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Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: The Nightmare Isn’t Over! (October, 1981)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2013 by WB Kelso

 
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In the good news / bad news department, it appears the Conestoga 4 may FINALLY be breaking out its creative rut, ad wise, just not for our targeted movie this round. Anyways, Halloween II is the kind of sequel you get when ya combine the writers and producers who weren’t all that interested to begin with with a case of beer and typewriter. Yeah, even though most of the players behind the original Halloween return for the sequel, instigated by Dino de Laurentiis, who guaranteed them all a profit upfront, the end result fails to recapture the magic of the original and shows all the earmarks of those paychecks already having cleared before a camera even rolled. Personally, I love and champion the original Halloween, but I am not a fan of the franchise it spawned at all. And it’s a dogfight between this franchise and the JAWS franchise as to which sequels did more damage to the films that spawned them.
 
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Halloween II (1981) De Laurentiis :: Universal Pictures / EP: Joseph Wolf, Irwin Yablans, Moustapha Akkad, Dino De Laurentiis / P: John Carpenter, Debra Hill / D: Rick Rosenthal / W: John Carpenter, Debra Hill / C: Dean Cundey / E: Mark Goldblatt, Skip Schoolnik / M: John Carpenter, Alan Howarth / S: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Lance Guest, Charles Cyphers, Leo Rossi, Tawny Moyer

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: All Aboard … If You Dare! (September, 1980)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Terror Train is another slasher that proved a lot better than I remembered it being when I watched it again about a year ago. But while the movie was enjoyable, the ads for it’s first run kinda stink. Yeah, the quality of the old Conestoga Four ad mats definitely took a nose dive when the 1980’s hit, with these hastily hacked and pasted together montages, which is both embarrassing and kinda sucks for ad hunters like myself. Feh.
 
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Terror Train (1980) Astral Bellevue Pathé :: Sandy Howard Productions :: Triple T Productions :: 20th Century Fox / EP: Lamar Card, Daniel Grodnik / P: Harold Greenberg / D: Roger Spottiswoode / W: T.Y. Drake / C: John Alcott / E: Anne Henderson / M: John Mills-Cockell / S: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner, David Copperfield, Derek McKinnon, Sandee Currie

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: If You’re Not Back By Midnight, You Won’t Be Coming Home (August, 1980)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Unlike Paramount, AVCO-Embassy couldn’t afford to saturate the country with thousands of prints like its rival studio did for Friday the 13th. (A film Paramount picked up only because it lost the bidding to our a featured feature to AVCO.) And so, Prom Night never really had a proper run at any theater in the Island except for popping up at the drive-in for limited weekend engagement like this one for the next two years or so.
 
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Prom Night (1980) Simcom Limited :: Guardian Trust Company :: Prom Night Productions :: AVCO Embassy Pictures / P: Peter R. Simpson / AP: Richard Simpson / D: Paul Lynch / W: William Gray, Robert Guza Jr. / C: Robert C. New / E: Brian Ravok / M: Paul Zaza, Carl Zittrer / S: Jamie Lee Curtis, Leslie Nielsen, Casey Stevens, Anne-Marie Martin, Michael Tough, Jeff Wincott

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: Proto-Slashers :: Evil Cannot Die — It’ll Just Scare the Seeds out of Your Pumpkin! (February, 1979)

Posted in 1970-1979, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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A Halloween costume contest? In February? For this thing? Kinda makes you wonder if the theater knew what kinda film they had on their hands. But in the Capitol Theater’s defense, I don’t think ANYBODY knew what hit them when John Carpenter’s Halloween spread across the country like wildfire as prints were biked from city to city because no studio would distribute it. Halloween is also a definite transition piece in the Stalk ‘n’ Slash genre. Often imitated, but never bettered, this amazing film will, indeed, scare the seeds out of your pumpkins.

Other Points of Interest:

Film review of Halloween at the Brewery.

Poster campaign for Halloween at the Archive.

 
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Halloween (1978) Falcon International Productions :: Compass International Pictures / EP: Moustapha Akkad, Irwin Yablans / P: John Carpenter, Debra Hill / AP: Kool Marder / D: John Carpenter / W: John Carpenter, Debra Hill / C: Dean Cundey / E: Charles Bornstein, Tommy Lee Wallace / M: John Carpenter / S: Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis, P.J. Soles, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Tony Moran, Nick Castle