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IT'S THE BOOZE TALKIN': Can we get better horror for Halloween, please?

10.26.2010by: Ammon Gilbert

Can We Get Better Horror for Halloween, Please?

One of the best parts about the Halloween time of year is that everybody becomes a horror fan, if even just for a few days. The culture as a whole begins to embrace horror films, every store has a huge sale on horror DVDs, and cable channels feature a non-stop barrage of horror flicks to keep you entertained through the night. Even places you wouldn’t expect get into the Halloween spirit, and because of this, for just one month out of the year, it’s a horror fans wonderland. Except, that is, at the theater. Where every other outlet is rockin’ horror titles, the theater is plagued with just a small handful of horror flicks, and as we get closer the big day, there’s only two you can count on: a new PARANORMAL ACTIVITY or a new SAW. Is this really the best Hollywood can do to get into the Halloween spirit???


No better way to get into the Halloween spirit than this!

Hollywood’s motto over the last century is money talks and bullshit walks, or in the case of horror flicks, money talks… so duplicate a franchise, cash in on what worked, but don’t begin to show it any love or spend too much time or effort on it. SAW did gangbusters during the Halloween season of 2004, and in true Hollywood fashion, we’ve had a new SAW movie every Halloween ever since. “If it’s Halloween, it must be SAW!” is the best f*cking tagline Lionsgate could come up with (really???), and what sucks even more about that is… it’s true. So instead of pushing for new content or giving horror fans another franchise to sink their teeth into around Halloween, each year we’re force-fed another f*cking SAW movie because it dominates the box office and no other franchise has the balls to touch the holiday with a ten-foot pole.


What, another f*cking SAW movie??? Noooooooo!!!!

Until, that is, last year when another little indie flick made a f*ckton of money and dethroned SAW 6 from its Halloween top-spot. So of course here we are a year later with PARANORMAL ACITIVTY 2 just in time for Halloween, hitting a week before SAW 3D slices its way into theaters. Both films will likely make a boatloads of money, thus guaranteeing their spot as the go-to horror flicks for the Halloween 2011 season. Horror flicks that make a ton of money is a good thing, and for that I can’t deny my respect for both franchises, but are these films the best Hollywood can come up with for the greatest horror-filled time of the year? I mean, Jesus, we’re talkin’ about Halloween for f*ck’s sake, we should be getting the crème de la crème of horror films, not a battle of the carbon copied sequels!


A nice change of pace, but did we really need another one?

SAW’s (and now PARANORMAL ACITIVITY’s) grip on the Halloween release date can be seen no further than the last two HALLOWEEN movies, both of which were released in August(!!!). Wouldn’t it have made more sense to release both of those films around Halloween??? Yes, it would have, but since everyone is so damned scared of SAW, we never had the chance to see Michael Myers slice and dice this way through the most haunted night of the year and guess what—at this point, we probably never will. I mean, releasing a HALLOWEEN movie around Halloween… that’s just crazy, righ? Instead, we got f*cking SAW 5…


Nothing says Halloween like... August? Is this a f*cking joke?

Maybe it’s just the booze talkin’, but I can’t wait for a Halloween season that doesn’t have a SAW or a PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movie, but rather a healthy mix of horror films, horror films that may scare or surprise moviegoers and not just a copy of the same ol’ thing that we see every year. Throw in a new Michael Myers movie, give us a scary vampire movie, dish out a haunted house movie or even a werewolf movie if that helps, but give us some variety! Something new! Something different! Hell, even a horror movie set on or about Halloween would be tight! The reason why the SAW franchise has done so well is not because they’re good movies, but because they’re the only f*cking horror movies released on (or around) Halloween. Release something else around the same time, it’ll make a assload of money too. My only hope is that this year will be the final SAW (as promised), and that while PARANORMAL ACITIVITY 2 will no-doubt be successful, it either waits a year or two until its sequel, or it gives another time of year a chance. Though I’m afraid I can already hear it now… “If it’s Halloween, it must be PARANORMAL ACTIVITY” and that, my friends, is reason for just about anybody to start drinking.


Here's a crazy idea: release a Halloween-themed movie on Halloween already!

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2:18PM on 10/30/2010

totally agree

would like to see more themed releases and releasing the halloween movies not at halloween was indeed the biggest joke of all. who actually made that dumbass decision?
would like to see more themed releases and releasing the halloween movies not at halloween was indeed the biggest joke of all. who actually made that dumbass decision?
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11:46PM on 10/26/2010
In defense of last year, they did release Zombieland in October, even if it was the wrong side of October. Didn't they used to make a bunch of family-friendly Halloween fare? Not necessarily saying that's the best thing, but honoring the holiday is worth acknowledging.

I think one of the biggest things is Lionsgate produces about half the big-studio horror movies out there. And it's in their best interest not to endanger their Saw cred (though it sounds like they hopefully are taking a
In defense of last year, they did release Zombieland in October, even if it was the wrong side of October. Didn't they used to make a bunch of family-friendly Halloween fare? Not necessarily saying that's the best thing, but honoring the holiday is worth acknowledging.

I think one of the biggest things is Lionsgate produces about half the big-studio horror movies out there. And it's in their best interest not to endanger their Saw cred (though it sounds like they hopefully are taking a breather after this--fingers crossed).
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9:10PM on 10/26/2010
I've been saying the same exact thing for years.. Hopefully we will get another classic horror film released on Halloween in the near future. Not Saw billion.
I've been saying the same exact thing for years.. Hopefully we will get another classic horror film released on Halloween in the near future. Not Saw billion.
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6:14PM on 10/26/2010

Agreed but...

the problem is that no one has the ability to create anything original or scary anymore. Everything is carbon-copied and total bullshit. The only thing we can hope for is Armageddon because what you are asking for will never happen again.
the problem is that no one has the ability to create anything original or scary anymore. Everything is carbon-copied and total bullshit. The only thing we can hope for is Armageddon because what you are asking for will never happen again.
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4:59PM on 10/26/2010

Trick 'r Treat?

That's pimp
That's pimp
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4:49PM on 10/26/2010
First I think what should be done is a classic switcheroo. On halloween night the saw 3d will be replaced with 3d 2 girls 1 cup in smellovision and replace paranormal activity with human centipede. If that stops people from ever thinking about those movies than it will be a very good thing indeed.
First I think what should be done is a classic switcheroo. On halloween night the saw 3d will be replaced with 3d 2 girls 1 cup in smellovision and replace paranormal activity with human centipede. If that stops people from ever thinking about those movies than it will be a very good thing indeed.
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12:20PM on 10/26/2010

Amen

I dont really want to go see either of these bs movies but i prolly will end up seeing My soul to take just because its something new, though i know its gonna be bad. Im pissed that this is all we get for halloween. I stopped caring about saw after the fourth( for the record i loved 1&2) and PA isnt horror. Its youtube gag scare that goes on for far too long. Hopefully Lords of salem gets a halloween release next year, cuz im tired of feb and april getting all the "horror" movies.
I dont really want to go see either of these bs movies but i prolly will end up seeing My soul to take just because its something new, though i know its gonna be bad. Im pissed that this is all we get for halloween. I stopped caring about saw after the fourth( for the record i loved 1&2) and PA isnt horror. Its youtube gag scare that goes on for far too long. Hopefully Lords of salem gets a halloween release next year, cuz im tired of feb and april getting all the "horror" movies.
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12:18PM on 10/26/2010

Amen!

I just don't understand why every studio is 'scared' of the Saw franchise, if something legitimately 'good' that had a strong halloween theme (say Trick r Treat for example)was released against Saw - I think it would hold its own. Its a matter of the competition stepping up and releasing something worthwhile. Hopefully, this is the last installment and the studios never have to face the big, bad franchise again. RZ's Halloween did amazing in its Summer release, I also think it would've held its
I just don't understand why every studio is 'scared' of the Saw franchise, if something legitimately 'good' that had a strong halloween theme (say Trick r Treat for example)was released against Saw - I think it would hold its own. Its a matter of the competition stepping up and releasing something worthwhile. Hopefully, this is the last installment and the studios never have to face the big, bad franchise again. RZ's Halloween did amazing in its Summer release, I also think it would've held its own against whatever Saw movie was released that year.
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12:07PM on 10/26/2010

Better Horror For Halloween

On the subject of the Myers' flicks, from what I've read, the studio looks at the title as more of a brand name than the holiday itself. Hence the summer release dates for the films from H2O since. Although the reason for H2O's release in mid-August was the fact that October was stuffed full of horror flicks. But I'd think anniversary flick of the original Halloween terror would still make a bigger impact. Although, in October, even this one, I've seen a few genre releases, LET ME IN, MY SOUL
On the subject of the Myers' flicks, from what I've read, the studio looks at the title as more of a brand name than the holiday itself. Hence the summer release dates for the films from H2O since. Although the reason for H2O's release in mid-August was the fact that October was stuffed full of horror flicks. But I'd think anniversary flick of the original Halloween terror would still make a bigger impact. Although, in October, even this one, I've seen a few genre releases, LET ME IN, MY SOUL TO TAKE, & even CASE 39. But unlike PA2 or SAW INFINITY they fell flat on their faces. So I can see the studios taking arather cautious approach to the most wonderful time of the year.
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10:10AM on 10/26/2010
Bring back the basics: Blood, gore, breasts, sense of humor, final girl, vicious killer, etc.
Bring back the basics: Blood, gore, breasts, sense of humor, final girl, vicious killer, etc.
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7:40AM on 10/26/2010
The original Hellraiser is also a good movie for Halloween.
The original Hellraiser is also a good movie for Halloween.
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