Category Archives: Films Released in 1978
Directed by Joe Dante
Story by John Sayles and Richard Robinson
Screenplay by John Sayles
Well, I guess since the Great White Shark had laid claim to the ocean, it was only logical that the piranha would become the scourge of the rivers. Joe Dante proves why he is one of the best directors of B-Grade motion pictures with his 1978 film Piranha. Is it a rip-off of Jaws? Hell yeah, but that doesn’t matter. Piranha is a thrill ride all its own. When a school of piranha is accidentally set free from a government test facility, it’s up to B-Movie stars Bradford Dillman and Heather Menzies to stop them before they turn the rivers and lakes into their own private smorgasbord. Accompanying Dillman and Menzies are Dante regulars Dick Miller, Kevin McCarthy and Belinda Balaski as well as the beautiful Barbara Steele. Piranha is as cheesy a horror film as you are ever likely to see, but who gives a rat’s ass, it’s a damn fun movie. My wife and I went to see the remake of Piranha and were greatly disappointed. Quite honestly the film should have been entitled “Girls Gone Wild with some Piranha’s.” I am usually not the kind of person to automatically like the original product more than the remake. But in the case of 1978′s Piranha as compared to 2010′s film, there is no comparison. Joe Dante’s love letter to JAWS wins hands down.
Eric Braeden was originally cast as Paul Grogan, but he pulled out to pursue another project. He had already shot some underwater swimming footage which is used in the film.
A waitress from the Holiday Inn where the director and crew were staying stood in for Heather Menzies during the topless shots because Menzies was concerned that her husband might not approve of the nude scene.
Universal Studios attempted to sue New World for spoofing Jaws. However, Steven Spielberg saw the movie in advance and loved it. After that, Universal dropped the lawsuit.
- Sssssss (jmountswritteninblood.com)
- Director Joe Dante talks Trailers From Hell! site and why you shouldn’t hold your breath for ‘Gremlins 3′ (insidemovies.ew.com)
- Piranha 3DD Trailer Debuts This Weekend Before Apollo 18; First Teaser Art! (dreadcentral.com)
HALLOWEEN-United States-1978 &HALLOWEEN-United States-2007
Halloween 1978 Directed by John Carpenter
Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill
Donald Pleasance as Dr. Sam Loomis
Nick Castle as The Shape (Michael Myers)
Nancy Loomis as Annie Brackett
P.J. Soles as Lynda van der Klok
Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill (1978 screenplay) and Rob Zombie
Scout Taylor-Compton as Laurie Strode
Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Sam Loomis
Tyler Mane as Michael Myers
Danielle Harris as Annie Brackett
Kristina Klebe as Lynda van der Klok
I just watched John Carpenters’ breakthrough film Halloween for probably the fifth or sixth time in my entire life. I have watched Rob Zombie’s re-imagining of the horror classic at least three times if memory serves me well. Having said all this, I can say one thing that will anger a lot of people but I say it with absolute honesty and will not change my opinion. Rob Zombies’ Halloween is better than John Carpenters’ Halloween.
Now before you get out the butcher knife to stab me in the heart let me further explain myself. There are a lot of things about Carpenter’s Halloween that I like. Carpenter is a master at building and keeping suspense and drawing the viewer into the story. His will always be the definitive Michael Myers. What makes Zombie’s’ Halloween superior to Carpenter’s’ is one simple thing: Zombie created a back story for Michael. In the first film after Michael kills his sister he then walks outside just as his parents drive up to the house. The Myers family looks like a typical comfortable middle class family. I never bought that. I have always felt that Michael’s family life was a chaotic one and it seems that Zombie did as well. Carpenter’s version made one think that Michael just snapped out of the blue. Zombie shows that Michael is a product of his environment.
I also like the fact that Zombie shows the effects of what Michael’s’ actions do to his family, especially his mother. With his stepfather (the creepy William Forsythe) out of the picture, she has no one to lean on and every day that Michael’s own sanity slips further away the further her own lifeline unravels until she chooses to cut the final string herself. In the original, the only thing you were really aware of was that the family moved away from the house to start over. Michael’s mother taking her own life makes his story all the more tragic and his evil all the more intense. Incidentally, I though t that Sheri Moon Zombie did an excellent job as Deborah Myers, Michael’s mother.
Anyway, those are my reasons. I am sure that most people will disagree with me. Such is life. Stay scared, everybody!!
TRIVIA-John Carpenter’s Halloween
- Halloween I (Rob Zombie The Re-Telling) 2007 (jdcwitherton.com)
- Halloween II – (Rob Zombie The Re-Telling) 2009 (jdcwitherton.com)
- Let’s watch some trailers! (hookmanc1.wordpress.com)
- Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes throws out the lube (bizzam.wordpress.com)
- Halloween (1978) – 3/5 (allenwatcheseverything.wordpress.com)
- Halloween (2007) (atthemovieswithsilver.wordpress.com)
- HALLOWEEN 3D Pulled from Release Schedule (geektyrant.com)
- What’s Halloween Without Halloween?! Dimension Pulls Halloween 3D From Release Schedule (perezhilton.com)
- Famous Stars In Their First Roles (huffingtonpost.com)
- Script To Screen: “Halloween” (gointothestory.blcklst.com)
- What Do You Think Will Be the Most Popular Costume This Halloween? (bellasugar.com)
- ‘Halloween 3D’ Stalled, Michael Myers Inconsolable (moviesblog.mtv.com)
- John Carpenter’s Asylum #1 (comicsforge.com)