Halloween has been talked to death almost as much as the Doyle’s neighbor had been trick or treated to death in Halloween II. Well it hasn’t all been discussed and certainly not by this podcast… until NOW. In a fascinating discussion of the film that got more teens killed in the 80’s than crack cocaine, Jeff Konopka sits down with Ben Scrivens, Fright Rags commander in chief. Not only does Mr. Scrivens run the best damn upper body apparel creator in the horror community, but he also holds the title of wizard master of all things Halloween. You don’t know what death is until episode 3 in the John Carpenter Retro series.
From movie trailer to movie score to the finer points of cutting and re cutting a film for TV with series pertinent info added and removed, these are some of the finer talking points of this edition of the John Carpenter Retrospective.-Donald Pleasance was paid a handsome percentage of the film’s overall budget to be in the film for about 18 minutes to the tune of $40,000. Work out the hourly rate and go ask your boss for a raise. -Supposedly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles unseated Halloween as the high grossest independently produced and distributed film. New Line Cinema… still indy at that point? -The TV adaptation has more back story. The theatrical version has more boobs. Only you can decide! -Jeff and Ben discuss the score. Somebody needs to get a Casio keyboard and a couple o’ brewskys in the studio. It’d be the closet thing to the intro to All in the Family we’ve seen in years. -Blu Ray… not so blue? Cutting out the filters in the night sequence may have been a step backward.
It’s important for all horror fans to have their white whale. The supposed two cuts in the opening scene of Halloween might just be Ben’s. In all seriousness, the guys agree that the film transcends some of its technical and continuity flaws because its relevant to the audience. Everyone can related to this film i.e. it’s not just for baby sitters anymore. You know what my favorite thing is about Halloween? Tommy and Lindsey watching the Halloween movie marathon and catching the cameo of The Thing From Another World. Now that is true foreshadowing.
At the Liberal Dead we encourage you not to fall for the classic blunders… Never fight a land war in Asia. Never go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line and never battle Ben Scrivens in a game of John Carpenter’s Halloween trivia.
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