Halloween III: Season of the Witch – Why People Hate One of My Favorite Movies & Why I Don’t Care

Halloween III: Season of the Witch follows Dr. Challis (Tom Atkins) and Ellie Grimbridge (Stacey Nelkin), who is trying to find out why her father---who was brought into Challis’ hospital at the beginning of the film---was murdered by a man who promptly went out to his car and lit himself on fire (causing one of …

The Firefly Family Massacre: A Rob Zombie Retrospective – Part 1

Love him or loathe him, Rob Zombie is one of the leading forces in modern horror cinema. A filmmaker whose name alone brings about either applause or ridicule, much to the pleasure (or pain) of his audience over the past 15 years since his directorial debut, House of 1000 Corpses. You know you're watching "a …

Annihilation: Life in the Anthropocene

On October 8th, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report to relatively substantial media coverage---a report that has everything to do with science and the future, rather than our latest political disaster. This coverage lasted a day, if that, before we collectively sighed our despair and moved on. The report itself …

Halloween II is Better Than the Original & Here’s Why

Talk to anyone---and I mean anyone---and they've probably seen John Carpenter's Halloween. The movie has been ubiquitously praised since its initial release in 1978 and has been a key influence on countless other films such as Friday the 13th and, most recently, It Follows. Halloween showed everyone that you didn't need crazy special effects, a huge …

On-Screen, Off-Screen: Stephen King, Legendary Wordslinger

“On-Screen, Off-Screen” is our monthly film series created to showcase a more personal retrospective about some of our favourite filmmakers. Each month, one 25YL staffer will choose one of their own favourite filmmakers---be it a director or performer or writer or composer or production designer, etc---and will analyse what it is about their on-screen work …

Halloween ’78

The Shape/Michael Myers is the psychotic subject of John Carpenter and Debra Hill’s infamous 1978 babysitter-come-heroine tale, Halloween. The film is iconic in nearly every facet of cinematic culture, from its claustrophobic camera work that induces anxiety and the feeling of being stalked for the audience, to the universally known score (that only took John Carpenter …