Halloween

Cracked Movie Club #17 October 26, 2017

John Carpenter month continues on Cracked Movie Club! In 1978, a young independent filmmaker named John Carpenter was approached to direct a movie called The Babysitter Murders, about a group of teenage girls being stalked by a killer. A title change and a William Shatner mask later, Halloween was released, launching Carpenter into the mainstream (or as close to the mainstream as he ever got) and setting the template for slasher films (and unabashed cash-ins) like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare On Elm Street for years to come.

On this week’s episode, Tom is joined by Cracked’s Alex Schmidt and bestselling horror novelist Jason Pargin aka David Wong as they discuss how the cultural landscape of America when Halloween was released contributed to the film’s success, the charming low-budget ingenuity that went into the film’s surprisingly sparse production, and how the movie’s male hero Dr. Loomis is easily the worst psychiatrist in the history of the universe.

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