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 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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