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Year: 2018

October 23, 2018

31 Films of Halloween: Night of the Comet

They sure don’t make ’em like they used to make flicks like “Night of the Comet.” But man, re-watching this one made me think of all the other films, TV shows, and even video games “Comet” had to have had or influence on, or at least gave a bit of INSPIRATION.

There are a lot of head fakes in this film, and just when you think it’s going to be a straight up survival story of two teenage girls trying to fight off mutants effected by a passing comet it turns into a scientific conspiracy. It’s wacky, but for some reason there is something so tacky, weird, and genuine about “Comet.”

I recommend this to anyone who likes the FOX show “The Last Man on Earth,” played “Dead Rising” or if you just like odd like B-films from the 80s with a quirky sense of humor and, hell, even some pretty solidly written female characters.

October 22, 2018

31 Films of Halloween: Halloween (2018)

After so much build-up, and i assume just my nervousness, apprehension, but unbridled love for the”Halloween” series, I guess the TORCH has been officially passed to a new generation, and it’s just something that I’m going to have to face.

That isn’t to say that I don’t like what David Gordon Greene and Danny McBride have done here, but after watching this series for nearly 25 years of my life, or as long as I can remember renting “Halloween 4” from the video store on a weekly basis, it’s odd seeing a modern take on something that I hold very dear. Erasing an entire mythology and basically saying everything you know hasn’t happened, I liken it to how many “Star Wars” fans felt after “The Last Jedi.”

However, through the mist, I do like the homages to some of the other films, and at least there is a decent explanation and reason how we got from 1978 to 2018, kind of a weak reason, but a reason nonetheless. But boy, there are some plot devices that just don’t quite work for me, and aren’t as earned for me as they might be for other people. But hey, what else can I expect from a horror remake, right?

Parting shot, not a huge fan of the re-done “Halloween” theme. Too busy, too much production, and it loses the synth-soul that the original had…

October 19, 2018

31 Films of Halloween: Rob Zombie’s Halloween and H2

In order to expedite the process, and since I feel it appropriate to connect these two films together, I’m giving you guys a two-fer today with the EGO project that you might call “Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2” “H2,” regardless, call it what you will.

The long and short and Zombie’s vision is that it isn’t horrible. It’s shot expertly, makes you feel real grimy, like you are watching a documentary about Michael Myers and how he become the sister murdering, babysitter slaying enigma we know today, or if Zombie has anything to do with it, no longer an enigma.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times; the allure, at least to me, is that there is no reason for Michael Myers or why he kills…he’s pure evil. I don’t need an entire half of one film telling me how bad of a childhood Mikey had, I don’t need it.

Oh, and you’ll find this fun. With all the different versions of each film floating around, its a cool game to see what version you like since they could all impact each film and how it’s perceived. I thought the Theatrical and TV version of “Halloween 2” was enough, geesh!

Sorry, let me step off my white horse… 

October 18, 2018

31 Films of Halloween: Halloween: Resurrection

What can be said about “Halloween: Resurrection.” This is a horror film firmly trapped and a victim of it’s own era, and it honestly feels like the inmates are running the asylum while director Rick Rosenthal is tied up in a closet somewhere.

You would think that four years between “H20” and “Resurrection” something special could have been created, but instead we get the worst Michael Myers mask in the film’s history, Busta Rhymes doing kung-fu and delivering and epic SPEECH about who Michael Myers isn’t a headline or a news story, but instead a killer shark…yeah, that what we got this time around.

In the very least, “Resurrection” should give you a good laugh by how inane the dialogue is written and delivered by the cast, so I guess you can say this is by far the funniest edition in the series, which really says a lot…oh, but at least Katee Sackhoff is pretty rad.

October 16, 2018

31 Films of Halloween: Halloween H20

To be fair, this was the first time in a long, very long, time I actually sat down and watched “Halloween: H20.” And honestly, it’s not as bad as “The Curse of Michael Myers” and Dimension Films hedges their bets on a new crop of heartthrobs, WB drama starlets, and oh yeah, this is the first of two films where we get to see the acting talents of hip-hop royalty, namely LL Cool J in this film.

Seeing Jamie Lee Curtis back in the fold is fun and shows that she never forgot what film shot her to stardom, unlike some actors that like to forget that they were in a horror film…*cough*…Kevin*cough*Bacon*cough*

But after some atrocious outings, and this being the 20th anniversary, there was certainly an OBLIGATION to right the ship.

October 15, 2018

31 Films of Halloween: Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers

“Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers,” is TOMFOOLERY at its finest. My favorite idea behind this film is that the theatrical version is consider the incomplete version and the “Producer’s Cut” is the “true” version that everyone needs to see to full appreciate this film.

Perhaps “Curse” is really just a film lost in it’s own Mid-90s Dimension Films bubble where if you had Kevin Williamson write something it would probably sell and add a rockin’ Alt-Rock soundtrack. Oh, and you think the “Halloween” theme was bad in “The Revenge of Michael Myers” this one is just as bad, and last parting shot…this is the film that killed Donald Pleasance, so you’re all welcome…

October 14, 2018

31 Films of Halloween: Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

You want some NONSENSE…either watch for the first time, or revisit “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.” Telepathic links, mute nieces, costume contests, barn sex, metal nets, guys in cowboy boots, hats and wrist tattoos, this film’s got it all.

Oh, and the “Halloween” theme for “Revenge” might be just as bad as the disco/techno version from “Halloween 2.”

October 13, 2018

31 Films of Halloween: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

A lot of people will say “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers” is where the series took a TURN for the worse.

But if you really think about it, “Return” is pretty much a paint-by-numbers remake of 1978’s “Halloween.” It has a lot of the same tropes, but the bodycount is higher and this is when it’s finally established that Michael Myers is a uncontrollable killing machine that can warp around…much like Jason…and has otherworldly strength and power.

Pro-tip: If you have the means, listening to the audio commentaries with the director, Dwight Little, or any other commentary you can find on the Blu-Ray is well worth it.

October 13, 2018

31 Films of Halloween: Copy Cat

#31FilmsofHalloween continues… With Copy Cat! #Copycat is a engaging film that keeps a good balance of intrigue & thrill. Sure, pretty much every aspect of tech appears outdated but overall the story holds up with Sigourney Weaver & Holly Hunter leading the way. Man, I really miss when studios would release films like this.
October 12, 2018

31 Films of Halloween: Halloween 3: Season of the Witch

Tonight it’s time to tell you all how UNDERVALUED “Halloween 3: Season of the Witch” is and will always be.

“Halloween 3” is the classic case of this is why we can’t have nice things. Newsflash folks; “Halloween” was never supposed to just be Michael Myers. We were supposed to get anthology films about the fear we all fell during the Halloween season, but thanks to characters like Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger, who all begin pumping out sequels on a yearly basis, the first “Halloween” film became a victim of it’s own success and failed miserably.

Sure, the story is insane and involved Stonehenge and Halloween masks that kill kids when they hear a TV jingle and an evil cabal of old white men, but looking at this film now, it’s just crazy enough to work and should have been a bigger success when it was released.

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