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Halloween

Posted by Brian on November 2, 2006

As part of a special Halloween event, one of our local theaters had a special presentation of the original Halloween movie over the past couple of nights. Eager to see it on the big screen for the first time, my girlfriend and I went to check it out.

Halloween is a horror classic in every sense of the word. Director John Carpenter pretty much runs a clinic on scaring the crap out of the audience using a number of different techniques. Unfortunately, the flood of slasher knock-offs since then have dulled the effectiveness of the movie somewhat, as my girlfriend found the movie more cliched and silly than scary (as did some students who watched it in class last Halloween). It’s a pity because I imagine watching it without playing spot-the-cliche would be a nerve-wracking experience. The shot of Micheal Myers slowly appearing out of the darkness behind Jamie Lee Curtis’ character always creep me out.

It wasn’t all grim and serious though. Some people had fun laughing at the dialog (“totally!”) and some of the stupid things the characters did. At one point, when Curtis’s character was driving down the street with a friend with Blue Oyster Cults (Don’t Fear) the Reaper on the radio, I came this close to yelling “More cowbell.”

I also learned that Rob Zombie is directing a remake/reinterpretation of Halloween, which will be relased sometime in 2007 (around Halloween, I assume).

Anyway, to address the real Halloween, last night was fairly quiet around the house. We live on a dark street so we don’t see a lot of trick-or-treaters coming our way.

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