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4K Restoration of “The Fog” Coming to Theaters For Halloween!

Merry early Halloween folks! A fully restored version of John Carpenter’s landmark horror gem, The Fog, is hitting theaters this October!

4K Restoration of "The Fog" Coming to Theaters For Halloween!

In its first-ever major restoration, John Carpenter’s THE FOG is back in a full 4K restoration from Studiocanal and opens October 26 for a limited run at the Metrograph in New York, Landmark’s Nuart in Los Angeles, and The Music Box Theatre in Chicago. Additional screenings will occur during the week of Halloween throughout the Alamo Drafthouse circuit and other specialty theaters.

Carpenter’s first post-Halloween venture into the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired, apocalyptic vein that he would continue to mine in films like The Thing (1982) and Prince of Darkness (1987), THE FOG depicts the seaside California town of Antonio Bay in the grips of an ancient curse and a creeping mist. Drenched in malevolent atmosphere and packing an ensemble cast that includes Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Hal Holbrook and the mother-daughter duo of Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis, this is the director at his ingenious, chilling best, servicing a contemporary taste for gore while simultaneously evoking the spirit of Val Lewton.   

Out of theatrical release for years due to faded, unplayable prints, THE FOG can now be viewed again as it was intended, with the restoration of its breathtaking color cinematography by Dean Cundey (Escape From New York, Back To The Future (I-III), Apollo 13, Romancing The Stone), who deftly captured both the daylight beauty of the Point Reyes shore and the ghostly goings-on in the dark, eerie night.

The Fog has been our most requested title for as long as we have handled the Studiocanal library here,” according to Eric Di Bernardo, Rialto’s director of sales. “It is Carpenter’s most visually alluring film and we think it’s been worth the wait.”

Founded in 1997 by Bruce Goldstein, Rialto Pictures brings the finest of world cinema to screens across North America. From new restorations of enduring classics such as Carol Reed’s The Third Man, Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion, and Akira Kurosawa’s Ran to genre mainstays like John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2, Rialto Pictures offers an eclectic range of cinematic adventures appealing to any audience. Since 2012, Rialto Pictures has been the U.S. theatrical and non-theatrical representative of the Studiocanal library of over 2,000 international classics. Often featuring updated subtitles and renewed marketing materials, Rialto Pictures aims to engage moviegoers with cinematic history, preserve film culture, and highlight the continued relevance of classic stories through high-quality theatrical presentations.

Mondo Releasing First 5 Halloween Movie Soundtracks On Vinyl For 40th Anniversary!

At first I thought, “Is this a joke? I’ve been trick or treated to death today..” and then low and behold- I didn’t know what death was until I legit just about had a heart attack over this glorious news from Mondo. The first five wonderful films of the Halloween franchise are getting a beautiful vinyl soundtrack release with exclusive new art AND a slipcase only available through the company that will hold all five stunning records for the ultimate packaging!

Me running to get money in the bank…

Mondo Releasing First 5 Halloween Movie Soundtracks On Vinyl For 40th Anniversary!

Starting tomorrow July 25th, the long-awaited Halloween 4 and 5 soundtracks will be available for purchase through MondoTees.com with a cool option to bundle the pair and get that slipcase mentioned above FREE with that purchase!

Per MONDO:

Mondo Music is kicking off the witching season early this year. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original HALLOWEEN, Mondo and Death Waltz Recording Company are re-issuing the soundtracks to the first five HALLOWEEN franchise films on vinyl beginning this week. The long-awaited
re-issues of HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS and HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS, available for the first time on vinyl in 30 years, will go on sale Wednesday, July 25 at MondoTees.com. In addition to the records, a slipcase to hold all five soundtracks will ship free with the purchase of the HALLOWEEN 4 and 5 soundtrack bundle. The re-issues continue with one release a month, concluding this October with the original John Carpenter score to the 1978 classic that started it all. The audio for all five releases has been re-mastered and the previously released versions of Mondo’s HALLOWEEN, HALLOWEEN II, and HALLOWEEN III soundtracks will feature all new artwork.

AVAILABLE WEDNESDAY, JULY 25

 

HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP

Music by Alan Howarth

Original artwork by Gary Pullin

Liner notes by J. Blake Fichera.

Pressed on 180 Gram Clown Costume Red & White vinyl

Housed inside a 425gsm gatefold jacket

$32

 

HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP

Music by Alan Howarth

Original artwork by Randy Ortiz

Liner notes by J. Blake Fichera

Pressed on 180 Gram Michael Myers Blue & White vinyl

Housed inside a 425gsm gatefold jacket.

$32

 

HALLOWEEN BUNDLE: HALLOWEEN 4, HALLOWEEN 5 BUNDLE

+ FREE SLIPCASE

Mondo has produced a slipcase featuring artwork by Mike Saputo that all five soundtrack releases will sit in. The slipcase ships free with a purchase of the HALLOWEEN 4 and 5 bundle.

$60

 

UPCOMING HALLOWEEN RELEASES

 

August 2018

HALLOWEEN III: THE SEASON OF THE WITCH

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP

Music by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth

Original artwork and design by Alan Hynes

 

September 2018

HALLOWEEN II

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP

Music by John Carpenter in association with Alan Howarth

Original Artwork by Paul Mann

 

October 2018

HALLOWEEN

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP

Music by John Carpenter

Original Artwork by Mike Saputo

 

Visit the official Mondo site & social handles for more information:

MondoTees.com

Twitter.com/MondoNews

Facebook.com/MondoTees

Instagram.com/MondoNews

 

 

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Just to get you even more excited, here’s a reminder of just how wonderful that theme to Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers actually is.

Huge ‘Halloween’ Reunion Happening This October! Come Celebrate the Whole Franchise!

If you’re a fan of the Halloween franchise you’ll want to mark your calendars and plan a trip to Pasadena, CA this coming October! Courtesy of HorrorHound Weekend, fans of the celebrated slasher series will have a chance to meet many of the brave men and women who brought this classic franchise to life!

Cast members from all across this visceral series will be there waiting to meet up with fans who have kept this horror legacy alive and ongoing each and every October. And what luck! Just in time for the release of the newest Halloween movie, what better way could a horror fan usher in the spookiest time of year?

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image via Wicked Horror

Come out and celebrate 40 years (can you believe it’s been that long already?) of Halloween – a cinematic masterpiece that single-handily kicked in the doors for all sequential slasher films to come – at the Pasadena Convention center between October 12-14th! Fans in the area will not want to miss this historical event, or you’ll regret it. You just know you will.

So start saving up and break open that fat little piggy bank. Plan a trip out to the West Coast and say hi to the men who stepped behind the mask and gave life to one of horror’s most cherished icons!

Huge Halloween Reunion Happening This October! Don't Miss This One!
image via Halloween40.com

This is something horror fans will be talking about for years to come.

If I can please be candor here, this is just awesome. HorrorHound deserves our thanks for making this happen for the fans. Check out the link below and see the guests already planning to be there. And who knows what further surprises are still yet in store?!

http://www.halloween40.com/horrorhoundweekend/shows/H40/default.shtml

Vintage Halloween Horrors: The Creepiest Ben Cooper Masks Ever Put on the Market

It’s not an opinion- it’s science folks. The beloved Ben Cooper masks and costumes are a symbol of yesteryear’s Halloween. A time where making the neighborhood rounds in noisy plastic costumes while carrying your mom’s pillowcase for the candy haul, or if you were the cool kid, a McDonald’s McBoo Bucket, was the highlight of the year for many little horror-heads everywhere. Whether your Ben Cooper costume of choice was a Master of the Universe, or the doll of false dreams Barbie, I think we can all collectively agree that while we all thought we looked super cool, turns out we really were creeping the shit out our parental units with what my Dad refers to as, “Plastic Heart-Attacks.”

 
I suppose he has a bit of a point…

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Although completely unintentional I’m sure, there truly is no denying the subtle creep factor these costumes gave off looking back on them now with adult(ish) eyes. While of course, these collective images of plas-tastic nightmares are on top of my unsettling Ben Cooper masks list, I challenge anyone reading this to say that they could never picture a serial killer hiding underneath these simple, yet chilling stringed- facial huggers.

Happy the Clown

Ben Cooper Clown

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Straight out of your worst nightmares, Happy the Clown surfaced from the company sometime in the ‘80s and in my humble opinion, is the damn creepiest of the many Cooper clown variants over the years. Possibly due to the fact it always reminded me of the heavier set of the trio of clowns from 1989’s Clownhouse. Just. NOPE.

Ghostbusters Egon

Egon Ben Cooper

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This Egon mask take from The Real Ghostbusters Saturday morning splendor from the mid-‘80s is pretty much the scariest thing ever. My train of thought runs, the simpler the mask, the creepier it comes across. The mildly surprised expression from the Ghostbustin’ favorite makes for something quite eerie here. Give me the ghosts over this plastic nightmare any day.

Beatle Paul McCartney

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This. Is just bizarre, and I can’t look away. Perhaps what is most perplexing, is how the hell this was deemed a normal mask in 1964. Vintage Halloween never seems to let me down as modern times doesn’t hold a candle to this kind of gem. As stated, my favorite part about this is that is not meant to come off as creepy. Beatlemania never looked so damn terrifying.

 

King Kong (1976)

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Image via Ebay– Both equally as horrifying.

Because 1976 Kong wasn’t quite scary enough, the fine folks at the Ben Cooper Company just had to release this little number. OK, I know you’re probably thinking, this isn’t so bad? I’ll admit, this is a more personal thing for myself, as 76 Kong traumatized the crap out of me when I was a kid. Aside from the freaky mask, the smock is wonderfully designed with Kong in battle atop the World Trade Center. Which just reminds me of the gory as hell ending from the Dino De Laurentiis production. I got my big girl panties on. Bring on the jokes.

 

Hairy & Scary

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Image via Pinterest

The Hairy & Scary line of Cooper masks add a little extra edge and while all variants of the curly-headed mask are sufficiently frightening on their own, THIS gorilla mask races to the front of the line with the creep factor. Although if you’re asking me, the mask looks more like its channeling the Zuni doll from Trilogy of Terror. Which is why I felt like I would be doing a disservice to readers if I didn’t mention this sucker.

 

The Chattermouth Cooper Variant

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The highly recognizable Chattermouth Ben Cooper line that disables those muffled voices inside the plastic masks, and stepping up the game with a moveable jawline. Productive? Yes. Less horrifying? Not even a little bit.

 

Phantom of the Opera

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The 1964 Phantom Ben Cooper mask looks more like Leatherface than a Phantom, but maybe that’s why it’s so damn scary. The acidic burns on both sides of the face rather than just the one, gives this version of the Phantom in the Ben Cooper universe a slight edge, even if it’s not what we’re accustomed to seeing. I like that ballsy move. You have to respect that.

 

Hobo with a Bowtie

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Image via Etsy

Clearly, the Ben Cooper Hobo is modeled after the infamous melancholy hobo clown Emmett Kelly. If I’m wrong, there’s a hell of a resemblance going on there. Either way, you can’t argue the unnerving facial structure.
The smell of colorful plastic under your nostrils and vinyl smocks ensured that the “High Priest of Halloween” company dominated the scene of Samhain in not just the ‘70s and ‘80s, but for over 50 glorious years until the company’s fold in the early ‘90s. However, a recent exclusive with the son of the “Halston of Halloween” himself Ira J. Cooper over at Bloody Disgusting revealed that the company are in the early stages of a relaunch of the popular brand, giving us fans of what we deem, a true Halloween national treasure some hope for a return of some all-time favorites.

Is there a particular Cooper mask or costume that you feel should be included? Let’s discuss some creeptastic retro Halloween fuzzies below!