Hallowe’en Movie Must-Sees

By Katze Genet


Confession time: I have rather untraditional taste when it comes to horror movies. I don’t usually care for big-budget slasher flicks, which I find more gross than frightening. I have never been such a fan of any horror movie franchise that I’ve watched more than the first two or three installments. I rarely (if ever) will watch a remake of anything. And just about any discussion of modern horror movie trends (like the usurpation of Japanese horror movie cycles by Hollywood) tend to involve arbitrary standards, personal taste, and consequent quibbling, so I would rather avoid the lot.

This list is going to be a bit different. Most of these movies aren’t really scary; several don’t technically classify as ‘horror.’ With only a very few (obvious) exceptions, about all of them could be considered family-friendly. But these are not movies that generally come up on your usual seasonal movie lists, and (in my humble opinion) they should. So if you’re looking for something a bit different than your usual fare this Hallowe’en, give one of these movies a try.


The Great Black and White Silent Movies

Sure, we all know them, but how many of you have actually sat down and

The Infernal Cauldron

The Infernal Cauldron

watched these masterpieces of early cinema? Our modern attention spans rarely have the patience these days, it seems, but the good news is that most of the movies are relatively brief: average length is generally only about ninety minutes or so, and the earliest movies are only shorts. The Infernal Cauldron (1903) is barely over a minute long but brilliantly done, and the beautiful Frankenstein (1910) clocks in at under thirteen minutes. Favorites of mine include Häxen (1922), Nosferatu (1922), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), and Metropolis (1927). The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) deserves an honorable mention for no other reason than for Lon Chaney Sr.’s brilliant and haunting Quasimodo.

There is a trend these days to reissue these amazing movies with modern soundtracks and even modern narration, which might be a good idea if you have little ones or if you tend to get antsy. Me, personally? I turn off all the lights, turn off all sounds, and curl up with my favorite blanket.

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The Vampire Bat (1933)

Believe it or not, I actually picked up this gem at the dollar store a few years back. Featuring Fay Wray in all her cinematic glory, the movie is campy and the plot makes little sense, but it is artfully filmed and safe for the kiddos.


The Abbott and Costello Monster Movies

While I’m a Laurel and Hardy girl at heart, you can’t beat the genius of these horror spoofs. Starting with Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein in 1948, and ending up with Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy in 1955, these half dozen movies are comedy gold and three feature genuine horror legends (albeit mostly Boris Karloff).


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Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Yes, this is film noir and not horror; so shoot me. While it might be a rather obvious choice I find this movie a lot more accessible than many period noir films, and you can’t beat it for atmospherics. Gloria Swanson, the former silent film star, is (pardon the pun) glorious as former silent film star Norma Desmond. While not scary per se it definitely has a great creepy factor.


The Bela Lugosi / Ed Wood movies

In a lot of ways these movies are rather sad, as they feature a broken-down Lugosi at the end of his life — but Ed Wood proved to be Lugosi’s last best friend and for all that he was a hack Wood tried to do right by him. Glen or Glenda? (1953) is a bit hard to stomach, but you rather just have to go for the ride; and while not horror it’s definitely dark. Bride of the Monster (1955) was supposed to be Lugosi’s comeback movie; it’s a terrible film, of course, but the ailing Lugosi managed to bring out the best of Wood’s meager talent. Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959), while mostly filmed long after Lugosi’s death, nevertheless features some of the last footage taken of Lugosi; besides which, Vampira is in it, and there’s aliens and zombies, too.


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Originally censored in the U.S. for excessive gore, this Italian production is a masterpiece. Inspired by a Nickolai Gogol short story, it features a centuries-old vampire witch come back from the dead to curse her descendants. While the plot — and a good deal of the acting — may leave something to be desired, the atmosphere is the thing in this movie anyway. While the gore may pale in comparison to modern movies, there are definitely some grisly bits, and the whole thing is beautifully made.


The Changeling (1980)

This is a good horror flick for the younger crowd or those among us who don’t like a whole lot of blood and guts. Ostensibly (like many horror movies) it is based on real events. A composer moves across the country to start a new life following the deaths of his wife and daughter, only to discover that his new house is haunted. You will not be able to look at red rubber balls in quite the same way.


The Hunger

The movie opens with Iggy Pop in a cage lip-syncing Bauhaus’s ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead,’ and the movie only gets better from there. It’s definitely made in the eighties, and it doesn’t have a lot of action. The cast is brilliant, though, and it’s a creative take on the vampire mythos.


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The Frighteners

For all the campy classics that make the rounds every Hallowe’en season, I just don’t understand why this one isn’t just as traded as, say, Hocus Pocus or Ghostbusters. True, it gets pretty dark — it’s about a pair of serial killers, after all, and one of them is a ghost. And Jeffrey Combs is seriously twisted as FBI agent Milton Dammers. (Favorite line: ‘My body is a roadmap of pain!’) But it’s also got some great comedy, and the story is solid.


The Troma Catalogue

Based out of New York City and headed by the brilliant Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Hertz, Troma Studios offers the best in schlock horror. These aren’t even B movies, they’re Z movies (and proud of it). With titles like Redneck Zombies and Sucker: the Vampire, with great characters like Sgt. Kabukiman and The Toxic Avenger, what’s not to love? Troma-made or Troma-released movies have helped launch the careers of everyone from Vanna White and Carmen Electra to Samuel L. Jackson and Vincent D‘Onofrio. In Tromeo and Juliet, Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead delivers the opening speech (and the only Shakespeare in the entire movie). The best part? Many Troma movies are available for free on YouTube.


Killer Condom

A Troma-released film, this one should get its own section. Made in Germany and based on a comic book, it’s rather hard to find but totally worth it. It’s a scathing social commentary, a bit of a gay rights film — and it also happens to feature a psychotic murderous prophylactic.


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Cannibal! The Musical

Another Troma release that deserves its own mention. Loosely based on the story of Alferd Packer, a western prospector and cannibal, this was the college project of Matt Parker and Trey Stone of South Park fame. Already the genius behind South Park is apparent, in the crazy catchy music and slapstick horror.




Starring the great Robert Carlyle and Guy Pearce, Ravenous is also loosely based on the story of Alferd Packer; this version is dead serious. There’s a decent amount of blood, as you would expect from any good cannibal flick, but mostly this movie is just creepy — from the opening music and sequence through the disturbing end.

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Technically I suppose this is a period drama, based on a stage play of the same name. However, it is a rather fictionalized account of the last days of the Marquis de Sade in the Charenton insane asylum, so you know things are going to get very, very twisted. It’s not really a scary movie, as most of the violence happens off screen; I don’t think it’s even very creepy. Plainly put, this film is beautifully sick.


Bubba Ho-Tep

Starring the great Mr. Chin himself, Bruce Campbell, as an elderly Elvis Presley, and Ossie Davis in his last role as an elderly JFK — go with me on this one. Presley and Kennedy are stuck in the same retirement home and strike up a friendship. Then the retirement home acquires a new resident, wearing tattered linens and a cowboy hat. Just watch the dang movie, will you?

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Shadow of a Vampire

Max Schreck, star of the original Nosferatu, was a German actor of some renown. Maybe he was just a little too good at playing his most infamous role, though. In this alternative history of the making of Nosferatu, Max Schreck really is Count Orlok. You can imagine there are a few ’bumps’ during production. While a lesser production might have degenerated into farce, a stellar cast and crew keep the film on the straight and narrow and the result is a truly haunting piece of cinema.


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John Dies at the End

There are a few good jump scares, scary critters, and creepy alternative-universe inhabitants. Characters include college dropouts and a cheesy motivational speaker with a dark secret. The plot is twisted and jumps back and forth. It’s a bit gimmicky, but you have to give props to any movie that gives away the ending in the title while still keeping you guessing almost all the way there.


Odd Thomas

I wasn’t originally interested in this one; I’ve yet to read a single book by Dean Koontz and I don’t intend to start. But Netflix kept suggesting it so I bit… wow. The nice thing about this movie being based on a Dean Koontz book is that the world is complete — there’s no inconsistencies or ‘wait, what?’ moments. It’s well made and well acted; while not a great cinematic masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, it is certainly a fun ride.


Honorable Mention:

Dark City

Dark City

Carnival of Souls (1962)

Trick ‘r Treat

Hot Fuzz

Sean of the Dead


From Hell

Sweeny Todd


Dark City

Reign of Fire


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Quick & Easy Giant Spider Decoration

By Katze Genet


Martha Stewart, I’m not. I have not the time, money, patience, or resources. I love to decorate, but it’s got to be cheap and easy. I’ve picked up a few tricks and good ideas over the years, and this one is probably my favorite.




— 2 or 3 black yard waste bags (39 gallon)
— zip ties, bread ties, or string
— black electrical tape
— scissors
— light stuffing material (plastic shopping bags, packing peanuts, dry leaves for an outdoor spider)
— optional: eyes (I’m using googly eyes attached with super glue; stickers would also work, or adhesive craft circles.)
— optional: mouth, or other decorations

The best part? I acquired all of my supplies at the local dollar store, except the googly eyes (which cost ninety seven cents at Wal-Mart) and the packing peanuts (which I scored at work). So this whole spider cost me less than five bucks, and I‘ve got lots of materials left over for other projects.





1. Tie the bottom corners of the first lawn bag together in a small, tight knot. Otherwise your spider’s head will be pointy!

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2. Fill the bag about a third of the way with packing material, but work the material to sit at an angle so when you gather the bag closed the corners’ knot is in the gather. Cinch closed with a zip tie. A bread tie or piece of string will work as well, but you’ll need a second pair of hands to make sure it’s tight.

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3. Fill the bag the rest of the way with packing material, zip tie closed, and trim off the excess.

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4. Slit a second bag down either side, then cut into strips. If you prefer skinny legs, cut this bag into eight strips; if you prefer thick legs, cut two bags into four strips each. (You can use the fold creases in each bag as your cut line.)

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5. Unfold each leg and attach to the bottom of the spider using strips of electrical tape.

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6. Attach the eyes.

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7. Attach any other accessories you may want: cut a red hourglass out of craft paper or tissue paper and attach with rubber cement to make a black widow, for example. Or cut white triangles to make vampire teeth. Get creative! One caveat: paint won’t work, because the plastic bag is too slick; and markers can smear or not show up at all. It’s best to use stickers or glue on your own designs.

8. She‘s finished! Set her on the buffet table at a party, or hang her from a tree to spook trick-or-treaters. My favorite place to hang these spiders is from an overhead light or from the ceiling in a corner; then I can attach the joints in her legs to different spots in the ceiling so it looks like she’s coming down on you.

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all photos belong to the author

by Katze Genet


This Doesn’t Sound Right

As a reasonably educated armchair historian and amateur academic, the internet proves a troublesome place at times. I only have to type in the letter ‘s’ in my browser search bar to pull up Snopes, and I’ve gotten to know my way through Google Advanced Search pretty well.

So when the news hit on September 6 that Jack the Ripper had been positively identified using DNA testing on a shawl left at one of the crime scenes, alarm bells started going off.

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Walter Sickert, in a 1911 photo by George Charles Beresford

Remember when Patricia Cornwell tried to claim back in 2002 that Walter Sickert was Jack the Ripper, based on what she claimed was incontrovertible DNA evidence?

Quick biology lesson: every cell in almost every living thing contains a mitochondrion, which works essentially as a powerhouse (converting food into energy). Interestingly enough, though, these mitochondria contain a different set of DNA from the cell itself. Unlike cell DNA, which is the DNA of the animal and passed on through both parents, mitochondrial DNA only concerns the mitochondria and is passed down only through the female line. What does this mean? In short, it means two things: one, there aren’t very many variations of mitochondrial DNA in the world, so unrelated people of the same ethnic origin frequently have matching mitochondrial DNA. Two, if you want to perform a mitochondrial DNA test on a long-dead male subject, you have to compare it not to his own descendents, but to descendents of a sister or to descendents of his mother’s sister. The upside is that mitochondrial DNA generally lasts better than cell DNA and is more likely to be usable if the sample is very old. It’s a useful tool to confirm a conclusion (such as the identification of Richard III two years ago) but it’s a very shoddy prop indeed if that’s the best evidence.

Cornwell’s use of a mitochondrial DNA sample on an object (in her case, a stamp) which might or might not have been directly connected to Jack the Ripper (and probably wasn’t) didn’t hold up very well to critical scrutiny. It also didn’t help that there were dozens of holes in her argument connecting the stamp to the actual killer, and that she didn’t bother to give any credit to two other authors who had previously published books fingering Sickert.

It didn’t take me long to conclude that Russell Edwards’s book has even worse holes.


Six Clues

First Clue:
The very first news outlet to break the news about the book was none other than The Daily Mail, which is not exactly a pinnacle of respectable journalism. To put it bluntly, it’s a tabloid.

Aaron Kosminski

Aaron Kosminski

Second Clue:
The author of the book has even fewer credentials than Cornwell; at least Cornwell was originally a journalist and is now crime fiction author. Edwards is a businessman who became a Ripper hobbyist after he saw the Johnny Depp movie ‘From Hell’.

Third Clue:
Even Edwards himself admits that the shawl has no real provenance. He has a letter written by the person he bought it from; this person states that he believes it has been in his family for many generations, ever since it was nicked from the crime scene by an off duty cop, but that’s it. As far as I can tell there has been no tests to determine if the shawl is even 126 years old, and it is certainly much finer a garment than an East End prostitute should have been able to afford. (The shawl seems to be in remarkably good shape for being over a century old — it doesn’t seem faded or worn at all. I would expect it to be in much worse shape, either because it was a cast-off and that was how Eddowes was able to acquire it, or at the very least because it had not been professionally preserved.)

The Eddowes Shawl

The Eddowes Shawl

Fourth Clue:
While I am certainly in no position to discredit the scientist who performed the mitochondrial DNA tests, Dr. Louhelainen says he used a technique he recently developed himself to extract mitochondrial DNA from the shawl. If that is the case, then it means his technique is still relatively untested and probably would not hold up in a court of law or in a scientific journal. It is also possible that he might have destroyed the original sample in the process of the extraction and test, so it is unclear if his results are repeatable by another scientist (which would be a good measure of the accuracy of his work). And Dr. Louhelainen, as far as I can tell, did not attempt to date the biological material in the process of his tests; if the samples are now destroyed, we cannot determine if the samples were left over a century ago or only twenty years ago.

Fifth Clue:
Dr. Louhelainen tested for both a male’s and a female’s mitochondrial DNA. The male’s mitochondrial DNA matched with a descendant of Kosminski’s sister. The female’s mitochondrial DNA matched with one of Catherine Eddowes’s descendants. Okay, so let’s accept that the latter match means the shawl belonged to Eddowes, and accept carte blanche Edwards’s explanation of the shawl’s provenance. There is no way to determine that the male DNA was left by the killer. Kosminski was an East End barber who quite possibly frequented the neighborhood prostitutes, and Eddowes had possibly hundreds of clients over the years. It would be a coincidence, but stranger things have happened. (I am particularly suspicious because the male’s mitochondrial DNA was supposedly extracted from a semen stain. As far as I have read into the case, I have yet to read anything suggesting that sexual acts were committed by the killer upon the women before, during, or after their deaths.)

Sixth Clue:
Dr. Louhelainen used mitochondrial DNA tests. See the previous argument against Cornwell’s case. Besides which, the shawl was kept as a family artifact. Even if you presume that the mitochondrial DNA tests are conclusive, it is reasonably possible that someone close to either the Eddowes or the Kosminski family line handled the item at some point in the past. This person or persons might have deposited the DNA used for the tests (or, at least, contaminated the samples).

Even leaving out the scientific bits, the first three clues alone are enough to throw this ‘conclusion’ out the window, and they work pretty well to debunk a lot of the internet myths out there:

1. Who published the article? Chances are, if the story was originally published by a tabloid or a website, it’s probably not too credible.

2. Who is the expert in the article? A really great cheat for this point is to search Wikipedia for the person’s name. Wikipedia has its faults, to be sure; but if the person doesn’t have a Wikipedia article, you might want to take another look. If the expert is associated with a university, you can look up their faculty page and verify that they are who they say they are; but if they haven’t published very much, they are probably not considered even an academic expert.

3. Is the argument logical? If there are a lot of ‘ifs’ and ‘maybes’ and ‘probablys’, I’d say it’s not.


Never Fear, Ripper Hobbyists!

What many people might not realize is that the concept of ‘policeman’, never mind ‘police detective’, was still very much in its infancy at the time of the Whitechapel murders. The Metropolitan Police only formally came into existence in 1829, replacing a rather haphazard system of neighborhood night watchmen and river patrols; the City of London Police was established as its own entity in 1839. The concept of a ‘detective’ is at least somewhat older, but it was still far from a formal profession with a formal methodology. Fingerprint identification was still an untested concept; the existence of DNA had only just been discovered.

So there was no medical examination of the bodies, and no formal collection,

Contemporary newspaper illustration

Contemporary newspaper illustration

organization, and examination of evidence — at least not in any current sense. That is not to slight the efforts of the police at the time of the murders; at this far remove, though, any evidence is not only thoroughly contaminated, but nearly if not impossible to actually directly tie to the case.

And there are many, many other factors to further muddle the issue. Hundreds upon hundreds of letters were written to the police by members of the public; some of these offered advice, but many more were written by people looking for a bit of fame by claiming to be the killer. (In fact, one of these hoax letters is actually where we get the name ‘Jack the Ripper.’) Evidence was destroyed at the time by unscrupulous officers or their affiliates for various reasons, or was taken by souvenir seekers, or has since disappeared. London is a city prone to fires and other disasters, and was laid waste during World War II, so many records and evidence related to the case have been scattered or destroyed over the years.

There have actually been very good arguments made that either the five murders were only five of at least eleven or more, or that the five were not even related at all.

So for those of us with at least a passing interest in the case, I think it is safe to say that the identity of Jack the Ripper remains — and will always remain — a fascinating, unsolvable mystery.




The original Daily Mail article:

The Daily Mail article almost immediately debunked by American mainstream news:

Also debunked by a local British newspaper:

But the story persists:

Why Do We Love the Movie ‘Trick ‘R Treat?’


by Katze Genet

WARNING: spoiler alert. Of course there are spoilers! Ridiculous amounts of spoilers! In fact, this whole article is one big spoiler! If you haven’t seen the movie, DON’T READ THIS ARTICLE. (Why haven’t you watched the movie yet, anyway?)

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If you try to explain Michael Dougherty’s movie in any sort of detail, people are going to look at you like you’re nuts and your descriptions never feel quite right anyway. Child monster named Sam (short for Samhain, the old name for Hallowe‘en) who kills people if they don’t adhere to tradition? Four stories about Hallowe’en night, but they take place backwards and crossways? You learn very quickly to simply say, ‘It’s about the spirit of Hallowe’en,’ and hope that that is enough to convince your friend (victim) into watching the best Hallowe’en movie ever.

Top Ten Reasons Why ‘Trick ’R Treat’ Should Suck

1. It’s billed as four stories, but it’s not.
Maybe this point is a cheap shot, but the very premise is misleading. The four stories are supposed to be (I think): Emma and Harry, the school bus massacre, the principal, and the surprise party. But Emma and Harry’s story really only takes up the first ten minutes or so, and while in some way it sets up the tone of the movie, it’s a predictable jump scare. The school bus massacre story is really two or three stories in one: the kids today, the kids on the school bus (told in sepia-tinted flashback), and the bus driver Mr. Kreeg.

2. The timeline is extremely confusing.
The very first time I watched this movie I found myself saying, ‘Wait, what?’ at least a dozen times. To this day I’m still not sure I have it straight. Reading various reviews and plot synopses for this article, I learned a few things I still hadn’t noticed after over a dozen viewings. If we’re going to count three main stories (the principal, everything associated with the school bus massacre, and the surprise party) they each tuck and weave and jump back and forth. Worst of all, no matter which way I twist it, I can’t make the ending fit the timeline — unless a lot more time passes after Kreeg’s encounter with Sam than it seems.

3. The acting is patchy at best.
Some of the acting in this movie is amazing: Dylan Baker as Principal Wilkins, Anna Paquin as Laurie. Even Brian Cox as Mr. Kreeg is so over-the-top hammy that it’s brilliant. But the rest of the cast leaves a lot to be desired. The film didn’t exactly have a blockbuster budget, so I’m sure their casting fund was blown on Baker, Paquin, and Cox; unfortunately, it shows.


4. The script is stilted.
Oh, my goodness, but the monologue Macy delivers about the School Bus Massacre must have been written by someone who has never in their life told a ghost story by a campfire…. Sometimes a bad script winds up not being that big of a deal, because the actors believe in it. (‘City of Angels’ comes to mind.) But (see my previous point) an awkward script at the hands of mediocre actors is wincingly painful to watch.

5. There are way too many bad jokes.
There are jokes in the script that make no sense. ‘Daddy, don’t forget to help me with the eyes!’ — except the adorable cherubic kindergartner isn’t carving a pumpkin, so why does he need help with the eyes? And, the irony! — that Laurie is dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, considering who she turns out to be. Really? Dougherty couldn’t come up with anything more clever?

6. What / who in the heck is Principal Wilkins, anyway?
Principal Wilkins confuses me. Okay, so his wife is deceased; I don’t think there’s any implication that he killed her, so maybe her death is what set him off. I can run with that. But he’s the principal of a local school — while killing children with poisoned candy, sitting on his front porch, in full view of the entire town, with his son at home. Right. (I presume there were multiple children, because there was more than one body in the hole in his back yard.) Then, just for funsies, he goes out to the parade dressed as a vampire, and kills a woman by biting her to death in a back alley with his fake vampire teeth — again, in potentially the full view of the town. Does he have a death wish? Does he like to kill kids, or women? Or maybe he kills kids because he resents his son and / or students, and he kills women because he resents his wife for dying. Any way you look at it he’s a hot (confusing) mess.

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7. Who / what is Sam?
This might seem like an odd question, but I mean it. Look at the original animated short: Sam is a child in a homemade costume, trick or treating alone way too late and nobody answers the door to give him candy. Then a bad man waylays him in a back alley; but Sam turns the tables, kills the man, and the body is the ‘treat’ that fills his bag. In the movie, he looks the same — except he’s this goblin / troll thing underneath the mask. (He’s supposed to be a pumpkin-head, I think, but he doesn’t look very pumpkin-y; besides which, pumpkins were a much, much later addition to the Hallowe’en myth.) And he’s supposed to be the ‘spirit of Hallowe’en’, going around enforcing the rules, but he looks like no traditional spirit that I know of and he possesses powers I didn’t know Hallowe’en spirits could have. I dare you to read the Sam wiki, because apparently people read even more into the movie than I thought possible and the story gets even more confusing. If you have a single historical bone in your body, you will probably cry.

8. The technical effects leave something to be desired.
I don’t think there’s a single original or interesting camera shot in the entire film: there are wide shots when and where you would expect wide shots, there are close-ups when and where you expect close-ups. I wouldn’t expect ‘Citizen Kane’ – type artistry, but more interesting camerawork wouldn’t go amiss. The same can be said of the special effects, which are generic at best. Some, like the werewolf transformations, are more than a little rough. I could go on, but you get the idea. Again, I know Dougherty didn’t have a stellar budget, but creativity can do quite a bit to compensate for quality, and this film is sorely lacking.

9. The sets are way too crowded.
Almost every single scene is full: crowds of people, heavy woods, dozens of jack-o-lanterns, dozens of yard stake decorations. Even the scene at the ravine, which one would expect should be desolate, is thick with fog and vegetation; darkness would have served the purpose just as well. The movie is often visually tiring to watch.

10. For a movie about the traditions of Hallowe’en, not much time is spent talking about the traditions of Hallowe’en.
There’s bits here and there, I’ll admit. There’s the comic book sequence during the opening credits. (Why the heck is there a comic book sequence in a movie with no attachment whatsoever to comics, anyway?) Principal Wilkins says a little, as does Rhonda, but there are no real explanations why. And the ‘Four Rules of Hallowe’en’ (wear a costume, give out candy, never blow out a jack-o-lantern, always check your candy) seem rather arbitrary — not to mention the last one is rather a modern addition. I would expect at least a little more history in a movie billed to be about traditions.

So Why Do We Love This Movie?

— because, when it’s all said and done, we do! Rabidly! Irrationally!

I think it’s because ‘Trick ‘R Treat’ is the only movie out there that is completely, solely about Hallowe’en. Sure, there are oodles of great movies (and even more not-so-great movies) set on or around Hallowe’en. There are many movies which use the holiday as a vehicle with which to tell the story; there are many movies about Hallowe’en-related things, like pumpkins or monsters or ghosts; there are even a few movies which invoke the ancient festival of Samhain.

But if ‘Trick ‘R Treat’ is about anything at all outside of the twisting, barely-related plots, if it has a single story at its heart, it is about the holiday itself.

Michael Dougherty himself has said on several different occasions that he created Sam in part because he felt like Hallowe’en needs a symbolic, identifying character. Christmas has Santa Claus, Easter has the Easter Bunny, but what does Hallowe’en have? It’s a jumble of contemporary habits and half-forgotten fairy tales.

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Sam stands at the crossroads: his name an invocation of the old holy day, his ability to cross between the worlds of the living and the dead a reminder of the old beliefs, but he’s a pumpkin-headed child in a homemade costume with a candy fixation and the magical abilities of a modern horror movie icon.

Besides giving Hallowe’en fanatics their very own iconic character, this movie also delivers up just about everything. No matter what you love most about the holiday, this movie has it: jack-o‘-lanterns, trick or treating, costumes, urban legends, serial killers, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, the works. And it’s a movie everyone can watch! Scary enough to please horror movie fans, but mild enough for even the (braver) kiddies.

When it’s all said and done, for all its flaws as a movie, ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ is, quite simply, THE Hallowe’en movie.

Looking Forward to ‘Trick ‘R Treat II’

Finally, last year, Michael Dougherty announced a commitment to make a sequel. It was supposed to start filming this year; unfortunately it has been delayed, as Dougherty is now working on ‘Krampus’.

I’m a bit torn. On the one hand, I can’t wait to see Dougherty’s rather twisted touch applied to another holiday; but darn it, there is a legion of very disappointed fans who have been begging for a sequel for years!

It’s a toss-up whether the delay will help or hurt the sequel, which I doubt very much will be able to hold a candle to the first one anyway.

But you know I’ll be there at the front of the line for the premiere!

all images credited to Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, Bad Hat Harry Productions, and Little Sam Films

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The Zombie Club is a social network for fans of dark horror, Halloween and all things zombie.  It is a place to stream the best underground horror movies, find horror stories and zombie comics. Oh, and The Walking Dead of course.

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Baby Girl Halloween Costumes

baby girl halloween costumesBaby Girl Halloween Costumes


Here is the second part of a 2 part in our “two-part series” although that might be a bit fancy. Yesterday, we shared an article about baby boy Halloween costumes and today we’re going to feature some baby Halloween costumes.


Nothing’s more adorable that dressing up your baby in a Halloween costume. That’s just a fact of life. The sun will rise in the morning, the Earth is round, water is wet, candy is delicious and babies look adorable in Halloween costumes.


Our post yesterday looked into some places to order them, shared a little story about one of my first Halloweens (Awwww!) and gave some tips for buying Halloween costumes for babies. Today will be some of the same, with some fresh information as well – geared towards baby girls this time, rather than baby boys.


You can find a ton of great baby girl halloween costumes here. They’ve got everything from ladybugs, to Disney princesses, from pink lambs to baby buntings. There’s sure to be something perfect for the little girl in your life, and it’s from a site you know and trust – so you really can’t go wrong!


Have you taken a look around Halloween 365 24/7 yet?

We always like to remind our visitors that we’ve got all sorts of information about Halloween from planning a PERFECT Halloween party ideas to our famous Halloween count down. You’ll find all sorts of fun and helpful stuff on this site, so take your time to browse around and don’t forget to come back! It’s never the wrong month to celebrate Halloween.


We’ll keep things short today for this particular post, to give you a chance to browse the site and look around a little bit more. Do you have any suggestions of things we can do to improve the site? Make sure you get in touch and let us know so that we can bring you the exact types of content that you want, we love Halloween and want to share it with as many people as possible!

Baby Boy Halloween Costumes

baby boy halloween costumesBaby Boy Halloween Costumes For That Memorable First Halloween!

We might not remember our very first Halloween, but chances are there are some pictures around somewhere. Later on in life, your kids are going to be curious to see pictures of their first few Halloweens, so it can be a lot of fun to pick a really cool costume for them. There are a lot of baby boy Halloween costumes to choose from. If you’re looking for a baby girl Halloween costume instead, scroll down to the bottom and we’ll link you to another article on that topic. Either way, you’ll still find lots of useful information on this page about picking out Halloween costumes for babies!

I remember one of my first Halloweens (But only because I’ve seen the pictures!) I had some fabric draped over me and a sombrero, with a thin black mustache drawn on my face. Earlier that month, my family had taken a trip to Mexico and I wanted to look like the people I saw there. In hindsight, it may not have been the most racially sensitive costume, you may recall a lot of advertising campaigns this past Halloween pointing out that it’s kind of offensive to dress as a particular race for Halloween, but it was all in fun and I guess things were a little bit different back then.

There are a lot of places online where you can order baby boy Halloween costumes, or you can do what my mother did and make them from scratch. It really depends what you’re going for, and both choices are good ones. If you’re handy with sewing and making stuff, it can be a lot of fun and very and a memorable experience to make one from scratch. At the end of this article, we’ll point you towards a few trustworthy places that you can shop for online to find the best prices and the best selection, too.

Last Halloween my nephew dressed up as a cow. It was an adorable little costume that even had a little hat with ears on it. My sister-in-law isn’t too handy with a sewing machine… Don’t tell her I said that… but it was a good idea for them to just buy the costume (in my opinion!) I think they got it at a local store, rather than ordering online, come to think of it. In any case, here are some ideas for making your own baby boy Halloween costumes.

Look around online! We’ve already published some articles about making your own costumes, so take a good look around this site for starters. There are many resources for inspiration. Pinterest is a great place to look for baby costume ideas, too!

That’s it for the topic of baby boy Halloween costumes for now. If you’re looking for costumes for baby girls, check out our baby girl Halloween costumes page. We hope this page has given you some ideas and inspiration because it can be tricky to come up with the perfect costumes.


Halloween Costume Resources:


– Visit our Baby Girl Halloween Costumes page here.

– Click here to see some adult Halloween costumes.

– Here you’ll find our favorite place to order costumes online.


Thanks for looking and as usual – Happy Halloween, all year ’round!

Halloween 2013-Coming Soon

halloween 2013Halloween 2013 Will Be Here Before You Know It, Get Ready!

First of all, Halloween 2013 takes place on Thursday, October 31, 2013. Every Halloween is observed by a number of different festivities and ways to have fun. Some of the traditional festivities include trick or treating, pumpkin carving, having a Halloween or costumes party.

There are numerous ways to have fun on Halloween, no matter which year it is, or which year it will be.However, for Halloween 2013, the Halloween ways to have fun will only get more creative in detail. This, is because each Halloween that passes by is always a little bit better than the previous year before.

So, with this said, all about Halloween 2013 for your information can be whatever you desire it to be in scope and celebration. If a part of celebrating Halloween 2013 for yourself is seeing a Halloween movie or several horror movies for lots of fun.

Halloween 2013 will be the projected release date for the new “Paranormal Activity 5” will open up at movie theaters on October 25, 2013. There is also another movie that is currently in production and slated to be released in the USA on October 1st, 2013. This movie is called “The Last Halloween” and is a horror movie being made by D.C. Productions.

Horror movies are definitely the “it” thing, when it comes to Halloween 2013, or any other annual Halloween for that matter. The Sacramento Horror Film Festival is the place that any horror buff wants to be in the month of October, Halloween 2013. This is because, this once a year big horror event has it all as far as the subject of horror goes. This event is scheduled for October 11th – through October 13th 2013.

Halloween 2013 will have a lot of very unique and scary events going on. Each Halloween that passes by only gets better and better, and this New Year Halloween promises to be a real winner in every frightful way.


Halloween Safety Tips For Kids

halloween Halloween Safety is everyone’s concern.

After yet another long year filled with waiting, anticipation, and finally more waiting –  it’s just about time for Halloween again! Halloween 2012 promises to be a great one. So, you have the costumes all picked out and ready to go, you have picked out some tasty candy to hand out, the kids have plans in place of what they’re going to be doing – what’s left? Now it is time for the boring, but very important stuff. So what is a little less exciting than dressing up and getting free candy? Well, besides just about everything, it’s safety on Halloween. Everyone has their own viewpoints on how to keep their kids safe, but we’re going to be going over some very general guidelines to keep in mind. This is in no way a complete-guide-to-Halloween-safety, but rather a reference and a great starting point!

First of all, and this is mostly just a courtesy rather than a safety issue, but teach your children not to trick or treat at houses that have all of their lights off. This generally means that the person is not interested in handing out candy, and would just like to be left alone. Not only that, but children shouldn’t be wandering into dark yards either, even if it is Halloween. If you see decorations in the yard, pumpkins on the steps, it’s safe to assume they want people to trick or treat at their house, but otherwise just leave them alone.

If your children are too young to go out by themselves, make sure you go with them or that they are looked after by another adult. As a general rule of thumb, if your child is young enough to trick or treat then they aren’t old enough to go by themselves. If they’re still going out at age 12, 13.. that’s generally a good age for children to start going by themselves, it will likely be their last year, afterwards they will probably just want to hang out with friends on Halloween ,or pass out candy at home, or even just relax and watching scary movies – rather than actually going door to door to collect candy.

It’s important to wear some kind of reflective clothing, it doesn’t have to interfere with the costume,. it can be a reflector on the back or a light or any number of options. Just something that cars will be able to see, since when it is dark and exciting on halloween night, that’s when kids tend to forget to look both ways before crossing the street.

A final popular piece of advice that we’ll close on is to not accept candy that is homemade or that doesn’t have a wrapper, or if there is any damage to the wrapper. If you don’t want to be rude, say thanks and smile, but remove the candy before getting home. It is a shame that we have to take this precaution, since certainly the candy would be safe more than 99 out of 100 times, and it is kind of disrespectful for the people who took time to bake treats, however it is definitely a taboo in society and everyone needs to recognize that.

It’s important to be safe and to take the necessary precautions, but don’t forget that Halloween is about having fun! You don’t want to ruin the excitement by being stressed out and worried, kids can sense that and it can put a damper on their fun, too. Use common sense, make sure your kids are easy to see in the dark, make sure all of the candy is wrapped and they’re properly supervised and everything should go perfectly!

Current Event Halloween Costumes

Costumes and Party Supplies

current event halloween costumesWhat Are The Current Event Halloween Costumes for 2012?

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Current event Halloween costumes are all the rage, and have been for a number of years.

It seems that when ever there is some kind of episode, people will flock to there local costume store or costume website to find the perfect costume to emulate there favorite current event.

Current event Halloween costumes can be anything from the Political theater to something as tasteless as a tragic shooting.

Whatever it is, you can bet that people will want to emulate the particular current event.

With the upcoming presidential election, can you resist the temptation to show your support for your party by wearing there visage?

I should think not! Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, whatever your political affiliation, you would be guaranteed laughs if you showed up at your Halloween party showing your support for your favorite candidate.

Or maybe you want to go on the tasteless side of things by dressing as The Dark Knight. Sure, it might not be in good taste, but it is most certainly one of the finest current event Halloween costumes.

There are many current event Halloween costumes out there, and with so many to choose from, it can be difficult to decide.

What ever you decide, it should be noted that you can find anything that you are looking for as far as current event Halloween costumes at your favorite online Halloween store.

Check out some of your favorite online Halloween stores today for some truly great current event Halloween costumes, you are sure to find something that suits your taste preference.

With whatever you decide for your current event Halloween costumes, keep in mind that it is important to keep safe, don’t take things too seriously, and above all, have fun!

Have A Great Halloween!

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