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Danny McBride co-writing a new Halloween movie with Superbad director David Gordon Green sounds like a joke, but the Vice Principals star is taking this thing very seriously. In a new interview, McBride spoke about making the series scary again, getting Jamie Lee Curtis to return, and trying to honor a series beloved by so many. That last one is admittedly tricky when you’re literally ignoring every single movie in the franchise except the original, but hey, if there’s one horror series that needs emergency surgery to stay alive, it’s Halloween.

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • John Carpenter confirms the new Halloween will ignore other sequels
  • Kristen Davis wants Sex and the City 3
  • Bad Moms 3? Sure, why not
  • Creed 2 release date confirmed
  • Fantastic Beasts 2 teases a book launch
  • Better Midler is not having this Hocus Pocus remake crap
  • George Romero‘s son is making a Night of the Living Dead prequel

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/Answers: Your Favorite Movie to Watch on Halloween

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. With this week’s edition arriving on October 31, today we’re asking “What is your favorite movie to watch on Halloween?” Read More »

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(Welcome to The Final Girl, a regular feature from someone who has steered clear of horror and is ready to finally embrace the genre that goes bump in the night. Next on the list: John Carpenter’s 1978 seminal slasher film, Halloween.)

Ah, Halloween, my old nemesis. We meet again.

If you remember from my first column, the 2007 remake of Halloween is the bane of my relationship with horror movies — a source of teenhood trauma that forever put me off slasher films…and horror remakes directed by Rob Zombie. The remake that I saw was gratuitous schlock that even I — as a horror hater who was only vaguely aware of the ubiquity of the Michael Myers Halloween mask — couldn’t fathom living up to the far-reaching legacy of John Carpenter’s 1978 original.

The original Halloween spawned several sequels, one of the most iconic horror villains, and the trope upon which my column name is based. And another movie is on the way, with Jamie Lee Curtis set to reprise her role in a sequel that ignores about half of the films in the franchise. So in honor of all final girls out there, I had to pay my dues to the OG Final Girl, Laurie Strode, and watch the original Halloween.

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Edgar Wright favorite horror movies

Bust out the candy corn – it’s almost Halloween. Nothing goes better with everyone’s favorite spooky holiday than a plethora of horror movies, and if you’re having trouble deciding just what to watch, filmmaker Edgar Wright has you covered. The Shaun of the Dead director recently unveiled his personal list of 100 favorite horror movies. It’s a great collection, perfect not just for Halloween, but for whenever the mood to watch a good horror movie strikes you. Get more info on Edgar Wright’s favorite horror movies below!

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(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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Family friendly movies set on Halloween are a dime a dozen, but it’s surprisingly difficult to find true horror films that take place on the holiday. Perhaps it’s an effort to avoid comparisons with John Carpenter’s eponymous Halloween masterpiece, or an attempt to escape cliché. Whatever the case, the few that do make use of the spooky iconography – jack-o-lanterns, costumes, fall colors – are all the more special.

As Halloween fast approaches, here are 11 mood-setting horror films that take place on and make great use of the holiday.

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John Carpenter album

Not only is John Carpenter an acclaimed filmmaker behind some of the best horror movies ever made – HalloweenThe ThingThey Live – he’s also the creator of some of the best horror movie music. Just as E.T. wouldn’t be nearly as effective without John Williams’ orchestral score, Halloween would be a lesser film without Carpenter’s eerie yet simple themes, made up of repeating piano melodies that alternate between sporadic and heart-attack fast. Horror movie music wouldn’t be the same without Carpenter’s contributions, which are just as exciting and influential as his films. While other horror soundtrack composers tend to encroach on an audience with loud, stunning musical cues, Carpenter’s scores hang back; waiting, biding their time, and building dread.

Carpenter is releasing a new album, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, a collection of 13 of his movie themes re-recorded with his touring band. And it’s pretty great. So join us: we’re going through the new John Carpenter album track by track.

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Michael Jackson's Halloween

Some of you might associate the late Michael Jackson with the Halloween season thanks to the King of Pop’s legendary music video for “Thriller,” which was famously directed by John Landis and featured not only some memorable choreography, but excellent makeup effects. But a new CBS special called Michael Jackson’s Halloween could make you rethink that association. A trailer for the special has come online, and strap in, because you’re not going to believe that a major television network is going to broadcast this for millions of people.
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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • One of the key supporting actors from the Indiana Jones franchise wants to return for the fifth film
  • Dwayne Johnson talks about his Fast & Furious spin-off movie
  • John Carpenter clarifies the setting for the new Halloween sequel
  • The Predator gets some electrifying new promo art
  • A new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom banner from a London licensing expo
  • And more!

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