Mike / October 24th, 2011
October 24, 2011 at 3:02 am
WOO HOO! Halloween, James and Mike you guys are awesome! Thanks a lot for this, and I have to say this, FIRST!
October 24, 2011 at 3:03 am
Was really hoping it would be Hellraiser :/ also first.
Rats. I have been beaten. My hat is off to you fine sir.
October 24, 2011 at 3:12 am
I thought you were going to review the amittyville horror franchise(just joking) Great review, cant wait to catch the amc marathon this week.
October 24, 2011 at 3:14 am
HotelSoap, I applaud your honor…..
October 24, 2011 at 3:18 am
Yes. This makes waiting an extra hour worth it. The “Halloween” series has always been my favorite of the so-many-sequels-this-horror-business-is-getting-crazy characters. The first two films make a great entry to the genre, and I feel that the first film is especially creepy. Something about hearing Michael breathe through the mask gets me every time.
October 24, 2011 at 3:19 am
I KNEW IT!…………..
8 more days till Halloween, 8 Halloween films. Thank you James. You covered my all time favourite horror film franchises. Universals Frankenstein, Hammer Films Dracula, with my idol Sir Christopher Lee, and Halloween. My favourite horror film, and its sequels. This is the best annual you have done!
October 24, 2011 at 3:23 am
Actually, I AM surprised you save it for last since you normally go in chronological order and the first Halloween was made before the first Nightmare. However, I TOTALLY (yuck yuck) understand why you saved it for last.
October 24, 2011 at 3:24 am
You really nailed this1,it’s amazing how apparent it is how much more you like HALLOWEEN than The Nightmare on Elm st series.lol
cool halloween , but personally i would have preferred the friday the 13th series
October 24, 2011 at 3:28 am
James, for some reason people have been saying “first” on your site a lot recently. It didn’t use to be like that, but now all of a sudden I can’t read the comments without a million people yelling “FIRST!” “THRID!!1!” and so on. I was wondering if you could please do something about these idiots. This isn’t youtube.
October 24, 2011 at 3:29 am
This will always be my favourite horror series.
As they say, you never forget your first.
Watched Halloween 4 when I was over at my best friend’s house, early in high school, I think.
Thrilled the hell out of me. Never regretted falling in love with Michael Myers 😀
Love the scenario at the end, James~
May just do that if my house mate has work that night.
October 24, 2011 at 3:34 am
The timing couldn’t be more perfect! This week AMC is gonna be running the Halloween movies, and Monster Madness is going to be doing the reviews for them at the same time!
October 24, 2011 at 3:38 am
I always liked the halloween series, it had it’s ups and downs but never felt it went as far downhill as some of the other great 80s horror movie franchises.
October 24, 2011 at 3:43 am
I still consider John Carpenters Halloween one of the most frightening movies I have ever watched. Not just because of Michael Myers, but also the films location. Being set in Haddonfield, Illinois. A small midwest town with residential streets. I grew up in a small town in the midwest, similar to the film. Whiched scared the hell out of me because the movie shows that even an every day, laid back residential community could have danger just aroun the corner
October 24, 2011 at 4:00 am
I ain’t working on the 31th. Ima do just that !
October 24, 2011 at 4:01 am
Fuck you James for teasing the F13 series hardcore in the MM promo and then giving Jason the shaft!
October 24, 2011 at 4:09 am
I was afraid something was going to jump out at me at the end.
October 24, 2011 at 4:14 am
I got goosebumps at the end, James. :>
October 24, 2011 at 4:16 am
YES, he did halloween!!! Looking forward for his review of Halloween 3 xD
I also wonder if he also thinks Halloween 4 and 5 are boring, and that 6 is horrendous.
October 24, 2011 at 4:18 am
great review James. This and Trick ‘r Treat are easily my two favorite season specific movies.
October 24, 2011 at 4:19 am
I had a feeling it would be Halloween. What a waste.
IMO there are far better franchises than Halloween, don’t get me wrong i appreciate the work James puts in to provide us entertainment but ending on Halloween is just weak. It is the worst set of movies of those available imo.
All in all great monster madness this year its just a real shame we had to go out with Halloween 🙁
October 24, 2011 at 4:24 am
awe man i was hoping for more classic stuff not more slasher crap…. oh well ill still watch it since its your commentary.
October 24, 2011 at 4:25 am
FUCK….YES…..one of the greatest horror films of all time. Love the ending James. Truely sounds eerie. Too bad this series went to hell after Season of The Witch….but at least it didnt go to space *shudders*
October 24, 2011 at 4:27 am
In Sweden, they always air the original “Friday the 13th” whenever it’s Friday the 13th. That’s how I first saw it. I think it’s okay.
They also used to air the original “Halloween” on October 31st or November 1st.
But they’ve fucked this tradition up, because they have started to air the REMAKE of “Halloween” instead. It’s not nearly as good!
October 24, 2011 at 4:42 am
October 24, 2011 at 4:47 am
knew it yay halloweeeeeeeeeeeeeen
October 24, 2011 at 4:53 am
Really nice review.I am a fan of those movies where a killer stalks his victims,it really builds up – as you said – and hits you in the face.
October 24, 2011 at 5:02 am
Oh no!! this was exactly what i didnt want! i know its not as bad choice as reviewing Jason’s movies but it still sucks. Why not reviewing SAW? everyone here wants it!
October 24, 2011 at 5:03 am
I ALWAYS watch Halloween on October 31st. I’m so excited for these reviews.
October 24, 2011 at 5:10 am
Tjenare svenne. :>
October 24, 2011 at 5:11 am
Stop nagging him about SAW. Everyone here does NOT want them, only new generation teens who don’t have any taste in horror.
October 24, 2011 at 5:12 am
Awesome review! I hate to bitch, but it makes me even more disappointed that you didn’t give Nightmare the same care and attention as Halloween, as if you wanted to get over it as fast as possible to get to the movies you like.
As for the first Halloween, I know it’s not fair, because it was one of the first of its kind, but I don’t like it. It’s way too boring, the characters are very unlikable, almost nothing ever happens, even the final part is slow and, well… generic (I know the reasons, but still). Halloween 2 is way better imo.
October 24, 2011 at 5:16 am
Well, i write this right after watching the review and i have to say its great. Yeah, and over 8 minutes long! my only complain is, why didnt James do the same with the ANOES reviews?? i mean, its not like there is no material to work with, there is a LOT. I feel kinda discriminated, i am not a Halloween, Dracula, Frankenstein, etc. fan, but an ANOES fan so the fact that James have dedicated much more time, effort and attention to all the others instead makes me feel sad.
Anyway, the good thing about it is that i can say it was educative, since there is not much i dont already know about ANOES anyway, and on the other hand there was a lot i didnt know about the other franchises because i havent followed them much so thank you for the horror movie lesson.
October 24, 2011 at 5:19 am
Man i am so happy you chose halloween for the last series. Can’t wait to hear what you have to say about H8
October 24, 2011 at 5:21 am
Been visiting your site for years, seeing that you’re dedicating the last week of your horror reviews to Halloween was enough for me to finally sign up. Thanks for taking the time to review these movies, Halloween is a fuckin classic. I still remember being 3 years old in good ol 1989 lol, changing the channels and coming across Halloween on the month of October. Was mesmerized beyond belief, who is that creepy damn guy, the music was perfect, I was locked onto the screen like a zombie, or as posessed to the screen as the day I saw my first porno, well that was 3 years later, but they really go hand in hand. Halloween still stands the test of time as one of the all time greats, imo, probably the greatest, John Carpenter deserves all the credit in the world for this gem.
With that said, the next vids should be interesting, only two I consider great, not on par with the original, it’s an animal all on it’s own. There’s definitely some bashing reserved for the rest lol.
October 24, 2011 at 5:54 am
Nobody here wants SAW,
it sucks monkeyballs.
October 24, 2011 at 5:58 am
Eh, while I am interested in hearing your thoughts on some of the more modern horror series, this not only makes sense but is something I’ve waited a long time for you to review, and so far it’s been worth the wait. However, I do have to agree with some of the other commentors when it comes to your Nightmare reviews, too short and a bit rushed. Still, loving these reviews every year.
October 24, 2011 at 6:00 am
Awesome review james!
October 24, 2011 at 6:21 am
Selrously? Halloween? What about Saw?
October 24, 2011 at 6:27 am
Now this is what i call a review!
I tought i knew everything about Halloween but after seing this; I know i knew nothing. Thank you for choosing this title instead of friday the 13th.
Not that i hate it but there is so much more to say about Michael Myers than Jason. (That‘s just my opinion)
As for Saw,; It‘s not a classic, it‘s a money magnet. Maybe the first one will become one someday but for now i feel it‘s too soon. It must pass the time trial.
October 24, 2011 at 6:51 am
With there being 7 movies in the series, I was really scared that you were gonna review those crappy SAW movies. Thank god that you didnt!!!!
October 24, 2011 at 6:54 am
Fantastic review. I remember seeing it as a kid many years ago and again last halloween (for the fifth time or so) in a cult theatre off an super 8mm film. It still holds up and it’s still gives me the creeps. I am somewhat obsessed about the mood and setting I watch a film in so I was thrilled to hear your reccomendations for a propper setting. We don’t have kids trick or treating here in Iceland but my neighborhood somewhat fits the bill and this is defenately what I’m gona be doing. Thanx James!
October 24, 2011 at 7:06 am
Man this has been a great monster madness, I’m very glad to see some Halloween this year, you are doing a great job and cant wait to see the rest, just dont ever listen to the dumb ass’s with this saw bs, no one cares about those putrid shit storm anal leakage of a movie.
October 24, 2011 at 7:11 am
Oh man, I really thought you were gonna do Jason Voorhees, I mean, he goes with Freddy like bread and butter!!
October 24, 2011 at 7:17 am
Lol, fuck Saw for fuck’s sake! Another great review, James. Monster Madness has kicked ass so far this year and I humbly thank you for that, man. Nice one!
October 24, 2011 at 7:28 am
All right! I cant wait to see all of these. Oh man I cant till he unleashes at resurrection. That movie was terrible. I dont know why it didint end at h20.
October 24, 2011 at 7:32 am
Terrific review. I also make it a tradition to watch this one sometime around Halloween every year. It never gets old. I put it on on October 30th, normally, as I carve the pumpkins up and get ready for the following day.
I have to agree with your comments about all the little details making it feel legit. This film does a great job of capturing the feel of your “standard fall day”, with the leaves, and the lighting, and the ambiance of the neighbourhood. This is exactly what most halloweens feel like.
October 24, 2011 at 7:54 am
No offense, whoever you are. But the SAW films are garbage. You can barely call them films. They’re not even “horror”. Much like the “Hostel” movies and other imitators, they are just gore/torture porn, like people say. I’m sorry, but to enjoy that crap, you have to be pretty sick in the head.
I am not a fan of the Halloween films beyond the first one, but as a John Carpenter fan, and I do like and appreciate this film. Especially if you look at it through the lens of Michael Myers being, basically, “The Boogeyman”. Which is why they call him “The Shape” anyway, because the idea is, whatever happened to this guy, he’s not human anymore.
But Halloween embodies everything that was RIGHT about classic horror, and in my view, shit like SAW embodies everything that is wrong with modern “horror”. Sure, it was in part due to such a small budget that Halloween relied so much on atmosphere, creepiness, shadows, not showing the monster/villain much until the end, building suspense, and most of all not really having much blood or ANY gore in it. But that can also be attributed to the fact that John Carpenter grew up a fan of classic horror films, and he obviously, lovingly modeled this film after that style.
I will always maintain that classic horror had it right, because it was about fear, about creeping the audience out. Modern “horror” shouldn’t really, in my estimation, even be called that, they should be called “shock” films, because that’s what they are. Almost all of them aim to do one of two things: gross you out with excessive blood and gore, or make you jump with cheap “GOTCHA” moments. A perfect example of this is the “prequel” to The Thing that just came out. Carpenter’s original, while gory in it’s day because of the creature effects, still “got it right”, as far as the fact that at it’s foundation, it did the same things Halloween or The Fog did before it. It focused on atmosphere, creepiness, and building up that sense of suspense and…you know….HORROR. The new “prequel”, on the other hand, while MUCH better than a lot of modern “horror” films I’ve seen, still abandoned what Carpenter’s film did so well, in favor of gore, and much more to the point, nearly relentless “GOTCHA” moments. Which, by the way, instead of being creepy, ultimately left the film feeling rather flat.
I suppose it boils down to personal taste in the end, but I will always say that a HORROR film is supposed to leave you creeped out, not grossed out.
October 24, 2011 at 7:55 am
The best horror movie EVER made,I love it have it about six times on dvd and blu ray also sadly vhs video tape. Just a shame Rob Zombie killed it with his trailer trash remakes!
October 24, 2011 at 8:01 am
Great job James! The best reveiw yet this year, \m/*o*\m/
October 24, 2011 at 8:11 am
Grate Video James Love Your Monster Madness
I don’t even like Halloween but your review left me wanting to watch it again!
October 24, 2011 at 8:14 am
Excellent review James. This series is my favourite and I’ve also made a tradition of watching it every October (my favourite month due to atmosphere, Halloween and my birthday yesterday, turned 31) or on Halloween.
The historical info you reviewed was right on the money and it was nice to see you mentioned the tv extended version. Lastly, I loved the ending of the review, it’s a great way to watch this movie and I will definately try it. Kudos James!!!
October 24, 2011 at 8:15 am
CLASSIC HORROR MOVIE. I love this film. Perfect review, James.
Amazing video 😀 You always do a good job with these videos. 😀
October 24, 2011 at 8:27 am
wow cool i was not expecting halloween but hell yeah thats cool, even tho i really wanted to see Friday the 13
October 24, 2011 at 8:31 am
I suspected it would be Halloween, and I expected I would learn things when it was time. And I was right, on both counts. Woo.
October 24, 2011 at 8:35 am
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that you went with the Halloween series, but there goes my attempt to watch all of the Monster Madness episodes in chronological order by movie release date. 😛
Still, VERY informative. Thanks.
a post-DOTM Transformers movieverse fanfic
October 24, 2011 at 8:43 am
Actually I am surprised you choose the Halloween series! I thought you’d go on and review a series from the 2000s like Saw or Final Destination!
October 24, 2011 at 8:44 am
Thank you james for this and all the previous monster madnesses, i dont even watch horror or monster movies and i still enjoy your reviews of them. Keep it up, its brilliant.
October 24, 2011 at 8:49 am
Really now, there’s no need to insult those who enjoy the SAW series. It’s just a part of our film history, you may not like it because it’s not from your era. Sure the series became a sellout over time, but isn’t that what happened with all of these films? I don’t know, just tired of seeing the whining, even after James chose to do Halloween.
October 24, 2011 at 8:56 am
Interesting how you pick up at the slow pacing in the beginning of the movie actually increases the horror at the end.
Do you ever intend to comment on those Italian giallo movies, American horror owe them so much and in my own opinion , they also have some great actors. ( actually, Donald Pleasence did several italian movies in the days – so put him on my list of great actors in italian movies.)
It would also be interesting to hear your take on the music in horror movies. Here is my favourites:
3 Aliens …. that slow music in the beginning and end – wonderful.
2 Prince of darkness… Carpenter at his best
1 Tenebre… Fabio Pignatellis ( Goblin ) best horror music.
( The last one can have something to do that its one of my favourite movie memories ever, Halloween more than 10 years ago and i went to a 14 hour horror marathon, it started with a couple of reasent horror movies, but after midnight it was only old ones , ending with 3 argento movies…
and to top it all of i met a girl there and she was very…friendly. )
October 24, 2011 at 8:59 am
You could have gone even further in your comparisons to The Thing From Another World, since the main scientist in that movie is the prototype for Loomis, not just in the general conflict between himself and the authority figures who disbelieve or ignore him, but from other scenes, like tracking down the creature to where he has made his den, where he discovers the dead dog, drained of blood, and what does he say? “He’s been here. I think he’ll come back again.” Just like Loomis to Sheriff Brackett, at the end of his monologue at the Myers’ house, after finding the dog.
October 24, 2011 at 9:03 am
I was wrong after all it was Halloween. That’s one of my favorite horror series ever. The original is a classic that most of us still remember today. I think on the 31st you will be reviewing Halloween: Resurrection with the remake and it’s sequel. I am happier knowing your last horror series isn’t Saw because Halloween is better.
October 24, 2011 at 9:26 am
Fantastic to see James took one of his pilgrimages to the filming locations/houses.
Loved the Tips at the end for creating the perfect viewing atmosphere in the night!
Looking forward to seeing all the comments about H3: season of the Witch.
This is going to be a great week!
October 24, 2011 at 9:47 am
Awesome review James. Halloween is favorite horror flick of all time. Most of the sequels all suck donkey balls though.
October 24, 2011 at 9:50 am
Man, I thought Nick Castle was the only actor that played Mike Myers in the original. Guess I was wrong
October 24, 2011 at 9:55 am
Awesome! I just love listening to James talk things, he makes them so interesting
October 24, 2011 at 10:04 am
Thank you for not doing SAW
October 24, 2011 at 10:05 am
i was hoping for friday the 13th but this is still good
October 24, 2011 at 10:39 am
Great review, and I’ve been loving this year’s Monster Madness, even though I’m not a big fan of horror films. (I have seen many of these, though.)
But… c’mon, James, the S in Illinois is silent!
(They say that if you stare into a mirror and say Illinois [adding the “s” sound at the end] three times, Abe Lincoln will show up, take a corn knife from his stovepipe hat, chop into your neck with it, and scream, “Actually, I’m from Kentucky!” before his head explodes and you die.)
October 24, 2011 at 10:44 am
Best Monster Madness review of the year so far. I can’t wait to go through all the sequels. The only thing that concerns me is that assuming you review Halloween 3, we will run out of days before you get to the Rob Zombie films. Even though a lot of fans may not like them, I really think Rob Zombie’s first Halloween film was truly great. The second one was terrible, but I really liked what Zombie did with the remake. It’s not as good as the original, but it really does work on its own. The third act where we get to Laurie Strode is the best I can imagine anyone can do remaking the classic film without going overboard like the Psycho remake. The film as a whole has its flaws, but I think it deserves to be recognized as one of the better parts of the Halloween franchise.
October 24, 2011 at 10:59 am
Well, I think we could narrow it down to either the Friday the 13th series or Halloween. I think made the right choice. I love the Halloween films – though H2O & Resurrection were rather weak. I’m looking forward to The Curse of Michael Myers review! I hope you had a chance to see the bootleg alternate cut of that one. I like it.
October 24, 2011 at 11:03 am
best review so far!
I am an avid michael fan, I was hoping you’d do this series!
October 24, 2011 at 11:12 am
I’m fairly dissapointed that this is the final series to be looked at for the Sequel-athon. We had a cool thing going where we’d jumpt to different series of different eras, first 1950s Universal, then 1960’s Hammer, then 1980’s slasher movies…now we’ve gone back to do more slasher? I don’t get it.
Just because ‘Halloween’ is in the title of the movies doesn’t mean we need to review them. Everyone’s open to disagree with me but aside from the first movie I feel that ALL the Halloween sequels suck. Furthermore James expressed in his original review of Halloween in 2007 a dismay for the way a highly influential and successful independent film was raped into a franchise. Why look at these easily forgettable sequels?
Granted there aren’t a lot of modern day long running horror series short of Final Destination and the Saw films, but even still I feel this was a bad choice.
October 24, 2011 at 11:22 am
I was hoping James would do the of the dead series, would cap it off well since theres been a movie from the series every decade since the 60’s, maybe next year he could do:
Night, Dawn, Day, 90’s Night, 04 Dawn, Land, Diary, Island, and if he felt like really bashing a movie that Day of the Dead “remake” with nick canon
October 24, 2011 at 11:28 am
I was hoping for an in-depth review on all of the Friday the 13th movies! Damn you Michael Myers!
October 24, 2011 at 11:30 am
@The Urban Shepperd
Make your own reviews if your not happy let this guy review whatever he feels like.
October 24, 2011 at 11:32 am
Nice review this is my all time favorite slasher movie and Carpenter my favorite horror Director! Hope you’re also get to the Rob Zombie version because that one was also awesome!!
October 24, 2011 at 11:39 am
You’ve given me something to live for again by choosing to review the Halloween series. Something immortal and timeless was expressed during the making of this movie that like Mike himself, just keeps going and going and continues to influence audiences around the world even over 30 years later.
One of the biggest contrubuting factors to the success of this movie in my opinion is 1. That we all have a mysterious shadow self that we like to pretend isn’t really there, but it is. A primordal darkness within us housing the potiential toward evil that at any moment could be released if we should ever lose our ground and snap, but like the boogyman it lurks and stalks us in the shadows of our minds, unable to get away as much as we may try, it is part of us so it follows us, like a dog trying to run from its own tail, its impossible.
And 2. the movie about this age old archtype is set in the most familar of all american settings, the suburbs. Neighborhoods that we all live in and are so familar with. Halloween was a reminder to all of us that even in the seemingly safe setting of our quiet unassuming neighborhood our shadows could still find and haunt us. I believe this is why the movie was so successful, because it brought the boogyman to our very homes.
BTW Nick Castle who played Micheal in the majority of the movie went on to become a director and screenwriter whos credits include ‘The Boy who could fly’, ‘The Last Star fighter’, ‘Major Pain’ , ‘August Rush’, ‘Denise the Menice’ and the list goes on and on.
Tommy Lee Wallace, the production designer and co-editor of Halloween also went on to write and direct numerious films, as well as marry Nancy Kyes, who played Annie in Halloween.
All three of whom, Carpenter, Castle, and Wallace played in a band called The Coupe De Villes during the 70’s and 80’s and it is my understanding that when Annie picks Laurie up the first song thats playing is The Coupe De Villes before it switches over to Blue Oyster Cult.
October 24, 2011 at 11:44 am
Not surprised that you choose Halloween but ,maybe I thought (because you talk about it in the last review of Freddy) you do the Friday the 13th series… my bad … Halloween the first one was the best and like some people said because it was a low budget but really good movie it become a franchise by big studio and the lost of interest is back again… But the one produce by white Zombie is really not bad for a remake but doesn’t capture the vibe of the original.
October 24, 2011 at 11:47 am
Huh… odd choice… I figure James would’ve kept things chronological, more or less. Halloween came out before A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Oh well. At least it’s not Saw.
But then again… Halloween includes Halloween Resurrection… *shudders*
October 24, 2011 at 11:49 am
I just saw the rob zombie remake, while not awful I felt it didn’t carry the same suspense and tension.
I heard Rob’s directors cut was better maybe i’ll give that a watch. But I tend to like 2 things in the horror Genre: Hitchcock like suspense, and Zombies
great review though James, looking forward to seeing the rest, I hear this series went downhill fast, should be entertaining
October 24, 2011 at 11:56 am
There’s not too many days left of October. I doubt he could have finished off te Friday the 13th series. He had to do a series a little bit shorter.
October 24, 2011 at 11:57 am
I do have one question, James. Why have you never touched on the Phantasm series?
October 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm
bummer… was hoping for a Friday the 13th week. Next year maybe?
well, like someone already pointed out, at least is not the saw series. I like Saw (with the exception of the last movie), but I rather see those classics reviewed first.
October 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm
Thanks for the totally great review! I’m totally looking forward to the next one! TOTALLY!!!
So….no modern series AND no obligatory Texas Chainsaw review. That bites, it would have been Next Generation this year!
Great review on Halloween though.
October 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm
i visited the houses from Halloween when i went to LA last summer. They’re so close to sunset boulevard it’s hilarious. You just go out to the street and turn your head and you see bright lights/big city.
October 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm
I was hoping for reviews on the Friday the 13th movies. But I guess the Halloween Series won’t be so bad.
October 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm
I’ve been watching your videos for years, James, and Monster Madness is my favorite thing you do. I had to register today because I am so stoked that you’re reviewing Halloween.
The original is my all time favorite movie. The slow, methodical build up, the perfectly empty music, the great characters, and the final thirty minutes is just a rush of adrenaline. It really is the perfect movie. You nailed it on the head with this review and I especially liked the end. Great job, dude.
I liked the second movie in it’s own kind of way. It has that real dirty, desolate, late night movie feel. But again… in a different way. Not like the original. Part three was also a good movie despite no Laurie, Dr. Loomis, and Michael. Part 4 is my second favorite of the series with great atmosphere and very likeable characters. It’s the closest the the original in my opinion. The only ones after that worth watching are h20 and on some days the 6th one because it’s just so different.
Btw… am I the only one who didn’t really care for Roz Zombie’s first Halloween but absolutely LOVED his second one? I felt like people thought it sucked because it was so different from anything “Halloween” they’ve seen before, but I found it brilliant. I don’t know, maybe that’s just me.
October 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm
one of my personal all time favorites. i used to watch this when i was a kid every year and it never got less scary. Hell, it’s still scary to this day. Something about that movie fills the room and sets up an ambience that you can’t shake if you’re alone for the night.
October 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm
I don’t get the disappointment or surprise over picking the Halloween series for Monster Madness. I personally felt that was going to be the fourth series anyways.
I’m also in the camp that feel Halloween should have been a generic series that didn’t feature the same killer each movie. As mentioned whenever Halloween 3 is brought up, how great it would have been to get a new premise or spooky theme each movie instead of seeing Michael Myers back once again.
October 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm
The first Halloween was a good horror movie. And any good horror movie has a shit load of shitty sequels cashing in on the success of the first one. I hope he skips Halloween 3, because that shitty movie had NOTHING to do with the rest of the series.
October 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm
0:03 that was James Woods!!!!. The guy from once upon a time in America…great film. Hey James, i saw your 28th favourite film is Scarface. You should review gangster movies once in a while. like the review James 🙂
October 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm
Wicked review of Halloween mate.
October 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm
When you set the mood at the end, i got goosebumps and said out loud, How creepy xD
October 24, 2011 at 2:04 pm
How is James going to do all 10 Halloween movies in 8 days? Is he not going to touch the remakes, or will he have all 3 in the last Monster Madness?
October 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm
While it is a hiccup in chronology, I’m glad the last series you cover for MM is one everyone can agree is great (at least the first movie). I’d have been very disappointed if we ended up with something like the Saw series to close it all out. Each review would have been one minute long and consisted of “movie starts… people get kidnapped… torture porn… get some background on characters… more torture porn… cut to cop looking for killer… repeat from step 3 until movie’s end.”
October 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm
03:22 I don’t like that scene, like, does that mean she saw him disappear?
Love the ending to the video lol
October 24, 2011 at 2:17 pm
I never get tired of that movie. The Rob Zombie remake was okay, but doesn’t come close to the original.
October 24, 2011 at 2:18 pm
Oh No! That means James has to review Halloween Resurrection. That movie sucks so bad. How could Busta Rhymes kick Micheal Myers ass? In the the words of the Angry Video Game Nerd, it sucks monkey fuck!!!
October 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm
GREAT review!!! Love the original Halloween movie. Also a big fan of the Rob Zombie remake, can’t wait to see that review!!!!!!
October 24, 2011 at 2:23 pm
I like how the main page of the website has 3 different horror icons on it. I love halloween the second is my favorite. I have never watched the first one im going to tonight
October 24, 2011 at 2:26 pm
Great review. I love this movie and watch it every Halloween! Way better than the remakes. Thanks for mentioning Devil’s Rain, another horribly wonderful film:-) CORBIS! God damn you!
October 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm
Awesome! James, I do the same thing every year for Halloween.
October 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm
This and the 2nd are classic movies, and great additions to horror. #3 is great as a stand alone movie. However the rest are pitiful attempts to cash in on a franchise. I honestly dont understand what myers is, after the 2nd one. I love the overviews of the movies, but if you wanted to group say 2 or 3 of the last ones together would be fine. There nothing to them really.
Now the movie. It is good as it is. Sure a little more backstory would be fineoriginally, but with the added tv footage added in, it is a well rounded story. Of course the green leaved trees, and palm trees while the girls are outside is kinda distracting. But nothing to complain about. Christopher lee was also asked to play loomis. Best movie out of them all.
October 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Best horror movie of all time imo, I also loved the remake, I like how zombie made it is his own instead of just making a straight copy, probably the best remake in horror to.
October 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm
Me and my little bro. watch this every year in October Halloween ecspecially
now that I know the trick to fully enjoy it I’m doing it!
October 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm
Yes! My favorite horror franchise!
October 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm
So fucking happy your getting to the Halloween series because its my favorite of all. Its funny I made a comment a week ago hoping you would get to em and here they are. Wish fucking granted awesome
October 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm
Great review, James! Keep up the good work! 🙂
October 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm
I was surprised, I figured you would go with the Friday the 13th movies next, keep it in a set, but hey, ::shrugs:: no accounting for taste. Never found the plastic kirk mask painted white to be scary…
October 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm
Oh yeah! I really thought that James had reviewed this film long time ago.
October 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm
Great video James as always (:
Loved your words throughout! Keep it up dude <3
October 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm
well if that isn’t a big fuck you to the freddy fans.
October 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm
I’ve got to be proud that it takes place in Haddonfield, New Jersey. It honestly looks like that quiet wealthy town with an upper middle class to rich income place where nothing goes wrong too and its safe to walk at night.
October 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm
Just wanted to say, that this year’s Monster Madness is absolutely amazing. I enjoyed all of your videos, especially the Nightmare one. The Sequel-A-Thon was a great idea!
October 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm
James really isn’t joking when he said this was a low budget independent film. For awhile it held the record for being the highest grossing independent film of all time although I believe it has since lost that title and the budget was so low that the clothes you see people wearing in the movie are their actual clothes. Seriously outside of the stuff for Michael and film equipment pretty much everything was personal property of the cast and crew or borrowed.
This is also a special film in the horror genre for another reason beyond those mentioned by James. Back in 2006 it was added to the national film registry of the library of congress for being culturally and historically significant. This is a fairly rare honor for horror movies since only like 5 made in the past 40 years have been added, most of which being from the 70’s. As far as I know it’s also the only slasher film other then psycho to be added.
October 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm
Death to Videodrome! Long live the new flesh!
October 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm
CH CH CH CH HA HA HA HA…. JASON VORHEES IS COMING TO GET YOU JAMES FOR PUTTING MICHAEL MYERS BEFORE HIM! If you thought playing FT13 on NES was bad…. just you wait, boy.
October 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm
oh well, at least you’re not reviewing the leprechaun, childs play or puppet master series’….