I did my annual rewatch of Halloween two days ago and yeah, it scared me to death again. I’ve seen the film three times and now and surprisingly the movie’s gotten scarier and scarier.
It’s not often when you can watch a movie that’s perfect from start to finish but this is one of those movies.
Halloween is the embodiment of perfectly terrifying moviemaking. Every frame–from the creepy pumpkin at the beginning paired with Carpenter’s iconic score to the sound of Michael Meyers’ haunting breathing as the camera shows the “quiet” neighborhood of Haddonfield for the last time–is imbued with a essence of uneasiness. The cast is perfect, the story is impeccably woven, and the final five minutes of the film are undoubtedly the movie’s most terrifying.
There’s not much more I can say other than this is the ultimate Halloween movie.
What do you think the perfect horror movie is?
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It’s time to talk about some scary antagonists. Enjoy!
5. Jack Nicholson in The Shining
The Shining is a disturbing movie, through and through, and Jack Nicholson’s performance as the crazed father/eventual ax murderer is legendary. He doesn’t have a horrifying mask or a terrifying makeup job to make him scary. He’s just scary by himself with those arched eyebrows and that horrifying face. I watched this movie in complete horror and it wasn’t because of anyone except for Jack Nicholson (and the twins but that’s another story.) He’s definitely one of the scariest villains I have ever seen.
So here’s the thing. I’m not a scary movie person but every year around Halloween time I like to watch horror films to mark the occasion. For me, this was the best horror movie session yet because I just so happened to watch six, yes seven! horror movies this week. Albeit most of them were vampire movies, which aren’t that scary at all, but still, I’m proud of myself. So, I’m sharing my experience with you. Enjoy!
I already shared a post I wrote detailing my experience watching these two films Monday night. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is the ultra-romantic (and dramatic) Dracula film, treating the title character as a victim of love whose dark mission to find his long-lost true love is quite something. The thing I liked about it the most is the attention to his background story to fully understand why he was Dracula in the first place and learning that he can transform into so many different things which is pretty creepy.
And then there was The Lost Boys which was just plain fun! It was hilarious, surprisingly riveting, and simply one of those old 80s’ movies that you end up loving out of nowhere.
It’s Halloween and that means I won’t be sharing any more posts until tomorrow at which case I will be delving into my time on this holiday, a few more tidbits about the season premiere The Mandalorian, and another QI’RA chapter.
I hope you all have a spooktacular Halloween and I can’t wait to share more with you tomorrow.
So, this past Monday night, something totally random happened. My family and I were sitting watching television trying to find something to watch when the clock struck 8:00pm (because we didn’t particularly want to watch Monday Night Football this week) and wound up on BBC America which was airing Bram Stoker’s Dracula. My father has two vampire movies he always mentions: Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Interview With the Vampire, so when he saw it was on he said we should check it out. And we did. In fact, we ended up watching the whole thing!
Was Bram Stoker’s Dracula the best movie I’ve ever seen? No…but it was pretty fascinating.
This is the original story of Dracula, the story that inspired so many writers following Bram Stoker’s genius tale that now there have been a gazillion different versions of the story. I think what I loved about this version was how dark/romantic it was. There was a true sense of rawness that Francis Ford Coppola was able to convey in just how awful it would be to have Dracula wanting to make you one of his latest victims.
Plus, I never knew that Dracula could transform into so many different things; a bat creature, a werewolf, an old creepy man, a young dapper fellow, green mist, I mean, Dracula’s no joke!
His vampire ladies were also creepy as crap…and so was he, for that matter.
I’ve been watching Star Wars since I was a child and just saw Halloween for the first time a few days ago. Darth Vader is one of the most iconic villains of all time and Michael Meyers is also an antagonist that whether you know the film or not you know who Michael Meyers is. But there is another similarity between these mask-wearing villains that is both disturbing and brilliant at the same time and that is their heavy breathing.
Darth Vader can be detected as soon as you hear that iconic breathing that makes him the character we know to this day. That breathing is what made him frightening and what also made him stand out amidst his villain brethren but it seems that he’s not the only character that can be recognized by the heavy breaths.
Throughout Halloween, a lot of times the director, John Carpenter, would mess with the viewer by having us only hear but not see Michael Meyers. Like in this scene for example. You can’t see Michael Meyer’s face but you can hear him breathing very heavily in an unnerving fashion. And it’s this way throughout the rest of the movie as well.