It took forty years, countless sequels, a reboot, and a sequel to that reboot, but fans of John Carpenter’s seasonal horror classic, Halloween, finally have a sequel worthy of the 1978 original that launched the slasher sub-genre. With his dirty mechanic’s overalls, frozen William Shatner death mask, and a toupee to match, Michael Myers and his knife embodied the boogeyman for generations of horror fans, but each sequel – not counting the in-name-only-sequel, Halloween III: Season of the Witch –tarnished and diminished the legacy of Carpenter’s one-of-a-kind original. But where there’s Jason Blum and his horror factory, Blumhouse Productions, there’s a way and the way pointed to an unlikely collaboration between indie auteur David Gordon Green (Stronger, Our Brand is Crisis, Joe, Prince Avalanche, George Washington), writer-comedian Danny McBride (Vice Principals, Eastbound & Down), and onetime “scream queen” Jamie Lee Curtis. The result will go down as a horror classic or near classic in its own right, the perfect, 40-years-in-the-making bookend to Carpenter’s film. (more…)
The recent mega-crossovers for both DC Comics and Marvel have focused on the collapsing multiverse, a concept where in multiple universes, anything that could have happened, did happen. With today’s announcement about the next Halloween movie, the horror/slasher series started by John Carpenter in 1978, I can’t help but wonder if the world of Michael Myers needs a similar pallet cleanser. After six movies (including the non-Myers part 3), Halloween H20 erased the continuity from everything but the first and second movie. Then, after Halloween: Resurrection, came Rob Zombie‘s two Halloween series entries which were themselves remakes of the whole series. And now, a new pair of filmmakers is going back to the beginning. Or at last Halloween II. The first one. To tell the latest iteration of the babysitter killer saga. (more…)
(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
Sure, film slashers today use elaborate traps or transform into a beast to kill their victims, but what about the killers of old. As a child, did you ever hide under your covers after an evening of watching Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger rip victims limb from limb? Getting older, did you wonder which one is the king of the undead killers and which is just playing with their blade. As part of it’s Slasher Showdown, Yahoo ranked each killer by their number of kills and how many per movie (or lack thereof). This amazing infographic tots up the dead, coming up with a not so surprising result.
Nearly every killer scored a zero in one film or another and Freddy showed us that a burn victim with a glove is exactly that, a pussy. Jason and Michael scored double, and in Jason’s case, triple the kills that Freddy did. The moral here is if your killer comes at you in a sweater and fedora you stand a pretty good chance of making the sequel. Check it out below: