THE BASEMENT’S HALLOWEEN HAVEN: Must Watch Movies for the Halloween Season

There are so many facets to the Halloween season. There’s decorating, picking out and wearing costumes, listening to spooky music and of course there’s trick-or-treating. Another big part of the season is movie watching, and there certainly are many out there that are perfect to set the mood for October. This is not a count-down list but a listing of random movies that I try to watch every year leading up to Halloween.

HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1983)

I know a lot of people didn’t like HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH, mostly due in part to the fact that it didn’t continue the Michael Myers storyline from parts one and two. Even though the basic story of this movie is totally unbelievable, on the verge of being ridiculous, it is still a fun movie and if you are willing to suspend your disbelief, you will enjoy it! The cast is fun and the special effects are gruesome enough for most gorehounds. I also enjoyed the limited look at the inner workings of Don Post Studios, who actually made the skull, witch and pumpkin masks used in the film. Both Tom Atkins and Stacey Nelkin are great here.

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THE BASEMENT BLU-RAY REVIEW: Gamera The Complete Collection by Arrow Video

To capitalize of the success of Toho’s Godzilla series, film company Daiei created a giant monster of their own, Gamera. This series began in 1965, a good 11 years after the start of the Godzilla series. The early films, during the Showa era, were definitely geared more for kids as children would almost always be a big part of the storylines. With that in mind, these films also tended to be more violent, with injuries produced during the monster fights showing a lot of flowing blood. The budgets were always much lower than the Toho films and though this oftentimes showed, it did not detract from the overall enjoyment of these films.

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MONSTER KID MEMORIES: The Creature Double Feature

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Remembering back to when I was a kid, I have come to realize that I was quite the loner. Though I had friends at school, I rarely hung out with them after school or on weekends. With that being said though, I had no issues keeping myself entertained, especially on weekends. During the 70’s, one of the things I looked forward to the most on the weekends were monster movies, especially those shown every Saturday afternoon on WLVI channel 56 out of Boston. The show? The Creature Double Feature.

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THE BASEMENT BOOKSHELF: “Savini: The Official Biography”

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If you’re like me, and are a fan of the horror movies of the eighties, then the name Tom Savini should be something that you are very aware of. He took realistic, practical special effects to a new level, especially when it came to gore. To this day his effects hold up and only a handful of people have been able to accomplish what he did. He ended up becoming a household name to fans of the horror genre and readers of Fangoria Magazine.

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