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Scars of Dracula released November 8, 1970

Scars of Dracula 1970

Scars of Dracula is a 1970 British horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker for Hammer Studios.

It stars Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, alongside Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley, Patrick Troughton, and Michael Gwynn. Although disparaged by some critics, the film does restore a few elements of Bram Stoker’s original character: The Count is introduced as an “icily charming host”; he has command over nature; and he is seen scaling the walls of his castle. It also gives Lee more to do and say than any other Hammer Dracula film except its first, 1958’s Horror of Dracula.


  • Jenny Hanley was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl.
  • Dennis Waterman was Hammer’s choice; Roy Ward Baker has said in interviews he thought Waterman was badly miscast.
  • The last feature of Toke Townley
  • Last Hammer horror of Michael Ripper.
  • Scars of Dracula is the first Dracula film to attempt to capture the scene in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel where the Count actually crawls out and climbs along a wall in a bat-like manner, the only difference being that in the Stoker novel, Dracula climbs down, while in Scars of Dracula he climbs up.
  • This is the second Hammer Dracula film to feature a servant to the count named “Klove” (the first was Dracula: Prince of Darkness, though the role was played by a different actor in each film.

  Christopher Lee … Dracula
  Dennis Waterman … Simon Carlson
  Jenny Hanley … Sarah Framsen
  Christopher Matthews … Paul Carlson
  Patrick Troughton … Klove
  Michael Gwynn … The Priest
  Michael Ripper … Landlord
  Wendy Hamilton … Julie
  Anouska Hempel … Tania
  Delia Lindsay … Alice, burgomaster’s daughter

Jenny Hanley

Jenny Hanley


Make Up Department
  Heather Nurse … assistant makeup artist
  Wally Schneiderman … makeup supervisor
  Pearl Tipaldi … hairdresser

   Roger Dicken … special effects


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They Live released November 4, 1988


They Live is a 1988 film directed by John Carpenter, who also wrote the screenplay under the pseudonym “Frank Armitage.” The movie is based on Ray Nelson’s 1963 short story “Eight O’Clock in the Morning.”

Part science fiction thriller and part dark comedy, the film echoed contemporary fears of a declining economy, within a culture of greed and conspicuous consumption common among Americans in the 1980s. In They Live, the ruling class within the monied elite are in fact aliens managing human social affairs through the use of a signal on top of the tv broadcast that is concealing their appearance and subliminal messages in Mass media.



  • The line “I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubble gum” was ad-libbed by Roddy Piper. According to director John Carpenter, Piper had taken the line from a list of ideas he had for his pro wrestling interviews.
  • The credited writer, “Frank Armitage,” is a pseudonym for the director, John Carpenter. “Frank Armitage” is a reference to a character in Lovecraft’s “The Dunwich Horror.” Carpenter stated in an interview that he agreed with many of Lovecraft’s world views, which helped shape the film’s direction.
  • The fight between Nada (Roddy Piper) and Frank (Keith David) was only supposed to last 20 seconds, but Piper and David decided to fight it out for real, only faking the hits to the face and groin. They rehearsed the fight for three weeks. Carpenter was so impressed he kept the 5 minute and 20 second scene intact.
  • The communicators that the guards use are the P.K.E. meters from Ghost Busters (1984).
  • There is a thinly veiled jab at “Siskel & Ebert & the Movies” (1986), with both Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert as aliens. “Siskel” is denouncing George A. Romero and John Carpenter as too violent. (In fact, Siskel had written a scathing review of Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968).)
  • The only character given a first and last name is Holly Thompson (Meg Foster).
  • John Carpenter wanted a truly rugged individual to play Nada. He cast wrestler Roddy Piper in the lead role after seeing him in WrestleMania III (1987) (V). Carpenter remembered Keith David’s performance in The Thing (1982) and wrote the role of Frank specifically for the actor.
  • Roddy Piper’s character never gives his name nor is he referred to by name throughout the entire movie. He is simply referred to as “Nada” in the credits, which means “nothing” in Spanish. The name is most likely a reference to George Nada, the main character of Ray Nelson’s short story “Eight O’Clock in the Morning,” which was the basis for ‘They Live’.
  • Graffiti artist Shepard Fairey got his “obey” name from this film.
  • SQ1’s video for “Can You Feel” references the scene of revelation in “They Live”.
  • The Cripple fight in episode 67 of South Park that aired on June 27, 2001. was taken blow by blow from the fight between Frank and Nada in the alley. If you watch it its a match scene for scene of the alley fight


Tom Savini Birthday November 3


Tom Savini

Tom Savini


Thomas Vincent Savini (born November 3, 1946 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) is an American actor, stunt man, director, award-winning special effects and makeup artist. He is known for his work on the Living Dead films directed by George A. Romero, as well as Creepshow, The Burning, The Prowler, and Maniac. He directed the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead. Though officially retired from special effects, he has continued to direct, produce and star in several movies. Savini has been known to refer movie make-up effects projects to graduates of his school. He is frequently cast in B-movies, appearing in films such as From Dusk Till Dawn and Grindhouse.


Has his own effects company Tom Savini Ltd.

Is good friends with horror director George A. Romero. The two have worked together on many films.

Turned down Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) to work on The Burning (1981).

Has appeared in both the original and the remake of Dawn of the Dead (1978).

Only man in Hollywood who can claim all four titles of stuntman, make-up artist, actor, and director. Only one man has come close: makeup artist, actor, stuntman Lon Chaney – Tom’s influence and childhood idol.

Is a close friend of stuntman Taso N. Stavrakis.

For his stunt work, his reference is action legend Jackie Chan.

Turned down the chance to direct Pet Sematary (1989).

Has a haunted house, Terrormania, also located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The students from the classes he has perform and work in the haunted house.

Has a make-up/special effects school in Monesson, Pennsylvania (Douglas School of Business).

Was supposed to play the part of the second biker in Oliver Stone’s U Turn (1997), after Stone saw him in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). But due to scheduling conflict, Stone cast his producer Richard Rutowski in that part instead.

His role in Sea of Dust (2008) (Prester John) was written by Scott Bunt with Savini in mind.

Vietnam veteran.

Is the only actor to star in three ‘Dead’ films; he first played the role of ‘Blades’, an outlaw biker in Dawn of the Dead (1978) and then in the 2004 remake of Dawn as a County Sheriff. He then reprised his ‘Blades’ role in Land of the Dead (2005), this time as an undead.

Is a skilled fencer.

Was originally supposed to be a special effects make-up artist on Night of the Living Dead (1968), but was drafted to Vietnam just before filming began.

Provided his voice to the horror game “City of the Dead” – a spin-off to George A. Romero’s Dead films, but the game’s distributer Hip Interactive went bankrupt, and the game was never released (2006).

Has a son named Lon and a daughter named Chaney in tribute to his hero Lon Chaney.Huge fan of Professional Wrestling.


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Frankenstein Unbound Monster (1990)

Frankenstein Unbound Monster (1990)


Frankenstein Unbound is a 1990 horror movie based on Brian Aldiss’ novel of the same name. This film was directed by Roger Corman, returning to the director’s chair after a hiatus of almost twenty years.


  • The title is a reference to both the full title of Mary Shelley’s original novel (“Frankenstein – or, The Modern Prometheus”) and to Percy Bysshe Shelley’s lyrical drama “Prometheus Unbound”.
  • This is Roger Corman’s first directing assignment since 1971 when he directed Von Richthofen and Brown (1971).
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      John Hurt … Dr. Joe Buchanan/Narrator
      Raul Julia … Dr. Victor Frankenstein
      Nick Brimble … The Monster
      Bridget Fonda … Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
      Catherine Rabett … Elizabeth Levenza, Victor’s Fiancee
      Jason Patric … Lord George Gordon Byron
      Michael Hutchence … Percy Byshee Shelley
      Catherine Corman … Justine Moritz, Woman tried & condemmed as a witch


    Make Up Department
      Guiliana DeCarli … makeup artist
      Nick Dudman … special makeup effects
      Romana Piolanti … hair stylist
      Suzanne Reynolds … prosthetic makeup

     Special Effects Department
      Renato Agostini … set special effects

    Visual Effects Department
      Syd Dutton … visual effects
      Bruno George … optical effects
      Bret Mixon … rotoscoping
      Mark Sawicki … matte photography
      Robert Stromberg … matte artist
      Bill Taylor … visual effects
      David S. Williams Jr. … optical effects


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    Catherine Rabett

    Catherine Rabett


    The People Under the Stairs is a 1991 horror film directed by Wes Craven and starring Brandon Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, A. J. Langer, Ving Rhames and Sean Whalen.



    • Wes Craven was inspired to write this film after seeing a real-life news story about parents who locked their children up inside their house, never allowing them outside.
    • Wes Craven chose Wendy Robie and Everett McGill to play the parts of Mommy and Daddy after seeing them play husband and wife on the TV series, “Twin Peaks” (1990).
    • Through out the entire movie you hear the Man and Woman call each other “Mommy” and “Daddy”. You never hear their real names. But when Alice attacks the woman, you hear her yell for the Man and she calls him Eldon.
    • Although Alice was a 12 year old girl, actress A.J. Langer was almost 17 when she played the character in this movie.
    A. J. Langer

    A. J. Langer


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    Phantom of the Paradise is a 1974 musical film written and directed by Brian De Palma. The story is a loosely adapted mixture of The Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Faust and also briefly references Frankenstein and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. Initially, it had box office failure and was panned by some critics, but it was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe and has since acquired a cult following.

    Tagline:  The music made him do it!



    • The character Philbin, who is the chief henchman of the villain Swan, borrows his last name from Mary Philbin, star of The Phantom of the Opera (1925).
    • The “Death Records” secretary’s card index includes files on Alice Cooper, David Geffen, Bette Midler, Peter Fonda, Dick Clark and Kris Kristofferson.
    • On Phoenix’s mirror after the concert in which she becomes a star is a magazine ad with the headline “I’m a Harper’s Freak”. Phoenix was played by ‘Jessica Harper (I)’.
    • At the airport when Beef is introduced, the “Death Records” logo on the lectern was superimposed over the original logo for “Swan Song” records to avoid conflict with Led Zeppelin’s record label, which had sued. Although the film’s producers were certain they would win due to the fact that the phrase was common long before, they decided to make the change in order to get the film finished quickly rather than go through a prolonged court fight.
    • The Death Records logo is optically printed over the originally planned “Swan Song” label at several points in the film
    • Cameo: [Rod Serling] introductory voiceover.
    • Phantom was a box office flop the year it came out. The only place in North America where the film had lasting power was in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where it stayed on the screens for months.
    • Sissy Spacek is credited as “set dresser” for this film. As she was already an established actor when this film was made, one can assume that she took the job to assist her boyfriend, Jack Fisk, who was the film’s production designer.
    • William Finley came up with the bird motif of the Phantom costume, a collaboration with costume designer Rosanna Norton.
    • According to William Finley, the record press in which his Winslow character was disfigured was a real pressing plant (it was an injection-molding press at an Ideal Toy Co. plant). He was worried about whether the machine would be safe, and the crew assured that it was. The press was fitted with foam pads (which resemble the casting molds in the press), and there were chocks put in the center to stop it from closing completely. Unfortunately, the machine was powerful enough to crush the chocks that it gradually kept closing. It was Finley’s speed and timing that saved him from truly being hurt, as he got his head out just in time. Incidentally, his scream in the scene was real.
    • Gerrit Graham has talked about the infamous “musical chairs” casting, where William Finley almost wound up with no part to play. The studio considered casting Paul Williams as Winslow, Graham as Swan and Peter Boyle as Beef. Williams turned down the role of Winslow not only because he didn’t feel physically fit or menacing for the role, but he didn’t want to use the role of Winslow as a message against the recording industry. Somehow, Boyle was unavailable, Graham took the Beef role, and Finley ultimately took the Winslow role. In fact, director Brian De Palma actually wrote the part with his colleague Finley in mind. William Finley said in a recent interview that Jon Voight was at one time considered for the role of Swan.
    • The character of Winslow Leach (the Phantom) was named after director Brian De Palma’s mentor, Wilford Leach.
    • The single-edit, “time bomb in the car trunk” sequence is an homage to Orson Welles’ famous opening for Touch of Evil (1958).
    • Gerrit Graham’s singing voice was dubbed by Ray Kennedy.
    • When Swan (Paul Williams) is adjusting Winslow’s voice, the singer is not William Finley but Paul Williams. This makes it a little in-joke when Swan announces that the voice is “perfect”.
    • The “electronic room” in which Winslow composes his cantata (and where Swan restores his voice) is in fact the real-life recording studio, The Record Plant. Also, the walls covered with knobs are in reality a huge, custom-built Moog electronic synthesizer. Dubbed TONTO, this instrument was featured on several albums by the pioneering electronica duo T.O.N.T.O.’s Expanding Head Band, and it still exists to this day.
    • During Beef’s introductory scene at the airport, on of the gathered reporters is named “Mr Pizer”. This is probably a reference to the film’s director of photography, Larry Pizer.
    • In addition to Leroux’s “Phantom of the Opera” and Goethe’s (et al) “Faust”, the film also references Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, and Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” for a total of at least five citations of classical horror stories.
    • Gerrit Graham was so sick the day that the “Life at Last” scene was filmed that he could hardly walk.
    • Director Brian De Palma originally considered the popular group Sha-Na-Na for the roles of the Juicy Fruits, but the group was not only very big at the time, but he found them too difficult to work with.
    • Jessica Harper beat out Linda Ronstadt for the part of Phoenix.
    • Much of the movie deals with birds: The names Phoenix and Swan, the Phantom’s bird-like costume, Phoenix’s dress after her first appearance, her feather jacket, Swan’s bird vest, Beef’s bird tail during his number. Even the logo for Death Records is a bird.
    • According to Danny Peary in the book Cult Movies 2, originally this film would have had the title “The Phantom” but King Features Syndicate, producers of the Phantom comic strip, demanded that this film have a longer title.
    • This film homages the 1943 remake of the Phantom of the Opera, not the original novel; the 1943 film had the Phantom as a man disfigured by acid (similar to the 1939 origin of the Tonny Quinn, the Black Bat and the 1942 origin of Two-Face). In Leroux’s novel, the Phantom lived with his deformity from birth.

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    Peter Jackson Birthday October 31


    Peter Robert Jackson, CNZM (born 31 October 1961) is a New Zealand filmmaker, producer and screenwriter, best known for The Lord of the Rings trilogy adapted from the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien. He is also known for his 2005 remake of King Kong and as the producer of the critically acclaimed film District 9.

    He won international attention early in his career with his “splatstick” horror comedies, before coming to mainstream prominence with Heavenly Creatures, for which he shared an Academy Award Best Screenplay nomination with his partner, Fran Walsh. Jackson has been awarded a total of three Academy Awards in his career.


    Owns two houses in Wellington, New Zealand.

    Made the latex models for Bad Taste (1987) in his mom’s kitchen oven, often forcing the family to have sausages for dinner because they couldn’t use the oven.

    Owner of production companies WingNut Films, Weta Limited and Three Foot Six.

    Father of Billy Jackson and Katie Jackson.

    Collects models of airplanes from World War One.

    During filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), he used the same pair of shoes and only two T-shirts.

    He likes 1960s music: his favorites are The Beatles (and he homaged them in Bad Taste (1987)).

    After his parents, Bill and Joan, died, Jackson owns the modest Pukerua Bay house where he grew up.

    The stuff in the bowl, in his first movie Bad Taste (1987), was yoghurt, muesli and green food colouring.

    In 1998, he bought the New Zealand based film company National Film Unit.

    Credits his favorite movie King Kong (1933) as his biggest inspiration in filmmaking. He said that he cried when King Kong fell off the Empire State Building.

    The movie that gave him the love for splatter is George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978). After seeing it, he felt a bit sick but amazed too.

    Together with his partner Fran Walsh, he received the honorary graduation from Massey University [26 November 2001]

    With Fran Walsh, he become member of the New Zealand Order of Merit [5 March 2002]

    He left school at the age of 17 and started working on a Wellington newspaper.

    For his first movie, Bad Taste (1987), he did all the special effects, the make-up effects and built exact replicas of the weapons.

    He allegedly offered $150,000 to Aint-it-cool webmaster Harry Jay Knowles for his King Kong (1933) original poster.

    Started writing a re-make of King Kong (1933) in 1996, which went through several drafts, until in 2003 he made one that was greenlighted by Universal.

    Ranked #20 in Premiere’s 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #41 in 2002.

    Voted ‘Man of the Year 2002’ in the Australian Empire Magazine March 2003.

    Both of his parents died during production of The Lord of the Rings.

    Met Fran Walsh in 1987, during post-production for the gross-out cult classic Bad Taste (1987).

    Son of Bill Jackson and Joan Jackson.

    Nominated for a Best Director Academy Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) (which he won), but not for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).

    The London Daily Mail reported (December 5, 2003) that Jackson was so fond of King Kong (1933) that he once cut up his mother’s old fur coat and used it to make a model of the great ape; also that he consulted with Andy Serkis on the script of his version of the movie.

    Has worked with three generations of Astins: John Astin (The Frighteners (1996)); John’s son, Sean Astin (The Lord of The Rings Trilogy); and Sean’s daughter, Alexandra Astin (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)).

    Ranked #6 in Premiere’s 2004 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #20 in 2003. He is the second-highest rated director on the list, behind only Steven Spielberg.

    The copies of the “Lord of the Rings” books that he referred to during filming are the ones that he bought after seeing _Lord of the Rings, The (1978)_. The books have cover art by Ralph Bakshi.

    Has been referred to by Fran Walsh as being a hobbit himself, due to his physical stature, his tendency to go barefoot, and the fact that he is swarthy (in Walsh’s words, “furry”).

    Estimated earnings from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy come close to $125 million.

    Along with his wife Fran Walsh, he was one of two husband/wife teams to be nominated for an Oscar for the 2003 season, the other team was Michael McKean and his wife, Annette O’Toole.

    Three of his collaborators have had connections to the material being filmed, outside the context of the film being made. Ian Holm, whom he cast as Bilbo in The Lord of the Rings, was cast because he had played Frodo in the BBC radio adaptation. That adaptation was written by Brian Sibley, who is a cousin of his wife, Fran Walsh. In _Heavenly Creatures (1994)_, Kate Winslet plays Juliet Hulme, who would later be known as real-life mystery novelist Anne Perry. Winslet has a sister, Anna Winslet, who appears as Dora in The Cater Street Hangman (1998) (TV), which was based on one of Perry’s novels.

    Is among an elite group of 7 directors who have won Best Picture, Best Director & Best Screenplay (Orig/Adapted) for the same film. In 2004 he won all three for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). The other directors are Billy Wilder, Leo McCarey, Francis Ford Coppola, James L. Brooks and Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (the brothers co-produced, co-directed and co-wrote No Country for Old Men (2007) with each other).

    Crowned the most powerful man in Hollywood by ranking #1 on Premiere’s 2005 Power 50 List. It is his first #1 ranking. Had ranked #6 in 2004.

    Ranked #7 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Greatest directors ever!” [2005]

    Lost 70 lbs. during the production of King Kong (2005).

    No longer needs glasses after undergoing eye surgery during the making of King Kong (2005).

    Described the production of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy as “laying the tracks down in front of the train” as it was moving forward.

    Was invested as a Companion Of The New Zealand Order Of Merit [CNZM] by the Governor-General of New Zealand in March 2002.

    Ranked #11 on Premiere’s 2006 “Power 50” list. Had ranked #1 in 2005.

    Is a fan of “Doctor Who” (1963), and has used the screen name Xoanon, taken from the Doctor Who story “The Face of Evil.”.

    One of few directors to be offered the chance of writing and directing sequels to many famous horror franchises. He was offered Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990), Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), Exorcist: The Beginning (2004), Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992) and Child’s Play 3 (1991).

    2007 – Ranked #16 on EW’s The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.

    To acquaint actors who had not read the books with the story, he used the BBC Radio version of The Lord of the Rings, which starred Ian Holm. He ended up using Holm as Bilbo in the films.


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    My Name Is Bruce premiered October 26, 2008


    My Name Is Bruce is a 2007 American comedy film, directed, co-produced by and starring B movie cult actor Bruce Campbell. The film was written by Mark Verheiden. It had a theatrical release in October 2008, followed by DVD and Blu-ray releases on February 10, 2009.

    Although Sam Raimi, with whom Bruce frequently collaborates, is not involved with this production, much of the film is in the vein of the Evil Dead series; however, Ted Raimi (Sam’s brother), also a frequent collaborator, appears in this film.

    Campbell has shown several minutes of the movie during some of his campus lectures, as well as a few public screenings including showings at the sixth annual Ashland Independent Film Festival, CineVegas and the eleventh annual East Lansing Film Festival. A trailer was released for the film as well and is available on various websites. A screening was held at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Tickets for the show sold out in less than two minutes, breaking the previous Alamo ticket sellout record, which was also set by a Bruce Campbell appearance at the theater in 1998.


    • According to the DVD commentary, most of the Bruce Campbell memorabilia in Jeff’s room was real, including a spare Brisco County Jr. costume that Campbell owned. A few fake items, such as a poster for “The Stoogitive,” were made to fill up space.
    • There are many mentions and references to Bruce Campbell’s other films. Examples are phrases ‘sugar baby’, ‘groovy’ and ‘boomstick’ along with name checking of people like Sam Raimi (director of the ‘Evil Dead’ trilogy).
    • One of the townspeople named Frank makes a reference to kidnapping the blacksmith from Army of Darkness. Timothy Patrick Quill, the actor who plays Frank, also played the blacksmith in Army of Darkness (1992).
    • The movie references Bruce Campbell’s fake-memoir novel ‘Make Love (The Bruce Campbell Way)’ published in 2005 several times. On the set of Cavealien 2, the actor Bruce sits down next to after the shoot is reading “The Complete Dummie’s Guide to Acting”, mentioned and pictured in ‘Make love’ on several occasions. In Jeff’s room, there is a poster for the fictitious Bruce Campbell movie ‘Death of the Dead’. This movie plays a prominent role in the plot of ‘Make love’. The poster as shown in the movie was originally featured as an image in the book.
    • The exteriors for the town of “Goldlick” were actually shot on Bruce Campbell’s property where a back lot was built with the exteriors of all of the buildings. The interior shots were all done on a sound stage.
    • Ellen Sandweiss, Dan Hicks and Timothy Patrick Quill all worked with Bruce Campbell in the Evil Dead Trilogy: Sandweiss played Cheryl in The Evil Dead (1981), Hicks played Jake in Evil Dead II (1987) and Quill played the Blacksmith in Army of Darkness (1992).
    • During the town meeting, where the Dirt Farmer and Frank are revealed to be lovers, Frank says “I wish I could quit you”, which is a reference to the line “I wish I knew how to quit you” from Brokeback Mountain (2005).
    • The (fake) brand of liquor that Bruce gives his dog is Shemp’s. In some Raimi/Campbell projects, body-doubles and stand-ins are called Fake Shemps, after Shemp Howard of the Three Stooges.

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    Halloween II released October 30, 1981

    halloween II (1981)

    Halloween II is a 1981 horror film and the second installment in the Halloween series. Directed by Rick Rosenthal and written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, it is a direct sequel to the first film; set on the same night of October 31, 1978, in the fictional American Midwest town of Haddonfield, the seemingly indestructible Michael Myers follows his intended victim Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) to a nearby hospital while Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) is still in pursuit of his patient.

    Stylistically, Halloween II reproduces certain key elements that made the original Halloween a success such as first-person camera perspectives and unexceptional settings. However, it departs significantly from its predecessor by incorporating more graphic violence and gore, making it imitate more closely other films in the emerging slasher film sub-genre. Still, the sequel was a box office success, grossing over $25.5 million in the United States.

    Halloween II was intended to be the last chapter of the Halloween series to revolve around Michael Myers and Haddonfield, but after the lackluster reaction to Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), Michael Myers returned seven years later in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988).


    • Dana Carvey made his movie debut in this movie playing an assistant. He can be seen receiving instructions from a blond reporter in front of the Wallace house.
    • The film is set immediately after the first Halloween (1978). Since Jamie Lee Curtis had begun to wear a much shorter hairstyle in the 1980s, she had to wear a wig that matched her original hairstyle for the film.
    • Halloween II was originally written to take place in a high rise apartment building. Later in script meetings, however, the setting was changed to Haddonfield Hospital.
    • This is the only Halloween film to show the morning after the 31st, every other movie ends on Halloween night.
    • John Carpenter turned down an offer to direct, but remained involved with the production by writing the screenplay.
    • Pamela Susan Shoop (Karen) got an ear infection during filming of her death scene as the water in the hot tub was apparently “none too clean”.
    • Believing Rick Rosenthal’s version of the film to be too tame, John Carpenter shot a few gory scenes that were added into the film despite Rosenthal’s objections.
    • The scene where the Boom Box Boy, played by Lance Warlock, runs into Michael in Haddonfield town square was shot on one of three nights of re-shoots done by original Halloween (1978) director John Carpenter.
    • The voice of Alice’s friend (heard over a telephone) is the voice of Nancy Kyes, who played Annie in Halloween (1978), and appears in Halloween II (1981) as the corpse of Annie.
    • The 17-year-old who was hit by the police car and burnt alive, at first believed to be Michael Myers, was supposed to be Ben Tramer, the boy Laurie confesses to have a crush in in the original Halloween.
    • Ben Tramer, who gets killed, is a reference to John Carpenter’s friend Bennett Tramer. They went to USC (University of Southern California) as Tramer wrote episodes for ‘”Saved By the Bell” (1989)’.
    • Dick Warlock wore lifts in order to appear taller.
    • The film that the security guard and the Elrods are watching is Night of the Living Dead (1968).
    • In the scene where Michael tries to attack Laurie as she’s climbing through the window the scalpel that he’s holding was actually just an eraser on a stick.
    • As revealed by the Sheriff’s Deputie’s patch, Haddonfield supposedly exists in Warren County, Illinois. Warren County is actually in Nothwest Illinois. Warren County more likely refers to the county in Kentucky which contains the city of Bowling Green where John Carpenter grew up.
    • Alice’s friend Sally (the girl on the phone in the beginning of the movie) tells her the murders happened on Orange Grove. This is the actual name of the street where this film and Halloween (1978) were filmed. The houses that portray the Wallace and Doyle houses are on Orange Grove just north of Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, California
    • John Carpenter spent time growing up in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and there are several references to Bowling Green and the surrounding area: Smiths Grove and Russelville are towns nearby; Bowling Green is in Warren County, where Haddonfield is set; and Elrod, Chestnut, (31W) Bypass, and Scottsville are all names of local streets in Bowling Green. Additionally, someone in the film makes a reference to the Lost River Drive-In, which was a real drive-in theater in Bowling Green.
    • Was filmed at Morningside Hospital, 8711 South Harvard, Los Angeles which had recently closed and has since been torn down.
    • Anne-Marie Martin came into production as a favor when additional footage was being shot. John Carpenter shot the scene that involved Martin and supporting cast member Pamela Susan Shoop.
    • The only Halloween film to be produced by Universal Studios. After the massive success of the first film, Universal picked up the sequel. When the sequel didn’t fare so well, Universal gave the rights to Trancas International , an affiliate of Universal’s, who produced the films until 1989. In 1996, the rights were sold to Dimension.
    • The mask Michael wears is the exact same mask (a repainted and modified Captain Kirk mask) worn in the original film. It looks different in the sequel because the latex had decayed in the years between films, and Dick Warlock is shorter and stockier than Nick Castle, so the mask fit his head differently. All the subsequent sequels used different masks that looked rather different.

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    Shocker released October 27, 1989

    Wes Craven's Shocker

    Wes Craven's Shocker (1989)

    Shocker (aka Wes Craven’s Shocker) is a 1989 horror film written and directed by Wes Craven. The relatively low-budget film has since become a cult classic. It starred Mitch Pileggi as the antagonist Horace Pinker. This role gained Mitch fame as Assistant Director Walter Skinner in The X-Files television series.

    Tagline:  On October 2, at 6:45 AM mass murderer Horace Pinker was put to death. Now, he’s really mad.


    Both Wes Craven and Universal had hoped for the film to launch a franchise (Craven had particularly wanted to create a new series since he felt he had not been given due profits from New Line Cinema resulting from the Nightmare on Elm Street series). However, due to the middling commercial performance of the film, no sequel was made.

    A special edition DVD was released in 1999.

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    • Shocker was filmed in ten weeks and in a low budget. Craven said that all this savings are in a small team work with talent and low known actors.
    • According to Wes Craven, the film was severely cut for an R-rating. It took around 13 submissions to the MPAA to receive an “R” instead of an “X”.
    • In Jonathan’s second dream, he looks up at a street sign and sees the street names Maddalena and Wagner. Marianne Maddalena was a producer of the film, and the actor playing the executioner was Bruce Wagner.
    • When Jonathan and his father enter the Tavern after the funeral of their family, a news program is playing on the TV in the background and discussing the murders. Someone immediately changes the channel and on comes (briefly) the 1986 concert footage of Alice Cooper’s The Nightmare Returns tour.
    • One of the bodies that Horace took over (the male “Road Worker” with long black hair) is a former guitarist for Alice Cooper.
    • One of the bodies that Horace took over (the “Jogger” in the park) is Jonathan Craven, son of director Wes Craven.


    Shocker (1989) SoundtrackOriginal musical contributions were made by Alice Cooper (who would later play Freddy Krueger’s abusive foster father, Mr. Underwood, in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare), Megadeth who covered Alice Cooper’s 1973 hit No More Mr. Nice Guy. The movie’s “title song” was recorded by The Dudes Of Wrath, which was composed of KISS’ Paul Stanley and producer Desmond Child both on vocals, Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell and Guy Mann-Dude on guitars, Whitesnake’s Rudy Sarzo on bass guitar, and Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee on drums. Also backing vocals by Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony & Kane Roberts.

    Soundtrack listing:
    “Sword & Stone” – Bonfire
    “No More Mr. Nice Guy” – Megadeth
    “Shocker” – The Dudes Of Wrath
    “Timeless Love” – Saraya
    “Demon Bell – The Ballad Of Horace Pinker” – Dangerous Toys
    “Love Transfusion” – Iggy Pop
    “Different Breed” – Dead On


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