Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

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I first came across Dark Night of the Scarecrow on TBS while channel surfing sometime in the early 90’s.  I saw it was a horror movie with Larry Drake, whom I loved in Darkman and Dr. Giggles (but mainstream audiences knew from L.A. Law) and I knew I had to watch it.  The opening of the film and the music set a sinister tone which culminated with a dog attacking a young girl.  I was uncharacteristically disturbed and had to change the channel.  The memory stuck with me and I always planned to catch up with this film.  Flash forward a quarter-century to yesterday afternoon, and I finally watched the entire thing and it has instantly become one of my favorite films. Continue reading

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O.H.M.A.D. 2015 Day 29: Halloween 4: The Return of Micheal Myers (1988)

Halloween 4 UK movie posterTen years after they were burned to death, Micheal Myers and Dr. Sam Loomis are once again returning to Haddonfield.  Halloween 4 retcons their fiery death at the end of the second film; this is normally something that would bother me.  Halloween 4 is so good though that I overlook it and I’m glad they kept the two alive. The film opens with an amazing montage of rustic Autumnal landscapes that should be beautiful, but their bareness makes them unsettling.  The first two films opened with a jack-o-latern, and director Dwight Little (Marked for Death, Free Willy 2:  The Adventure Home) is laying down the gauntlet to let us this one will be different.  Micheal (stuntman George Wilbur) has been in a coma since Loomis (Donald Pleasence, of course) blew up a hospital to kill him and is being transported to a new facility without proper restraints because the Smith’s Grove Sanitarium employees are horrible at their job.  Needless to say, Micheal once again breaks loose and returns to finish what he started while Loomis catches wind and gives chase.  Micheal’s sister Laurie Strode has died (Jamie Lee Curtis had other priorities at this time) but not before giving birth to a little girl Jaime Lloyd (Danielle Harris, Hatchet II, Rob Zombie’s Halloween) who is now in a foster home and in Micheal’s cross-hairs. Continue reading