Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
This movie jumped on the bandwagon of teen horror films post Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. I mean, sure, it’s a franchise that had started in the 70’s, but this time around it really seemed it was geared toward a younger crowd. And it did ride the heels of the others.
I am not a big fan of the Halloween movie(s). Not because I found it super scary, although, don’t get me wrong, Michael Myers is definitely a creep, but moreso I found it boring and annoying. And because I’m not a Jamie Lee Curtis fan.
All that being said, I have always like H20. And perhaps it is because it is in the same keepings of the Scream and IKWYDLS films. So, I was happy to rewatch it this year after not having seen it in a long time. And, of course, the fact that there’s a new Halloween movie geared for release next year (40 years!) did give me some incentive to see this one again.
As always, I’m counting down to Halloween with some horror/scary movies. Time is tight these days, so I haven’t been watching much TV, but I’ve managed, so far, to get in a few movies here and there.
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959)
Back in the day, I’m sure this movie was a masterpiece, and ahead of its time. In fact, when reading the trivia on IMDB, it says that when this movie was originally in theaters, gimmicks were added such as a lighted plastic skeleton on a wire appeared from a black box next to the screen to swoop over the heads of the audience. Imagine that back in ’59.
This movie had a good creep factor, thanks mostly to Vincent Price, but at first I thought it was very cheesy. Then at one point, I got the wits scared out of me. And then maybe again. It wasn’t a total horror movie (fine by me), but, again, I’m sure back in the 50’s/60’s it was completely spooky.
What really ruined it for me though was the character of Nora. Ugh! She was a constant whiner and screamer and I thoroughly wanted to punch her in the throat to shut her up. I’d hoped that at some point she’d bite it….but I’ll not spoil that for you.
All in all, this movie was a good one to watch to kick off Halloween season.
One night in the summer of ’93, while my dad was away on business and my brother was out doing his thing, my mom and I decided to go see a movie. We saw Hocus Pocus.
I was in high school and the thought of going to see a movie with my mom didn’t exactly top my list of cool things to do on summer vacation, but it was a treat.
It was July and it was a warm evening, as most evenings in July are. I wore a cute little summer dress and a sweater and felt like a grown up that night, which is so strange because I don’t feel like a grown up most of the time now. But that night was filled with simplicity and I remember it quite vividly. For some reason, it was pure loveliness.
The movie, however, is another story. It is neither lovely nor simple but it remains one of my favorite Halloween movies (even with its summer release).
And in the spirit of Halloween, I thought I might dwell on it for a moment and recommend it. It’s a funny movie with some scares and a long list of celebrities: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Garry & Penny Marshall (who, BTW, play hubs and wifey – and they’re siblings….kooky!).
It’s funny and there are little nods to this and that that make it even funnier. Of course there are some goofs and some things that don’t make sense or quite add up, but it’s Hollywood….there are many things in Hollywood that don’t add up:
Hocus Pocus is a fun movieand fine for the entire family to watch. It’s nothing spectacular…it’s not going to win any awards but it’s fun. And that’s what a Halloween movie should be.
Plus, it’s got cute little Omri Katz in it. He’s adorable.
Oddly enough, as I was thinking about this movie earlier in the week and planning to write about it once I found the time, I came across this: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2012/25-little-known-facts-about-hocus-pocus/
To be perfectly honest, I don’t like realllly scary movies. I like movies like Scream and The Craft and What Lies Beneath (tho I sometimes still close my eyes so I don’t see her face). I like a
little itty bitty scare. Movies like The Exorcist (made me cry), The Ring, The Woman in Black (loved but hated….nearly wet my pants AND had to turn the lights on when Blair left for work in the morning). So Hocus Pocus suits me fine. I’m a bit of a baby*.
*Just to point out how much a scaredy cat I am: Last night’s Halloween special of Grimm (have I said how much I love this show???) was creeping me out. I turned it off and will watch the rest in daylight or with Blair.