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Jason and Halloween

When it comes to Halloween and horror icons Michael Myers readily (and rightly so) comes to mind. The impact Myers holds over both the genre and the holiday as a whole now spans the gulf of generations, and, if his 2018 successful return to the silver screen is any indication, will go on to do so way after you and I are finally laid to rest. Michael Myers is as timeless as Halloween itself.

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It’s safe to say he is the Halloween Slasher.

There is the expectation for me though. Not to downcast the legacy of Michael Myers but I was introduced to another slasher icon on Halloween and it left an enormous imprint on my (back then) young mind.

It was the night of Halloween and trick-or-treating was in full effect. We ran door to door to glean the sweet goodies friendly neighbors had to give us greedy monsters. We wound up at a friend of my parents’ house and during my boredom of waiting for the adults to shut up so we could rush back out in the twilight to fill my bag with more (so much more) candy my wandering eyes stole a glance at the TV.

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It was a forbidden thing and out of the warm guilt of taboo a face rose prominently to forever fascinate the darkest regions of my imagination.

Given the title of this, you’re sure to have guessed who I saw on the glowing screen. Jason’s rampage across the TV held me rooted in place, absolutely transfixed on the crimson spectacle before me. I had not seen a single Jason film up to that point, and always managed to admire the covers whenever I was at a video store, but in those brief little moments of viewing, I was enthralled. Given the chance to stay and finish the movie or got forth to trick-or-treat more I probably would have stayed behind. I wanted to see it end! I wanted to see Jason slaughter more!

To me sequels meant nothing. I wasn’t even sure which part I was watching. Plot wasn’t important. To me, there was only Jason and his wrath. That mask was burned into my memory.

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Back then there was still a whole world of horror movies left in the wild for me to go and discover. Some I saw overseas while living in Russia, some over here, and a few I saw in Finland. It’s been an international adventure for me.

Thanks to VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray I’ve collected most of these series along the way. Like everyone else I have my favorites to watch every Halloween. And still, after all these years later and no matter where I’ve found myself in the world the haunting mask of Jason will be seen in my home come Halloween.

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Jason is by far my favorite slasher icon. Maybe because I saw him in such a secret way because I damn well knew my folks wouldn’t want me to watch a Friday the 13th picture, believe me, every time I went to the movie store I tried to rent them!

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Or maybe I just connect with the character in some scary way. But we all have that one evil monster out there that we love and root for.

From all of us at Nightmare Nostalgia to you who help keep horror alive, have a Happy Halloween! And please share with us your Halloween memories and favorite horror icons to watch this time of year.

Nightmare Nostalgia Ranks The “Halloween” Franchise Opening Credits!

One of the greatest memories of my childhood, were the multitude of horror movies that were introduced to me through my Dad and Grandfather (Pop- we called him). Pop was a passionate fan of ALL Universal Horror Monsters films, and on top of watching them endlessly by his side on the nights the grandparents would babysit, I would often admire his very complete Universal Monsters VHS Collection and the artwork embodied within it. However, my Dad, albeit a super Frankenstein himself, was more on the Slasher spectrum. And by the way, is the biggest John Carpenter’s Halloween fan I know. It sounds biased but being inside the horror community for fifteen years, I stand by that statement- and you could read more about that here.

That being said, the Halloween films were a pretty standard rotation in the ole’ VCR growing up- and hell still are. And while I’ve found this to be a pretty common list among the horror website interwebs, they sure as shit aren’t my opinion and that of the greatest Halloween fan I know! So, here we go: Nightmare Nostalgia’s official ranking of all the Halloween opening credits!

I truly feel like I’m really going to make some of you mad. BUT, just remember my opinion is not yours and we can all agree to disagree!

And no: I’m not including the Rob Zombie versions because NO.

9. Halloween: Resurrection

With many fans, Resurrection ranks dead last in pretty much all aspects; and here on this list is no exception. Following a very generic version of John Carpenter’s classic tune paired with pitch-black backgrounds and orange credit lettering, we stroll down the halls of the Grace Sanitarium Instution where we meet a seemingly docile Laurie and a pair of nurses who narrate to the audience the very bullshit story of why she’s there. It just sucks when in comparison to ALL the others . Sorry not sorry.

8. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

In my opinion, and well that’s what this all is, Curse‘s opening doesn’t fair much better than Resurrection. The only reason it’s a slot higher is because it’s a lot shorter. The messy intro here that clumsily inserts parts of the film in the damn thing, merely sets the tone for the rest of it. One big mess. However, as big as a mess as it is, it still isn’t the worst in the franchise by far. Resurrection still holds that title belt.

7. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

Ahhh, here we are. The last of the original pumpkin intros in the franchise- up until 2018 of course when they resurrected it. Personally, I rather enjoy the lowkey angry tone behind this one in combination with the process of what I would call, The Wild Maniac World of Pumpkin Carving Sports here. However, compared to others’ before it, it falls short.

5. Halloween (2018)

One can certainly appreciate the return of the pumpkin intro via the 2018 franchise’s homecoming. And in such a unique form as the jack-o-lantern has fallen flat and laid dormant for many years, only to be blown up into it’s original form. Like it never missed a beat. Truly an honorable way to start the Myers madness again!

4. Halloween (1978)

Alright. This is the one that MIGHT trigger some pissed off feelings from fellow fans in regards to ranking. BUT, I feel like some of the follow-ups were just a smidge more intriguing to my senses. It’s classic, simple, and a prefect start into the Haddonfield journey whereas the original film was simplistic-yet effectively terrifying.

3. Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Love the movie or hate it (and yes its still an argument), you are very wrong if you deny the magnificence of thy Magic Pumpkin paired with a sinister synthesizer. The onset of the 80s’ included the launch of new wave and MTV and this was a perfect representation of what early 80s’ horror films looked and sounded like. It’s just a staple of an era that many have since used as inspiration- including Stranger Things.

2. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

The return of Myers meant a ditch of the recurring pumpkin intro this time around with a spine-chilling sequence of a sunset on a farm instead. The ambience of a sinister Autumn setting with the low-tone score, the winds blowing, and Halloween decorations swaying in the breeze always struck the skeevies chord with me. That Michael is still out there. Waiting- and coming soon.

1. Halloween II (1981)

There is just no way in Haddonfield Hell that anyone can convince me otherwise that the sequel to the original isn’t the greatest goddamn gift we’ve ever been given in this franchise. Well, as far as appeasing intros are concerned anyway. Opening with the events of the last film spilling over to start the continuing journey of cat and mouse between Myers and Laurie, we roll into a perplexed Loomis staggering outside of the Doyle home to the spot where Michael had dropped, and only a pool of blood remains. Garnering attention from (finally) a nosy neighbor who has ignored all the blood-curdling screams, and apparently is just NOW paying attention to what’s been going on right next door, annoyingly asks if this is a joke and that “He’s been trick or treated to death tonight.” Which leads into one of the greatest lines of this fuckin’ franchise from Loomis himself- “You don’t know what death is!” Who then scurries off around the corner in a wild state.

And then- the glorious, more angry pumpkin intro this time around. The score is more aggressive, much like in the rest of the film coinciding with an angrier Myers. The pumpkin cracks down the middle to reveal a skull. The symbol that death is coming and isn’t stopping for anyone.

So good.

What’s YOUR favorite Halloween opening sequence? Discuss below in the comments!

CONTEST ALERT! Win This October Prize Pack from CHARGE and COMET TV!

No tricks, all treats here as we here at Nightmare Nostalgia are hosting a pretty damn awesome giveaway here sponsored by our friends over at COMET and CHARGE TV in celebration of the most wonderful time of year- HALLOWEEN!

This Halloween tune in to COMET TV as they bring you the horror classics that will send shivers down your spine. Before Buffy, before Edward, and before a certain Count, there was Nosferatu. The classic Vampire film, which is followed by The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and the original Phantom of the Opera.

Sure to send you to another world, COMET TV brings Space: 1999 and Babylon 5 back for classic spacey adventures! Every day you can see Babylon 5 and Space: 1999 has back-to-back episodes on Saturday and Sunday evenings! Talk about out of this world!

So you can’t sleep? COMET TV has the solution with cult classic midnight movies airing Mon – Fri! You can pencil in Night of the Creeps, get sucked into Vampires on Bikini Beach and do your best to escape The House on Haunted Hill!

And CHARGE! has the classic series CHiPs! Join Ponch and Jon as they cruise the freeways of Los Angeles solving crime… Back when you could cruse the freeways of Los Angeles!

To usher in the spooky happenings of October we want to give you, the readers, the chance to win the COMET TV and CHARGE! October Prize Pack!

All you need to do is share this post on Facebook, comment entered and #HUSHAWEEN on the original post! Winner will be announced HALLOWEEN NIGHT on NIGHTMARE NOSTALGIA’s Facebook page. That’s it guys! Super easy. 

PRIZE PACK INCLUDES:

1 – Limited Edition Nosferatu Shirt: Only available via this promotion, this creepy T-Shirt is sure to make your neighbors and friends shriek with envy! AHHHHHHHHH!

1 – COMET TV Blood Bag Water Bottle: I would like some Type-A Negative please. No matter what your flavor, this novelty water bottle is the perfect thing to fill up for an on the go refreshment.

1- COMET TV Stargate Magnets: Show off your spacey side with these super fresh Babylon 5 magnets. Perfect for any new recruit looking to sign up for new spacey adventures!

1 – COMET TV Midnight Movies Blood Splattered Candy: Do you have a bit of a sweet tooth? This candy assortment will give you that sugar rush you’re craving! There’s Ghost Poofs, suckers, bugs, lizards and more!

2 – Exclusive CHARGE! CHiPs Ticket Memo Pad: Do you see someone breaking the law and you just have to sound off and tell them? Is someone’s parking THAT bad you want to be like… Dude come on? Now’s your chance! Write them a little note, and maybe mention that CHiPs is heading to CHARGE! as well!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

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

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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.