Slasher Movies

Caproni

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It's October. Let's talk about our favorite slasher movies. There's a host to pick from, several different franchises, and stand-alone films.

Any takers?

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Just Before Dawn - Super atmospheric and beautifully filmed in my home state of Oregon. One of my favorite slashers.

Madman - Kind of a weird one, but has a super-low-budget charm. And I LOVE the music!

As far as franchises go, I’m most partial to Friday the 13th, though the first two Halloween films are better. As a franchise Halloween is a shit-show after 2. (Though 4 and H20 have some guilty pleasure aspects for me.)
 

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I'll vote for the Friday the 13th franchise. #1, #3 and #4 are my favorite 3. Halloween 1 & 2 get a vote from me also but Friday is still my favorite. Friday part 3 in 3D is my all time favorite. The 3D effects are amazing.
 

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I grew up on these movies, especially the HALLOWEEN franchise. I'm most familiar with HALLOWEEN 4 and HALLOWEEN 5, which are the two that AMC seemed to show the most on the nights I actually got to watch the movies. I occasionally saw HALLOWEEN and HALLOWEEN 2, but not near as much.

I remember the one time we watched HALLOWEEN 3: SEASON OF THE WITCH, and my family and I were very upset that Michael Myers was nowhere to be found.

We watched HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION a lot as well, but it was never a favorite.

It was years before I ever got to see HALLOWEEN H2O, but I liked it when I saw it.
 

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I remember the one time we watched HALLOWEEN 3: SEASON OF THE WITCH, and my family and I were very upset that Michael Myers was nowhere to be found.
Okay: Fans of the movie have to explain this EVERY SINGLE TIME, but just so we can get it out of the way in the thread early--

John Carpenter hated sequels. He didn't even bother to direct Halloween II, and didn't think it was necessary.
However, Universal now had a cottage industry in re-releasing the '78 movie every October (ah, the pre-VHS days when studios could do theatrical re-releases on the spur of the moment during a slow week), and needed more movies with "Halloween" in the title.
So, Carpenter suggested attaching the brandname to an anthology of standalone Halloween stories...And, being the world's biggest fanboy of the Prof. Quatermass series, hired Nigel Kneale to write the first one.
Kneale took his name off the script a few rewrites later, but what's this movie got that "The Quatermass Conclusion" ain't got? (Including a creepy annoying children's-jingle)

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Me, I don't have much affection for the slasher genre, but I'll mention one that never gets enough love: TERROR TRAIN.
Not only one of the Jamie Lee Curtis pantheon, a then-unknown David Copperfield cameo, and a unique "costume party" twist to the killer-whodunit...But also from the brief unexplained phase when Stanley Kubrick cinematographer John Alcott was dabbling in B-movies during the early 80's (qv. "The Beastmaster"), and creates the Most Ominous. Train. In Movies. Ever. :oops:
 

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Okay: Fans of the movie have to explain this EVERY SINGLE TIME, but just so we can get it out of the way in the thread early--

John Carpenter hated sequels. He didn't even bother to direct Halloween II, and didn't think it was necessary.
However, Universal now had a cottage industry in re-releasing the '78 movie every October (ah, the pre-VHS days when studios could do theatrical re-releases on the spur of the moment during a slow week), and needed more movies with "Halloween" in the title.
So, Carpenter suggested attaching the brandname to an anthology of standalone Halloween stories...And, being the world's biggest fanboy of the Prof. Quatermass series, hired Nigel Kneale to write the first one.
Kneale took his name off the script a few rewrites later, but what's this movie got that "The Quatermass Conclusion" ain't got? (Including a creepy annoying children's-jingle)

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Me, I don't have much affection for the slasher genre, but I'll mention one that never gets enough love: TERROR TRAIN.
Not only one of the Jamie Lee Curtis pantheon, a then-unknown David Copperfield cameo, and a unique "costume party" twist to the killer-whodunit...But also from the brief unexplained phase when Stanley Kubrick cinematographer John Alcott was dabbling in B-movies during the early 80's (qv. "The Beastmaster"), and creates the Most Ominous. Train. In Movies. Ever. :oops:
Oh, I knew all that about HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH already. John Carpenter and Debra Hill wanted to "move on" from Michael Myers after the second film (which neither wanted to do anyway) and do other things.

Third film, subtitled SEASON OF THE WITCH, was their attempt to start an anthology of films, in a similar fashion to what AMERICAN HORROR STORY does today. I liked SEASON OF THE WITCH when I re-watched it again like three years ago, but it really is an outlier in the HALLOWEEN franchise. The title is actually misleading. They should've took off the "III" part, and just did HALLOWEEN: SEASON OF THE WITCH, or just sliced HALLOWEEN off altogether. But they wanted the brand and that's how they sold it.

The movie was not a major hit, basically because fans wanted to see Michael Myers, and it took six years for the franchise to bring him back in HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS, which spells out the plot in the title. The fourth movie actually ends up being a favorite of the franchise lovers, and the one I most fondly remember from my youth. That one and its direct sequel, HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS.
 

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Okay: Fans of the movie have to explain this EVERY SINGLE TIME, but just so we can get it out of the way in the thread early--

John Carpenter hated sequels. He didn't even bother to direct Halloween II, and didn't think it was necessary.
However, Universal now had a cottage industry in re-releasing the '78 movie every October (ah, the pre-VHS days when studios could do theatrical re-releases on the spur of the moment during a slow week), and needed more movies with "Halloween" in the title.
So, Carpenter suggested attaching the brandname to an anthology of standalone Halloween stories...And, being the world's biggest fanboy of the Prof. Quatermass series, hired Nigel Kneale to write the first one.
Kneale took his name off the script a few rewrites later, but what's this movie got that "The Quatermass Conclusion" ain't got? (Including a creepy annoying children's-jingle)

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Me, I don't have much affection for the slasher genre, but I'll mention one that never gets enough love: TERROR TRAIN.
Not only one of the Jamie Lee Curtis pantheon, a then-unknown David Copperfield cameo, and a unique "costume party" twist to the killer-whodunit...But also from the brief unexplained phase when Stanley Kubrick cinematographer John Alcott was dabbling in B-movies during the early 80's (qv. "The Beastmaster"), and creates the Most Ominous. Train. In Movies. Ever. :oops:
I've never seen TERROR TRAIN, and don't think I've ever seen any reviews about it or anything. I might have to give it a gander.
 
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So, Carpenter suggested attaching the brandname to an anthology of standalone Halloween stories.
Apparently the marketing department dropped the ball on promoting and explaining that concept.

A better title choice would have been Season of the Witch: A Halloween Movie.

I'm not sure I've ever watched Halloween III from start to finish, though I've seen all the other films in the franchise (and Halloween is probably my favorite slasher franchise).
 

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Apparently the marketing department dropped the ball on promoting and explaining that concept.

A better title choice would have been Season of the Witch: A Halloween Movie.

I'm not sure I've ever watched Halloween III from start to finish, though I've seen all the other films in the franchise (and Halloween is probably my favorite slasher franchise).
HALLOWEEN 3 is good as a stand alone film. It's been a while since I watched it, but it was good.

I would just call it SEASON OF THE WITCH instead, even though "witch" itself is a little out of place because there isn't any "witches". I guess "witch" is for "witchcraft"?
 

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