Greetings from the Odinson,
The Halloween Hangover
I hope everyone had as much fun on October 31st as the Odinson did. As the sun set, I stood at the bottom of the driveway to take a picture of my Halloween decorations. The twilight gave the house an eerie glow and the appearance of being haunted. The glowing smiles of the Jack-o-Lanterns set the perfect mood. Adding to the ambiance, Bubba, our Olde English Bulldogge, sat in the doorway and appeared ghostly in the dying light. I pushed play and the haunting theme from John Carpenter’s Halloween began to echo throughout house.
The stage was set, so I ignited the porch light, announcing to the evening that the Odinson was ready to hand out candy.
Suddenly, ‘twas an eruption of movement and the neighborhood came to life and was thriving with all manner of ghosts and goblins and superheroes from all across the multiverse. One thing was made abundantly clear, and this has held true my entire life, from the 1970s to 2018, kids love Batman! I always see more little Batman costumes on Halloween Night than any other super hero.
As I handed out candy I saw so many fantastic costumes. At least five Black Panthers, a few Spider-Men, a Captain America, a flock of Disney Princesses, and I even saw a Spider-Gwen. I saw zombies galore – zombie cheerleaders, zombie doctors, zombie nurses, and just plain old fashion, want-to-eat-your–brains zombies. One of my favorite costumes of the night was a little girl dressed up as a walking, talking Christmas present, complete with wrapping paper and bow. It was marvelous! However, hands down, the Odinson’s favorite costume of the night has to go to the Little Hulk.
This little boy was knee-high to a grasshopper and decked out head-to-toe in a full Incredible Hulk outfit. He reached into the giant bowl and took one piece of candy. I said, “No, sir. Little Hulk gets three pieces of candy.” His little green face lit up with the biggest Hulk grin and he said Thank You with such sincerity that the Odinson’s stone cold heart simply melted.
The only sad thing about the evening is that I ran out of candy and had to withdraw from the festivities. I bought more candy to hand out this year than I ever have before and it still was not enough. By 8:15, the well had run dry. Next year, the Odinson is going nuclear!
I finished off the evening with a perfectly cooked steak, some garlic mashed potatoes, a steamed carrot, and my annual screening of John Carpenter’s Halloween, Fright Night, and The Crow. All and all I’d say it was a most successful campaign.
The 2018 Halloween Season also saw the release of David Gordon Green’s Halloween. It is a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic. It is a worthy continuation of the story and head-and-shoulders above all Halloween sequels that have come before. Set 40 years after the original film’s events, this story picks up with the original Final Girl, Laurie Strode, who has been living with PTSD caused by the events of that fateful Halloween night back in ’78, the night Michael Myers came home to Haddonfield, IL.
Laurie has spent the past four decades preparing for the Boogeyman’s return. She has a strained relationship with her own daughter, Judy, but a very loving and caring relationship with her granddaughter, Allyson. Michael Myers, who has not spoken a word since his incarceration, is being transferred to a new mental hospital, and predictably things go terribly wrong. He escapes and returns once more to terrorize the citizens of Haddonfield.
There is an amazing sequence in the film when Michael is walking amongst a throng of trick-r-treaters and going unnoticed amid the masks and costumed festivities. He proceeds to enter house after house and brutally do what Michael Myers does, one house after the next. The scene is shot almost as one continuous shot with very few cuts. The randomness of the violence is what makes this a truly horrifying and instant classic slasher film scene.
The events of the film eventually lead up to an amazing third act that sees Michael Myers in a showdown with three generations of Strode women and an ending that has to be seen to be believed. The Survivors: A Glen Haven Tale is a love letter to the slasher genre, so to say I am a fan would be a huge understatement. When I say David Gordon Green’s Halloween is a worthy sequel that any fan of this franchise and the horror genre in general can be proud of, I hope you believe me. If not, maybe you’ll believe the master of horror himself as not only has John Carpenter endorsed this movie, but he wrote and performs the score for it as well.
Odinson Rating: 4 ½ Hammers.
Halloween 2018 has come and gone. As the year begins to wind down, we now roll forward and look forward to yearend events like WWE Survivor Series, Thanksgiving, the NFL playoffs, and the Holiday Season. A melancholy grabs hold of the Odinson as he realizes he is not yet ready to let go of the Halloween Spirit. So, I shall carry the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve over, if just for a few days more.
This weekend I shall watch a Friday the 13th marathon, read some of my favorite horror comics like Saga of the Swamp Thing, Tomb of Dracula, and Creature Commandos, and finally, sadly take down the Halloween decorations. Come Monday morning the Odinson will finally be ready to bid adieu to Halloween 2018.
I hope yours was a good as mine and I look forward to the next time the Odinson can bid thee Happy Halloween.
This is Odinson bidding thee farewell