Michael Myers Slashes The Asylum in Halloween: The Missing Years, If Only It Would Have Been Made

Halloween ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Put me in the crowd that enjoyed Halloween III: Season of the Witch. It wasn’t on par with the first film, of course. The first one is iconic, the second is sort of typical also-ran horror sequel fare, but the third movie took a totally different and potentially fresh direction. I thought what those masks did were horrific — and loved it!

(even if the tech made like zero sense, it was freaky to see snakes and other creepy crawlies emerge from a “fun” mask)

John Carpenter thought we were done with Michael Myers, The Shape and wanted to give us a new Halloween movie every year without the knife-slashing psycho. Alas, Halloween III was panned for not having Michael in it. Seems ironic, but Halloween III historically has earned a warmer cult following.

There was a story for a Halloween movie that dealt with where Michael Myers was at during Halloween III and it sounded promising.

“The concept was this: If Halloween is ‘The Night He Came Home’, I started to think – ‘Wait a minute. Yeah, okay, that’s the night he came home. But his real home was the asylum. That’s where he really grew up.’ So the concept of The Missing Years was to begin the film by exploring a bit of his childhood in the asylum, and kind of fill in some of the pieces we didn’t know about him. Like, ‘Why specifically that mask?’, and just kind of fill in some of the fun lore that came specifically from that institution. So then the concept would be – cut to the present (back then, of course) when Season of the Witch is unfolding. I never did address it specifically, that film, but I filled in that there was a missing year that he didn’t come home, so where did he go? He went to Smith’s Grove. He went to his real home. He was returning back to what was essentially the place he grew up during his formative years. It was basically going to be him wreaking havoc on this asylum.

‘Halloween: The Missing Years’ Would’ve Explored Where Michael Was During ‘Halloween III’ [Phantom Limbs] – Bloody Disgusting

This was to be Halloween 9, would you have dug this? I mean assuming it was done better than an average ninth horror movie sequel? I’m thinking horrifically bad sequels like Jason In Space (ok, maybe for comedic value).

Horror sequels have a long history of being mostly embarrassingly bad. For me, horror sequels that try to take the story a fresh direction are worth more serious consideration. Maybe it’s too late for the idea above, but you never know in this era of streaming. Maybe somebody finances and makes this film someday. Maybe I’m just one horror movie fan, but I’d be interested. You?

Awesome that John Carpenter is still making new music in 2020

Halloween (1978) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Despite a lack of interest in making new music from many artists, primarily because the money these days is in touring not selling new albums, I’m always excited to hear when artists do create new music.

Including those who have done famous movie music.

Although John Carpenter will be mostly remembered as the horror director for Halloween (1978) and The Thing and other cinematic cult gems like Escape From New York, his musical work should also be highlighted. Recently, I shared a post on a Carpenter-like theme inspired mashup (see: Halloween meets Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train cover)

Carpenter is still writing and composing music. Two new tracks, “Skeleton” and “Unclean Spirit” are not part of any movie, just Carpenter and his son Cody freewheel burning.

John Carpenter is releasing a new album in the fall and has dropped two new tracks today. The horror icon has a 12-inch vinyl single containing the two tracks as well. Many variants of it are being released, and are available for preorder right now. These are a collaboration with his Halloween 2018 co-composers, his son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies, who seem to have reignited Carpenter’s passion for music these last couple years. He is pumping out great stuff,

John Carpenter Releases Two New Tracks, Hear Them Now
New John Carpenter song called “Skeleton”
John Carpenter’s “Unclean Spiit”

What do you think? Eerie? I dig Carpenter’s style.

Halloween meets Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train cover

Halloween (1978) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The rebooted / new sequel trilogy by Blumhouse and featuring Jamie Lee Curtis started last year with Halloween (2019) and continues this year with Halloween Kills (October 16, 2020) and next year with Halloween Ends (October 15, 2021).

Hated what was done to “Crazy Train” in the movie Trolls World Tour, but totally digging most of this cover (singing, not so much, sorry Chelsea Wolfe fans):

Joining forces as part of Two Minutes to Late Night‘s ‘Bedroom Covers’ series, the track sees the group performing from quarantine as they transform the huge anthem into a haunting slice of goth-metal in keeping with Wolfe’s own output.

Chelsea Wolfe, Dillinger Escape Plan and more cover Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train in isolation

What do you think?

Bonus: check out Tommy Lee Wallace showing how he took a William Shatner mask and turned it into The Shape from Halloween back in the 70s.

It’s a transformation from normal to scary … in a hurry. Especially when that white paint gets sprayed on and the mask is held up in the light.

Who says you need $100 million budget for effects? This was done on the extreme cheap and is frightening.

Halloween Kills has “satisfying” ending and “pretty good” Says Blum

Jason Blum is talking up Halloween Kills, the second in the planned trilogy of new Halloween movies. The danger of any second act in a trilogy is having the ending feel like it’s incomplete or a cliffhanger that makes moviegoers feel like the movie is incomplete.

Blum is convinced that’s not the case, saying he saw it and it has a satisfying ending. He then adds a mini review of the overall movie (emphasis mine):

“After we saw the first movie we started talking about making it a trilogy,” Blum said. “We started talking to David about ‘What if we continue this?’ And it was his idea of like, ‘I know what I would do. I would do two and three. I know what the stories are.’ And we started talking about it even before the movie came out. And then we were lucky enough to get to do it. So we finished the second one and we’re about to start the third one. I just saw the second one. It’s pretty good.”

Halloween Kills Won’t Have Lord of the Rings Problem Says Blum

Kind of chuckled at his mini self-review. Were we expecting him to say, “It kills!” or “It’s freaking phenomenal!”? Um, yeah. “It’s pretty good” is like it’s a B-. It’s better than average.

Halloween Kills coming in October 2020, Halloween Ends in October 2021

Are you looking forward to part 2 and 3 of the new Halloween trilogy?

2019 Shudder 31 Days of Halloween Viewing Guide Reviewed and Ranked

Shudder’s 31 Days of Halloween Horror Viewing Guide

Finished watching, rating and reviewing the last of Shudder’s 31 Days of Halloween Horror View Guide. Here are links to all reviews and ranked listing of all the movies including the three that were part of the Joe Bob Briggs Halloween Hootenanny event on October 25, 2019 (three Halloween movies, the original John Carpenter masterpiece plus Halloween 4 and Halloween 5). The list below intentionally excludes the Shudder Creepshow TV series, which I’ve reviewed and rated all of those in a separate TV REVIEW post (Season 1 posted here).

NOTE: Bolded titles were first watches in October 2019, click title to read the review

  1. Halloween (1978)⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Phantasm ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. Dead & Buried ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. The Devil’s Rejects ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. The Wax Mask⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  7. The Changeling ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Haunt ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. Magic ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. The Furies ⭐️⭐️⭐
  11. T️he Nightshifter⭐️⭐️⭐
  12. City of the Living Dead ⭐️⭐️⭐
  13. Nightmare Cinema ⭐️⭐️⭐
  14. Hands Of The Ripper ⭐️⭐️⭐
  15. The Taking of Deborah Logan ⭐️⭐️⭐
  16. Noroi: The Curse ⭐️⭐️⭐
  17. (Joe Bob Special) Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers ⭐️⭐️½
  18. Terrified ⭐️⭐️½
  19. Demons ⭐️⭐️½
  20. Hell House LLC ⭐️⭐️½
  21. Belzebuth ⭐️⭐️½
  22. Creepshow 2 ⭐️⭐️
  23. The Witch in the Window ⭐️⭐
  24. Gwen ⭐️⭐
  25. Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl⭐️½ ️
  26. Yiy ⭐️
  27. (Joe Bob Special) Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers ½ ️

John Carpenter’s eerie music just stole the show for pure horror value and earns the #1 slot. I think that’s a staple for both new and veteran horror fans alike to watch in/around Halloween every year.

Interestingly, at the opposite end — way deep at the bottom of the list — is the literally unwatchable (and the only reason I suffered through watching it again was because it was part of Joe Bob’s Shudder special) Halloween 5. Yikes, that is one of the trashiest horror sequels in an iconic franchise ever made with its only saving grace being Donald Pleasence

8 Horror Amazon Prime Add-On Channels including Shudder, Streambox, FullMoon and MONSTERS and NIGHTMARES

Some of these channels like Shudder are better NOT to sign up through Amazon Prime

I like to use the free trial option on Amazon Prime to check out add-on premium channels. Usually will cancel before the trial ends after watching what I wanted to see, and the big premium ones I will rotate around every few months, sign up for a month, then cancel. Since we’re in the midst of our October 2019 challenge where the goal is to watch/rewatch 66+ movies, exploring the genre specific horror channel add-ons is worthwhile.

Shudder

Shudder by AMC seems to be the most active channels. They even have some original produced content, an active Reddit channel created and maintained by fans and a good-looking website: shudder.com with mobile app and even offers a completely free horror TV channel. (that was streaming Night of the Living Dead (1968) as of this writing).

If you like horror a lot, then a Shutter.com subscription with Roku looks promising

After my Amazon Prime trial, I’ll probably try another 7-day free trial through the website (assuming both trials are allowed), so I can check out the app. It’s like $6/month (less if you commit to annual plan but not sure about that yet), so I might just stick around for another month or two as well. This one is most appealing to me of the 8 featured.

Shudder has a 31 days of Halloween viewing guide event this month where you can watch a different movie or their new version of Creepshow (that, in itself, is cool). Another fun thing to participate in.

HorrorTV

I am more movie-focused than TV and the preview only showed 8 total movies, couldn’t find an associated website. Pass.

Screambox

Like Shudder, this one also offers a direct website option.

There are 10 movies only showing in the Amazon Prime add-in subscription preview but a bunch more available through the screambox.com website. Another one that is merely a taste of the content on Amazon Prime, but subscribing directly looks much better.

FullMoon

Described as “Horror, fantasy, Sci-Fi, comedy, cult, and decades of bizarre genre films.” Like Shudder and Screambox, this also has a direct website sign-up option and mobile app available via fullmoonfeatures.com and also is on my list of checking out a trial at some point in the future.

The Prime Video preview shows this channel has a longer list of movies separated by various categories like “The Vault: Rare videos and vintage videozones” where I noted more softcore-porn type horror titles, for those that enjoy that type of horror.

XLTV

Another decent cross-selection of movies, but looking fewer in number of titles than Shudder, Screambox, Fullmoon, and also has a website: xltvnetwork.com

XLTV another in the $5/month direct website category

Yes, will probably check this out too.

XLTV, MONSTERS and NIGHTMARES, J-EDGE and FEAR FACTORY on Amazon Prime Video

MONSTERS and NIGHTMARES

Great name for an less expensive channel ($3/month) that’s part of Magnolia, maybe my favorite of the bunch next to perhaps Shudder and a selection of more recent (in the last 10 years) horror films. Not sure what this says about overall quality because every era of horror films have been plagued by terrible movies and budget is something easy to blame, but a terrible indicator of quality. Huge budget horror films have sucked, low budget horror films have been awesome, so money spent isn’t a reliable indicator of quality.

Earlier today I signed up for this one through Amazon for a 7-day free trial upon seeing one fondly remembered movie, Rubber⭐️⭐️⭐️½ which is a quirky, creative movie, Severance ⭐️⭐️⭐️ , and saw a few others not seen yet that I’ll be seeing soon: Shrooms, 23:59, Sick Nurses, Quid Pro Quo, Special and more.

J-EDGE

Japanese horror films with English subtitles. I’ve enjoyed some foreign films, because some tend to approach horror differently than American filmmakers. Might check this one out.

Fear Factory

A familiar TV show from the travel channel. Like J-EDGE, do not see an option to sign up to a direct website, only through Amazon. A few movies of interest here, but toward bottom of list of interest.

So, to recap the eight, for direct website memberships AMC’s Shudder looks most appealing and possibly the best overall selection along with plenty of fan options to binge and discuss horror movies. Screambox and FullMoon might be worth trying as well. MONSTERS and NIGHTMARES had my immediate interest for signing up through first for the trial, but probably won’t hold my interest beyond the trial. Some good overall options.

Anybody reading familiar with any of these channels and have additional recommendations?