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‘Halloween Kills’ Trailer Is Here With The Return of Pure Evil!

Evil returns this October as horror fans return back to Haddonfield, back to him, back to the Boogeyman. From the few glimpses we’ve seen of it Halloween Kills already shows lots of promise for horror fans.

image via Universal and Blumhouse

That’s right! At long last, we’ve seen the first trailer of the highly anticipated horror epic, Halloween Kills. And we are excited!

Following the immediate events of 2018’s triumphant Halloween, Michael Myers rises from the swirling inferno built to be his prison, like a demon emerging out of the fires of Hell.

image via Universal and Blumhouse

Fire trucks arrive at the scene and the Shape makes quick work of each one of them, proving no earthly flame or human force can stop the purest embodiment of Evil.

And, according to this trailer, they want to drive home that Michael truly is the very essence of evil. 

image via Universal and Blumhouse

More noticeably now are the empty depths of Michael’s eyes, both hollow as an open grave site, and giving us a phantasmal glimpse at the malignancy within him. It’s as if whatever humanity (however little remained) may have been lingering in the man’s soul is finally dissolved by the hate and rage swelling in his heart. This time around Michael is truly the Shape more than ever before.

And I love the burn marks scratched across the iconic mask now. It makes the Boogeyman that much more ghoulish and unsettling to see.

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And speaking of masks the movie teases at some (more) very familiar Easter Eggs and throw backs from movies past. I think Halloween III: Season of the Witch fans will readily recognize an iconic trio.

image via Universal and Blumhouse, zero days till Halloween, Silver Shamrock

The trailer also reveals how Michael thrives off each victim he kills. And given the brief glimpses we’re shown the Shape does look far more savage than ever. So I’m expecting some wild kills scenes from this one.

image via Universal and Blumhouse , Michael takes out the entire firefighter team

It’s fair to say there will be (blood) plenty here for fans to enjoy and we’re very, very excited by what we’ve seen so far. It’s shaping up to be a wicked witching season this October, my Nasties.  

image via Universal and Blumhouse

So enjoy the trailer as we all anxiously await the Witching Season slowly approaching, bringing with it the Boogeyman and all his violent evil.

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.

October Streaming: Filmstruck Highlights Classic Frights and Early Century Halloween Cartoons!

From vampires, Japanese horror, to some of the oldest Halloween cartoon shorts and films to EVER grace the halls of the streaming library, Filmstruck is going vintage hard this Halloween and I’m loving them for it.

This year along with Filmstruck’s October lineup of monster movies, you’ll be transported back in time to the silent era with Halloween cartoons and comedies as early as 1907! And in case you need a reminder of just how creepy that decade was for Halloween, let me refresh that memory of yours…

 October Streaming: Filmstruck Highlights Classic Frights and Early Century Halloween Cartoons!

How’d you like that knocking on your door asking for candy, eh?

Select highlights in Filmstruck October also include director of the week Terence Fisher (The Curse of FrankensteinHorror of Dracula and 1959’s The Mummy), written by Robert Louis Stevenson (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeThe Body Snatcher), and Japanese Horror Classics (KwaidanOnibaba and House).

Filmstruck in October: 

  • Star of the Week Lon Chaney – begins streaming Oct. 12: See 16 of Lon Chaney’s silent spooks including his classics The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame as well as a FilmStruck Extra about his career, makeup, and prosthetics.

  • Director of the Week Terence Fisher – begins streaming Oct. 19: Check out the first full-color gothic horror films from British director Terence Fisher, featuring The Curse of Frankenstein, Horror of Dracula and 1959’s The Mummy.

  • Cartoon Roots: Halloween Haunts – begins streaming Oct. 19: Discover some of the earliest Halloween cartoons and comedies in this collection featuring the oldest films to hit FilmStruck, 1907’s The Pumpkin Race and 1908’s The Haunted Hotel.

  • Japanese Horror Classics – begins streaming Oct. 19: Fans can stream one of the most popular genres of scary movies including Kwaidan, Onibaba, and House.

  • Written by Robert Louis Stevenson – begins streaming Oct. 26: Indulge in three versions of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as well as The Body Snatcher.