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It doesn’t have Mike Myers. It doesn’t have Sam Loomis. It wasn’t directed by John Carpenter. And Halloween 3: Season of the Witch is the best in the series. Now hold on, before you knock down my door with pitchforks and torches, hear me out! The Halloween franchise started with Carpenter, Debra Hill, and the tale of “The Shape”. […] »
- Giaco Furino
Halloween has always been about giving out the candy, but we'd like it if the holiday were also about people buying each other really deranged gifts. This way it could evolve into something like Christmas, except instead of reindeer socks, you give someone a severed head... that's actually a punch bowl! (C'mon, nothing says you care like a severed-head punch bowl.) And speaking of bowls and/or things that are round in nature, we are completely smitten with this bizarre (and rare) extra that came inside the packaging of the 20th anniversary VHS set for John Carpenter's Halloween, circa 1998. Yup, that's a snow globe. It's a snow globe that pays tribute to the classic couch scene from Halloween, except when you shake it the thing rains blood...
- Erik Davis
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
John Carpenter keeps his office in a converted hillside Hollywood home, on a quiet tree-lined street evocative of the sleepy suburb Michael Myers terrorized in 1978’s Halloween. Inside, the walls are lined with memories marking Carpenter’s four decades in film: original prints, awards, figurines of Kurt Russell as Snake Plisskin and the Creature From The Black Lagoon movie Carpenter spent years trying to make at Universal, a sculpture commemorating the prankster goosings on the set of his Big Trouble In Little China. Carpenter, 67, chain smokes as we revisit the films that made his career — starting with Halloween, a film originally titled The Babysitter Murders that the hungry young director took after making his debut with 1974 sci-fier Dark Star and honing his chops with 1976’s Assault On Precinct 13.
Carpenter speaks candidly of his successes and failures, and of the health issues that required emergency eye surgery in recent years »
- Jen Yamato
Welcome to a Halloween special gues column of A Brew To A Kill, hosted by myself, Christopher Melkus, in collaboration with Jeremy. Let me just give a heart-felt thank you to Jeremy for letting me take over his beloved column this season. Originally this was intended as a collaborative piece but things fell through and what you’re getting is my discussion of the merits of beer and horror movies. Don’t be too disappointed.
Halloween means a lot to me and I’d imagine it means a lot to the other writers of Destroy The Brain. Halloween means more than just costumes and jack o’ lanterns to us. It means horror movies, mostly. The holy grail of Halloween horror movies is, of course, Halloween and, perhaps less so, its sequels. There’s always discussion around this time of year as to whether those sequels are worth a watch. Obviously, »
- Chris Melkus
The Austin Film Society's "Art Horror" series is wrapping up appropriately here over Halloween weekend with Hausu, a 1977 Japanese horror film directed by Nobuhiko Obayshi. Screening this evening and again on Sunday afternoon in 35mm at the Marchesa, I can guarantee that you've never seen anything like it before. I suspect that this will attract a lot of people who have seen the movie many times before, but catching it on the big screen for the first time is something I can highly recommend. In a much different vein, Philippe Garrel's Jealousy is on the calendar for Sunday and Monday evenings. This new black-and-white French drama stars Philippe's son Louis Garrel. The latest "Essential Cinema" series spotlighting the work of Satyajit Ray comes to a close on Thursday night with 1979's Joi Baba Felunath (The Elephant God).
At the Alamo Drafthouse, John Carpenter's Halloween will screen late tonight at the Lakeline, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Today I will conclude my horror film Fun Facts series with the classic John Carpenter film Halloween. I know it seems like the obvious choice since today is Halloween and the film is one of the most iconic horror movies ever made. I'm sure some of you think you know everything about the movie, but there still might just be a few things that you don't know. I thought I knew a lot, but as I did the research I found there were plenty of things about the production of the movie that I had never heard about before. So here are twenty fun facts about John Carpenter's classic horror flick.
For years people would tell Carpenter how horrified they were by Michael Myers grotesquely disfigured face, which we get a glimpse of when Laurie pulls his mask off for a brief moment near the end of the movie. »
- Joey Paur
In the new independent horror movie Refuge, Carter Roy, Amy Rutberg, and young actress Eva Grace Kellner play a family trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where the population has been almost entirely wiped out by disease. Given recent, panic-causing news events, the film could hardly be more topical. So what is it like to have made a movie about a global pandemic just as people are reaching for their face masks? "It’s incredibly coincidental that it’s peaking right now," says Refuge director Andrew Robertson, whose film recently played the Toronto After Dark and L.A.-based Screamfest genre festivals. »
- Clark Collis
Halloween is finally upon us, and a lot of you have been holding down your own horror movie marathons. We're sure you've included the classics, but not many of them actually take place on All Hallow's Eve. And the ones that do? Well, quite a few are not very good. John Carpenter's 1978 Halloween is of course a classic. 2009's Trick 'r Treat is a new perennial favorite that grows its cult base every year. And you simply can't go wrong with The Nightmare Before Christmas between now and New Year's Eve. But you may want to seek out new and interesting films that revolve around this terrifying treat-filled holiday. The following list of movies is not for you! This is a warning: Do not invite your friends over for the following 13 fright flicks, as they are the worst Halloween movies of all-time. That said, they are not without their merits. »
In time for the trick or treating season, Michael Myers is back for his favorite holiday with the Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory release of Halloween: The Complete Collection – which features John Carpenter’s Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of The Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, Halloween: Resurrection, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, and Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2.The set was also released in a deluxe edition that included a bonus disc of features for 1978’s John Carpenter’s Halloween, the […] »
- Patrick Luce
When you're in the mood for an action movie, Netflix has plenty to stream. Great, except that so many of their action titles are no-name, forgettable schlock. So we've done some of the heavy lifting by highlighting the best of the best currently available in the genre. Who do you want to see duke it out? Take your pick, from gangsters to gladiators, robots to ninjas, schoolkids to superheroes.
Cue that suiting-up pre-battle montage and start streaming, because here are some of the best action movies Netflix has to offer. (Availability subject to change.)
1. "13 Assassins" (2010) R
2. "48 Hrs."(1982) R
3. "Assault on Precinct 13" (1976) R
- Sharon Knolle
Welcome to The Last Horror Blog, a biweekly column on all things horror. When one thinks about the Halloween franchise, the first thing that springs to mind is Michael Myers and his quest to kill his sister Laurie Strode (and later, her daughter). Myers is one of the screen’s all-time great bogeymen, a silent slasher hidden behind an emotionless, modified William Shatner mask. Myers makes the Halloween franchise special, but it’s always been my contention that the films genuinely work as well as they do (yes, even the much maligned sequels) not because of the killer, but because of the man chasing the killer. Donald Pleasence’s Dr. Sam Loomis doesn’t get all the guts and glory in the Halloween franchise, but the doctor who first tried to...
- Mike Bracken
Is "Halloween" the greatest horror movie of all time? Nope, there are a few better ones. A Few. Which doesn't mean it isn't great! And for thousands of socially-awkward people, it's a tradition to watch the John Carpenter classic on or around the titular holiday (don't discount the value of a double-bill with its inferior-but-still-perfectly-adequate 1981 sequel). Me? Oh don't worry, I've watched it at least a hundred times. I can't get enough! It is the perfect Halloween movie. '70s cult icon P.J. Soles! Feathered hair! Teenagers pushing 30! What's not to love here? Need a little help getting into the holiday spirit? Amp yourself up with these 19 essential GIFs from the horror classic. You're Totally going to love them, I Totally promise. Totally. »
- Chris Eggertsen
As you know, music plays a huge part in the filmmaking process and plays with our emotions while we are watching the movie. Music heightens our senses and adds to the quality of film. When it comes to horror movies, the music is supposed to scare us, make us feel uneasy, and gives us moments of panic and fear. Director Martin Scorsese said the following about music and film:
“Music and cinema fit together naturally. Because there’s a kind of intrinsic musicality to the way moving images work when they’re put together. It’s been said that cinema and music are very close as art forms, and I think that’s true.”
Just the other day the main theme song from Halloween started playing on the radio, and it freaked my kids out to the point that they were in tears. It was sad but kind of funny at the same time. »
- Joey Paur
We are currently in the heart of the horror movie season, with movie lovers using the Halloween holiday as an excuse to sort through the world.s film library to find titles that will scare the pants off of them. But while many will look to classic standards like John Carpenter.s The Thing, Sam Raimi.s The Evil Dead or Wes Craven.s A Nightmare on Elm Street, let.s not forget that the horror genre isn.t the only place to find genuine terror in cinema. In fact, some of the scariest moments ever put to film have been wrapped in films more accurately described as dramas, action movies, and even family-friendly adventures. Don.t believe me? Read on, watch the clips, and prepare to be scared! Trainspotting . The Baby on the Ceiling Danny Boyle.s Trainspotting would give anyone second thoughts about trying heroin. But while the »
As far as opening title sequences are concerned, no horror franchise did them better than Halloween, which began when John Carpenter zoomed in on an eerie jack o’lantern and ushered us all into Haddonfield. The sequel’s opening was even more… Continue Reading →
The post Incredible Fan-Made Poster Pays Tribute to Halloween II’s Opening Credits appeared first on Dread Central. »
- John Squires
The director said that he felt there was "no more story after the original", which was released in 1978.
He directed the first film, and was involved in multiple sequels as a writer and composer.
He told Giant Bomb: "I wish the only Halloween made was the first one.
"I felt that there was no more story after the original. But audiences wanted to see Michael Myers return again and again. Or maybe it was producers who wanted him to return again and again for reasons having to do with profit."
There were eight Halloween films released between 1978 and 2002, before the release of two remakes in 2007 and 2009.
Watch a trailer for Halloween below: »
Most people like a good horror film around Halloween. It’s the time of year for a good scare. But what kind of scare do you want…classic or modern? Do you prefer the gothic grand guignol of yesteryear or the deranged demons of today? Who’s cooler and creepier?
Just for clarity’s sake, we’ll draw the old vs. new line at 1978, with John Carpenter’s excellent Halloween being the start of the modern age of Horror. Everything before that (The B&W Universal monster films, the Hammer Studios films with Cushing and Lee, the Poe/Hawthorn adaptations with Vincent Price, etc.) are classic horror flicks.
Let’s start with the names of the monsters. In this category, you have to go with old Hollywood. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Every Halloween, there’s a choice to make. Which selection of scary movies will you use to appropriately spookify your All Hallow’s Eve? It can be a tough decision with many classics of the genre at your disposal, but let me make this easy for you. Watch John Carpenter’s “Halloween.” If you’ve already seen it, watch... Read more » »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Where would horror cinema be without gothic fiction? The careers of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, James Whale, Roger Corman and many a German expressionist owe a great deal to the storied architecture that characterized the settings of 18th and 19th century literary classics. Moreover, from The Uninvited and Rebecca in the 1940s to the modern takes of the early 1960s (The Haunting and The Innocents, just to name a couple), the grand haunted house has proven to be a mainstay in horror, whether as a foreboding living space harboring dark secrets, a site for challenging and torturing tourists and skeptics, or an active site of dark experiments. The notion that houses – namely, large estates – contain histories which resonate beyond mortal bodies that inhabited them has vastly defined and influenced not only the terms of a cinematic genre, but what we find scary in general. But as postwar suburbanization came to redefine the relation between people and the »
- Landon Palmer
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