Opinion Battles Round 22 – Favourite Franchise Serial Killer

Right in time for Halloween, Opinion Battles Round 22 is here with our choices of our favorite Franchise Serial Killer. I think we have it covered. Head on over and see who you agree with. My choice is none other than Michael Myers from Halloween franchise.

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Opinion Battles Round 22

Favourite Franchise Serial Killer

It is Halloween today and what better choice for a subject that looking at our favourite franchise serial killer. We have had many franchises in horror come in with a bang only to fizzle out with mindless sequels but then we have a few that stand the test of time.

If you want to take part in the next round of opinion battles we will be picking our favourite Guilty Pleasure and you will need to send your entries to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.ukby 13th November 2016.

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Freddy Krueger – Nightmare on Elm Streetfredy

One, Two Freddy’s coming for you, three, four better lock your door, five, six grab your crucifix, seven, eight better stay up late, nine, ten never sleep again. How many serial killers can haunt your dreams? How many serial killers have their own rhyme?…

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Halloween Marathon: Halloween Resurrection (2002)

The FIRST review for 2014 Halloween movie marathon starts with wrapping up the previous one.  Last year, I think, Netflix didn’t have this yet and I simply ran over in November and then writing month started so I had to tuck this away. Although a bunch of you told me that its better that I stayed away, it just didn’t seem right to not wrap it up.  So here we are!

Lets check out Halloween Resurrection! 🙂

halloween resurrectionDirector: Rick Rosenthal

Cast: Bianca Kajlich, Sean Patrick Thomas, Daisy McCrackin, Katee Sackhoff, Luke Kirby, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tyra Banks, Busta Rhymes

Picking up 3 years after Laurie thought she had beheaded Michael Myers and in turn is in a psychiatric hospital, she waits for him to find her eventually.  Knowing he is still alive and out there, Dangertainment, an online reality show chooses 6 students compensated with a scholarship to go investigate the house of Michael Myers when he was a kid to figure out how he became who he is on Halloween.  They will be trapped in the house for an entire night under camera surveillance placed around the house and their own cameras and microphones attached to them while live broadcasting to the public. Except things go horribly wrong when they realize that they are not alone.

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Where to start for this review? Lets have a little recap of how I felt about the previous ones up to this point.  Its been a year so who remembers, right? I liked Halloween and enjoyed Halloween 2.  Halloween 3 was random and weird and really not my cup of tea.  Honestly, I don’t remember much except for that really annoying song/jingle because my boyfriend will start singing it all the time when he watches it.  Then, 4, 5 and 6 tried to bring it back to its roots and it was mildly successful although the story made absolutely no sense.  And then, we have Halloween H20, which was only good because of Jamie Lee Curtis but other than that, the story and idea and everything was so meh. Plus, the last few just became so predictable and Michael Myers wasn’t even all that creepy. And thats coming from me. If you’re new here, lets just say, I’m REALLY easier scared.

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Finally we get to this one: Halloween Resurrection. There’s really nothing to do with nothing here.  Its just trying to modernize the idea with some live reality online broadcasting thing and bringing Michael Myers back as the man who just never dies because he’s evil or the devil or something.  Jamie Lee Curtis has the most convincing scene in this and then once these 6 teens start and a very laughable appearance of Busta Rhymes starts, everything just falls apart.  Its extremely predictable and not really scary at all.  Plus, this has to be the most uneffective Michael Myers because I don’t know, I just felt he moved so fast.  Isn’t he like 45 now or whatever? I mean, with all the accidents, you’d think at least he’d be even more at his menacingly scary slow-mo walking to create atmosphere but nope, not a chance.

halloween resurrection

I’m not going to say this was an absolute failure because nothing boggles my mind quite like how Halloween 3 became part of this franchise but there are a lot of downfalls.  Its really hard to comment on casting when its not really a big plus in most horror genres.  The cast wasn’t exactly stellar.  I was okay with the group of six although they were kind of stupid at times but Busta Rhymes was really annoying to watch.  Rick Rosenthal, however, as director does try to bring in some more Halloween atmosphere than previous instalments.  I mean, he did do Halloween 2.  I liked that one well enough and because of that, there was one creepy moment in this.  So like I said, not a compete failure.

I really have nothing to say, so overall, Halloween Resurrection is one you can probably live without.  Its absolutely unnecessary and some of the cast was really annoying to watch.

I am extremely happy that I’m done the franchise.  If you were wondering whether I have watched the Halloween (remake?) by Rob Zombie.  Yes, I have and I actually covered that in my first Halloween month back in 2012.  You can see it HERE! I probably should revisit it and give it a proper full review but that kind of slipped my mind when I was putting together the rundown, not to mention I’d have to dig it out of boxes again….so maybe next year 😉 I did enjoy that one as well 🙂

Have you seen the entire Halloween franchise? Which is your fave? Did  you think that any was unnecessary and if so, when did you start having that feeling?

Halloween, Heavy Winds & One Life!

Randomness, I know! Thats what my personal posts are about.  That about wraps up what this week felt like.

Nothing much happened for the first part of it because my life was absorbed with work.  Thank goodness that I had watched 5 movies last weekend so my movie marathon didn’t drop off. It held up pretty well 🙂 I’m quite proud of it.  I tallied up an awesome 21 movies this year. I watched some amazing ones, some that had a lot of potential but didn’t fully perform and some just downright was horrible.  I think the best ones had to be the thrillers: Hard Candy and 5150 Rue Des Ormes.  Lord of Tears was my highlight as it turned out to be a pleasant surprise.   I also feel a bit more knowledgeable about the whole Michael Myers thing now.  Maybe next year will be Friday the 13th series or Nightmare on Elm Street.  Its a year away, so who knows what’ll happen, right? Thanks to everyone who dropped by, liked, commented and read it, gave me more recommendations, etc.  You all are fabulous and amazingly awesome!

Now that my sappy part is done! Lets move on!

November not only marked the start of NaNoWriMo but my goodness, we had crazy heavy winds on Friday.  I was sitting there freaking out my huge evergreens were going to topple over.  That would’ve been a disaster.  One of the neighbors actually had that, but they were lucky that it just fell sideways and brushed against their car shelter frame.  I’m guessing they were happy that they had the car shelter up or else it would’ve been their car.  The winds were howling and whistling and making all kinds of crazy noises.  I recorded this on my way home.  Its pitch black but still, you can hear it…

I hate the dark so yeah, that was kind of creepy.  Plus, one gust of the wind shifted my foot and almost made me trip.  Falling flat on my face would’ve been slightly embarrassing and painful, right?

What better when I got home but to cuddle up with my darling kitty and watch TV 🙂


On the note of that, I started watching a series this week and well, catching up to its current season.  I should be watching the new fall season but I’ve been wanting to check this out for a while: Once Upon a Time!

once upon a time poster

I just finished Season 1 yesterday! Let me tell you, it was pretty good.  The whole concept is cool.  I think the best character has to be the man who plays Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold. He kicks some serious ass and I can see his character having some serious potential for the most character development. I’m just a bit angry because they kept killing off the characters I like.  Funny enough, as I was loving the guy who played Huntsman, I read that he was the new guy casted for Fifty Shades of Grey.  LOL!

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I can picture him doing Christian Grey.  I have no objections, although I doubt I’d actually go see it in theatres anyways.

Moving on…

Yesterday night was our annual Halloween party at my boyfriend’s sister’s place.  She has these awesome parties every year and its the one time of the year where I get completely wasted.  I’m still experiencing slight migraines as I type this up.  Her husband makes these crazy punches, plus this year she tripled my apricot brandy sour when I first got there.  Either way, lets not dive into my alcoholic lifestyle.

The theme this year was CINEMA! Hell yeah, right? Right up my alley! Unfortunately, I learned that apparently my most favorite getup was just one: Alice from Resident Evil and I already did that last year.  After rummaging around last Sunday on a very urgent costume run, my boyfriend ended up getting a new costume and I came up with a very improv version of Princess Mononoke! Until yesterday, I realized that I forgot to get face paint and the stores had already closed so it wasn’t done too well but still, I tried.

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke!

I didn’t take a lot of good pictures so huge thanks to my boyfriend’s sister.  She let me borrow one with my boyfriend to share 🙂

I have no idea what happened but I like this pic :)

I have no idea what happened but I like this pic 🙂

Silly dancing ;)

Silly dancing 😉

We were a crazy group yesterday: Hannibal Lector (my boyfriend), Black Swan (my boyfriend’s sister), Killer clown/It (not sure which but that was her husband).  Their friends also came as Saw, Exorcist, Gremlins, Addams Family, Dick Tracy, Rambo, Dracula,  the Queen of Hearts (I think) and Avatar.  There was one I wasn’t sure what it was, above my knowledge of films.  I had to try to learn some new names and had some nice chats.

This is getting a tad lengthy so I’m going to end this with some music! As most of you know, I’m a huge Boyce Avenue fan.  I’m happy that they are getting so successful and now they are even more awesome because they are giving back to society.  The new single they released is 100% for charity.  I love the song: the rhythm and the lyrics all very meaningful. Its called One Life.  They just posted up with a collab with a lot of Youtube artists and the video is amazing!

Since its for charity, makes it even more meaningful to buy it.  Hope you like it! 🙂

I have to go vote at provincial elections now! Exciting, right? *rolls eyes*

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Halloween Marathon: Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

The light at the end of the tunnel is how I feel right now.  Its just right there! This month has been a bit intense with work and keeping up with the blog.  The first time its really gotten to me.  This time really went completely spontaneous and ended up being hectic to finish up the focus of the marathon: the Halloween series.  I had a list before I started the marathon and lets say I pretty much tossed it out the window.  Last night, at something like 11pm, I finally turned on Netflix and saw Halloween H20. I’ve mentioned it, but I will again, I’m not doing the final one due to time constraints.  I will eventually, just not immediately.  So, lets see whats up with this one!

HalloweenH20posterDirector: Steve Miner

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Michelle Williams, Adam Arkin, LL Cool J, Adam Hann-Byrd, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe

Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time and now the life of her own son hangs in the balance.-IMDB

The only relevance Halloween H20 had was to the very first (and well, second) Halloween.  That makes it kind of meh, because then its like, should I take in account that 4 to 6 happened then.  I mean, from what I got from the 4th one, Laurie either died or left her daughter.  So  now, she has a son, why did she choose to keep her son but leave her daughter and then her daughter gets stuck with that ridiculous fate and happened from 4 to 6.  She has issues and we know that already. Who wouldn’t, right? Lets say we forget about Laurie. Michael Myers makes no sense either.  He always struck in Haddonfield, so what makes him leave that comfort zone 20 years later and head to kill Laurie in North California now? I mean, if he was all high and mighty and knew all, as he seems to be in the previous instalments, then why not just go straight for her after his first escape back in 4? I know the technicalities are probably they couldn’t get back Jamie Lee Curtis to do that role or whatnot, but still, doesn’t matter who really gets slashed as long as they get hunted by Michael Myers, no? Either way, my head hurts from all the questions.

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I’m not saying that I hated Halloween H20, I really am not. I watched this by myself so my imagination went running wild, as always so there were times I’d be tense but then this one was so predictable. I think its the fault of how they shot this one. Somewhere along the way, I started thinking that the purpose of Halloween H20 was to show why the first (or any of the others) was so creepy. For one, even when this movie was dark, it was still pretty bright.  Second, we aren’t supposed to see Michael Myers up close and personal.  He was scary because he was lurking around, and we never got a good look at him.  The shots were quick and we never knew when he’d attack.  This time, Michael was walking faster and always visible.  Plus, the mask was not scary and excuse me but blackest eyes, no they aren’t.  Are you lying to me Dr. Loomis or did his eyes change over the years? Maybe he’s softened up, but then, he hasn’t.

Halloween H20 3

I went into this with little expectations that I was so happy to actually see JGL little role at the beginning.  I’m not exactly sure that part was supposed to yield that much excitement.  And then there was LL Cool J.  Hey, I thought he was pretty awesome in Deep Blue Sea and he was pretty hilarious in this one.  That was probably deliberate.  Not very fitting for Halloween but I liked it! Another thought going through my head for the cast was that I never saw anything with Josh Hartnett since Pearl Harbor and now I have 2 in a week.  I’m indifferent to Josh Hartnett but at least he wasn’t a brainless teenager in this one along with a young Michelle Williams.  So many familiar faces does give it a few extra points, right?

halloween h20 4

I think at this point, my review is already way out of hand.  Its just a lot of ranting and sarcasm.  Okay, I’m serious, I didn’t hate it because I was tired and by myself.  Overall, some tense parts but not a coherent storyline if you look at this in a whole.  Its predictable and doesn’t really have many scares.  I’ll leave it up to you whether you want to see this.

Happy Halloween everyone! I should have one more post up if everything goes as planned to do this my own way! 🙂 I’m getting that together right after dinner!

There you go! Seven Halloweens done! Have you seen them all? Which is your favorite? Is there something I’m missing in the story to link it better?

Halloween Marathon: Halloween 6 The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

I had a research error when I first bought this series and watched this one before the 4th one and had to double back to watch that one to get that review up. Stupid, yes I know…but doesn’t really change how I actually felt about it.  It was really to get some of the story. Lets check it out, shall we? 

halloween 6 posterDirector: Joe Chappelle

Cast: Donald Pleasance, Paul Rudd, Marianne Hagan, Mitch Ryan, Devin Gardner

Six years ago, Michael Myers terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois. He and his niece, Jamie Lloyd, have disappeared. Jamie was kidnapped by a bunch of evil druids who protect Michael Myers. And now, six years later, Jamie has escaped after giving birth to Michael’s child. She runs to Haddonfield to get Dr. Loomis to help her again. Meanwhile, the family that adopted Laurie Strode is living in the Myers house and are being stalked by Myers. It’s the curse of Thorn that Michael is possessed by that makes him kill his family. And it’s up to Tommy Doyle, the boy from Halloween, and Dr. Loomis, to stop them all.- IMDB

**Let me just say sorry that I have to keep copying summaries from IMDB.  I already have a lot of Halloween marathon posts backed up because of overtime at work.  I literally have no time to do anything else.  I still really hope that time would slow down.  I’m going to try my absolute best to get in another review sometime today.  Worst comes to worst, I’ll extend it to November 1st 🙂 Now lets get to the actual review! **

halloween 6 michael

Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers isn’t all that bad as a horror movie.  I found it was more mystery than anything.  Sure, he runs around slashing people to get to Jamie’s baby but its pretty predictable.  After so many, is it so hard to figure out his next move and well, that he just will never die.  When I first watched this before the 4th, I felt it was better, although it does try to pull everything together.  There were parts that was kind of fun.  I can tell you though, one thing that didn’t work for me was some of the annoying characters, and it was quite nice to see them get killed off by Michael.  Mean, yes but my patience has been especially low…

halloween 6

Is there really a lot of story here? Maybe more than the rest in the series in my opinion.  It wasn’t a perfect story with so many illogical things. For example, no one sees a blood trail in a public bus station or hears a crying newborn in the bathroom.  Maybe no one needs to pee before a long bus ride.  What can I say, who knows what people do, maybe back in the days, everyone’s bladder works a million times better than now? However, I did appreciate that it tried to bring back older characters when they grew up.  This is where I’ll start looking at the actors.  For once, I know an actor in this! Paul Rudd! I was trying to figure out who he was the whole time.  He plays Tommy Doyle and he was rather likeable.  I just don’t know why he felt the absolute need to stop Michael and felt it was his mission, so he was in all means a hero.  

halloween 6 dr. loomis


About now, I’m starting to feel extremely horrible for the character of Dr. Loomis.  He always gets caught up in these things and we all learn one of the reasons why in this one.  The doctor even retired from all this to get away and just live life, but he always has to get involved even with a cane.  He is the connection of all the Halloweens (except the third) and it gives it a lot to like and some flow from the previous installment.  

halloween 6 blood


Overall, The Curse of Michael Myers is alright at best.  I didn’t hate it except for some annoying characters but they exit relatively quick.  I liked that I know Paul Rudd, who probably was a nobody back then but at least I know who he is.  It works hard to connect the stories and build up on what its all about.  If you did start watching the series, you won’t hate watching this one to follow up the previous one.  🙂

I still have to watch Halloween H2O in my busy schedule.  I don’t have the absolute last one (Resurrection?) and I won’t have time to watch it, so I’m going to postpone it.  Suffice to say, my work schedule is putting everything off a bit but I’ll aim to get everything (Halloween-related) up by Friday. 

Halloween Marathon: Halloween 5 The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

If you read yesterday’s review of Halloween 4, even if you haven’t seen it, you’ll know that Halloween 5 The Revenge of Michael Myers picks up after that story. As of now, I’d say that Halloween should be watched in order so that you catch whats going on. Just a warning, if you haven’t watched Halloween 4 and intend to, maybe you shouldn’t read the synopsis because it’ll carry forward from the previous ending…thats my spoiler alert.

halloween 5 posterDirector: Dominique Othenin-Girard

Cast: Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasance, Ellie Cornell, Beau Starr, Jeffrey Landman, Wendy Foxworth, Tamara Glynn

A year after the events of Halloween 4 in Haddonfield.  Jamie (Danielle Harris) has lost her voice and has been moved to the Children’s Clinic. She is under surveillance there by doctors and the frequent visits of Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance) as she was under the influence of Michael Myers easily.  One night, she starts seeing visions of Michael coming back to Haddonfield and the murders that he does as he tries to find his way to her.  However, she cannot speak and is too afraid to share the information even under Dr. Loomis`s pressure.  Will Michael find Jamie and can Dr. Loomis find him before then? What is the reason behind his persistance in wanting to kill Jamie?

halloween 5 jamie

Halloween 5 is a pretty intense followup to the fourth one.  However, what this one has is a lot of weird inserts of characters which make the movie into something of a joke.  For a good bit in the middle, especially with the addition of dumb cops, I really started thinking this movie was aiming deliberately in the direction of “so bad its good” territory. Although It was more of a WTF moment (in a bad way), especially when it had that stupid sound effects to match it.  Aside from that, once the annoying characters were gone, about I’d say 30 minutes into the movie or something, (I wasn’t timing so I don’t know), with about 45 minutes remaining or so, it started getting better once we had quality time with Jamie, her friend Billy, Dr. Loomis and Michael.  Even the beginning was pretty good, it was really just that bit in the middle that bothered me a lot.

halloween 5 michael dr. loomis

The story itself had its incoherency or maybe just illogical stuff.  And at a closer look at this photo, what is that mask? Looks so horrible…what happened from the year before till now? I’m getting nitpicky now.  Its just the more I thought about it the more I saw problems with it, but as I was watching it on Sunday night, I really liked it quite a bit.  I like the last 45 minutes for the intensity and the story it was trying to do with Michael and his connection to Jamie.  You know who really scared me this time around? Dr. Loomis! I think the doctor needs to retire from chasing Michael, because he’s going really crazy in a pretty scary way.  It was how frantic he was when he talked to everyone and his ways were starting to become drastic.  Desperate times calls for desperate measures and he’s pretty much been beaten up with all these chases, right?

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I think I just did a whole ramble about the movie with no set direction as to whether I liked it or not.  I did enjoy it. When Jamie was involved, it was a good movie, even in the beginning.  Then the ending was good.  Plus, there was new characters to branch out which apparently will lead to the 6th movie, but I don’t remember much of that one anymore.  I need to rewatch it before I put up that review 🙂

Overall, I would recommend Halloween 5 because overall, the initial reaction was that I did like it more than even the 4th one and that was pretty good in my book.  Maybe the whole movie isn’t great but get through those ridiculous parts and we have a decent work.  Not a masterpiece but one that can be interesting to watch. 🙂

What did you think of Halloween 5? Did you like it/hate it? Do you think Dr. Loomis acted crazy in this one? What did you think of Michael’s mask?

Halloween Marathon: Halloween 4 The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

Double review day! I’m kind of proud of myself 🙂

After my little mix-up, this weekend I went out and bought Halloween 4 The Return of Michael Myers and we’re back in business and on track.  We even decided to give Part 6 a second whirl to make sense of a few details we didn’t really seem to get the first time because we didn’t see the 4 &5 before it 😉 Before we skip ahead too much, lets check out Halloween 4!

Halloween 4 posterDirector: Dwight H. Little

Cast: Donald Pleasance, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, George P. Wilbur, Michael Pataki, Beau Starr, Kathleen Kinmont, Sasha Jenson

10 years after the horrible events after Halloween 2, we are made known that Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance) and Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur) survived the fire alive. Michael Myers was sent back to the sanitorium until maximum security however, a sentence had passed that he was to be transported that very night to a prison facility.  During the transport, he managed to escape and upon contacting Dr. Loomis, he knew that Michael would head for Haddonfield to get Jamie (Danielle Harris), Laurie’s young daughter who was under the care of Rachel (Ellie Cornell) who had babysitting duties for this new addition to her family.  As Dr. Loomis asks for help from Haddonfield Sheriff Meeker (Beau Starr) and his team to recapture Michael, its a race with time before Michael follows and kills his young niece.

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I’ve taken a day or two to digest this movie as I can’t really decide if I liked it or not.  Its a half-half deal.  Its way more enjoyable than Halloween 3 and even Halloween 2.  It had some nice jump scares. The mask looked a tad different 10 years after and I’m not totally sure if I found it scarier or not but its was good. I’ve come to the conclusion that the Halloween series are generally not too scary, maybe because it is quite dated but it has this lingering feeling (at least this one had one), where I would walk in my room and run to turn on the lights in case some crazy man had gotten into my perfectly sealed house.  But thats just me, I have delayed reactions sometimes.

halloween 4 michael

There’s a lot to like in this one.  For one, the cast itself was awesome.  We still have Donald Pleasance playing Dr. Loomis.  Honestly, I feel bad for the man.  He’s gone through so much just to protect everyone from Michael Myers and no one ever listens to him.  Ignorance, right? Imagine how frustrating it must be for him.  Next, I loved the little girl Danielle Harris that played Jamie, also Michael’s niece, who is the target in this one.  She was totally engaging to watch.  I think this is like Aliens in a way, where the focus on kids always add a little bit more sympathy and attachment to the flick itself making it have a deeper impression. Although I wonder, unless forced, why in the world would you choose a clown costume for Halloween? WHY?

halloween 4 rachel jamie

That point leads to the fact that I found this a good story.  The continuation really works well to show the significance of Michael and his little niece even if they’ve never met before.  It shows ties and little bits here and there that bring together the previous killing spree to this one.  Plus, its a good lead up to the next one (I’ve seen it by the time I’m writing this) and it works well to build up to the fifth instalment.  The only thing I find incredibly irritating and ridiculous is that Michael Myers never dies and its all because he’s either lucky or the police/Dr. Loomis never remember to bring bigger and better guns or be ready to attack.  There’s only so much coming back from the dead I can take before it seems stupid unrealistic.  Sometimes, thats how I feel about these movies.  Although, I have to say, this one did a really clever ending for the 4th one.  Consider me impressed!

halloween 4 dr. loomis

Overall, I’d say this one is pretty great as a fourth instalment (but I think its just the third because the actual third was unrelated anyways).  I’d say if you have seen the previous 2 that this one is definitely worth your time.  It has a good story and great characters and the atmosphere has a dark, creepy feeling as always :). Just the ending itself is reason enough for a viewing so yes, I recommend this! 🙂

What did you think of Halloween 4? Did you enjoy it?

Halloween 5 will be up tomorrow 🙂 Seems like this week will be a busy week in movie reviews. I already have two more to go up and another two set aside to watch during this week 🙂 Just a little heads up, I’ll be hitting some thrillers territory though, I need a little break from straight out horror.

Halloween Marathon: Halloween 2 (1981)

On Sunday, right after Halloween ended, we popped in the Halloween 2! Maybe thats how we’ll do the main feature but at least its a good continuity, right? With that said, you really shouldn’t read this if you haven’t seen the first one,k? This won’t spoil the second one but will spoil the first 😉 Let’s check it out!

halloween 2 posterDirector: Rick Rosenthal

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance, Charles Cyphers

Picking up at the last scene of Halloween, the police are rounding up the bodies and cleaning up after the mess that Michael Myers has made.  Laurie is being sent to the hospital to be treated for her injuries.  Dr. Loomis continues to try to search for Myers as he went missing even after being shot and falling from the second floor in the previous movie.  His chase leads him to learn a little more about Michael and perhaps the reason as to why he is after Laurie.  Michael ends up slashing his way through Haddonsfield all the way to the hospital where he continues his pursuit of Laurie and taking down whoever stands in his way.

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I’m not exactly sure what to say about Halloween II. Honestly, I found it irritating for a good bit.  It was kind of slow and predictable.  On top of that, the characters themselves were just plain stupid and made dumb choices.  After so many things going on, Michael Myers is still invincible and close to immortal because he just never dies.  Its not that I hated this one.  The concept of it was decent, but the execution was a tad on the iffy side.  It was an engaging as the first one is what I’m trying to say.

halloween 2 michael

The cast pretty much stays the same with the focus on Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie and it gets a lot better when she gets moving.  That was mostly at the end, unless the dragged on. I wasn’t really looking at the clock so I don’t know.  Dr. Loomis, still played with Donald Pleasance was also a welcoming face.  He is really good in this role and frankly, I think he’s my favorite character in this one.  As for the other side characters that each have about 5 minutes on screen total or something, they aren’t really worth my time.  They make stupid decisions and for the most part, I was not alive in 1970s but I never though an hospital would be empty at night…thats just me. That part didn’t make much sense to me.


Aside from all the flaws, was it a terrible movie? I don’t think so.  Sure, it was a bit slow and pointless at times but it did give a sense of continuation and tried to give the audience some answers as to why this was happening.  Although, there isn’t really any explanation even after we know the “secret”.  Its definitely a huge drop from the first one.  Its not really scary and not as engaging.  Its really straight out a slasher flick where all that really happens is people getting stalked and killed in different sorts of ways.  By the way, I really need to know how Michael learns all these things (drive a car, use hospital equipment, etc) when he’s been locked up since he was a kid.

What did you think of this sequel? Did you like this more than I did? Do you think its a worthy sequel?

Halloween Marathon: Halloween (1978)

Finally, the main feature of my whole marathon began this weekend! On Sunday, my boyfriend and I sat down and popped in the first Halloween.  I’ve never seen this before, just the Rob Zombie remake.  I liked that one quite a bit and decided that this year, I’d do a marathon to catch up with all this Michael Myers and maybe next year, I’ll go for the Friday the 13th series ;).  Lets check it out!

halloween 1978 posterDirector: John Carpenter

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance, Tony Moran, P.J. Soles, Nancy Kyes, Charles Cypher, Kyle Richards

Michael Myers murdered his sister on Halloween when he was a young boy and afterwards was institutionalized at a mental hospital.  After many years, he manages to escape as a grown man on Halloween and heads back to Haddonsfield.  Once there, he starts stalking a young girl, Laurie and her friends on Halloween.  At night, when she babysits, he lurks around the neighborhood and starts killing anyone that is in his way as he gets closer to her. At the same time, his doctor, Dr. Loomis chases after him and tries to track him down and stop him before he goes out of control.


Halloween is pretty much a classic at this point.  Everyone knows enough about it that I probably didn’t even need to give a synopsis. But hey, maybe you’re like me and extremely late to the party 😉 I know I’m late with lots of these. Regardless, I did initiate with the remake so I was slightly more familiar with the story, however this one does pace itself in a different way and portray a bit different also.  I found its pace a bit slow but one that works well because before I knew it, by the final few scares, I was yelling at the characters.  As predictable as some scenes were, they also had the background music and would make it more intense.

halloween 2

Michael Myers is definitely a creepy villain.  We don’t know what he looks like and the mask is bone-chilling and scary.  Especially since its white, in the dark spaces, sometimes thats all we see.  Then he lurks in the shadows and many times, its hard to know where he will pop out or exactly when, how he will attack.  He defines the unknown factor as there are so many mysteries that make us wonder why he’s hunting down Laurie, even why he would kill his own sister when he was just a boy. Questions and unknown and scary masks, especially kids in clown costumes, all very scary stuff in my book.

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Do I really need to recommend this? Just go see it if you haven’t and if you have, well, I’m sure you’d love to see it again, especially for Halloween 😉

How many of you actually watch Halloween on Halloween day? Whats your go-to Halloween movie?

Halloween Party!

Halloween is just in a few days. I’m not a child and I don’t have kids so I won’t be out trick or treating. Although this year rumour has it that no one will be going since we expect the hurricane to hit here around Tuesday or Wednesday. But, on to happier things…

As you may have known from previous post, I went to a Halloween party yesterday night at my boyfriend’s sister’s place. It was amazing, seriously. The theme was famous characters. We had a range of characters of the following: Buzz Lightyear, The Scarecrow, Little Red Riding Hood (×2), Big Bad Wolf, the Pope, Greek god, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and the Dictator.  We also had Beetlejuice and the bride.

Buzz Lightyear



There was also Uma Thurman and Samuel Jackson’s characters from Pulp Fiction which was my boyfriend and his sister.

Pulp Fiction

So through that whole line up there was also one characters that I haven’t mentioned. That’s my character.  A lot of people thought I was Lara Croft.  My boyfriend’s dad thought I was Claire from Resident Evil.

Resident Evil Alice in Apocalyse

The effort was incredible by everyone. They had a secret vote of everyone’s favorite costume and the Dictator won.

Dictator, Little Red Riding Hood, & co.

Beetlejuice was really in characters when he walked through the door and throughout the night. When Jason and Michael Myers entered, the room seriously went quiet and just stared at them walk by with their masks and machete and knife respectively. I think everyone was trying to figure out who was behind the masks. It was epic.

That was a little recap of the Halloween party.  I apologize for the pictures being dark.  The lights were dim and second reason is that I didn’t really tell anyone I would post up their snapshots so I tried to avoid any full on front shots to keep some privacy for them.  At least you all get the idea of the costumes.

Being Alice rocked especially when it was quite an easy costume to put together.  I think this is ranked as one of the best Halloween parties ever!

What did you think of these costumes? Did you or will you be going to any parties or dressing up? What are you going to be?