Monday, 14 December 2009


I think it is possible, John Carpenter is one of the most talented men the film industry has ever seen. His Hitchcock style of control never ceases to amaze me, and as i said earlier today, other than John Williams' Star Wars soundtrack, it is one of my all time favourites and just screams horror whenever you hear it.
It does upset me to see that some of Carpenters more recent releases, such as 'ghosts of mars' are terrible films at best, but i guess you can't stay on top forever right? The man is a legend, The Thing is one of my favourite movies of all time and to be allowed to watch Halloween in the warm lecture theatre, lights out while it's all cold outside, filled me with that joy we used to get at school, you know, when it was the Christmas holiday week and your maths teacher says
''OK class today we're making Xmas cards!''

Anyway, before i ramble on any more, as Phil said, there isn't much of the uncanny in this film because it is what it is. despite this there are the obvious moments of ''is he there? am i imagining this?'' which to some degree makes the movie.

over the years I've had hundreds upon hundreds of thoughts about this movie, and now that my opinions are of significance, i have sweet FA to say about it.
Nick castle is an abomination of an actor, however, in this movie, no lines and intentional wooden walking make him seem like a god. Kane Hodder, the man behind the hockey mask of Jason Voorhees says on DVD commentary (Friday the 13Th 7: the new blood) that he was inspired by Castles emotionless as a killer and even eliminated grunts from scripts, in other words, Jason is totally and utterly silent no matter what.

Let's go back to the soundtrack (this isn't the most linear review i must say) I'm utterly in love with this composition. Music plays a big part in my life, my brother and I could both read music before words, so therefore you'll understand why i care so much about it. The 10/8 time signature gives it that creepy offbeat syncopation, while the clashing minor chords sit at the back of your fillings on some notes, until the melody comes together at one point. Amazing stuff!
An overseas colleague of mine, composed a contemporary remake of the Halloween theme and in my opinion is the best remake I've heard on the Internet.

The soundtrack, it's done, let's move away from that now Elliot. Unfortunately, there a number of sequels to Halloween, and even more unfortunate is happen to own all of them - with the exception of anything Rob Zombie touched. That man is a fucking dick. sorry, but he ruins everything he touches. If anyone here was unfortunate enough to have seen house of a thousand corpses, then you'll know what i mean. the mans music is terrible, and every movie I've ever seen of his, is just an excuse for gratuitous amounts of sex and violence, and the prat puts his wife in everything he makes. What a pretentious bone head. Let's not even go there.
this rant makes ME want to do a video review too - spoiler alert <

the movie is a genre defining trail blazer. If you haven't seen it, you've at least heard of it, if you haven't heard of it, then you're going to have seen the mask somewhere. countless spoofs, video games and conventions for this film show just how big of a deal it should be. i was shocked to hear some of my fellow classmates say it was their first time seeing it, yet they're all too happy to talk to me about the
Saw franchise (something i have never and will never watch).

I could go on for days about the Halloween franchise, It was a masterpiece, and then one day i saw Bustah Rhymes doing KungFu kicks to Michael Myers, and the magic died.

Long live Slasher movies!

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