In 1978, John Carpenter wrote and directed a movie about a mysterious, hulking loner who comes to town and slays innocent victims. Ten years later, he made another movie about a mysterious, hulking loner who comes to town, only this guy waited to kick ass until he was all out of bubblegum.
There are other obvious differences between Halloween and They Live, two of the most beloved films by one of the all-time great genre auteurs. But here’s the one that matters most: Halloween became a popular horror franchise that now includes 11 films released over the course of 40 years, including the forthcoming reboot due October 19.
They Live, meanwhile, sort of became reality.
Drones in the sky, conspiracies in our heads, militarized police in the streets, economic inequality in every corner of society, media that seeks to control our minds: The terror of They Live is more tangible and primal in 2018 than a slasher movie could ever be. Is that an overly grandiose way of describing a cheesy, semi-self-aware ’80s action flick? Am I projecting outsize cultural importance onto a cult classic starring a professional wrestler who utters awesome one-liners like, “Brother, life’s a bitch … and she’s back in heat”? Have I been wearing these magical sunglasses for too long?
Not if you ask Carpenter. From the beginning, he saw They Live—which turns 30 next month—as a fun action-adventure movie about a magnificently mulleted construction worker who saves the world and as trenchant social commentary. Over time, his take on the film has settled more on the latter.
“You have to understand something,” he told Yahoo in 2015, “it’s a documentary. It’s not science fiction.”
Read More – John Carpenter’s ‘They Live’ Was Supposed to Be a Warning. We Didn’t Heed It. We Didn’t Even Understand It. – The Ringer
Jamie Lee Curtis is a big supporter of gun control. Because of that, Fox News thought it would be a great idea to tweet about how she uses a gun in a fictional movie against her fictional brother Michael Myers. Just to clarify, this is all fictional. She’s an actor. Fox News, the Halloween movies aren’t real.
Read More – Fox News Is Shaming Jamie Lee Curtis for Nonexistent Gun Control Hypocrisy – The Mary Sue
For a genre that features so many female leads, it’s unfortunate how much sexism permeates horror movies. But among all the torture porn and the female characters punished for their sexuality, there are a lot of horror movies that don’t objectify or otherwise diminish their female characters. Horror is capable of being downright feminist. Here are six stellar feminist horror movies.
Read More – 6 Feminist Horror Movies to Watch This Halloween Season – The Mary Sue
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas!! Halloween!!! Yes, the leaves are crinkling beneath your feet, the wind has a chill, and there’s a hint of bonfire smoke in the air. You’re sweating because you live in LA and want to wear a scarf. It’s magical, isn’t it? Well, if there’s one thing that’s most wonderful about this spooky season, it’s popping some corn and sitting down to watch a scary movie. So we’ve compiled a list of some of the best horror icons for you to curl up and pay homage to this Nerdoween.
Read More – 10 Halloween Horror Icons Who Changed The Game – Nerdist
There are few places we’d rather celebrate the creepiest, most wonderful time of the year than at our favorite school for witches and wizards, and this October we’ll really be able to get into the spooky spirit with Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. The mobile game will honor our favorite haunted holiday with special content dedicated to the Dark Arts and Halloween.
Jam City and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Portkey Games announced players will get to battle the darker side of the magical world as part of a month long celebration. Students will “delve into an unfolding investigation of their brother’s disappearance, leading them to the mysteries of the Cursed Vaults.” Year Three students will also have to face boggarts, while Year Fours explore the Forbidden Forest, all while “the Dark Arts are present amidst the safety of classes and celebrations at the venerable school.”
Read More – HARRY POTTER: HOGWARTS MYSTERY Celebrating Halloween with Dark Arts Quests – Nerdist
My dearest is an avid coffee drinker. I, on the other hand, am the one who has an abundance of tea wherever one looks in my kitchen – the shelves, the cabinets or nestled amongst my herbs in apothecary jars. And while I live for my tea and leaves, he prefers the smell and taste and aromatics of the divine coffee bean. Normally, I would watch my beloved make coffee, add a plant-based creamer, kiss me softly on my cheek and carry on with his day. Well, after making this for him this mourning…..it is clear to say that he will never make coffee his way again.
Notes of cardamom woven within, along with the saltiness of the salt and sweetness of the agave that resemble caramel notes amongst the black elixir. Strong….potent…and oh, so pleasing….to the eyes and palette.
Read More – Black SxS Cardamom Espresso Latte over Ice w/ Cashew Mylk – Goth in the Raw