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viewers in peril: halloween

 

charlotte and i got into the rip spirit and watched “halloween” 1 & 2 on saturday and followed it with numbers 4 & 5 in the week.  well, actually our reason for watching them was more incidental – charlotte had a big ol’ hangover and wanted to watch “halloween” to cheer herself up. and then we sort of got into the swing of the halloween thing…

we won’t be watching 6 -8 just yet, ’cause while we were watching #2 the fairy lights in our living room suddenly started flashing by themselves. charlotte was really spooked and since i’m flying to south africa for a week on saturday, she decided that was enough of “halloween” for now 🙂

the films really hit the spot for charlotte, though, and cheered her up no end. this was the second time that i’d watched them, having watched them all for the first time last year (although i’d seen the first one and h20 before). i really enjoyed them, although i have to look away for many of the killings – the various piercings especially! 

 

the weird thing about these films is that michael myers is a sort of anti-hero… i mean, yes, i do want to see him die and all, but (like most people, i guess) theres a kind of delirious masochistic glee when he survives in the end (or comes back in the beginning of the next one).

even though he’s technically an antagonist, he has become a protagonist as a large part of each film is told from michael’s point of view and follows his exploits. and since his storyline is the only one that continues through each film, his narrative throughline is the dominant one. so in a macabre way i actually want to see him succeed.

there’s also that mystery surrounding why he kills his relatives. i don’t think any normal series could really sustain a mystery which is, in the cold light of day, a rather weak one, but the first “halloween” sets up the series (unwittingly) so well! despite dr. loomis’ proclaimations of him being “purely and simply… evillll” we still want to know why he does it. 

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  1. October 4, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    I’m so happy that y’all had a Halloween marathon! This is my favorite horror movie franchise. And I’m extremely happy to here that you skipped Halloween 3…whatever the hell that movie was is just ridiculous. Halloween 2 has to be one of my favorite movies ever. There’s just something creepy about being in a hospital that’s empty with a serial killer on the loose isn’t there? The new Halloween done by Rob Zombie is really good and adds a lot to the background and childhood of Michael Myers. Warning though….it’s really sick…REALLY sick, but it’s good.

    Have a great time in South Africa! You must be looking forward to that! And sorry to hear about Charlotte’s hangover…it happens to the best of us 😉

  2. October 4, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    you are gutsy! lol.. my horror movies stay with the REALLY OLD STANDARDS of Dracula and Frankenstein.. the old black and white movies lol However I will say that Rosemary’s Baby had me going when that was new.. and it still scares me!

    oh wow going to Africa! take me, take me! lol..

  3. October 4, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    Will you be heading to see the remake?

  4. October 4, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    i can vividly imagine those ‘possessed’ fairly lights! wonderful!
    will you be blogging in SA? 🙂

  5. Nymeth
    October 5, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    I like Halloween much better than the other horror movie franchises, even though I’ve only seen a couple of the movies. I should do what you guys did and watch them as a marathon. It would be appropriate for, well, Halloween 😛

  6. October 5, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    I hate to admit this, but I am honestly not sure I have ever seen all of the original Halloween film. The only one I know for sure that I’ve seen is Halloween: H2O. I am embarrassed…sorry.

  7. October 6, 2007 at 2:07 am

    Carl, you must go rent it…or just buy it!! It’s my favorite 😉 H2O was pretty bad…at least compared to the old Halloween films. I recommend watching at least Halloween 1&2 as they fit together as one story.

  8. jean pierre
    October 6, 2007 at 11:15 am

    CHRIS:

    oh, i’m so glad you like halloween too! 🙂

    halloween 2 is very cool too. i agree, it is verrry creepy. its somehow just so wrong…! you know?

    i’m really looking forward to the rob zombie one… although not the sickness. i’ll just have to close my eyes 😦

    i’m really looking forward to SA and i’ll be taking some pictures from ya’ll.

    DESLILY:

    i’m with you there! but charlotte LOVES these films so i’ve had to get used to them.

    i must say, though, i really like them too now. a lot.

    “rosemary’s baby” is horrid…! oh dear. very good, but horrid!

    well, if you can meet me at heathrow before 21:00 tonight then i’ll take you 🙂 oh, and bring a suitcase i can hide you in!

    FENCE:

    i’ll definitely be seeing the remake! and i’m really looking forward to it, having watched all the others and all. you?

    HARRY:

    yeah! it was quite spooky!

    and yup, i’ll be blogging in SA! i don’t know how much, but i’ll definitely be saying something.

    NYMETH:

    yeah, you definitely should – that’d be fun! especially as the overall storyline does evolve (although, there does tend to be plot gaps and in some films they seem to disregard some of the others altogether!)

    CARL:

    yeah, you should definitely see it. it isn’t like modern horrors with all its gore and stuff, its much more in the vein of “psycho”. i mean, there are killings, but there is little actual onscreen violence. its more about suspense and is very classy.

  9. October 8, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    I will certainly check it out one of these days. I know the wife hasn’t seen it either so it would be fun for a scary movie night.

  10. October 13, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    Man…Halloween is my all-time favorite scary movie! Michael Myers is the ultimate bad guy. The first 2 were the best, but I even liked Halloween H20. Jamie Lee Curtis just rocks! I feel bad that I’ve been a stranger the past week. Now, I’m just trying to catch up!

  11. jean pierre
    October 24, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    CARL:

    let me know how you like it!

    STEPHANIE:

    i know you like him stephanie 🙂

    yeah, i liked h20 too… i pretty much like them all – even number 3!

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