J.A. Kerswell‘s The Slasher Movie Book is, quite literally, a colorful affair. In addition to the myriad posters, lobby cards, and advertisements presented in loving detail, the different sections come in assorted background colors. The rather hefty tome, out now from Chicago Review Press, is a wonderfully illustrated and compiled love letter to the slasher genre.
The fun of putting this together is pretty much impossible to describe. I basically came home from work yesterday, started throwing music on, and just let Audacity record the onboard sound, and whatever happened, happened. I cut all the pauses and gaps out, and what you’re left with is a Halloween show that – while not exactly 100% about monsters and the like, as I did last year – is certainly creepy and eerie and just about perfect for your holiday parties. There’s no announcing, just music and horror movie ads, so you’re good to throw this on at your party. Hope you enjoy it.
Podcast #67, “Ooh, Spooky”
Can we talk about the opening to Halloween? Is there a more classic start to a horror movie? It seems that all the great ’70s genre pictures had their first ten minutes so tightly set up that they could stand on their own as short films. I’m talking the Exorcist, the Omen, et cetera.
However, it’s Halloween that is just especially masterful. It’s shot so well: obscured views, veiled images, perspective shots…really, it’s wonderful to behold. They don’t do the big reveal on Michael Myers until you’re chomping at the bit to see him, either. John Carpenter was spot-on with Halloween, making a movie that keeps you on the razor’s edge the whole way through.