Directed By: John Carpenter
“Death has come to your little town, sheriff.”
I couldn’t resist. I tried viewing something else but the allure is too strong. So this year, again, I’ve watched Halloween. It’s appropriate after all, like watching A Christmas Carol or Die Hard over Christmas. There’s really nothing better for getting in the mood than a good movie. So even after all this time what can I say about it? Well nothing I’ve not said before and on numerous occasions. The movie just works. After countless viewings I’m always finding something to appreciate.
Directed By: Michael Dougherty
“Always check your candy.”
I guess it was the news that it was getting a sequel that made me want to watch it, but I couldn’t help diving into the world of Trick ‘R Treat again for Halloween. It seemed the most appropriate time of the year to watch it after all.
Directed By: Tommy Lee Wallace
” I do love a good joke and this is the best ever: a joke on the children.”
No, it’s not named after the fantastic Donovan track, it’s one of the most bizarre sequels in all of filmdom.
Directed By: Steve Miner
“Oh, we’ve got a psychotic serial killer in the family who loves to butcher people on Halloween, and I just thought it in bad taste to celebrate.”
I guess we’re in an unofficial sequel run this week, which suits me fine. It was during a Netflix browse (Where usually there’s too much choice for me to make a committed decision) that I realised I’d never actually seen this sequel to the great Halloween.
So what’s been going on since (Let me just check the last post)…May. It’s been that long. Well first things first: I’m still alive. Or if I’m not this has been an impressive trick.
During the 80’s and early 90’s, Topps trading cards released cards relating to everything from Gremlins, to Garbage Pail Kids (Which could really do with a whole horrific entry of its own) to Michael Jackson. Basically, if it was big then Topps were there with some trading cards, a few stickers and some bubble gum.
Is it sacrilege to watch Halloween not on Halloween? I’ve been doing it for so many years now that I almost guilty when I don’t. But here we are, all grown up and breaking all the rules.
A Nightmare On Elm Street was such a massive success on release that it was inevitable that a sequel would be released as soon as possible. That is, of course, what happens. So one was rushed into production and almost a year to the day later Freddy’s Revenge was released. But how do you follow up a film like Nightmare On Elm Street?
Well by making the sequel about one man’s struggle to come to terms with his homosexuality.
Poundstretcher is, how to put this…It is a cheap shop. I don’t mean cheap to be synonymous with bad at all. There’s nothing there that would endanger your kids or anything like that. But it’s the type of place you go to buy industrial size vats of Nescafe coffee, or whatever the Chinese equivalent of a Pot Noodle is. I walked past one day I saw their poster advertising their Halloween stock and, like a moth attracted to light, I knew I had to go in there. I had an idea in my mind of what it would be. Crappy plastic teeth, some fake blood that game in a bottle labeled, appropriately enough, ‘Fake Blood’ so I entered and…
…well let me ask you this. Is it possible to be more right than you thought you were going to be?
Back before ET started shooting (About 5 months in fact), Steven Spielberg stopped quickly to make this film about a suburban family terrorised by malevolent spirits. Only he didn’t direct it, only he sort of did. Or something.