“It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare.” The classic line from John Carpenter’s Halloween sums up how many feel during this month. At Halloween, movies are a fine method to use to get in the mood for the holiday and to have as background noise while carving jack-o’-lanterns or having a Halloween party.
Since it is just around the creepy corner, I have decided to write about a host of shiver-inducing fright films throughout the month leading up to Halloween. Each entry will give a background about the making of the film and how some of those iconic scenes came to being (the Psycho shower scene is a little less scary when you know it took a week to film and has 77 different camera angles) so those Halloween fanatics, who like me can’t stomach a slasher flick in which a deranged and masked killer does away with an entire team of camp counselors in just under two hour, will still be able to appreciate these thrilling, sometimes gory and always scary films.
Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
An interesting bit of Halloween trivia: The carving of jack-o’-lanterns comes from custom of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering the souls held in purgatory during the Celtic festival of Samhain. The turnip has traditionally been used in Ireland and Scotland at Halloween, but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin, which was both readily available and much larger – making them easier to carve than turnips. The American pumpkin carving tradition was not specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 19th century.
How you ever wondered how a certain scene in your favorite movie was filmed? Or who else may have been in the running to play the lead? If you enjoy film history, gossip and are one of those who actually watches the commentaries on your DVD – this is the blog for you.
As a lover of all film (although I do have a tough time with the scary ones) I have always been interested in the behind the scenes stories – and now I hope to share those I find with others. The idea came from film historian, William K. Everson who was famous for handing out extensive program notes prior to his screenings. These notes, often about rare films have been preserved by NYC. They are well worth a read and can be found here:
There will be no reviews or opinions (at least I will try to keep my thoughts on whether the film is good or bad to myself) but instead just trivia, funny stories and other anecdotes that I can find about a particular title.
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