Halloween 3

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: Halloween III: Season of the Witch, which famously abandoned Michael Myers, is actually the best of the many Halloween sequels.)

The Halloween franchise has given birth to an entire candy bowl full of sequels, yet none are as reviled as Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Even the abysmal Halloween: Resurrection, which features Busta Rhymes drop-kicking Michael Myers, seems to garner more respect than Season of the Witch. It’s the black sheep of the family. The odd film out. The one that even the film’s producer Irwin Yablans thinks of as a huge mistake.

Yet beneath all the ire lies a wonderful, weird horror movie that should’ve been the start of bigger and better things for the franchise. Instead, the film disappointed so much that it would be another six years before another Halloween film graced movie screens, in the shape of a film that returned the franchise to its normal roots and take it down a path toward mediocrity.

Major spoilers are found throughout this article.

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kurt russell snake plissken

Of all iconic characters Kurt Russell has played, one stands above the rest, on a mountain of bodies, smoking a cigarette and rocking an eyepatch. I refer, of course, to Snake Plissken, the central figure of John Carpenter films Escape from New York and Escape from LA. Russell’s portrayal of the criminal turned hero popped off the screen in a way that still resonates with fans today. However, Plissken was created in another time and the character strictly lives on the big screen.

That wasn’t always the plan though. It’s not a surprise producer Debra Hill, along with Russell and Carpenter, were ahead of the curve just a few short years ago when they attempted to turn Plissken into a multimedia entity, something that’s almost expected today. In the early 2000s, plans were in place for both a video game as well as an anime series, neither of which ever saw the light of day.

Below, not only can you see some gameplay from the cancelled game Snake Plissken’s First Escape, you’ll see concept art from an anime style TV show called Snake. Read More »

Two great movies honoring a fantastic filmmaker with proceeds going to charity, and you get a Mondo poster. It’s hard to imagine something better than that.

Debra Hill, one of the pre-eminent producers of the Eighties and Nineties, passed away in 2005. She left not only a legacy of great films (Escape from New York, Clue, Adventures In Babysitting, The Fisher King) but a commitment to emerging producers and those two passions come together on October 26 and 27 at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, CA. There, the Producers Guild of America will host the inaugural Debra Hill Film Festival, featuring Big Top Pee-Wee and Halloween on consecutive nights with very special guests and very special posters. For Pee-Wee, Paul Reubens will be on hand along with director Randall Kleiser and co-star Penelope Ann Miller. The poster is by DKNG Studios. For Halloween, John Carpenter will be on hand with a poster by Ken Taylor.

After the jump, find out how you can buy tickets right now and check out both posters. Read More »