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Happy Happy Halloween!
It’s time kids! Put on your masks and let the fun begin.

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Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XVI 
Halloween 
[1978 / John Carpenter / *****]
The film that perfected the slasher film, setting the standard for all such movies going forward. I love this film to death. If I were somehow able to track every movie I ever watched, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was my most-viewed one. I watched this on Blu-ray for the first time today. I actually didn’t find the HD transfer that impressive. I actually found it a bit cold compared to the warm DVD I’m used to (if that makes any sense). I’ll have to compare the 2 versions sometime.

Halloween Hype 2011, Pt. XVI

Halloween

[1978 / John Carpenter / *****]

The film that perfected the slasher film, setting the standard for all such movies going forward. I love this film to death. If I were somehow able to track every movie I ever watched, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was my most-viewed one. I watched this on Blu-ray for the first time today. I actually didn’t find the HD transfer that impressive. I actually found it a bit cold compared to the warm DVD I’m used to (if that makes any sense). I’ll have to compare the 2 versions sometime.

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Halloween Hyping - Looking Back & Setting the Stage

October is typically my busiest Tumblring month and 2011 will be no different.

I just love digging into as many horror films and logging my viewings on this trusty tumblelog. As a list aficionado, I thought I’d collect my prior 3 years worth of Octobertime horror viewings into one post here, for my own personal enjoyment and as a quick reference to look back on and potentially update at the end of each horrific viewing season.

So, for the hell of it, let’s turn back the clock and list some shit and see what I checked out over the recent years.

Looking over the lists, I’ve increased the number of films I’ve watched each year. Not sure that pattern will continue, but we’ll see. I’m VERY surprised that there are no films listed more than once below. That really doesn’t seen accurate… I may have forgotten to log some because certain films I could swear that I’ve seen more than once during October over the prior 3 years (i.e. Halloween, The Evil Dead, The Shining, Halloween III…). Highly doubt that pattern will continue but I do certainly like seeing new (to me) horror films or ones I haven’t caught in a while during this time-frame.

Halloween Hype 2008

  1. The Funhouse [1981 / Tobe Hooper]
  2. The House on Sorority Row [1983 / Mark Rosman]
  3. Videodrome [1983 / David Cronenberg]
  4. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane [2006 / Jonathan Levine]
  5. Calvaire [2004 / Fabrice Du Welz]
  6. 28 Days Later… [2002 / Danny Boyle]
  7. The Thing [1982 / John Carpenter]
  8. Terror Train [1980 / Roger Spottiswoode]
  9. Carnival of Souls [1962 / Herk Harvey]
  10. Ghostbusters [1984 / Ivan Reitman]
  11. Freddy vs Jason [2003 / Ronny Yu]
  12. Halloween II [1981 / Rick Rosenthal]
  13. Halloween III: Season of the Witch [1982 / Tommy Lee Wallace]

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Halloween Hype 2009

  1. Pieces [Mil Gritos Tiene La Noche] [1982 / Juan Piquer Simón]
  2. Night Train Murders [L’ultimo treno della notte] [1975 / Aldo Lado]
  3. A Day With The Boys[1969 / Clu Gulager]
  4. Friday the 13th Part III[1982 / Steve Miner]
  5. Re-Animator [1985 / Stuart Gordon]
  6. Paranormal Activity [2009 / Oren Peli]
  7. The Poughkeepsie Tapes [2008 / John Erick Dowdle]
  8. The Beyond [E tu vivrai nel terrore - L’aldilà] [1981 / Lucio Fulci]
  9. Martyrs [2008 / Pascal Laugier]
  10. The Exorcist[1973 / William Friedkin]
  11. Black Sunday [La maschera del demonio] [1960 / Mario Bava]
  12. Zombieland [2009 / Ruben Fleischer]
  13. Drag Me to Hell [2009 / Sam Raimi]
  14. The Wicker Man [1973 / Robin Hardy]
  15. Halloween [1978 / John Carpenter]
  16. The Evil Dead [1981 / Sam Raimi]
  17. Seven [1995 / David Fincher]

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Halloween Hype 2010

  1. Psychomania [a.k.a. The Death Wheelers] [1973 / Don Sharp]
  2. Horror of Dracula [1958 / Terence Fisher] 
  3. The Toolbox Murders [1978 / Dennis Donnelly]
  4. Deep Red [Profondo Rosso] [1975 / Dario Argento]
  5. Torso [I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale] [1973 / Sergio Martino] 
  6. The Tenant [Le Locataire] [1976 / Roman Polanski] 
  7. The House on the Edge of the Park [La casa sperduta nel parco ] [1980 / Ruggero Deodato]
  8. Psycho[1960 / Alfred Hitchcock]
  9. Mother’s Day [1980 / Charles Kaufman]
  10. Happy Birthday to Me [1981 / J. Lee Thompson]
  11. Trouble Every Day [2001 / Claire Denis]
  12. The Last House on the Left [2009 / Dennis Iliadis]
  13. The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh [Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh] [1971 / Sergio Martino]
  14. Pet Sematary[1989 / Mary Lambert]
  15. Pet Sematary II[1992 / Mary Lambert]
  16. Trick ‘r Treat [2009 / Michael Dougherty]
  17. Grindhouse [2007] (Planet Terror & Death Proof / Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino]
  18. A Nightmare on Elm Street [1984 / Wes Craven]
  19. Friday the 13th [1980 / Sean S. Cunningham]
  20. The Shining [1980 / Stanley Kubrick]
  21. Night of the Living Dead [1968 / George A. Romero]

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Halloween Hype 2011

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LOOK! You gots a Garfield, a Skeletor, two He-Mans (one left-handed, one right-handed), Snoopy, Darth Vader, Gobo from Fraggle Rock and two tall mystery costumes (generic ghost and generic witch it seems)!
I feel like I lived this  picture. I was never costumed as any of these particular characters but I  definitely trick or treated while wearing something similar -  specifically a genuine Mr. T costume (among others that I feel like I’m  forgetting)! It had the classic garbage-bag-like outfit with T’s face  redundantly featured on the chest, as well as the eyelid-slicing hard  plastic mask. I’m pretty sure my mom painted me in blackface around the  eyes for maximum realism (no whiteness allowed!). There’s a picture of me in this costume somewhere. Maybe I’ll post it next year if I can find it.
(photo via here, click away for more great 80s costumings - including an ALF mask that I still own and find an excuse to wear every year)

LOOK! You gots a Garfield, a Skeletor, two He-Mans (one left-handed, one right-handed), Snoopy, Darth Vader, Gobo from Fraggle Rock and two tall mystery costumes (generic ghost and generic witch it seems)!

I feel like I lived this picture. I was never costumed as any of these particular characters but I definitely trick or treated while wearing something similar - specifically a genuine Mr. T costume (among others that I feel like I’m forgetting)! It had the classic garbage-bag-like outfit with T’s face redundantly featured on the chest, as well as the eyelid-slicing hard plastic mask. I’m pretty sure my mom painted me in blackface around the eyes for maximum realism (no whiteness allowed!). There’s a picture of me in this costume somewhere. Maybe I’ll post it next year if I can find it.

(photo via here, click away for more great 80s costumings - including an ALF mask that I still own and find an excuse to wear every year)

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Halloween Hype 2009, Pt. XIII - XXI

To round out my October horror viewings log, here’s what I watched on Oct 30-31:

Drag Me to Hell [2009 / Sam Raimi / ****]

The Wicker Man [1973 / Robin Hardy / *****]

Halloween [1978 / John Carpenter / *****]

The Evil Dead [1981 / Sam Raimi / *****]

Seven [1995 / David Fincher / *****]

A pretty perfect finish to the month I’d say. Caught Drag Me to Hell at a friend’s great Hallow’s Eve party. It was a really fun movie and I feel that my rating can only go up after future viewings. Wicker + Halloween + E-Dead made for a pretty perfect Halloween night triple-feature. The kids were trick or treating while we watched Halloween (which may well be my most-viewed movie ever, so getting up to give out the candy throughout the film was fine). I started Seven after midnight, so I guess it’s actually my first film viewed for November. Close enough. I’m about to start watching the My Bloody Valentine remake now (recorded the TMNHD premiere last night), so it looks like my horror fixation has no end in sight…. not that it ever would. Especially considering that I’ve loved the genre more than any other for my entire life. October, you were great, as always. November is so jealous, but I’ll give him a chance.

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Happy Happy Halloween!

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Exclusive: HALLOWEEN: The Lost Footage

Very nice article on a holy grail of cut footage. What a shame that, despite the infinite releases of Halloween on home video/DVD, this footage still hasn’t made its way into the homes of fans like me and you.

Damn you, Son of Akkad!!!

Exclusive: HALLOWEEN: The Lost Footage

Very nice article on a holy grail of cut footage. What a shame that, despite the infinite releases of Halloween on home video/DVD, this footage still hasn’t made its way into the homes of fans like me and you.

Damn you, Son of Akkad!!!

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It’s almost time, kids.

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I always look forward to my annual October visit from three of my favourite ladies.
- via the great Moon in the Gutter blog, coming through with plentiful Halloween posts.

I always look forward to my annual October visit from three of my favourite ladies.

- via the great Moon in the Gutter blog, coming through with plentiful Halloween posts.

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nevver:

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My favourite time of year is so close. I think I’ll start my annual increase in horror movie watching early this year*.





* Too often, I’m all talk…

nevver:

Soon
My favourite time of year is so close. I think I’ll start my annual increase in horror movie watching early this year*.

* Too often, I’m all talk…

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