Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Trick 'R Treat!

It's no secret that Halloween is my favorite time of year. Being a horror movie nut all year long, I really go crazy in October. Poor Suzanne. She can't stand horror movies so I'm always running up to my office with a handful of DVDs and it's hard for her to not take it personally. But I can't help myself. I think Halloween should be a national holiday but I guess that would be asking a bit much.

One of the best horror movies to come out in the last decade has got to be TRICK 'R TREAT, Director Michael Dougherty's love letter to the season of ghosts and goblins. I'd been holding off on buying it because the price just wouldn't come down. It was stuck at 14 bucks and I just couldn't do it. It's not that I can't afford it, it's just that after years of buying movies the day they came out, I knew the minute I took the plunge, they'd throw it in the delete bin for 9 dollars. But last week, Best Buy put, of all things, the Blu-ray version on sale for SEVEN DOLLARS (!) and I jumped. Boy, am I glad I did. As much as I enjoyed it the first time I saw it, I downright fell in love with it on Blu-ray. It's got everything. Vampires, werewolves, zombies, gorgeous damsels in distress (sort of), serial killers, kids in peril and, best of all, a brand new horror "mascot." Sam (short, I imagine, for "Samhain") is the commond thread running through four interwoven tales of terror featuring Dylan Baker, Tahmoh Penikett (the dude from DOLLHOUSE), Brian Cox and Anna Paquin, looking surprisingly scrumptious as...well, I don't want to ruin it.

Check out the trailer here:

Sam is such a delightfully designed character that perfectly embodies the spirit of Halloween in a way that Michael Myers could never hope to. He's mischievous, deadly and, well, kind of cute. I just fell in love with the little guy and that's why he's the star of my Halloween banner this year. I hope you like it.

TRICK 'R TREAT is such a fun, wonderful surprise. I didn't think they made these kinds of horror movies anymore. If I'm ever lucky enough to meet Michael Dougherty in person, I'm going to shake his hand and buy him a drink. He made my Halloween. If you haven't seen this terrific little film, do so with haste.


Todd and Sharon are coming down to Richmond to visit the Ringo Ranch (not to be confused with the 'Ringo! Ranch) for a few days. We're planning on running them ragged. If I don't post for a while, that's what I'm doing.



Warren said...

Hey Matt! Happy Spooky Month! I've been enjoying the Hammer films on TCM so far, but I wish they would play the MGM monsters more.

And congrats for making a runner-up with your Captain America redesign! :)

Josh said...

Great drawing Matt! The banner/header looks great too. I like the color scheme. Halloween is a national holiday, isn't it? I always figured it was. Dollhouse should have stayed on the air. I may watch some horror movies myself. Maybe an American Werewolf in London, Shaun of the Dead (actually more of a horror comedy), and Wolf, maybe more.

Tim Perkins said...

Hi Matt,

Superb header bar at the top of the Blog!!!

Love it!

Just checked out the little video too and guess I have to see that with my guys here.

Like you, I have always loved the Halloween period.

Have a great time when Todd and Sharon drop by.



Heywood Jablomie said...

wow that new banner is awesome!! great job matt!

i've been wanting to see that movie for a while now. hopefully i'll get to find me a copy and devour it!