Don’t Forget About ‘Hauntedween’ This Halloween!

I always love entertaining horror movie titles.  So you can imagine my excitement with a title like Hauntedween.  Yes, Hauntedween……a lovely little independent slasher from 1991 that reminds me so much of my old video store that I used to frequent as a teen.  Why you ask?  Because I can still remember seeing the VHS cover for the movie.

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You have to admit, it’s a pretty sweet cover.  And the mask is actually pretty fucking creepy.  Now granted, this movie falls into the ‘so bad it’s good’ category – but in a very unapologetic way.  And I can respect that when it comes to 80’s/90’s horror slashers.  Considering I remember Hauntedween specifically in VHS form, it should be noted that if you have an original VHS copy then it is definitely worth some cash.  In a season where everyone is watching Michael Myers and little Sam and his lollipop, seek out Hauntedween even if it’s just on Youtube.  To wet your appetite for Hauntedween (can you tell that I really love to say Hauntedween), here’s a clip below of the killer who is clearly distraught over his mother dying.  Or maybe he’s just bummed he dropped his wood.

Did You Know There Were Video Games Based On ‘Nightbreed’? (1990)

Yesterday, I was once again amazed at the marvels of the internet.  Upon doing some deep research for the ugliest women in horror movies, I miraculously stumbled upon the fact that there were two videos games released in conjunction with Clive Barker’s 1990 movie, Nightbreed.  Not since I discovered a similar revelation with the Fright Night video game a little while back have I been so excited about tracking down a Commodore Amiga 500 computer system.

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That’s right.  You’re looking at a video game version of Boone up there as he crouches down, apparently because some grenades are coming his way which is insinuated by the “LOOK OUT GRENADES!” warning at the top of the screen.  This video game was entitled ‘Nightbreed, The Action Game‘ and is reminiscent as far as gameplay of the Fright Night game.  And thanks to Youtube, you can watch a walkthrough of the game and see just what you missed if you weren’t one of the very few that actually made an effort to buy a Commodore Amiga 500.

Wow – those grenades are huge!  I don’t remember those from the movie, but I’m nitpicking at this point.  What’s impressive about all of this, is that even though Nightbreed wasn’t a box-office smash, it garnered two games based on the land of Midian.  The second game was more of an interactive title, which fittingly had the name ‘Nightbreed, The Interactive Movie‘.  If you were lucky enough to actually play either of the versions, feel free to give your insight and reviews.  If you weren’t lucky enough to play them, then feel free to look at the closing screenshot below for the wonderful happy ending of Boone and Lori.  Awwwww.

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Give Me The Creeps: ‘The Bicycle Scene’ From ‘In The Mouth Of Madness’ (1994)

Are you scared of creepy old guys who ride by on bicycles that have playing cards in the spokes?  Ok, good.  I thought it was just me.  And I have John Carpenter’s nonsensical, but somewhat enjoyable, 1994 movie In The Mouth Of Madness to thank for that fear.

Sure, this movie has it’s problems.  But dammit if John Carpenter doesn’t always know how to send those chills up and down your spine even when a bad Halloween mask effect is the focal point.  In The Mouth Of Madness has a lot of creepy ass moments, but the one that takes the delicious heavily frosted cake is easily the scene where Linda (Julie Carmen) and John (Sam Neil) are driving down the road and encounter our bike-pedaling friend.  Watch the clip below and if you haven’t seen it, I apologize for making you sleep with a nightlight on tonight:

I can’t get out….it won’t let me out.”  Shudder.  I want a duplicate of that mask by the way just so I can scare the shit out of my wife.  Yes, I can be cruel at times.  This is classic John Carpenter by the way and I would have actually loved to see a spin-off movie with this character just popping up in background shots a la Michael Myers.  Personally, it’s moments like these in horror that really tend to stick with me.  The scene is fairly simple, but that’s what makes it brilliant as far as going for that creep-out effect.  Bravo, Mr. Carpenter.  Ok, I’ll leave you now with a pic to make you grab an extra nightlight.

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