Yesterday was insanely busy, so I didn’t get a chance to put this up. Apologies. Between work and a playoff softball game (championship game next week!), I just couldn’t find any time. This is also my excuse for the lateness of my Walking Dead post this week. I love excuses.
The lack of a post helps out here a little. It’s Halloween! Let’s make it a double feature (but I’ll still split it into two posts, because it looks like I did more work that way).
I, like many people, am a sucker for movies set on Halloween. It’s the spookiest time of the year. Rhonda informs us that it’s the day when the barrier between the living and dead is thinnest, which sets us up for story that takes place in the world as we know it, but with a lot of supernatural forces.
We have a pumpkin-headed child who works as a kind of Halloween police.
We have werewolves.
We have vampires (maybe).
We have the dead rising from the grave.
We also have a severe lack of likable characters, which is usually a hindrance for me, but I don’t mind it here. I think it’s the nature of the movie. You see the nastiness of these people, and it doesn’t really bother you so much to see them die. The worst ones get their comeuppance. The ghosts of Halloween don’t let them get away. You can almost look at Sam as a boogeyman, although he doesn’t always go about his business in the same way Michael Myers does. He’s like a conductor of revenge, but he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty from time to time.
It’s a series of stories all taking place in the same town on the same night. Characters cross paths, but it’s really the spirit of Halloween that connects them all.
It has a terrific atmosphere that is absolutely perfect for this time of year. Let’s all get dressed up…
…engage in some Halloween shenanigans, and kick back with this movie. But don’t forget to help Principal Wilkins with the eyes. Thurman Merman can tell you all about it.