Horror Hijinx: The Tragic Death Of Ben Tramer From ‘Halloween II’ (1981)

Few moments in horror movie history have such a profound affect on the soul as the death of Ben Tramer in 1981’s, Halloween II.  It was tragic.  It was unexpected.  It was ridiculous.  Dr. Loomis was hellbent on stopping Michael Myers, so much so that he was willing to kill anyone looking remotely like him. And this is why poor Ben Tramer met his fiery, over-the-top demise.

It hurts more every time I watch that and it also makes me laugh more every time as well.  Sure, Ben Tramer was drunk as a skunk and extremely disoriented while walking in the middle of the street with his Captain Kirk Halloween mask on.  But he didn’t deserve to die that way and was taken away far too soon from the Halloween movie franchise.

Laurie Strode had a serious crush on him, and he revealed in the original Halloween that he kinda thought she was cute too.  You see, Dr. Loomis not only killed Ben Tramer that fateful night, but he killed young love as well.  What a monster!!  Not only that, but I really think Loomis needed some glasses because this Michael Myers imposter looked nothing like the real one.  No sense in dwelling on the past I guess, because Ben Tramer is no more.  After watching your yearly Halloween marathon this year, just make sure you pour out a bowl full of those orange and black wrapped peanut butter things in memory of him.

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Horror Hijinks: “We Hear You’re Looking For Candyman, Bitch.”

Unintentional comedy in a horror movie is always a bonus.  Some might look at it in a negative way, because the comedy might take you out of the moment.  But I for one, am all for it!  Case in point:  1992’s, Candyman.

To be honest, Candyman is one of the only movies that truly gave me the creeps.  I love the villain (Tony Todd nails it) and LOVE the whole backstory involved with him.  The hook.  The bees.  The gruff, deep voice.  It freaked me out too because I used to play the ‘Bloody Mary’ game when I was little, where you had to say her name multiple times while looking in a mirror to see if she would appear.  So, obviously the similarities are there with Candyman.

Let’s talk comedy though and about one scene in particular.  After Helen goes snooping around a bathroom trying to get answers about the Candyman legend, she’s encountered by a group of thugs and is roughed up.  And the main thug says “We hear you’re looking for Candyman, bitch!” right before the roughing up begins.  Cut to the police station where a few guys are put up in a lineup for Helen to see and hear as they mutter the memorable line and BOOM!  Pure comedy gold:

Wow.  Put a steak on that eye, Helen.  That’s quite a Fred Flintstone influenced shiner you have there.  But anyway, I can’t help but laugh every time I see this scene.  And it provides some ever so slight balance to all of the horrifying things that have happened up until this moment in the movie.  Gotta love the contrast of voices between the first and second guy too.  In fact, I think I know why I love this scene so much now.  It reminds me of Eddie Murphy’s classic ‘banana in the tailpipe’ line from Beverly Hills Cop!