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 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.
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)
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.
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.