Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

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October Spooktacular closes: “The Birds”

October 31, 2012

To wrap up this year’s October Spooktacular, I decided to go with a sure thing: Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic, The Birds. It’s one of those films that’s so tightly ingrained in our culture that you feel like you’ve seen it, even if you never have. The big, showstopping scenes—Tippi Hedren being attacked by a flock of seagulls (not the band), the eerie final scene—are as well-known as anything in cinema. But the rest? Well, that’s a bit of a surprise, actually.
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Stonehenge will kill your kids: “Halloween III: Season of the Witch”

October 3, 2012

Halloween III: The Season of the Witch aka Halloween III: The Red-Headed Stepchild is enjoying somewhat of a rediscovery now, what with bad movie podcasts covering it, and a recent Blu-Ray release. I’m at a loss to explain this, since the movie really isn’t very good. Understand, this is not a situation like that with The Thing, where that movie was just too ambitious and discomforting for the year in which it was released to be well-regarded. Sure, maybe 30 years is enough time to get over the disappointment that Michael Meyers doesn’t show up, but jeez…that doesn’t make this movie any tighter or less goofy. I mean, it has a Stonehenge rock in it for chrissakes.
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Under the boardwalk: “Blood Beach”

October 26, 2011

This installment of Scary Movie Month takes us back to the cinematic wonderland of 1981—a more innocent time, when we worried trivial things like who could solve a Rubik’s Cube the fastest (ah!), whether the economic free-fall would ever end (er…), and the threat of total nuclear destruction (oh…) So, okay, maybe everything wasn’t New Wave music and Reaganomics in the early ‘80s, but man, did they ever know how to make a schlocky B-movie. In many ways, I think the early ‘80s were a second Renaissance for schlock movies (but that’s a topic for another time). Right now we’re gonna take a totally tubular look at a movie’s whose ad campaign haunted by childhood dreams: Blood Beach. Because you just never know when a starfish-faced monster will drag your ass beneath the sand.
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Halloween Movie Roundup! (repost)

October 31, 2010

Hey, loyal readers, sorry about the dearth of posts. I’m on vacation in New York and having such a good time I haven’t gotten around to sitting down and banging out some new reviews. In the meantime…
trick-r-treat-1Happy Halloween everyone! As you probably know, this is the holiday when the barriers between the living and the dead are the most permeable, and supernatural creatures wander the earth. They’ll probably want to watch movies, so you’re gonna want to have some decent horror movies onhand. I mean, if you were a ghoul come over to this side of the veil, would you want to watch The Ugly Truth? I thought not. So here is a quick roundup of great scary movies to watch on Halloween. Many of these are movies that even scared me—and I have a protective layer of cynicism towards most horror films that keeps me insulated from their effects. Okay, so let’s get to it: Gunmonkey’s Best Movies for Halloween!
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Halloween Movie Roundup!

October 31, 2009

trick-r-treat-1Happy Halloween everyone! As you probably know, this is the holiday when the barriers between the living and the dead are the most permeable, and supernatural creatures wander the earth. They’ll probably want to watch movies, so you’re gonna want to have some decent horror movies onhand. I mean, if you were a ghoul come over to this side of the veil, would you want to watch The Ugly Truth? I thought not. So here is a quick roundup of great scary movies to watch on Halloween. Many of these are movies that even scared me—and I have a protective layer of cynicism towards most horror films that keeps me insulated from their effects. Okay, so let’s get to it: Gunmonkey’s Best Movies for Halloween!
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This Holiday’s Movies: “Halloween”

September 3, 2007


I don’t know that the world needed a remake of John Carpenter’s Halloween, but as long as we’re getting one, Rob Zombie would seem to be the best person to bring it to us. Zombie, a rocker-turned director, has made a couple of well-received movies (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects) and in interviews, discusses the Halloween movies with the level of thought usually dedicated to the literature of James Joyce. Alas, Zombie’s Halloween only serves to heighten appreciation for the streamlined simplicity of the original. In his effort to enliven a moribund series, he manages to confirm my suspicions that it’s time to put a bullet in the head of this genre warhorse and maybe make it into glue and a decent belt.

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