Archive for October, 2014

Three ‘Halloween’ Films: ‘The Curse of Michael Myers’, ‘H20’, and ‘Resurrection’

Posted in 'Halloween' series on October 31, 2014 by Justin T.

'Halloween: The Cures of Michael Myers' poster

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Directed by Joe Chappelle. Starring Paul Rudd, Marianne Hagan, Donald Pleasance, Mitchell Ryan, Devin Gardner, George P. Wilbur, J. C. Brandy, Susan Swift, Janice Knickerehm.

It’s six years later and we learn that poor Jamie (J. C. Brandy this time, since the studio didn’t feel like paying Danielle more than scale for a week’s worth of shooting) is a captive of the mysterious cult that broke Michael free from jail. After giving birth to a boy, Jamie is guided to freedom by a sympathetic nurse. Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur) kills the nurse and chases Jamie down, brutally killing her on some farm equipment. But during the chase beforehand she managed to hide the baby in a bus station bathroom where it would later be found by Tommy Doyle (Paul Rudd). You might remember Tommy as the boy Laurie Strode babysat during the first Hallowen film. As a result of his experiences Tommy is obsessed with the idea of killing Michael. And with the help of his neighbor, and cousin to the deceased Laurie Strode, Kara Strode (Marianne Hagan) he may just get his chance.

Apparently with the box office failure of Halloween 5, they held off on starting the next film in spite of its quasi-cliffhanger ending. Who is the man in black who broke Michael Myers free from the police station, blowing it up in the process? What was to become of poor little Jamie?

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Halloween 4 and 5: the Return and the Revenge of Michael Myers

Posted in 'Halloween' series, Slasher on October 27, 2014 by Justin T.

I’m making my way through these Halloween films one at a time. Halfway there and only a few days to get them done by Halloween!

'Halloween 4' poster

Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) Directed by Dwight H. Little. Starring Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Donald Pleasance, George P. Wilbur, Sasha Jenson, Michael Pataki, Beau Starr.

It’s been ten years since the end of the events in Halloween II. Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur) and Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance) have survived the explosion and subsequent fire at the hospital. Laurie Strode, on the other hand, did Myers a favor by later dying in a car wreck, thanks to Jamie Lee Curtis’s lack of interest in starring in another Halloween film. But lucky for us Laurie left behind a daughter, Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), who lives in Haddonfield with a foster family. When Michael overhears of her existence during a transfer to another hospital, he escapes and is off to continue severing his family ties. Dr. Loomis learns of Michael’s escape and rushes to save the residents of Haddonfield. Meanwhile, teenager Rachel Carruthers (Ellie Cornell) is bummed that she’ll miss a date with her boyfriend because she has to babysit her foster sister. But things are about to get a lot more dangerous for both girls now that Michael Myers is back in town.

If you watched the end of Halloween II and thought, “Yep. That dude Michael Myers is dead. He’s burnt to a crisp and he ain’t comin’ back,” then you were wrong, and you’ve probably never seen a slasher move before either. After the failure of Halloween III, with frantic fans clutching their hair and screaming out “Where is Michael???”, producer Moustapha Akkad brought The Shape back from the dead for yet another trip to Haddonfield.

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‘Halloween 2’ and ‘Halloween 3: Season of the Witch’

Posted in Uncategorized on October 22, 2014 by Justin T.

Hey, remember when I said I’d be watching all of Halloween movies? Finally, I got around to a couple! Let’s check ’em out…

'Halloween II' movie poster

Halloween II (1981) Directed by Rick Rosenthal. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance, Pamela Susan Shoop, Lance Guest, Charles Cyphers, Leo Rossi, Dick Warlock.

Laurie Strode is having a really, really bad night and it’s only halfway through. Halloween II picks up right from where we left off on the first movie, finishing off that fateful Halloween evening. Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance) has shot Michael Myers a half dozen times but the monster still got right back up and disappeared into the Halloween night. As the town begins piecing together the tragedy that has taken place, Laurie Strode is rushed off to the hospital and Loomis continues searching Haddonfield for his escaped patient. Meanwhile, the evil named Michael Myers continues his own terrible pursuit…

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‘Annabelle’

Posted in Uncategorized on October 17, 2014 by Justin T.

'Annabelle'

Annabelle (2014) Directed by John R. Leonetti. Starring Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard, Tony Amendola, Kerry O’Malley, Brian Howe, Tree O’Toole, Eric Laden.

I can’t think of many quality scary doll movies. No doubt some dolls can be creepy but it’s a difficult feeling to translate onto film without venturing into ridiculousness. The main trap is that any movement from the doll will easily appear ridiculous, unless that’s your intent, i.e. the Chucky franchise. Off the top of my head, the only films I can think of that succeed in frightening us with their dolls are Poltergeist and Trilogy of Terror. Annabelle, the recent spin-off/prequel to The Conjuring, provides one of the duller entries not just into the creepy doll genre but to horror movies in general. To be fair, there are some decent scares but, as creepy as it is, the doll is rarely a factor in them. Nor could I get past the thin screenplay, dull main characters performed by wooden actors, and cringe-worthy racial stereotypes. And when do we retire the long haired girl dressed in a white gown as our go to ghost?

John Gordon (Ward Horton) and his pregnant wife Mia (Annabelle Wallis) are a young, boring couple who live in a boring suburb. Their clothes are boring, their house is boring, and their discussions about the upcoming baby are boring. Screw the late 60s counterculture they’re living in, it’s squaresville up in here, Daddy-o. Their neighbors are boring too, right up until they’re murdered by their daughter, Annabelle, who had run away to join a group of damned hippies… er, a satanic cult. After the daughter and her crazed boyfriend brutally slaughter her parents, they make their way over to the Gordons’ home and attempt to kill them as well. Mia is stabbed, the deranged boyfriend is shot by the police, and the daughter slices her own throat, bleeding her life into the creepy doll she clutches, thus giving birth to the titular Annabelle.

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‘The Corridor’

Posted in Uncategorized on October 4, 2014 by Justin T.

The Corridor (2010)

The Corridor (2010). Directed by Evan Kelly. Starring Stephen Chambers, David Patrick Fleming, James Gilbert, Matthew Amyotte, Glen Matthews, Mary-Colin Chisholm, Nigel Bennett.

Helmed by first time director Evan Kelly, The Corridor takes the classic horror film set up of the cabin in the woods in a unique direction. There’s no crazed killer lurking in the dark forest this time, but what happens to the characters is no less violent. The Corridor is a quiet horror film that successfully blends drama and science fiction elements. Instead of Friday the 13th, this is more like The Big Chill… except it’s all guys, there’s no weird wife-swapping, and the screenplay was influenced by Stephen King instead of Lawrence Kasdan.

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