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A Kiss Can Be Even Deadlier if you Mean it.

Deadly Movie Connections | Halloween 2011

I hate ‘Halloween Resurrection‘ with a passion. It’s such a misguided movie. It gets just about everything wrong. It gave nothing to movie goers, horror fans, and worse of all, the loyal Halloween fan base. In short, it was a disaster of a movie. Saying that there is one moment worthy of discussion. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her franchise role as Laurie Strode for the forth and final time, one for the pay-cheque, and two because she specifically wanted to be killed off. Her send off is actually quite decent amongst the rest of the movie’s visual diarrhoea; Before she plummets to her death at the hands of her brother, she plants a kiss right on that famous Captain Kirk mask of his (see above).

Granted this is slightly incestuous, but it’s also kind of historically poetic (Cleopatra V, Cleopatra VII, Caligula etc), and more so (and way more likely in the filmmakers minds) it harkened back to a on-set picture from John Carpenter’s original ‘Halloween‘ (Left) where Jamie Lee is seen grabbing a kiss with Nick Castle (The Shape aka Michael Myers) with mask still on. At the time, of course, this had little to no significance as the narrative swerve of Michael and Laurie being related wouldn’t surface until 1981s ‘Halloween 2‘. Yet, looking back, It’s an undeniably fascinating image when viewed through the years of pop culture horror history which preceded it.

 

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Do You remember When..,

.., John Carpenter blew cigarette (or maybe pot) smoke in front of the camera in ‘Halloween’ (1978)?

Carpenter's smoke enters screen left (Photo: Compass International Pictures/Falcon Films)

I love this bit of trivia. John Carpenter’s Halloween is synonymous for its tiny budget and boot-string effects (which makes the final outstanding piece of cinema all the more amazing). During a dolly shot whereby Carpenter tracks Annie Brackett (Nancy Loomis) down a Haddonfield side-walk, a wisp of the director’s cigarette smoke floats nonchalantly into view from screen left and passes between the camera lens and the actress. There’s just something wonderfully innocent and almost naive about this that makes the film all the more endearing, something that all gorilla film-makers can relate to. Pot or smoke (Left)? Take a look at Carpenter in 1978 and decide for yourself (Below).

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