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HALLOWEEN II

HALLOWEEN II-United States-92 Mins. 1981

Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode

Donald Pleasance as Dr. Sam Loomis

Directed by Rick Rosenthal

Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill

We interrupt this blog to bring you a special news bulletin. Michael Myers, the killer responsible for all those deaths in Halloween, is back for a sequel. On the scene at the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital is our roving reporter, Debra Carpenter.

“Debra, can you tell us anything at this moment?”

“Well, John, it appears that not only have Michael Myers and Laurie Strode returned for the sequel to Halloween, but Dr. Sam Loomis has signed on as well.”

“Is there any truth to the rumor that Michael is still trying to kill Laurie Strode?”

“John, it appears that Laurie was taken here to Haddonfield Memorial. The hospital is known for being the darkest and most deserted hospital in the world, but I myself believe that it’s merely for scary effect. As for Laurie, she’s doing her best to run as fast as she can on a broken ankle. Meanwhile, Michael is taking his sweet time and is keeping up with her just like all the other great horror film villains.”

“So, Debra, is it easy to assume that there will be a highly important plot point revealed in this particular film?”

“Well, I don’t want to just blurt any major details. There may actually be someone out there who hasn’t seen the film even though it’s been 40 years since its release.”

“Ouch, that really makes me feel old, Debra.”

“I do my best, John.”

Well, there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Michael Myers has returned along with Laurie Strode and Dr. Loomis for an illogically written and directed sequel to the original Halloween. Released nearly 40 years ago, this film makes me feel really old as I was 19 when it was released. The good part about the film is that Jamie Lee Curtis still looked like a cute girl and not like Harrison Ford.

We return now to this blog, already in progress.

Trivia

Dana Carvey made his movie debut in this movie playing an assistant. He can be seen receiving instructions from a blond reporter in front of the Wallace house.

The film is set immediately after the first Halloween. Since Jamie Lee Curtis had begun to wear a much shorter hairstyle in the 1980s, she had to wear a wig that matched her original hairstyle for the film.

Ben Tramer, who gets killed, is a reference to John Carpenter’s friend Bennett Tramer. They went to USC (University of Southern California) as Tramer wrote episodes for ‘”Saved By the Bell” (1989)’.

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Scream Queen of the Month-October 2011

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis-Scream Queen of the Month-October 2011

Jamie Lee Curtis-Scream Queen of the Month-October 2011

When your mother is the victim of the most famous onscreen murder of all time, the shower scene in Psycho, and your father portrayed one of America’s most notorious serial killers, the Boston Strangler, how the hell can you not have a career as a Scream Queen? Jamie Lee Curtis was probably slapped on the ass by Michael Myers when she was a baby. She has made the role of Laurie Strode as iconic as that of Michael himself and has appeared in 7 of the films in the Halloween series. In addition Miss Curtis has screamed her way through John Carpenter’s The Fog (1978), had herself a bloody time on Prom Night (1978) and rode the Terror Train in 1980.

    Curtis has also appeared in non-genre fare such as Trading Places (1983), A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and True Lies (1994). She is a published children’s book author and a blogger for The Huffington Post online newspaper. She is the wife of actor/director Christopher Guest and is the godmother of Jake Gyllenhaal. Written in Blood honors Miss Jamie Lee Curtis as our Scream Queen of the Month for October 2011!

HALLOWEEN (1978) and HALLOWEEN (2007)

HALLOWEEN-United States-91 Mins. 1978 & HALLOWEEN-United States-109 Mins. 2007

Halloween 1978 Directed by John Carpenter

Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill

Starring Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode

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

Halloween 2007 directed by Rob Zombie

Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill (1978 screenplay) and Rob Zombie

Starring

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

As the movie was actually shot in early spring in southern California (as opposed to Illinois in late October), the crew had to buy paper leaves from a decorator and paint them in the desired autumn colors, then scatter them in the filming locations. To save money, after a scene was filmed, the leaves were collected and reused. However, as Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter note on the DVD audio commentary, the trees are quite full and green and even some palm trees can be seen, despite that in Illinois in October, the leaves would probably be mostly gone and there would be no palm trees.
Jamie Lee Curtis’ first feature film. She was paid a reported $8,000 for her efforts.
Due to its shoestring budget, the prop department had to use the cheapest mask that they could find in the costume store: a Star Trek William Shatner mask. They later spray-painted the face white, teased out the hair, and reshaped the eye holes. Shatner admitted that for years he had no idea his likeness was used for this film. It was only during an interview that someone mentioned his mask was being used. He has since stated that he is honored by this gesture.
TRIVIA-Rob Zombie’s Halloween
Oliver Stone was rumored to be attached to this project before he decided to make World Trade Center.
At one point Dimension Studios considered making a crossover film featuring Pinhead from the Hellraiser series, following in the footsteps of Newline Cinema’s horror crossover Freddy vs. Jason. A poll was held on the official site, but response from fans was negative and the studio dropped the concept.
This is third Halloween film that Danielle Harris has been in. She first appeared in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5 as Jamie Lloyd, daughter of Laurie Strode. (Her character was re-cast in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, and then killed off.)
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