Sunday, October 31, 2010

Spooky movies! Halloween

The original Halloween, directed by John Carpenter, is a great spooky little movie. Made in 1978, it tells the lovely holiday story of Michael Myers, a fellow who slaughtered his sister on Halloween when he was six years old. After the murder, he was committed to an asylum, until he escapes on Halloween fifteen years later, returns to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, and goes about slaughtering babysitters willy-nilly.
Halloween was made for $300,000.00 in twenty-one days in California, and went on to make. . . $47,000,000.00. Forty-seven million dollars. They blew leaves through the set to make it look like fall in the Midwest. The mask worn by Michael Myer's is a William Shatner Halloween mask that they bought at a drugstore for $1.98. A two buck mask that launched one of the most successful franchises in history. Jamie Lee Curtis is fantastic as the survivor-type with a secret past, and Donald Pleasance just delightfully chews scenery. The second one is pretty good, but from there the movies pretty much go bad. I don't care for the remake done in 2007, but I'm not a big fan of Rob Zombie's movies, even if I do love his music.
I do have some questions, though. If Michael Myers was institutionalized and mute from the age of six on, how did he learn to drive a car? How does he know how to cut phone lines? I know, I know, he's The Shape that cannot die. The driving thing has always bothered me, though. Now that I think about it, this could explain some of the driving behaviors we sometimes see on the road.
Happy Halloween!

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