Tuesday, 1 November 2016

SPECIAL EVENT - Halloween (2016 viewing)

Watching films with friends...

Year 6.  One location again and 4 - 6 viewers.  The sixth films in each series, of course: Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986); Halloween: The Curse of Michael Meyers (1996); Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991).  It was decided after Jason Lives that The Final Nightmare would be the better the Halloween film and was placed to improve the ending.

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

As the title of the film makes clear, Jason is (thankfully back).  Almost a standard Jason film but it does like to get meta now and then - and this is the mid-eighties.  Fun on the level that Jason is, with a touch more because it's so knowing.  No nudity, though, for the first time in this series.

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Meyers (1996)

A bad film, but not bad-bad or so-bad-it's-good.  A far worse bad: dull-bad.  Michael's kills are few and far between, it becomes obsessed with the annoying cult storyline to finally "explain" Michael, the  Strode family are needlessly forced into the story and again the previous film's final girl... well... anyway.  Breast appear again in a Micheal film for the first time since Halloween II (1981), but for this series they're barely there (in a number of ways.)

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

I know, "Final' means nothing in these films, but this one does try to be the final very hard, and actually in a way it actually does until Freddy vs Jason (2003) which sort of just assumes this film didn't happen.  The film is low on the deaths (and no nudity, but that's common in this series) and like "The Curse of Michael Myers" spends a lot of time on the origin story.  This one, however, is far more effective, showing parts of Freddy's life and not dwelling on the silly part (dream demons) like "Curse"'s obsession with cults.


An OK night, but a real lull in the middle.  If you include the fact that Tommy tries to kill Jason by taking him to the spot he first died because he read it in an occult book, they all go into occult origins of the characters to varying degrees of success.  If you're really looking for a theme, I guess.

Next time:

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