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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Halloween?

Okay I am not talking about Halloween, the October 31st designated pseudo-holiday which is connected to All Saints' Day, nor the pagan festival of Sam Hain (pronounced So-when) . I am referring to one of my favorite horror movies. "Halloween" has become a classic and is now 26 years old.

In 1978 "Halloween" was released and gave audiences across the United States a taste of 'pure evil'. It has the necessary elements of shock, terror, and suspense along with a hauntung score by John Carpenter. A simple plot of a 7 year old boy who murders his sister, gets sent to a sanitarium for 15 years, then on 'The Night He Came Home' a bloody trail of death follows wherever he goes. "Halloween", "Halloween 2", "Halloween 4: The Return of Michale Myers", and "Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers" are a most comprehensive series done very well.

I do have a theory about Part 3 titled "Halloween 3: Season of the Witch". When it was first released, I was like many other fans, a little upset and completely confused as to why this movie had nothing to do with the first two in the series. After many viewings I have come to like it for it’s own strengths. Then although part 6 "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers" was not in and of itself a great addition, I was impressed with the introduction of the Celtic 'Thorn' society and bringing back the Tommy Doyle character from the first movie. This could have been the perfect opportunity for Mustapha Akkad to tie in the Celtic overtones from part 3. It would have been a great tie in and would have made the entire series up to this point worth owning on DVD. Alas, 6 was a bit of a let down.

"Halloween: H20", the seventh movie, was an okay venture back to the Halloween saga. Well done and gets away with explaining Laurie Strodes apparant death to pit her against her brother 20 years after she escaped his wrath. Then we were given part 8, "Halloween:Resurrection" about a reality series staged in the old Myers house. 8 turns out to be a really good addition to the Halloween series. Now we just have to wait and see what Mustapha Akkad has in store for us in part 9.



"However confused. Pretending to know to the end"

CJ






2 Comments:

Blogger Leah said...

i guess you'll just have to keep me updated, i have NEVER been able to sit all the way through one of those movies. i am not a horror film girl, they scare the living shit out of me. i still to this day am not able to look at a pumpkin or a pincushion the same way i once did. *shudder*

Tuesday, July 20, 2004 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very sad to break the news of the death of Halloween's great guy : Mustapha Akkad. His life was cut short by the Jordan Bombings , while he was meeting his daughter Reema in the lobby of grand hyatt when the bomber decided to blow himself up killing so many people. Unfortunately reema his daughter died in front of her father's eyes , and he today was pronounced dead in one of Amman Hospitals after heart, lungs and throat injuries from the blast. MAY HE REST IN PEACE and every victim who was subject to ferocious terrorist attack. The man who told the story of Islam in a great movie (The message) was killed with people who think this is what islam orders them to do... truly sad day today....

Friday, November 11, 2005 7:23:00 AM  

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