Last year while working on my annual horror drawing series I had a request to include some family friendly movies. I’m more than happy to oblige.  There are plenty of movies about witches and creepy things made for both kids and adults.

Anjelica Huston The WitchesAnjelica Huston, ‘The Witches’

I discovered ‘The Witches’ while living in small-town Michigan in an era when renting movies from the local corner store was normal. The little market had an entire wall dedicated to VHS rentals. I remember seeing BETA tapes on clearance on the counter next to the register.  ‘The Witches’ remains one of my favorite childhood movies. It was my introduction to Anjelica Huston. If you watch it, keep an eye out for Jim Carter who played Carson on ‘Downton Abbey’.


Wednesday AddamsChristina Ricci, ‘The Addams Family’

‘The Addams Family’, both the movie and the original series, are near and dear to me. I often felt like the oddball in my own family so it was nice to see an entire collection of them on one family. While ‘The Addams Family’ also stars Anjelica Huston, I chose to paint Christina Ricci. Her other ghoulish duties include ‘Casper’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’, ‘Cursed’, and ‘the Lizzie Bordon Chronicles’.

Edward ScissorhandsJohnny Depp, ‘Edward Scissorhands’

Johnny Depp’s personal life aside, there will always have a special place in my heart for ‘Edward Scissorhands’. It started Depp’s long standing relationship with Tim Burton. It’s a sad representation on mob mentality that seems surprisingly poignant in our current times. I always thought Depp deserved an Oscar nomination for his portrayal in this film.




“Beetlejuice’ is one of those movies that my parents recorded on VHS off of network TV. It wasn’t until I say the film in its unedited form in college that I realized that Michael Keaton’s title character drops the f-bomb and grabs his crotch. I laughed so hard the first time I saw that part that I shot milk out of my nose. It’s one of those movies that you pick up on all the things you missed as a child when you watch it as an adult.


All of these paintings on my Etsy page.

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