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John Carpenter’s Halloween Returns to Theaters

Are you sitting down? You better be, because I have news that may just knock you off your feet. This October, John Carpenter’s Halloween, featuring the original mask that spawned so many other Michael Myers masks, is getting a nationwide theatrical re-release. That’s right – evil comes home, again.

This will be the biggest run the film has had since shocking audiences in 1978, and makes for the perfect early kick off to next year’s 35th Anniversary celebration [of the film], states ShockTilYouDrop.com.

In addition, Compass International Pictures, Trancas International Films, Screenvision, and HalloweenMovies.com collaborated to create a one sheet for this October’s U.S. theatrical re-release of John Carpenter’s 1978 masterpiece, Halloween, states HalloweenMovies.com. The poster, designed by artist Austin Hinderliter, presents the ultimate evil in shadow and autumnal oranges, perfect for the October season.


Starting today, a list of participating theaters can be found at HalloweenOnScreen. At the time of writing, no theaters are listed on the website, though one can expect theaters to be added throughout the day. Here’s to hoping one of those theaters is located near me.

With this kind of news, it’s definitely starting to feel like Halloween.

Don’t Be Afraid of the

 

We know, we know: It’s still August, and you’re busy soaking up the last beach rays until next year. Halloween might not be at the forefront of your mind, but it is in ours  and it’s less than ninety days away!

In preparation for the holiday, we want to discuss a topic most people shy away from: phobias. People don’t usually like talking about what makes them sweat  or itch, or vomit, or generally feel lousy — and we understand that. Here, in this blog post, our goal is to expose the most common phobias, as well as let you in on a few phobias of our own. Some of our phobias include a fear of vampires, instigated by a late-night viewing of 30 Days of Night on FX.

First, though, is a list of common phobias experienced by people living in the United States. This list was originally written by Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor, on March 28, 2011.

10. The Dentist

9. Dogs

8. Flying

7. Thunder and Lightning

6. The Dark

5. Heights

4. Other People

3. Scary Spaces

2. Creepy Crawlies (Bugs!)

1. Snakes

If you want to encourage your fears – or face them – we have “Dr. Killer Driller” (dentist) costumes, snake and bug props, and plenty of mood-setters to transform an ordinary space into something frightful. All are available at www.frightcatalog.com.

Now, for the (potentially) self-deprecating part of this post: our phobias. Although not compiled in list form (who can truly rate their phobias using a numerical system?), they are as follows: running out of skim milk before breakfast; ordering the wrong kind of coffee at Dunkin Donuts; the abolishment of National Cat Day (October 29, super-close to Halloween!); and, finally, getting stuck in rush hour traffic during a thunderstorm. One of us FrightCatalogers is also fearful of numbers 10, 8, 7, 5, occasionally 4, 3, 2, and 1 from Bryner’s list.

So, what does this mean? It means, first of all, that adopting a dog is, perhaps, not a terrible idea. Secondly, it means that Halloween a night which used to be known for its pranks and mischief might not be so scary. Halloween is about FUN, candy, haunted houses, hayrides, and corn mazes. It’s about loving the thrill of the scare and daring yourself to, however hesitantly, ask yourself this: What truly frightens you?

It’s Never too Early to Start Planning for Halloween!

For those of us who live in the world of Halloween 365 days a year, the summer season is the hardest. Fall is on the horizon and that means Halloween! But it’s not quite here, yet. You can bring the creeps to the summer heat by planning your Halloween haunts and parties now, before it’s too late!

Here’s how to get the party started in five easy steps:

 

  • Pick a theme Zombies and vampires are popular Halloween themes this year. No matter what you choose, make sure you go all out!
  • Find inspiration Search the web for costumes, d©cor, and Halloween props. Pinterest is a great site to find ideas and inspiration. You can create your own pin board to organize all your ideas online. And don’t forget to follow FrightCatalog.com when you’re there.
  • Buy or build props This is where all your ideas come to life. Props and decorations are an essential part of every home haunt. To add drama, don’t forget lighting, fog, music, and other scene setters.
  • Make the guest list Who do you want at the party? Are you hosting a haunted house for the neighborhood? Will it be a quiet party for a close group of friends or a monster bash that lasts through the night? Get a guest list down on paper and decide on invitations. The possibilities are endless!
  • Decorate & bake When October 1st rolls around, it is officially time to start decorating. We recommend starting on the inside of the house and working your way out as it gets closer to Halloween. Have as much of the food ready the night before as possible, you can always freeze and reheat!

So how soon is too soon to start your Halloween plans? There’s no such thing as too soon!

The History of the Michael Myers Masks

(Update: This post incorrectly cited the source for the following information. The current citation is correct.)

SlipKnoT, a member over at Michael-Myers.net, collected the history of each mask used in the Michael Myers films. This history ranges from Halloween 1 all the way up to Rob Zombies Halloween 2 remake. So, without further explanation, let’s showcase what they found:

HalloweeN: The mask used in HalloweeN 1 was a store bought mask the Captain Kirk mask. Sculpted from a life-cast of William Shatner in 1975, and sold in stores from 1976 to around 1979. The mask used was bought from a Halloween store, had its eyes cut larger, eyebrow and sideburn hair removed, the hair misted brown, and lastly, the mask was painted white by Tommy Lee Wallace. The mask was worn by Nick Castle, and was worn by Tony Moran in the unmasking scene. It was also worn by various crew members.

HalloweeN II: The mask in HalloweeN II was the same mask used in HalloweeN I. After filming H1, Debra Hill kept the mask very poorly under her bed. Because of the poor condition it was kept in, the mask discolored severely and that’s why it looks the way it does, aside from the fact that Dick Warlock (Myers, H2) had a shorter and wider face than Nick Castle (Myers, H1). Dick Warlock wore the mask.

HalloweeN IV: The mask used in H4s origin has been argued. There are many theories about the origin, most commonly that it is a recast/retool of the 1984 The Mask, made by Don Post Studios. This version of The Mask was never licensed or trademarked, making finding them next to impossible. It should also be noted that this mask didn’t have eyebrows sculpted on they were glued in place. The mask also had white hair placed on first, before it was misted black. The mask was worn by George P. Wilbur.

HalloweeN V: This mask strays from the original design because the director wanted Michael to have an angrier expression as opposed to the blank and featureless face we saw in previous films. When filming a scene, Pleasence (Dr. Loomis) accidentally hit Don Shanks (Myers, H5) in the nose, breaking it. As a result, they had to cut out the nose of the mask and add on a paper thin nose cut off of another H5 mask. The edges of the nose appliance can be seen clearly in a lot of the film. Don Shanks wore the mask.

HalloweeN VI: The HalloweeN VI mask had a very odd goblin type look to it. This mask was sculpted by John Carl Buechler. The mask used in H6 had chemicals rubbed inside and outside of the mask by a disgruntled effects artist, thus destroying most existing copies. This is what made the mask look different in the ending, and re-shot scenes. This is the second time the mask was worn by George P. Wilbur.

HalloweeN H20: There were a total of 4 masks used an H6 mask, retooled by Brad Hardin, used in the opening scenes and a KNB mask, used for most of the primary shooting. As they were wrapping up production it was decided that the KNB mask wasn’t adequate. They hired the Stan Winston FX company to sculpt a new mask which they used to reshoot a lot of the scenes. Lastly, due to time or budget restraints they had to CGI over the mask in a couple of scenes. Chris Durand wore the masks.

HalloweeN Resurrection: The HalloweeN Resurrection mask looked a lot more sinister than masks before it, and it featured painted eyebrows, human hair, and clear features. Brad Loree wore the mask in this film.

Rob Zombies HalloweeN: The mask was sculpted by Wayne Toth and worn by Tyler Mane. It was actually sculpted on a lifecast of Tyler Mane, giving the mask most of Manes features. Toth didn’t account for latex shrinkage so the mask was very tight. In the scene where Michael first puts on the mask you can see where he goes from having the long wig hair to his natural short hair. Because of this, Toth actually had to glue hair inside the neck of the mask, to make it seem like Mane still had long hair under the mask. This is the very first mask to stray beyond just a white face, as this mask has a lot of rot and deterioration combined with shades of black, gray, and green in various places.

Rob Zombies HalloweeN II: The mask was again sculpted by Wayne Toth and worn by Tyler Mane. It was again sculpted on Manes life-cast, making the mask have strong Mane features. Toth sculpted this mask bigger than the H9 sculpt, so the mask would fit Mane more comfortably. As the time goes on the mask deteriorates further, till the point it is just a dirty brownish mask. Michael gets slapped and it causes a part of the mask to rip off, which causes the Exposed look we’re all so familiar with. This is the first film to have Michael’s face exposed through most of the movie.

Black Eyed Kids: Hide Your Everybody

In 1998, Brian Bethel, a struggling journalist at the time, had a strange encounter with something nearly unexplainable. Brian was sitting in his car in a parking lot when he was approached by two boys. They looked younger than the average teenager, but too mature to be thought of as kids. They were wearing normal clothes and had olive colored skin. Brian later stated, I could feel fight-or-flight responses kicking in. Something, I knew instinctually, was not right, but I didn’t know what it could possibly be.

Black Eyed Kids

Black Eyed Kids.

The boys claimed they were on their way to see a movie and had accidentally left their money at home, and they asked if Brian would give them a lift back to their house. Following his instincts, Brian denied to help them. Immediately, the kids became annoyed and agitated, demanding that Brian let them into his car. For some reason, Brians surmounting anxiety and fear led way to actually wanting to let the kids into his car, as if his thoughts were being controlled by someone other than himself. With his heart pounding in his chest, Brian then noticed the coloration of the kids eyes: completely black, like pure coal, lacking pupils or irises.

Sensing that he was dealing with something otherworldly, Brian immediately reversed his car and drove away. Recounting the event, Brian said, I noticed the boys in my peripheral vision, and I stole a quick glance back. They were gone. The sidewalk by the theater was deserted. Where exactly the boys went, no one will ever know. But, one thing is certain: this is the first piece of documentation involving the Black Eyed Kids.

They approach quietly, yet boldly. They’re young, usually teens or slightly younger. They insist on coming inside your house to use the bathroom, the telephone or just for a drink of water. But for some reason you’re afraid. Why? They’re just kids. Then you notice their eyes black, as if the pupil had poured over its banks.

No one really knows anything about the Black Eyed Kids. Some say they are the ghastly reanimation of murders, sufferers, or sinners; however, others claim they are demonic in nature. Regardless of their origin, Brian Bethels interaction with them is not a singular case.

Stephen Wagner, a marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, experienced a similar encounter to Brian Bethels. He was watching a movie at home when he heard a knock on the door. Upon opening it, he was greeted by two kids matching the same description as Brians. When asked later to comment on the event, he said, “I couldn’t take my eyes of their pitch-black eyes; it was like they were sucking me in. I felt horrible and was suddenly frightened for my life, like I needed to immediately take cover. They just stared at me, with those goddam eyes.”

As stated, no one knows the purpose of these Black Eyed Kids. If you have had an encounter with one, let us know about it. Or, you could dress up as one for Halloween and really freak some people out.

The Un-sexy Six. Celebs who won’t be needing a mask this year

“What happened to your face?!”

How some people become famous is beyond me. What is even more difficult to fathom is how people can find certain celebrities attractive when they are so hideous I want to laugh every time I see a picture. I’m not shallow…just honest.

Here is a small list of celebrities who won’t be needing masks this year (There will be a part 2 in the near future I’m sure of it):

Courtney Love

Oh Courtney. I actually do love you. You are the most lovable trashy train wreck I’ve ever laid eyes upon. For Halloween this year, however, I think you can get away with just being you.

Janice Dickenson

Janice. Google her golden years and you will see that she was an absolutely breathtaking exotic beauty pre-surgery days. She’s been raised to believe that looks are the only thing that matters. She may still be banking in the modeling business but her once natural beauty has turned to a plastic nightmare. Maybe she should quit the knife and start working on her personality.

Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling. 9021ohhhh my god your face. I honestly gasp every time I open tabloid and see her face. I just don’t get it. I keep looking at it trying to figure it out but it’s not coming to me. I don’t get it. I’ve really nothing else to say.

Donatella Versace

Versace. You would think with all that money she could afford a better face. Perhaps she could work on a clothing line of designer burkas to help cover up that mug.

Khloe Kardashian

Don’t shoot the messenger! There is no doubt that this one got beat with the ugly stick at birth. The hot genes flooded into Kim with nothing to spare for poor Khloe. She looks like one of those mountain trolls. I know you love the Kardashians but you can’t argue with truth.

Jocelyn- wealthy socialite from switzerland

Jocelyn. Professional bored rich bitch. Would you believe me if I told you this woman actually spent over 4 million dollars  (of her billionaire husband’s money) to look like this? It’s not even human. Who the hell is her surgeon? She actually became famous due to how ridiculous her face is. I can’t stop staring at it. Waking up next to this would be scarier then falling off a 10 story building…. which is sort of what she looks like anyway.

Wizard of Oz Cowardly Lion Deluxe Adult Mask

Actually, the more I think about it. I’m starting to notice something very interesting. Perhaps she is the long lost sister of the Cowardly Lion? Or maybe gearing up for Wizard of Oz on Broadway Thoughts?

Alternative Baby Boy Apparel

Superman Infant (6-12 Months) Costume

Batman Infant Costume

Besides the fact that hell would freeze over, if for some reason by the immaculate conception I, the Halloween Harlot, had a child… I would make it awesome.

Face it, baby clothes are expensive. Add the clothes to the cost of formula, diapers, school, food, etc and you’ve grown yourself your very own financial pocket parasite. Not to mention, kids aren’t particularly the cutest things in the world. Wouldn’t you rather have a puppy? At least you can leave them alone in the house for a few hours while you run errands.

Anyway, I’m getting off subject. If I had a kid, I’d dress it up like something fun every day. At FrightCatalog.com you can find lots of fun outfits for the same price or less than the cost of normal vanilla baby outfits that you’d find elsewhere.

Little Damion, you want to be Superman today? Hell yeah kiddo! Go save the world! The other kids might try to make fun of him, but I mean, how can you -really- make fun of Superman? He’ll kick your ass. Same goes with Batman or a Stormtrooper. Your kid will start a trend in the school yard. Soon, every kid will want it to be Halloween everyday.

Shrek Infant Toddler Costume

Bonus: The kid will use his imagination! Dressing up in different characters encourages the brain to think outside the box. He will also gain confidence. The more you encourage his awesomeness, the more awesome he will be.

It’s also fun to have to dress the kid up because it’s like having a new character everyday instead of a child. It’s entertainment for the parent. Dress him up like a Rockstar and bring him to a Korn concert. The babes will be all over you that’s for sure. Try dressing him up like a Stormtrooper and tell him that Luke Skywalker called and needs him to clean his room to save the world. Kids are gullible. By dressing him up, you make him more gullible. He’ll feel like cleaning his room is his duty to save the world!

He won’t eat his greens? Dress him up like Shrek and tell him Shrek needs to eat green to stay green! Trust me, he’ll eat his greens.

Your Halloween Harlot- Miss Cara Maria

Why live in a boring world? Imagination starts at youth. Make it Halloween every day and not only will you have a constant source of entertainment, but your kid will grow up brighter and way more awesome then those vanilla Gap babies. Make a stand. Viva Halloween!

Mailbag Madness

From time to time we get letters from our customers. Most are people requesting catalogs or placing an order. Some people even send us nice letters letting us know they were happy with their FrightCatalog.com shopping experience. We also get some jail mail.

Then sometimes we get letters like this.

We did the author a favor by editing out his info. I am having a hard time believing that this kid even wants to write this letter. His teacher assigned this homework and he was just banging out a letter to get it done. Are you really hating on sexy costumes? If there are no sexy costumes next Halloween you might as well just cancel it.

Zombie Beauty

gothic zombie girl

This poor thing is one hot mess, but it’s a cool Halloween costume. The dark gothic bride, the brooding mood. When high fashion and hell meet it can create some stunning visuals. The hair and makeup alone must have taken hours. So if you are going to get a costume like this for Halloween make sure you have plenty of time on your hands to get ready. After all getting that “just dead” look can take soem time.

Halloween Gifts for Christmas

Some people may think it’s weird to get a tombstone for Christmas, but we know better. Over the years our hardcore Halloween customers are adding Halloween decorations, masks and costumes to their list for Santa. Imagine waking up Christmas morning and under the tree sits one of our ghoulish props staring back at you. Well that’s become a reality as more and more of our customers are ordering and getting Halloween decorations for Christmas.