Second Breakfast Octoberween: “Halloween 2018” and the continually dismal state of slasher movies

Slasher movies have been around for a while, depending on how you want to define the term. From a certain point of view, they were making slashers in the ‘20s. Film scholars traditionally point to the simultaneous releases of Psycho and Peeping Tom as getting the ball rolling, and then in the following decade grungy blood-and-guts extravaganzas…

A Bomb in the Lasagna: Sympathy for “Prince of Darkness”

For one of John Carpenter’s most financially successful films of his mythic 80s run of films, Prince of Darkness sure feels like a lost film. Sandwiched unfavorably in between the release of Carpenter favorites Big Trouble in Little China and They Live and picked apart by critics upon its initial release, Prince of Darkness rarely gets discussed with the same frequency…

SciFridays: “The Thing” (1982)

Baddie – I mean, y’know. Aliens. Lesson – There’s a reason people don’t live full time in Antarctica. Just saying. So! Back to Shame September we go, finishing the month off with John Carpenter’s “The Thing”. I chose the 1982 version because of one really important reason – Kurt Russell. I saved this one for last because…