- Doctor Gash’s Top 10 Greatest Horror Movies… EVER! #3 – Halloween (dreadcentral.com)
- Top Ten Netflix Horror Movie Picks by the Gruesome Foursome (savings.com)
- Wacky Product of the Week: Feasting Electronic Horror Plush (savings.com)
- Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers 1988 (mmmovieandfilmreviews.wordpress.com)
- Halloween II 1981 (mmmovieandfilmreviews.wordpress.com)
Before I get started I want to get a few things out of the way. First, here is the somewhat mandatory Nostalgiathon badge:
Then there is the also somewhat mandatory link back to Andy Watches Movies and his post regarding Nostalgiathon. Don’t be afraid to click it.
Okay, now that that’s all out of the way I can get down to this business of nostalgia. What is nostalgia, exactly? To me, nostalgia is when we fondly remember the good things about our past that we are never going to experience again. Maybe it was Sunday dinner with the entire family in one room; eating, laughing and communicating about the events of the day. Maybe it was your first kiss from your first girlfriend or boyfriend. It’s always the good things we remember and look back on with fond remembrance. You never hear someone say “Do you remember when Uncle Ted was working under the car and the engine fell on him and Aunt Gracie didn’t find him until three hours later? *Sigh* those were the days.”
So, what was a nostalgic time for me? I don’t think it was so much a time as it was a friend and a mutual adoration that our elementary and junior high school brains shared for all things horror. His name was T.J. Johnson; and every Saturday, and later Sunday, I would be glued to my TV as Shock Theater and the monsters that I first feared but soon grew to love would play out their macabre adventures before my eyes. It was here that I first made acquaintances with Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, The Fly, The Invisible Man and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. My parents couldn’t understand why I loved these ghouls so much, but that was because they didn’t understand that to a boy who was smaller than most and picked on constantly by his larger peers that these monsters were the bodyguards that I had always dreamed of. With that much said, let’s fast forward to Monday morning and homeroom.
Monday was the best day of the week. It was the day that T.J. and I could compare notes and wax on and on about the movies that we both knew the other had watched over the weekend.
“You see it when Frankenstein killed Igor?”
“Did you hear the screams as she ripped the hood from the Fly’s head?”
“Man that was sure cool seeing that guy turn into the Wolf Man!”
On and on we would go. It was because of T.J. that I discovered a love for the trivia behind the scenes. I began to devour, at first, issues of Famous Monsters of Filmland and later Fangoria and now the latter magazine and Rue Morgue and HorrorHound magazine. The Universal Monsters gave way to Hammer Films and Christopher Lee as Dracula and Peter Cushing as his arch-nemesis Van Helsing. Oliver Reed howled with the Curse of the Werewolf and Herbert Lom was the lonely Phantom lurking beneath the streets of London. Then as seasons change and people live and die then again these monsters would give way to the violent and silent Leatherface and Michael Myers, the undying and relentless Jason Voorhees and the razor sharp knives and wit of Freddy Krueger. I ramble on and on and I apologize; but what I am trying to say is that though the monsters may have changed and the movies may be color instead of black and white and we see the blood and the gore instead of just imagining it is that my love for horror all started with a long canceled TV show, Shock Theater, and a long unseen friend, T.J. Johnson.
I lost touch with T.J. in the ninth grade. I can’t tell him about all the great horror movies or about my life and its ups and downs and about the wonderful woman that I call my wife and best friend. I don’t know whether he’s alive or dead. I like to think that he reads my blog and say ‘hey, I remember that guy.’ If he is then I just want to say thanks for some good fuckin’ times.
So, there you go; that’s what nostalgia means to me.
Take care and stay scared.
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- Top Ten Netflix Horror Movie Picks by the Gruesome Foursome (savings.com)
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- Film: Primer: A guide to the Universal Studios monster movies, 1923-1955 (avclub.com)
SCREAM QUEEN OF THE MONTH-OCTOBER 2012-DANIELLE HARRIS
I have to be honest with you all; I really don’t know all that much about the October Scream Queen of the Month, Danielle Harris. I know that she’s beautiful; the photo above is proof of that. I know that she made her film debut as Jamie Lloyd in 1988′s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and would return to the role the following year in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers. I also know that she stepped into the role of Annie Brackett for director Rob Zombie’s re-vision of Halloween and Halloween II in 2007 and 2009; a role was originally filled by Nancy Loomis in John Carpenter’s Halloween in 1978 and again in Halloween II in 1981.
Hmm, so what else do I know about Danielle Harris? Well, she has earned the title of modern day Scream Queen by appearing in genre films like Urban Legend (1998), Left For Dead (2007), The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond (2009), Hatchet II and Stakeland (both 2010) and Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 and The Victim (both 2011).
She has appeared in the non-genre films The Last Boy Scout (1991) with Bruce Willis as well as Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead and Free Willy. She recently completed Fatal Call and is in post-production with Hatchet III, Dead.tv and The Ghost of Goodnight Lane.
Last but not least, I know that it is an honor to bestow the title of Scream Queen of the Month for Halloween Month 2012 upon the beautiful and the busy Miss Danielle Harris!
Born Danielle Andrea Harris on June 1, 1977
She appeared both as the on-screen ”Roseanne” (1988)’s neighbour, Molly in the TV show, and as Roseanne’s real life daughter, Jessica in a movie autobiography of Roseanne’s life.
In the mid-1990s, she was stalked by an obsessed fan. This person wrote letters threatening to kill her, and was eventually arrested for bringing a shotgun to her house.
Kept her clown costume from Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) for years and even went trick-or-treating that year around Queens as Jamie Lloyd. Years later she sold the costume to a dedicated “Halloween” fan for his own personal collection.
- Three Part 3s: Friday the 13th Part 3, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warrior and Halloween III: Season of the Witch (gawker.com)
- 31 Days Of Horror – Exclusive Interview With Actor/Director/Scream Queen Danielle Harris (biffbampop.com)
- Top 6 Danielle Harris Horror Roles (dreadcentral.com)
- Blu-ray review: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (dailyrecord.co.uk)
- Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (mutantreviewers.wordpress.com)
- Danielle Harris Bringing Among Friends to DEDfest 2012 in Edmonton (dreadcentral.com)
- Three Part 3s: Friday the 13th Part 3, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and Halloween III: Season of the Witch (gawker.com)
- Halloween Horror: Hollywood’s Best Scream Queens (mtholyoke.uloop.com)
- Neve Campbell & Our Favorite Scream Queens (k1047.cbslocal.com)
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Directed by Barbara Brancaccio and Joshua Zeman
Written by Joshua Zeman
When you think of the Boogeyman, what comes to mind for you? Is it a childhood image of a faceless being that sneaks into your bedroom at night and turns those clothes you threw in the corner into a living, breathing embodiment of evil? Maybe your boogeyman is Michael Myers with his unfinished Captain Kirk mask, his 1000 yard stare and that butcher knife. How about Freddy Krueger? Now there’s a boogeyman for you; a burned child molester with razor sharp knives for fingers.
For the families of Jennifer Schweiger, Holly Ann Hughes, Hank Gafforio, Tiahease Jackson and Alice Pereira the boogeyman may or may not be Andre Rand. When I say ‘may be’ I mean that there is enough circumstantial evidence to show that Rand is the abductor and possible killer of these children. When I say ‘may not be’ I mean that Rand isn’t about to open his mouth and proclaim his guilt. That’s where “Cropsey” comes in. “Cropsey” is a documentary about the crimes, the trial and the aftermath of the case against Andre Rand. Was Rand a child murderer? Was he a pawn in the game of a satanic cult that trafficked in children? “Cropsey” the documentary gives us the information but allows us to form our own opinions as to Rand and his alleged crimes. But I don’t see a documentary about a possible child abductor/child murderer; I see an opportunity to help the families of the victims to have closure. A detective is quoted as saying that when a child is murdered and their body is found that at least that family has a place to visit their body. However, when a child is kidnapped and they have no idea whether they are alive or dead the family will continue to believe that their child is alive until the evidence proves otherwise.
I don’t intend to rate “Cropsey”. Instead, let the drops of blood represent the missing children and the hope that their families will find closure one way or another.
Holly Ann Hughes-Missing since July 15, 1981. She was 7 years old at the time of her disappearance. Her body has not been recovered.
Hank Gafforio-Missing since June 9, 1984. 22 years old at the time of his disappearance, Hank had the mentality of a 15 year old. His body has not been recovered.
Tiahease Jackson-Missing since August 14, 1983. She was 10 years old at the time of her disappearance. Tiahease had a learning disability. Her body has never been recovered.
Alice Pereira-Missing since July 7, 1972. She was five years old at the time of her disappearance. Her body has never been recovered.
Jennifer Schweiger-Missing since July 9, 1987. Her body was found a month later. She had Down’s syndrome.
It is not for my benefit that I list these missing children. I didn’t come away from “Cropsey” as a critic; I came away as a concerned person who wants to help these families find closure. If you have any information regarding these children then please feel free to contact the numbers below. Thank you.
Richmond County District Attorney’s Office (718)-876-6300
Donna Cutugno, the Friends of Jennifer (718)-698-4053
*Note: The disappearances all occurred on Staten Island, New York
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After watching a bunch of cute little kittens running for their lives from a vacuum cleaner, I decided to write this review for Halloween 5. So what have we learned here today, ladies and gentlemen? Well, first we learn that Dr. Sam Loomis is nuttier than a fruitcake and will break every child endangerment law in the country if that’s what it takes to stop Michael Myers. I’m serious, the dude is freaking insane. Other than that, Halloween 5 is just another in a long line of mediocre sequels to a film that was done better by Rob Zombie. Yeah, I said it!! At least the Michael in the Zombie remake looked big enough to hurt somebody. Where the hell do they get these guys from; Wal-Mart? Don’t even get me started on the kills. The best one was the pitchfork through the guy when he was pitching’ his fork in the girl. News Flash: Friday the 13th Part 2 did it better; Jason achieved double-penetration. How that’s for double entendre?
I know I said that I was going to review the Halloween films for the month of October. But dear God in Heaven I should have my head examined. The Halloween films are the worst damn series in the history of horror films. At least the Friday the 13th films had imaginative kills going for them. Halloween has a wimpy looking dude in a half-finished Captain Kirk mask. If Part 6, H20 and Resurrection aren’t any better I may just be writing my next review from inside the rubber room. Take care and stay scared!
Oh, wait, before I forget. The plot of Halloween 5 is as follows: Michael has a niece, Jamie. Jamie is psychically bonded to Michael. Dr. Loomis knows this and uses Jamie to get to Michael. Stabbings, gunshots, pitchforks, kittens (scary) and dead bodies ensue. Yippee.
The bus that the Man in Black gets off of stops outside the exact same store where Jamie and Rachel went to get a Halloween costume in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.
Don Shanks revealed in an interview that many of the scenes involving the man in black had him playing the character, because of speculation that he was a blood relative of Michael Myers. He also admitted that even the writers uncertain about the man in black’s identity.
The film was released straight to video outside of North America.
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HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS-United States-1988
How many freaking relatives does Michael Myers have? I mean, for gosh sakes he killed his sister when he was six; then he tried to kill his other sister Laurie, when he grew up. Now with Halloween 4 he’s trying to kill the daughter of Laurie Strode. I tell you what, they should have just showed the old boy a picture of Osama Bin Laden and told him “Alright, Michael, this is your sister, Osama Bin Myers. She’s a bearded lady and she can’t talk right. She lives overseas and she says you’re a pussy and to come and get her if you can. Here’s your plane ticket. Wait until the plane lands before you kill everybody on board. Go get her, boy!” There would have been no need to send any troops over there.
I don’t mean to make light of that whole situation. I’m making fun of the fact that this guy has all these relatives to kill. This is the plot to Halloween 4:
“There’s Michael Myers! Run for your life!”
“He’ll kill you if he catches you!”
“Are we related?”
“Well…no, I don’t think so.”
“Well, alright then. I’m cool.”
“Dang, I never thought of that.”
That, ladies and gentlemen is the plot of Halloween 4. Don’t get me started on the acting. There’s none of that in this movie, either. Well, I take that back. Donald Pleasance is still the king of psycho psychiatrists and Danielle Harris does a pretty darn good job in her first starring role, which means she isn’t too annoying for a screaming 7 year-old kid.
Halloween 4 should have been subtitled “The Myers Family Reunion.” Hell, I think maybe they should have all been called that.
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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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
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