Halloween (1978) written by Kelly

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(No spoilers)

John Carpenter’s iconic classic of murder and mayhem still stands almost forty years later as considered one of the greatest films of all time. A pioneering achievement that shows how every cliché and trope of the slasher genre can be performed with class and craft. Carpenter’s highly influential slasher is an excellent example of low budget film making. Not only a must see movie for horror fans, but it’s also a perfect example of Carpenter’s directorial talent and a massive landmark for the entire genre that has not been beaten by any horror film since.

The key to Halloween’s genius is simplicity, starting as soon as the opening shot is shown – a nerve-wracking long take which references Psycho in showing a gruesome murder without showing any blood. The plot follows a deranged individual named Michael Myers, who is subsequently locked up in an asylum for 15 years, after brutally murdering his sister Judith when he was just 6 years old. After escaping, his psychiatrist Sam Loomis – a man that claims he’s the only one to even begin understanding the killer – follows Michael back to his hometown Haddonfield, where he continues stalking a group of teenage babysitters on a night that might well be the last Halloween of their lives.

While the story is perfectly simple here, it’s Carpenter’s almost over-powering atmosphere of dread that generates all of the tension. Like any great horror film, events are telegraphed long in advance, yet they still seem to occur at random, never allowing the audience to the chance to second guess the film. With the long steady-cam shots and dark lighting, you find yourself peering into the darkness for Michael to be standing there, watching. This makes for creating some of the most uncomfortable and claustrophobic scenes in horror film history.

John Carpenter took a low budget film and he scared an entire generation of movie goers. He showed that you don’t need high budgets to evoke fear on an audience, because sometimes the best element of fear is not what actually happens, but what is about to happen. What was that in the shadows? What was that noise upstairs? He knows that these are the ways to scare someone and he uses every element of textbook horror that you can use.  It seems incredibly rare that modern filmmakers will use lighting and detail to provoke scares, instead they will use over the top CGI effects and rivers of blood. However, it’s the moments when the killer is lurking, somewhere, you just don’t know where, that scare you. And Halloween succeeds like no other film in this field.

As far as the acting goes, it is particularly good for its time. PJ Soles provides much of the humour, Nancy Loomis turns in a pretty decent performance and then there is Jamie Leigh-Curtis who seems perfectly shy and unassured at first. As time will go on throughout the franchise her character will be more prepared for what she is to face. However, the stand out performance of the show goes to Donald Pleasence  who was perfectly cast as the determined and perhaps a little unstable Dr. Sam Loomis, who is so eager to get Michael back away from the public.

This film may be considered cliché and slow today, but back then there wasn’t much out there like this. It’s been copied multiple times and ripped off horribly, but “Halloween” will always remain the quintessential teenage horror movie. It still gives you chills listening to Carpenter’s eerie and thrilling music while we watch another victim get lured to their untimely death. To truly appreciate this film in this day and age, it must be viewed as it once was – as something unique.

Episode 55 – Jaws 2

In episode 55 of the CTGY podcast, Kelly and Rich go back in the water to discuss Jaws 2 and various other shark films.

Other topics include thoughts on Condemned, The Eyes of my Mother, The Girl on the Train, Friday the 13th the Game, Deep Blue Sea 2, Open Water 3, Sharknado 5, Jigsaw, Cult of Chucky, Leatherface, The Ice Cream Truck, A Nightmare on Elm Street fake IMDB plot, An American Werewolf in London and more.

*REMINDER FOR FREE GIVEAWAY* If you’d like to be in with a chance to win a FREE copy of the shark based video game Depth (for PC on Steam) then all you have to do is join our Discord channel at https://discord.gg/ANwfyky AND tweet or message us your made up title for a Jaws sequel. We will pick the best answer and the competition ends 01/08/2017.

About the game – http://store.steampowered.com/app/274940/Depth/

Trailer – Jaws 2 (1978)
Outro song – Jimmy Buffett, ‘Fins’

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Episode 54 – From Dusk till Dawn

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In episode 54 of the CTGY podcast, Kelly and Rich go down to the Titty Twister bar to discuss From Dusk till Dawn.

Other topics include thoughts on Friday the 13th the Game, Outlast 2, Alan Wake, E3 2017, It Comes at Night, The Mummy, Flatliners trailer, Jeepers Creepers 3, The Crooked Man and more.

Trailer – From Dusk till Dawn (1996)
Outro song – Tito Y Tarantula, ‘After Dark’

If you liked this episode, please feel free to follow us on the social media accounts listed on the website, comment about the film or rate/subscribe/review on iTunes. And always tell all of your friends.

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Bonus Episode – Friday the 13th: The Game

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In this very special bonus episode of the CTGY podcast, Kelly and Rich give their thoughts about the eagerly awaited Friday the 13th video game. It’s been about 3 weeks.. it’s been played.. a lot. Tune in to hear what they have to say!

Outro song – Misfits, ‘Friday the 13th’

If you’d like to join our Discord and get involved with our Friday 13th games please visit:

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If you liked this episode, please feel free to follow us on the social media accounts listed on the website, comment about the film or rate/subscribe/review on iTunes. And always tell all of your friends.

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Episode 53 – Psycho

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In episode 53 of the CTGY podcast Kelly and Rich travel to Bates Motel to talk about Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

Other topics include thoughts on Zac Efron playing Ted Bundy, IT trailer 2, Hellboy, Halloween, The Purge TV series, The Exorcist TV series, Leatherface, Cult of Chucky, Summer of ’84 and other things.

**IMPORTANT** 
We are so incredibly sorry for all the delays and absences over the last couple of months. So many things have been going on including illnesses, generally being busy, not having the funds to actually host any episodes on Soundcloud, Kelly in-between moving houses and other life stresses. We are hoping to have this sorted and get back onto our usual weekly episode train REAL soon. Thank you for sticking by us. xo

Trailer – Psycho (1960) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG3-GlvKPcg&t=17s
Outro song – The Sonics, ‘Psycho’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-_0V0IXEkc

If you liked this episode, please feel free to follow us on the social media accounts listed on the website, comment about the film or rate/subscribe/review on iTunes. And always tell all of your friends.

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Episode 52 – Candyman

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In episode 52 of the CTGY podcast, Kelly and Rich delve into the urban legend of Candyman.. Candyman.. Candyman.. no.

Other topics include thoughts on The Dark Tower trailer, Stranger Things 2, Gears of War, Unbreakable, Godzilla vs. Kong, Polaroid, Blood Feast, The Thing and plenty of urban legend talk.

*Apologies for the sound this week – Kelly was in a different room so it sounds like she’s stuck down a cave.. oops. It will be better next time!*

Trailer – Candyman (1992)
Outro song – The Strangeloves, ‘I Want Candy’

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Episode 51 – The Exorcist

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In episode 51 of the CTGY podcast, Kelly and Rich go to Georgetown to discuss ‘the scariest film of all time’ – The Exorcist.

Other topics include thoughts on James Wan/Alex Aja film news ‘Smart House’, Jurassic World 2, Friday the 13th video game release date and the controversial video game of 1992, ‘Night Trap’.

Trailer – The Exorcist (1973)
Outro song – Murderdolls, ‘Love at First Fright’

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