31 Days Of Halloween: The “Halloween” Series

Bloggers Nick Frisone and Kelly Hager dive in to the “Halloween” series just in time for…Halloween!

Kelly:

Halloween is one of my top five favorite movies (any genre). I’ve seen it dozens of times and it still holds up. Part of it is the way that we believe the characters are friends. Part of it is that we don’t know anything about Michael Myers. He just shows up and kills people and then vanishes. And part of it (probably a lot of it) is Donald Pleasence as Sam Loomis. He is intense and his fear of Michael Myers makes us afraid. (Also, his speech about Michael Myers is almost as good as Quint’s in Jaws.)

Speaking of Dr. Loomis though, he’s such a jerk. My favorite Loomis moment is when he scares one of the kids who was tormenting Tommy Doyle and then looks SO PLEASED with himself for it. But then I guess when you’re spending Halloween trying to find a mass murderer with “the devil’s eyes,” you have to take your fun where you can find it.

This is one of the first movies I show people when they say they don’t like horror movies. (Sometimes I’ll pair it with Scream, because there are references to Halloween all through Scream. It may not convert them, but I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t enjoy Halloween. It’s my favorite one good scare.

Nick:

“Halloween” is my favorite film of all time. It’s creepy. It’s scary. It’s mysterious.

I first saw the movie when I was really young..maybe 8? Mom was going down to the local video store and I asked her to get me a good scary movie. She brought back the Michael Myers classic. So I guess you can thank her for the love of the film series.

I remember watching it and being on edge the entire time. A few jump scares. Not much gore. I was intrigued. The film has a great set of characters and actors who bring them to life. Jamie Lee Curtis is such a stand out, as is the legendary Donald Pleasance. Would’ve loved to have seen Pleasance with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, but that’s a whole different thread.

The theme music is just…classic. And creepy. And currently my text and phone call tone.

Michael Myers is an enigma. He’s one of (if not THE) best horror movie villain of all time. He just kills out of..pure evil.

Kelly:


I always forget just how much I love this sequel. Yes, it would’ve been better if they didn’t add the “Laurie is Michael’s sister” element, but it also serves to show how Michael is basically just this force. (Fate, as Laurie discussed in her English class in the first one.) He can’t be redirected or distracted; once he decides you need to die, you’re essentially dead. The rest of you is just waiting to catch up.

This one picks up immediately after the original. Laurie is taken to the clinic while Dr. Loomis tries to find Michael. (They manage to accidentally kill Laurie’s crush, which ends up OK because then she meets a nice college boy instead.) The body count is higher and that includes the only death I will always remember: the nurse getting scalded to death in the therapy hot tub. (That is literally the only detail from this movie I always remember. Besides the fact that we learn Laurie is his sister.)

This is ALSO the movie that starts the whole Druid thing (“Samhain” is scrawled on the chalkboard at the elementary school and Dr. Loomis explains what that means while the nurse patiently waits to explain the Michael/Laurie connection), which I had completely forgotten.

Nick:

Like Kelly, I love this damn sequel. It’s a notch below the original, but still, it’s so creepy.

Nurse Karen being killed by scalding water is one of those classic horror film moments. For me, the cast is great. I’ve always had a crush on Ana Alicia, who plays Nurse Janet. Of course, she gets killed by a scalpel in her temple. I doubt she was an airhead, though.

The classic theme music is even more creepy here. It sounds like something morbid you would hear at a funeral.

The thought of going to a place of healing, and then getting stalked by a psycho killer freaks me out. In the film, most of the hallways are bare. Four nurses, one doctor, and two paramedics? I don’t know about all that.

Why didn’t Michael kill patients? I mean, go big, or go home, Mikey.

I work in a hospital. And I have to be there by 6am. So I leave my house and arrive there in the dark. Not going to lie..I definitely look around to make sure Michael isn’t following me in the parking lot, or in the dark back hallways..

Kelly:

This is probably the most polarizing horror movie I know. (With the possible exception of The Blair Witch Project.)

It was absolutely hated when it first came out (a Halloween movie with no Michael Myers*? NO) and while it’s more appreciated now, there are still a lot of people who hate it.

This is my fourth time seeing it and it took me a while to get here, but I’m now a fan. It’s so 80s and I’m here for it.

It’s a major conspiracy and yes, it’s a little convoluted and yes, the reason behind it is silly, but masks that can kill you? OK!

Also I love the Silver Shamrock song. (Until it gets stuck in my head.)

* = Technically he’s in this; we see part of the original movie on a TV in the bar and of course there’s part of the score toward the end here.

Nick:

Kelly is 100% percent correct. It’s incredibly polarizing. I have to confess, that I’ve never seen the film until a week or so ago. I was just never interested. I’m glad I finally took the plunge because I loved the plot and the hometown feel. What freaked me out the most was the curfew at 6pm for the town. It was very Purge-y. The film works on it’s own..but not as a “Halloween” movie.

You can hear hints of the original “HALLOWEEN” theme in the H3 theme. There were definitely a few moments where I jumped. And if a horror film can make ME jump..it’s solid.

The Silver Shamrock tune is a goddamn classic though.