Monday, October 3, 2016

The HALLOWEEN Movies

How smart was John Carpenter for using the term HALLOWEEN for a horror movie series!!!.. Very, I'm sure! So, here are the many flicks spawned by this title, just for our Halloween Countdown.

The original HALLOWEEN came out in 1978. The story starts on Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers has stabbed his sister to death. After being in a mental hospital for 15 years, he escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill. Stars Jaime Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence.

HALLOWEEN II came out in 1981, this time, while the Sheriff and Dr. Loomis (Pleasence) hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie (Curtis) is rushed to the hospital and our serial killer isn't far behind her... BOO-WAH!!

HALLOWEEN III: Season Of The Witch hit the screens in 1982. This is my favorite movie in the series! It's so whacked out it's great. The story's about an apparent murder-suicide in a hospital emergency room that leads to an investigation which reveals a plot by an insane toy maker to kill off as many people as possible during Halloween using an ancient Celtic ritual involving a stolen boulder from Stonehenge and Halloween masks!.. Love it!! I admit it, I never saw any other movies in the series after this one!

In HALLOWEEN 4: The Return Of Michael Meyers from 1988, ten years after his original massacre, Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven year old niece on Halloween! But, can Dr. Loomis stop him this time?... You tell me!

Then, in 1989, our masked killer returns in HALLOWEEN 5: The Revenge Of Michael Meyers. It's one year later and Michael freakin' returns again on October 31st. Lurking and stalking around as usual, Michael has a plan to lure victims out of the children's hospital and there's a big confrontation at the Myers' house!

HALLOWEEN 6: The Curse Of Michael Myers came out in 1995, in this one, it's six years after he last terrorized the people in Haddonfield and Michael returns in pursuit of his niece again, who has escaped with her newborn child. Michael and a mysterious cult have sinister plans for them!!

Jaime Lee returns in HALLOWEEN H20: 20 Years Later, out in 1998. Laurie, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the maniac one last time and the life of her own son hangs in the balance!.. You know, the glossy poster image simply loses me, it just looks, like, not scary! Give me the gritty posters every time.

HALLOWEEN: Resurrection plopped its ass down in 2002, another glossy poster image, yuck! Anyway, three years after he last terrorized his sister, Michael Myers confronts her again, before traveling to Haddonfield to deal with the cast and crew of a reality show which is being broadcast from his old home!

Believe it or not, since then, two more movies were produced! There's another HALLOWEEN from 2007 and HALLOWEEN II from 2009! Good luck with those!!

We're back Wednesday with more Halloween Countdown, be there or be a square, dude!!

3 comments:

Ronin said...

Agree with you about Halloween 3. Shamefully underrated. It was a crazy movie along with an inventive plot. I had the pleasure of seeing it in the cinema when it was first released. A movie like that looks better on a big screen.

MDG14450 said...

I saw Halloween III the night it opened and wasn't crazy about it, but since then have really come to enjoy it. Like a lot of 80s Italian shockers, it doesn't make a lick of sense if you think about it too much, but it's a lot of fun and delivers the scares.

I saw it on a double feature w/ The Fog and Tom Atkins in attendance. After H3, he came up to the stage laughing saying that he hadnt seen it in a long time and forgot how crazy it was.

greg garner said...

Halloween 3 is the 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' of the slasher realm....virtually nobody liked it....UNTIL a few decades later, when they discovered that the easiest way to look hip is to claim that you knew better than all those rubes out in the Heartland who despised it. Sure, it's not as terrible as its' original reputation made it out to be....but by the same token, it's nowhere near the cinematic marvel that its' contemporary champions make it out to be, either. The scene with the 'demonstration' and the soliloquy by Cochran....those are truly great moments. The final scene is effective, as well. Aside from that, they never come close to fulfilling the potential that was there. But it was not just a failure...it was a HIGH PROFILE failure, which means that many people rejected it. Nothing warms the heart of a pretentious fool quite like defending something the masses have dismissed. By way of contrast, a good movie can, through no fault of its' own, be a box office failure. Maybe people just didn't know about it. But with something like Halloween 3, it was high profile....everybody knew about it...and almost everybody disliked it. Thus making it absolutely irresistible for the pretentious types-and today, that includes almost everybody-to swoop in and declare it a masterpiece.

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