Prom Night (1980)
Director: Paul Lynch
Main Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens
Storyline: A masked killer haunts a high school prom
Review (Spoils): Some high school kids have been keeping the hidden secret of the death of a young Robin Hammond and their connection. But someone else also knows their secret and saw the whole thing and is now 6 years later planning revenge on the little ones death.
The storyline is pretty simple someone witnesses the death of the little girl and now wants the kids that were involved to pay….pat at the high school prom. The film has a person in black roams around breaking mirrors, ripping out yearbook pictures, stabbing with glass, a nasty axe, and a catwalk beheading. All in all the film can be slow and some of the killings scream’s 80s.
Rating: Not being a huge fan of Jamie Lee Curtis I was on the fence with this one before it started. The plot seemed pretty basic but descent but it was hard to picture Jamie Lee Curtis as a high school student in this. Plus it is hard to take Leslie Nielsen serious. Some believe this film to be a classic but for me it falls flat from the classic and it’s just a mediocre horror film.
Halloween 8: Resurrection (2002)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Main Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Busta Rhymes, Brad Loree, Bianca Kajlich, Daisy McCrackin, Tyra Banks, Katee Sackhoff
Storyline: Michael Myers still wants Laurie Stroud dead and at the same time a group of teens are involved in a reality show in the old Myers house.
Review (Spoils): A group of pointless teens win a contest to spend the night in the old Myers house to film a reality TV show. Cameras are setup all over the place like Big Brother and nobody gives a shit. At the same time Michael Myers is yet back because the beheading didn’t really happen to him and he chases down Laurie Stroud (Jamie Lee Curtis) yet again and it all ends back a the Myers house….yes the one with the stupid show. Oh and we have some more brainless teens that have no life that smoke dope and drink beer while watching the great reality show. This just gives a small idea of how dumb this series has fallen plus it has Busta Rhymes and Tyra Banks which does not help it at all. They even had the balls to kill off Jaime Lloyd and didn’t even use Danielle Harris…. shame on you! This film is pretty damn painful and I thought the last one was.
Rating: You know you have run out of ideas when…… this shit happens! Really just kill Laurie already and move on. This is worse than the ongoing Child’s Play movies at the beginning or the Scream series. The whole reality TV piece was garbage and nobody cares about any of these characters. This was almost as bad as the Big Brother show itself…. hell maybe they need a Michael Myers.
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Director: Steve Mine
Main Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Adam Arkin, Michelle Williams, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Janet Leigh, LL Cool J, Josh Hartnett
Storyline: Laurie Stroud is back and she must deal with the past of Michael Myers and her son.
Review (Spoils): Laurie Stroud (Jamie Lee Curtis) is back but under a hidden name, she is the Dean of the university. She wants to protect her son John (Josh Hartnett) from her past so she restricts him form everything. He is a rebellious teen so he and his girlfriend and friends break all the rules and Michael Myers tracks them all down. Hell why not as he wants to kill all his bloodline!
We have teenage shit, lame scares, some boring conflict between mother and son, some appearance from Michael Myers, stabbings, a nasty leg crunch and the classic ending with a beheading. Hollywood ate this series and spit out a load of crappy 90s shit.
Rating: I had excitement when this first came out as Jamie Lee Curtis returns to resurrect the series from the awful cowboy cult but instead we got a load of horror garbage. This film is barely bearable unless you can keep looking at Jodi Lyn O’Keefe…… the horror is boring!
Halloween 2 (1981)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Main Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Dick Warlock
Storyline: Right after the first movie the hunt for Michael Myers continues.
Review (Spoils): Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is now in the hospital after the terrifying night of been stalked and attacked by Michael Myers. Myers learns this and attacks the hospital to kill Laurie once and for all. Laurie has flashbacks of visiting a young boy in the mental hospital …wait Michael is her brother that she forgot she had! This might sound cheesy but it works. This film is actually really decent compared to other follow up sequels that the horror genre has spilled out to us. We have lots of chasing and escaping scenes along with some nasty knife jabs, hammers and a boiling water sequence which makes making love in the tube not so great. Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence once again does an awesome job in this series to bad it does not last in the series after this one. We end the film in a blaze of glory thanks to Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence).
Rating: This is where the series was originally to end with the Michael Myers story which would have been fine really as it went a bit weird after this film before it got back on track. I’m glad the explanation of Myers and Samhain was done unfortunately the reason of Myers always coming back is not explained till later. To this point of the series this was another great sequel.
The Fog (1980)
Director: John Carpenter
Main Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Adrienne Barbeau, Hal Holbrook
Storyline: A small fishing town Antonio Bay built over a leper colony is being haunted by ghosts of the sea.
Review (Spoils): Simple plot for this one. We have a small town that is being haunted by their past and the dead rise from the water wanting what is theirs.We have the mother and daughter duo (Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis) working together again in this film for John Carpenter. They did a great job and the action is pretty fast pace. Now this is not award winning when it comes to gore or true scares but the mood of the scenery and the fog itself is what moves the movie. The effects of the ghost zombies is well done even if the film itself can feel like a made for TV film. The only low point of the film is once again we fall on the weakness of faith with a priest (Hal Holbrook) which I find can be over done when it comes to horror films.
Rating: Overall the film is not terrible but it is not amazing either. John Carpenter gave us something good enough to make a remake out of it later on but it does not hold strength like Halloween. Yeah for pirates!
Director: John Carpenter
Main Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J Soles, Tony Moran
Storyline: It’s 1963 on Halloween night and young boy by the name of Michael Myers kills his sister and get committed. Turn to 1978 and he comes back on Halloween to finish what he had started, must kill all his relations.
Review(Spoils): This is one of the first movies that started the slasher craze of the late 70s and early 80s.We have lonely and awkward Laurie Stroud (Jamie Lee Curtis) watching her back and living her life up to babysitting it seems. She has no love life (but she wants one) and her friends are constantly pressuring her to have a life and to top it she is related to the serial killer Michael Myers! (Tony Moran) No wonder the woman is so depressing. Jamie Lee Curtis does do a great job playing this type of character I’m not sure if it was purpose or if it was just because she did not feel comfortable in the part ….. but it works.
Michael Myers is one of the icon characters of horror, best known for his while pale Captain Kirk mask and his overalls and matching kitchen knife. For that alone this movie gets props for making an iconic character that graces many more films to follow in this series. John Carpenter does a great job making the character be this empty hollow entity.
Rating: The final scene with Laurie hiding in the house and Myers stalker her is just classic (closet scene is one of my favourite of the film) and the originality of being one of the first main stream horror slasher this holds higher than the movie itself. I have seen this movie so many times and it reminds me of my childhood when it comes to watching movies. Bring on Halloween! As said by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence ) “You’ve got to believe me, Officer, he is coming to Haddonfield… Because I know him! I’m his doctor! You must be ready for him… If you don’t, it’s your funeral.”