Saturday, February 18, 2017

Halloween (1978)

Dir- John Carpenter
What most slasher flicks lack are the classic elements of horror; suspense, terror and the sheer emotion of fright. Taking this in mind John Carpenter presents what may be one the best slasher movies ever made. The movie starts with a flashback, a boy finds a mask and walks over to his sister's room and commits a brutal murder. We soon see him unmasked and the shock that such a young boy committed this heinous deed sets the tone for the movie. After many years he escapes the asylum and returns home to commit even more murders. We then meet up with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) who is forced to babysit on a night when she would rather be out with her friends. Little do they realize that this will be their last Halloween? The Shape (That is his nickname) is stalked by his psychiatrist Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance), a man who tried to help him and now wishes to put him away once and for all. What makes Halloween so great and original is that the movie makes excellent use of the Bogeyman theme which we all find scary. We also have a great musical score and excellent use of widescreen in what is a true low-budget movie. Making over 80 million when it was released and with it came the sudden rush of even cheaper imitations.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Horror Movie Cliches: Summer Camp

Avoid any camp not named for an Indian like Crystal Lake or Sleepaway.

If you are a counselor, avoid picking on shy kids, they do get revenge.

If you are a camper, befriend the shy loner types, they need the companionship.

Overly friendly counselors may be recent asylum escapees.

Make sure they put away all knives, arrows and other potential weapons.

If you have sex in the woods, you will die in the woods!

Campfire Legends always summon the worst of events.

If you encounter any figure wearing a hockey mask, you're a goner!

Don't go scurrying in the counselor's cabin; you may discover a secret hobby.

If you happen to survive the carnage in the first film, don't appear in a sequel, you will be offed in the first few minutes.