laurie strode action figure

Believe it or not, there’s never been an official Laurie Strode action figure. Until now! Just in time for Halloween, the folks at NECA have revealed the first look at the first-ever Laurie Strode action figure, inspired by the new Halloween. That’s right – soon you’ll be able to have your very own facsimile of Jamie Lee Curtis on your shelf.

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At some point in early October, I stopped by Facebook and the top post in my feed was from ScreenCrush’s Matt Singer, wherein he asked what the reader’s biggest cinematic blind spot was. My initial answer has been my go-to for a long time: Gone with the Wind. (I own a copy of the Blu-ray, and I still haven’t seen it. I have no excuses.) But as I thought more, remembering what time of year it was, I realized that I had two other answers: Halloween and Suspiria.

A local colleague of mine had the same reaction as my wife regarding John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 horror film: “How have you never seen Halloween?” (No one in my immediate circle gave me guff for Suspiria.) The film that introduced everyone to Michael Myers is one I thought I knew very well, primarily through cultural osmosis. Having seen Wes Craven’s Scream, I understood the basics of the story, and I’d even seen a couple of brief clips from the film. (As I soon learned, those clips are from literally the last 5 minutes.) And having read the work of critics like Roger Ebert, I knew enough about Carpenter’s many nods to a prototype of the slasher genre, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

I didn’t actively avoid watching either of these films. I’m not a huge horror fan, in part because I don’t enjoy the buckets-of-blood mentality evinced in many pinnacles of the genre. I can admire some horror films, but rarely consider them among my favorites. But something about the concept of slasher films is too gruesome to me to really enjoy. Even the 1960 one-two punch of Psycho and Michael Powell’s unnerving British thriller Peeping Tom are films I admire and appreciate, without being films I want to revisit.

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New Jason Edmiston Halloween Prints

Jason Edmiston is one of the most renowned pop culture artists working today thanks to his famous Eyes Without a Face series of paintings and prints that focus in on the eyes of various characters from film, television, video games and more. Some of his most coveted work has been created in honor of the original Halloween, and now he’s released two new prints in his ongoing series that pay tribute to the new Halloween that has won the box office two weekends in a row. And the good news is they won’t be anywhere near as hard to get as Jason Edmiston’s work usually is.

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halloween box office

Halloween may have shattered box office records for slasher films, but the Gordon Green sequel is set to slash even more records as the numbers from this weekend roll in. The Halloween box office continues to have a strong showing in its second weekend, maintaining the No. 1 spot, while A Star is Born begins to rise over the current October No. 1 box office holder, Venom. And if the numbers continue to be strong for both Halloween and A Star is Born, the two films could see an impressive — maybe even record-setting — total box office haul.

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Jamie Lee Curtis Halloween sequel

There’s been a lot of talk about a potential Halloween sequel in the wake of the new film’s box office success. But one pressing question that’s lingered has been whether or not Jamie Lee Curtis would return for yet another film as ultimate final girl Laurie Strode. We now have the answer! According to Curtis herself, she’d be happy to come back – under one very specific condition.

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halloween review

“Adaptation.” In movies, humanity – whatever the medium – adaptation is integral to sustained longevity. Slasher films once ruled horror wavelengths from a gore-slathered throne, but have since become fossilized designs of the past. In today’s social climate, there exists less movie-watching appetites hungry for sleazy womanizing, death for death’s sake exploitation, T&A filmmaking (though not that all slice-’em-ups followed this formula). Slashers eventually died out when subgenre popularity shifted from the freewheeling ’80s into current “heightened” arthouse visions or Blumhouse/Wan-iverse strangleholds. The year is 2018 and horrors of our everyday life are darker than anything Hollywood can dream up (re: this year’s obsession with familial horror), but we’re due for a slasher renaissance and there’s one new release release primed to surge a new wave of slasher content.

David Gordon Green’s Halloween has the power to rebirth a fresh onslaught of retooled slasher films for the contemporary, conscious, bigger-thinking worldview climate of post-2010 realities. Here’s why.

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halloween sequel

There have been rumblings of a Halloween sequel before the new Halloween even hit theaters, but the information has varied. Now, screenwriter Danny McBride has confirmed that sequel talks have definitely begun, and that he and the other writers have been asked to figure out where the franchise can go from here. More on the potential Halloween sequel below.

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Kids Meet Michael Myers

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, the crew at Tested models an outstanding Judge Dredd helmet using 3D printing. Plus, a video essay explores the effect of film grain on the recent indie thriller hit Mandy starring Nicolas Cage, and some kids have the unfortunate opportunity of meeting Halloween slasher Michael Myers. Read More »

On October 25, 1978, John Carpenter’s Halloween, the original Golden Age slasher movie and greatest of them all, hit theaters. It’s been four full decades now since audiences met Michael Myers, whose reign of masked terror has spanned eleven films. The most recent sequel, also titled Halloween, is the best-reviewed installment in the franchise since 1978 and last weekend, it broke the box office record for slasher movie openings.

Part of what makes Carpenter’s original so great and keeps us talking about it forty years later — even in academic circles, where it’s been analyzed in much depth — is that it’s not just simple sadism for genre fiends. The Library of Congress doesn’t usually select those kinds of flicks for the National Film Registry. Halloween, conversely, was inducted in 2006. Subsequent outings in the long-running, albeit poorly received film series it spawned (not to mention many off-brand imitators) have replicated the teen slasher formula. Too often, perhaps, they muted the subtext of Carpenter’s foundational genre film.

If Halloween were a literary work, you might call it a bloody Bildungsroman, one whose traumatic coming-of-age centers on a girl named Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis. This is a movie with some meat to it, so unearth your knives from the kitchen drawer and let’s incise John Carpenter’s Halloween on its 40th anniversary.

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Halloween at Pixar

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out how the employees celebrate Halloween at Pixar and get jealous that your company isn’t nearly as cool. Plus, a video essay explores what’s so great about Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation, and comedy duo The Merkins give a familiar Backstreet Boys tune a movie slasher music video makeover. Read More »