Directed by Rick Rosenthal
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.
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)’.
through the dun fields and from the glade
Flash merry folk in masquerade,
for this is Hallowe’en!
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!
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- SCREAM QUEEN of the MONTH-KATHARINE ISABELLE-August 2011 (jmountswritteninblood.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)