30 October 2012 8:34 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Unless I'm dressed as wisecracking dognapper Debi Mazar in Beethoven's 2nd, I find Halloween kind of a drag. It requires too much forethought and Cvs shopping, and I'm at the age when I've probably had too many fun-size Snickers and popcorn orbs for a lifetime. But one spooky tradition of mine will never die, just like Michael Myers himself: I always watch Halloween on October 31, and not just because it's one of the three scariest movies I've seen (including Scream and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), but because it actually captures the essence of the holiday itself: a drab, suburban, hokey affair with some seriously scary undertones. The day is stupid and cheesy, but it also feels like the wrong night to babysit. Particularly if you're a naughty babysitter who seems like an awful friend.

As a thriller, Halloween is slower than what we're used to now, but that just cements its towering legacy further. »

- virtel

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