Friday, 31 October 2014

SPECIAL EVENT - Halloween (2013 viewing)

Looking at films and television...

In 2013 a group of friends and I continued our a tradition of celebrating Halloween by watching three films from the top Slasher film franchises (see 2011 & 2012), this time in two separate locations, with the third films from the HalloweenFriday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street series.  None of these have been tested against the Slasher rules yet.

Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

The third Friday film starts before the end of Part 2, with Jason just randomly killing locals and a new group of teens driving to the area.  Yes, the locals are annoying, and too annoying to live as long as they did.  And then most of the film Jason kills a bunch of biker punks the teens had a run-in with.  The randomness of it all it unsatisfying and makes it seem as if the writer just had no idea how to write a full length Jason film and spent a lot of time padding the story out.  Some of the Jason icons missing from the previous 2 films first appear in this one.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

I get the idea of an single film anthology movie series, sure, it's been monumentally unsuccessful, but the idea of a series of unrelated movies with the name Halloween release each Halloween.  There's a certain beauty there.  But when the first film was so successful it's better to go with that.  And when you do 2 sequential films first up, it ruins the point.
Season of the Witch as a standalone film (Halloween is seen on a television) and judged on its own merits... no one would remember it existed if it wasn't called Halloween III.  The plot was pointless, confused and stupid, the acting non-existent, the whole thing was a mess.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

After the second film stumble, the  film heralds the return of Nancy Thompson and leaves Elm Street for a mental hospital full of teens with dreams haunted by Freddy.  Closer to the first film than the second, and although it is still a horror film there's also the feel of almost a fantasy film, with a group of characters with special powers going up against a magical bad guy.  It certainly tries to do the "third film in a trilogy" wrap-up that is popular with some franchises.

Together... With Friday the 13th Part III and Halloween III: Season of the Witch both being the least of the Franchises - so far - it is left to the pretty average A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors to bring up the quality, which is struggles to do.  Both Friday and Elm St try to both wrap up the series (or bring some closure) and tie into the original film or origin in some way creating a sort of symmetry to the trologies.  Halloween, obviously, doesn't.  Friday does have some iconic additions that make it worth watching as a series.
In terms of so-bad-it's-good Elm St and Friday manage to be that bad at time, but Halloween goes beyond past so-bad-it's-good and into so-bad-it's-just-bad-again.

Stick around as this time next year I'll look at the fourth film in each series which we're watching tonight...

~ DUG.
YEAR TWO is here.

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