson
Actors: Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson
Language: English
Country: New Zealand, United States
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“The Frighteners” is a supernatural comedy film about a man who can communicate with ghosts and uses his abilities to scam people, but soon finds himself caught up in a dangerous battle against an evil spirit. As he investigates a series of mysterious deaths, he must confront his own past and save the town from impending doom.

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