Oct 11, 2013
Movie Meltdown - Episode 247
So we continue our month-long tribute to Halloween, as we jump back into our discussion on costumes, traditions and just how they all tie back into the classic movie monsters.
And as we make some "special" treats for the neighborhood kids, we also mention... the Universal "classics", Shakespearean influence, the savage dog man, Béla Lugosi, The Wizard of Oz, the Captive Wild Woman, The Black Cat, pagan rituals, The Wicker Man, the slightly rough plastic, Brats, bad juju, crossing genres, Cat people, Skeletor, I married a Witch, Charles Dickens, a charming hillbilly, Monster High, the soccer mom filter, making creepy cookies, that strange dad laying in the yard in a leaf pile, Frankenstein, the mid-point between horror and noir, Scooby Doo, female scary costumes, Varney the Vampire, Blood on Satan's Claw, our fear of nature or sexuality, raising a scary child, Monster Squad, a hayride, a weird guy with a van, serial killer neighborhoods, zombies, two-strip Technicolor, a horror double feature, The Devil Rides Out, scary evil clowns, toilet papering houses, nursing home, Big Boy Caprice, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Rated X, Bell Book and Candle, Empire Plastics, tween wolf, King Kong, The Hideous Sun Demon, a witch, death shroud, a bunny costume, The Grudge, rubberized playgrounds, kids on their own, the American holiday, Star Wars, Barnabas Collins, horror in other countries, old Halloween decorations, she's gonna ask you sleep with her and you can't say no, the ages of appropriate Trick or Treating, making your first horror movie, The Mummy, The Woman in the Window, the sheet and the ghost, a bi-polar pumpkin, having a bird on your head, more blood, the false face, having glowing eyes, MREs, The Wolfman, darkness and human desire, the folk-horror movement, a ballerina, slutty high school girls, Trunk or Treat, do you want me to go get the mask, you're mom is a Jedi, grunge werewolves, European filmmakers, Burn Witch Burn, The Odyssey, being the only one dressed up at school, trick or treating at the mall, a post-apocalyptic world, The Force Beam, military Halloween, Doctor X, Curse of the Demon, I need a carton of eggs right now and North Korea.
Spoiler Alert: Spoliers for the end of "The Wicker Man" - but don't we all already know what happens by now anyway?
"Part of the fun of Halloween... is the element of fear."