Halloween is a great day to sit back, stuff your face with candy, and tune into AMC’s horror marathon, twitter hashtag is #AMCFearFest
Today is of course Halloween and in honor of that, AMC is running a John Carpenter’s “Halloween” marathon. All Hallow’s Eve though, the original was on AMC going head to head with Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” on Spike. Though numbers could not be found this early, AMC’s website did host a poll on best movies in the Halloween franchise both director versions. http://movies.amctv.com/movie-guide/the-halloween-series/ You can vote your favorites on the list up or vote down on those that you do not like. Halloween III which only vaguely mentions “Haddonfield” is not even really apart of the Michael Myers franchise is currently ranked in last place.
The irony of this legendary movie is that later horror movie greats would share or pay tribute to this movie. Wes Craven uses Jamie Kennedy’s character, Randy to lay down the rules of horror movies and also has Randy and friends watching one of the Jamie Lee Curtis versions but also stating “doing drugs,” is a big no-no which is something that even “Laurie Strode,” Jamie’s character in the movie does.
The movie that Stephen King uses to open both the novel and movie version of his iconic movie, “The Stand,” is “Don’t Fear The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult.
The reason this is ironic is because in the scene in which Jamie Lee Curtis and Nancy Kyes’ character, “Annie Brackett,” are violating the “Horror Movie Rules” by smoking weed, they are listening to “Don’t Fear The Reaper.”
John Carpenter’s movie is a classic. There are no excessive splatter scenes of anyone other than those who violate the rules, (drugs, teenage sex, etc) but of course the virgin survives despite her “social smoking,” with Annie.
Although as we see with “The Legend of Leslie Vernon” with Kane Hodder and Robert England the heroine isn’t always more than technically “virginal.” This presents even more problems if the rules aren’t followed as shown in “Jennifer’s Body,” starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried. A demonic sacrifice goes wrong when Jennifer is a slut and Amanda tries to have sex with her boyfriend.
Yet the rules aren’t so violently destroyed more so than in Rob Zombie’s version of Halloween. It is to certain horror fans a form of blasphemy. Otherwise the script writers are either stupid who do not know the legendary history of Michael Myers allowing their characters to come across as blindly and boldly being the causes of their own death.