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Halloween 2016 Special FX Makeup

So you want to take your Halloween costume to the next level this year, but you don’t know where to begin. You don’t have to be a professional makeup artist to make an excellent costume. There are plenty of techniques and products which are easy to use no matter your skill level.

Let’s take a look at some products every aspiring makeup artist should keep in their kits:

Body Paint

Body painting videos have become incredibly popular on Youtube in the past couple of years. The best body and face painters can create spooky looks complete with the illusion of volume and dimension, and it is all done with nothing but paint. For inspiration, just look through Youtube for some great tutorials. They offer some fantastic tips and tricks for creating optical illusions with paints.

Body paints come in cakes, which are activated with water and have a bit more staying power than cream paints. Cream paints come in tubes and offer thick coverage with fewer coats. If you want your paint to last more than a couple of hours, it is a good idea to also invest in some no color powder to set the paint. This will keep your body paint from smudging or rubbing off as quickly.

I recommend investing in a good quality body paint such as Wolfe Hydrocolor or Kryolan Aquacolor. These are professional brands which offer a wide variety of colors and they offer the best coverage.

Adhesives

Spirit Gum and Prosaide are two of the most used products in any special FX makeup artist’s kit. These adhesives are useful for applying prosthetics … and just about anything else.

Werewolves are a good example here. Buy some crepe hair from a costume or hobby shop. Crepe hair is normally used to make doll wigs, and comes in a wide variety of colors. Use a little spirit gum around the edges of the face, and allow it the surface to become tacky. Separate your hair into thin flat sections, and then cut stray hairs on one end with a pair of sharp scissors. Starting at the back and working toward the front, lay each section of hair in the tacky spirit gum. Make sure you are laying the crepe hair so it matches the natural direction of your real hair.

This process works with just about any type of hair, fur, or even small objects like rhinestones. To add texture to a wood-elf or nature spirit costume, use spirit gum to attach craft moss or fake leaves directly to the skin.

Be careful of facial hair, body hair or eyebrows. Spirit gum and prosaide will bond with hair, and can make taking off your costume quite painful. The easiest solution to this problem is to shave the area where adhesives will be applied. Some hair, such as eyebrows can be protected with mortician’s wax and school glue.

Latex

For some more advanced looks, add a little volume with latex, gelatin or wax.

Liquid latex is most commonly used, and can be picked up at any makeup or art supply store. It can be applied directly to the skin with a brush or sponge, or combined with cotton balls and tissue paper to build up volume quickly. Stipple the edges of your creation with latex on a makeup sponge to help blend out your edges for a seamless look. Use eyelash glue around sensitive areas such as the eyes, since it contains latex without the strong smell of ammonia.

This technique is commonly used for making one-off prosthetics, and was widely used in film before prosthetic molds were invented. For a good example of this, check out James Whale’s 1931 Frankenstein. This iconic monster look was made from scratch every day with nothing but cotton balls and latex.

Gelatin

An alternative option for anyone with a latex allergy is gelatin. Gelatin prosthetics can be applied directly onto the skin in liquid form, much like how you would use liquid latex. Or, it can also be poured into a mold for making larger prosthetics.

Here is the basic recipe for homemade gelatin prosthetics:
· 1-Part plain powder gelatin
· 1-Part liquid glycerin
· 1-Part water
· (optional) A couple drops of liquid makeup foundation or acrylic paint for color

Combine ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and heat in a microwave for about 20 seconds. Allow mixture to cool slightly before applying to avoid burns.

Another major bonus to using gelatin is that any extra product made is reusable. If your gelatin sets before you can use the whole batch, just put it in the microwave for another 20 seconds and keep going. You can also make a large batch in a sealable container to go and keep it in your makeup kit for later.

Wax

The last option for making homemade prosthetics is to pick up a container of mortician’s wax. This wax can be found at most makeup stores, and comes in a variety of skins tones. As the name would suggest, morticians use this product on corpses to make them presentable for funerals.

Mortician’s wax can be applied directly to the skin with a palette knife and sculpted to the desired shape. This wax is excellent for creating one-off prosthetics with high levels of detail. However, unlike gelatin or latex, wax does not stretch or bend with the skin. Mortician’s wax is not good for areas which require a lot of movement, such as joins or the brow area.

Use one or all of these tools to create the perfect look for your Halloween costume this year. Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find the best technique for the look you want to create. But most of all, have fun!

13 Nights of REELZ Scary- Horror Movie Marathon

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It’s that time of year again; time to find a horror movie marathon to satisfy our love of being scared. Every channel it seems has their own marathon running, but they seem to be the same films we already own or the same films they show every year. While repetition is fine, sometimes we need to spice it up and find a new channel and a new marathon to catch the scare we really want. REELZ Channel is providing us with that marathon this year with 13 Nights of REELZ Scary which kicked off on October 19th.

We all love Halloween, but REELZ is offering a more non-traditional lineup this Halloween season. Some of the films and shows include;

  • Fame Kills
  • Murder Made Me Famous
  • Ted Bundy
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • The Amityville Horror Murders
  • Psycho
  • The Real Killer Clown

and many more!

That is one killer lineup (no pun intended)! The focus on real-life horror stories makes this marathon just a little more intriguing than the others that are running. There’s nothing scarier than a real madman. As a horror fan that enjoys a wide array of films and documentaries, I am more than excited about 13 Nights of REELZ Scary.

For full program schedule and channel listing, visit reelz.com/reelzscary. For even more from REELZ, like the REELZ Channel Facebook page and follow @ReelzChannel on twitter.

BigtimeTeez Review: Slutty Nurse Costume T-Shirt

Halloween-2014-50-Free-Shipping-990x315Slutty-Nurse-450x450Halloween is just a few days away, and if you’re still looking for a comfortable costume idea, try the Slutty Nurse Costume T-Shirt from BigtimeTeez.

This funny costume t-shirt is simple yet witty. The design is large covering the entire front of the t-shirt. It is soft, so it bends with the shirt instead of bunching and creasing. There are no flaws in the screen printing, no cracks or peeling. It is also holds up to washing and drying, the print does not stick to itself like I have had happen with many other t-shirts that have such a large printed area.

The Slutty Nurse Costume T-Shirt comes in both women’s and men’s sizes. So fellas, if you feel like being a slutty nurse and you don’t want to wear a dress, this is a great alternative for you. The quality of this funny t-shirt is outstanding. The material is soft and breathable yet heavy enough to keep you warm if your Halloween is a bit chillier. It is also preshrunk, and unlike other sites that promise a preshrunk t-shirt, BigtimeTeez is telling theDSCF1252 truth. I have washed and dried this shirt a couple of times now and it is still the same size and shape it was when I received it. There are no weak seams, no holes in the armpit or side seams, so you don’t have to sacrifice quality for a good deal.

Right now, this funny t-shirt and all others are just $9.99! That’s right, the entire stock at BigtimeTeez.com is at the lowest prices they have ever been. $9.99 for a great quality t-shirt is a steal. The economy is a bit rough right now for everyone, so use discount code MISSFIVE (all caps) at checkout for 5% off the already low prices. That is not the end of the savings, right now, if you spend $50 or more, you get free shipping (US orders only).

To purchase the Slutty Nurse Costume T-shirt, CLICK HERE. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the rest of the funny t-shirts from BigtimeTeez.

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BigtimeTeez Halloween Review: Zombie Snacks T-Shirt

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Zombie-Snacks-450x450BigtimeTeez offers the best selection of Halloween and zombie themed t-shirts. The Zombie Snack t-shirt is one of the new designs offered this Halloween season.

The design of this funny Halloween t-shirt is medium to large in size, covering almost the entire front of the shirt. The bright green screen printing on the black t-shirt is very eye catching. The screen printing is flawless, there are no signs of peeling or cracking edges.

The t-shirt itself is soft and breathable, making it comfortable for all seasons and occasions. It is also 100% preshrunk. The shirt is also high quality, there are no loose stitches or holes near the DSCF1268armpit or side seams.

BigtimeTeez has also significantly dropped their prices. This funny t-shirt used to sell for $19.99, but now the Zombie Snacks t-shirt as well as the rest of the t-shirts are now only $9.99. If that is still too high, use discount code MISSFIVE (in all caps) for 5% off your entire purchase. Send $50 or more on a US order and receive free shipping.

For more exclusive offers, new design alerts and more, be sure to like BigtimeTeez on Facebook and follow them on twitter and Instagram (@bigtimeteez).

Halloween DIY: Creepy Tombstones Under $15

Halloween props and costumes can get pretty pricey, so I have decided o take my love of DIY and Pintrest and put together a new section for you, Halloween/Horror DIY. I will continue to do these past the Halloween season.

The first Halloween DIY project I would like to share with you are “creepy tombstones”. Similar props you would purchase in store can run upwards of over $20, but through Pintrest scouring, I have found a tutorial from Dave Lowe Design that will cost you under $15! The beauty behind this project, besides saving money, you don’t have to be Martha Stewart to make these.

dloweJROtfinish1What you will need:

  • Overnight shipping boxes (FREE at the post office or FedEx store)
  • Name plate (made on your computer at home, $2 or less at Officemax)
  • Foamcore ($3.99 for a large sheet at any craft store)
  • Scotch tape ($1-$2)
  • Paint of your choice
  • Faux Stone spray ($5 at craft store)

As long as the mistakes are to a minimum, you will get more than one tombstone out of these materials (except for the box, but they are free).

For more pictures and a full tutorial, visit Dave Lowe Designs by clicking HERE.

If you are on Pintrest, and would like to follow me, I can be found HERE.

Happy Haunting!

Ohio’s Most Extreme Haunt: Haunted Hoochie

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10702187_816365675062236_2547192267003853005_nThe leaves are falling and the air is getting cooler, for most people that means bonfires, pumpkin spice everything and god awful UGG boots, but for the rest of us it marks the beginning of haunt season. If you’re looking for the perfect place to wet your pants, may I suggest Ohio’s most extreme haunted attraction, Haunted Hoochie.

What is the Haunted Hoochie?

We ARE America’s most EXTREME haunted house. The Haunted Hoochie where we are always working hard to make you sick.10696398_821950044503799_5632657520431859987_n

The Haunted Hoochie is located at 13861 Broad St. SW in Pataskala, Ohio. This haunt is not for the faint of heart, mature audiences only. The Hoochie is open NOW! For a full list of dates, CLICK HERE.

What is the price to get in to the Hoochie, besides your dignity when you wet your pants, only $25 (VIP available for $40). You can purchase tickets online HERE.

1375937_652841181414687_523616676_nTo keep up to date on all Haunted Hoochie news or to plan your trip to Ohio’s top haunt, be sure to like the Haunted Hoochie Facebook page, follow them on twitter and of course visit DeadAcres.com.

Below is one of this year’s promotional videos for the Hoochie:

“Armageddon at the Haunted Hoochie”

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Original vs Remake: Halloween II (1981) vs Halloween II (2009)

cooltext1205611622basMKhaMi2tjIL2EghSKrHi3AoaWith Halloween being tomorrow and having previously done the 1978 ‘Halloween‘ vs the 2007 495228.1020.AHalloween‘, I figured it appropriate to compare the original 1981 ‘Halloween II‘ to the 2009 re-imagining of ‘Halloween II‘.  There are way more differences between the sequels to ‘Halloween‘ than similarities.

The openings of both films are vastly different.  In the John Carpenter’s 1981 ‘Halloween II‘, the film opens with Michael walking through an alley.  While he walks through the alley, Michael continues his killing spree with Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis still looking for him.  In Rob Zombie’s 2009 re-imaging of ‘Halloween II‘, the film opens with Michael talking to his dead mother, then flashes to Laurie walking down a deserted street and she is then picked up by Sheriff Brackett.  In the original ‘Halloween II‘, Michael immediately continues his hunt for Laurie whereas in the 2009 version, Michael is loaded into the back of the coroner’s van and hauled off.

The role of Michael Myers in the 1981 ‘Halloween II‘ was played by a different actor than the one that played him in the 1978 ‘Halloween‘.  In 1978, he was played by Tony Moran, but Moran was replaced by Dick Warlock in 1981. Rob Zombie kept Tyler Mane on from his 2007 adaption of ‘Halloween‘.  The 2009 mask was also much more menacing.

The role of Laurie Strode was however kept consistent in both films.  John Carpenter brought back Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Zombie brought back Scout Taylor-Compton.  The main difference in this role in both versions of the film is the level of injuries that Laurie sustained at the hands of her psychotic brother.  Laurie was much more banged up in the 2009 version than she was in 1981.  Which brings us to the hospital.  In both films, the hospital seems strangely deserted.  Is it just me or do the nurses seem to magically disappear and the security guards seem to fall asleep or take a bathroom break at the perfect time when Michael is walking past a camera?  In the 1981 version, the majority of the film takes place in the hospital whereas the 2009 film is more focused on Laurie’s life a year after the attack.  As a matter of fact, the hospital sequence in 2009 was a nightmare that Laurie was having and not actually happening.

Another big difference is where Michael is located in the films.  In John Carpenter’s original, he is never caught and continues his hunt for Laurie.  In Rob Zombie’s version, as previously mentioned, he is loaded in a coroner’s van and hauled off.  Michael eventually escapes and begins his long journey back to Haddonfield.  We actually get to see Michael without his mask.  The main focus of Michael is also very different in both versions of the film.  In 1981, Michael is still hellbent on killing his sister.  In 2009, Michael wants to show Laurie that she is his sister and he wants to bring her home and reunite his family.

There is a huge difference in the character of Dr. Samuel Loomis.  Donald Pleasence and Malcolm McDowell both return in ‘Halloween II‘ to play the iconic role.  Loomis continues to be the creepy good guy in 1981.  In 2009 however, Loomis becomes an egocentric jerk and becomes kind of a villain.  I personally like the changes that Rob Zombie made to the character of Loomis.  He writes a book exposing Michael’s family and childhood also revealing that Laurie is actually Angel Myers, Michael’s baby sister.  I also loved the nod at ‘A Clockwork Orange‘ in the 2009 ‘Halloween II‘ when Loomis was giving a speech to the press defending his new book.  He says “Let me make things nice and sparkling clear” which was also a line spoken by Alex in the 1971 classic.  In 1981, Loomis speaks more of supernatural forces controlling Michael whereas in 2009, Loomis makes Michael out to just be an unstoppable psychopath.

One of the biggest differences in the return of Annie Brackett in 2009.  In the original series, Annie dies in the first ‘Halloween‘ film, but Danielle Harris returned in the re-imagining as the ballsy Annie Brackett.  Unfortunately, Annie does eventually meet her demise when Michael makes his return to Haddonfield and finds out that Laurie is living with the Bracketts.

Rob Zombie had it right in his evolution of Laurie.  I mean come on, having an experience as crazy as that is bound to mess you up.  In 2009, Laurie becomes more hard and slightly crazy.  She has horrible nightmares.  I love that Laurie’s nightmares seem to link her to Michael and she seems to begin to see what he sees and she begins to feel his emotions.  I thought this was kind of a nice salute to the connection that Jamie Lloyd and Michael Myers shared in ‘Halloween 4‘ and ‘Halloween 5‘.  Laurie finds out in 2009 that she is Michael’s sister, but in 1981 she had no idea.

I loved Michael’s hallucinations in the 2009 re-imagining.  I feel like it gave more depth to the mind of Michael Myers and what drives him to do what he does.  I also liked that they eventually had Laurie begin to share in these hallucinations when she was in close proximity with Michael.

Another honorable mention for Rob Zombie’sHalloween II‘ are the cameos he had.  As a fan of ‘Sons of Anarchy‘, I quickly recognized Dayton Callie (Unser) and Mark Boone Jr. (Bobby).  Sadly though they both become victims of Michael and are not with us very long.

The endings of both films are complete day and night to one another.  In 1981’s ‘Halloween II‘, Loomis and Laurie blind Michael, while still stuck in the hospital, and Loomis blows up the room while he and Michael are still trapped inside of it.  Loomis is then presumed dead while Michael of course makes an escape.  The ending was kind of a snorefest.  The 2009 ‘Halloween II‘ ending however was much more exciting.  Michael brings Laurie to an old shack on the side of the road.  Laurie begins to hallucinate young Michael and their dead mother.  The police surround the shack and instead of Michael coming out, Laurie dawns the mask and sort of transforms into her brother.  The police shoot Laurie, but she does not die.  The very closing of the film, we see Laurie in a mental hospital and she again sees her mother and gives a wicked smile opening a door to the thought that we may see Laurie take Michael’s place as the resident loony with a stabbing fetish.

In this ‘Halloween II‘ edition of Original vs Remake, I am going to have to go with the 2009 re-imagining.  The whole basis of the film was more exciting than the original.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love the 1981 classic, but when a film is essentially an hour and a half of running around a hospital it tends to get a bit boring.  I will rarely pick a remake or re-imagining over an original, but Rob Zombie really gave ‘Halloween II‘ a much needed face lift and gave new life to such a fantastic franchise.

 

BigtimeTeez Review: Halloween Edition: “Ask Me How Much I Love Brains – Zombie T-Shirt”

BigtimeTeez Header LogoHalloween-headlineAsk-Me-How-Much-I-Love-Brai-340x340This is the last of the BigtimeTeez Halloween reviews and I have saved the best for last.  Not only is the “Ask Me How Much I Love Brains – Zombie” t-shirt a funny t-shirt, but it doubles as a costume too.  Ladies, I will caution that you wear a cami or a tank top under this t-shirt if you are planning to have this shirt double as a costume.

The “Ask Me How Much I Love Brains – Zombie” t-shirt is sort of self explanatory DSCF8119when it comes to the design.  On the front, written across the chest in silver/gray is the phrase “Ask Me How Much I Love Brains“.  This is where the t-shirt seems normal, but if you lift the front of the shirt, at the bottom is a zombie face that goes over your face.  Hence the zombie portion of the title of this funny t-shirt.  Everyone that has seen me wear this t-shirt loves it. Even my 3-year-old nephew finds it funny.  The screen print of the designs are perfect.  No cracking or peeling around the edges, even where the lines are thinner.

One of my favorite things about the funny t-shirts from BigtimeTeez has to be the quality and comfort DSCF8127of the t-shirts themselves.  I mean one of the main reasons for wearing a t-shirt is comfort right?  This t-shirt, like the others that BigtimeTeez offers is preshrunk, and unlike other places that promise this, theirs really are.  I have washed and dried the “Ask Me How Much I Love Brains – Zombie” t-shirt several times and it has yet to shrink or lose its shape. This funny t-shirt is offered in men’, women’s and kid’s sizes.  For those of you that have warmer Halloween’s, this t-shirt is also available in an adult tank top (men’s standard sizes).  Because this funny t-shirt is one that you flip up, it is not available as a hoodie.  It is available in many t-shirt color options.  If you are not a small person, no need to worry, BigtimeTeez offers their t-shirts all the way up to size 5XL.  If you have been jaded in the past by an online t-shirt company because the shirt was not true to size, you don’t have to worry about that here.  Every t-shirt I have ever received from BigtimeTeez has been true to the size chart.

The “Ask Me How Much I Love Brains – Zombie” t-shirt starts at only $16.99 (depending on size and style options). Compared to other BTT Free Shipping Side Banneronline t-shirt companies and t-shirts similar to this you would find in the mall, and many times these are limited in size and color options, this is a very low price, even with shipping.  BigtimeTeez has always shipped fast and they do ship to the UK.  If this is not a low enough price for you, use code miss15 at checkout for 15% off your entire purchase (not valid with other offers, no minimum purchase required, US & UK orders). BigtimeTeez also offers free shipping on orders of $50 or more (US orders only, not valid with other offers).

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Original vs Remake: Halloween (1978) vs Halloween (2007)

cooltext1205611622halloween-movie-poster-1020189584John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween has been one of the most viewed and talked about horror hh2films in the history of the genre.  As a matter of fact, it was the first horror movie I saw.  In 2007, John Carpenter’s classic got a reboot from the disturbed mind of Rob Zombie.  Being a fan of the original Halloween and Rob Zombie, of course I went to see it and of course I had to add the film to my collection.  Anytime a remake or reboot comes about, the first thing anyone does is compare the film to the original.  I decided to sit down and watch both the original and the reboot back to back and add Halloween to my Original vs Remake series.

LaurieStrode_-_Curtis_&_Taylor-ComptonThe first comparison I made was the role of Laurie Strode, the sister and main target of Michael Myers.  In 1978 the amazing Jamie Lee Curtis put on her innocent face to grace the screen as he damsel in distress turned badass heroine.  Jamie Lee Curtis could never be topped in the role of Laurie Strode.  In the 2007 reboot,  an actress new to the scene, Scout Taylor-Compton was cast as Laurie.  In 1978, Laurie was much more reserved and timid whereas in 2007 she was more outgoing and not nearly as standoffish.  Both films portray Laurie as the more innocent one of her group of friends.  Scout did an incredible job resurrecting the iconic role, but she did not sell it as well as Jamie Lee.

The next most vital role is obviously Michael Myers.  In 1978 Tony Moran played the masked Tyler Mane as Michael Myers in Halloweenpsycho and in 2007 the very large, intimidating Tyler Mane reprized the role.  Tony Moran was of course amazing, but Tyler Mane’s Michael was much more menacing.  Tyler was larger and his movements were much more brutal.  Michael’s kills in the 2007 Halloween were much more gruesome than those in the 1978 Michael_Myersfilm.  In the battle of Michaels, I am going to have to give it to Tyler Mane.  

The most iconic image from the Halloween franchise is without a doubt, Michael’s white mask.  The masks are drastically different in both films.  The 1978 mask was not very detailed and seemed to be very loose fitting and it did not have many human characteristics.  In 2007, Michael’s mask was much more defined and tighter fitting.  You could tell that there was a human face behind the mask.  In the battle of the masks, I would have to say that Tyler Mane’s mask in the 2007 Halloween wins this one.  Michael’s face does not seem as blank and I love that he has more human qualities to his face.

225px-SamuelLoomis_-_Pleasence_&_McDowellOf course Halloween would not be the same without Dr. Samuel Loomis, Michael’s doctor.  Both the original and the remake had icons playing this role.  In 1978, Donald Pleasence played the role and in 2007, Malcolm McDowell dawned the tan trench coat and pursued Michael around Haddonfield.  The role in both films, in my opinion, is kind of a creepy one.  Loomis is a very complex character, he’s a good guy, yet he’s very conflicted.  Both Pleasence and McDowell did an incredible job in the role, and it is almost impossible for me to choose which one I liked more as Loomis.  So, when it comes to this role, I’m calling it a draw.

Now to compare the contents of the films.  Both films have the same characters and the same basic concept.  One thing that I did like more about the 2007 reboot was that we got to see more into the mind and life of young Michael Myers.  Being able to see more into Michael’s past makes him easier to understand and much more a sympathetic character.  In the 1978 classic, we only see young Michael when he dawns the mask and kills Judith, but in 2007, his rampage is much more brutal and his body count is much higher.  It was great to see the hell he went through at home and at school that makes him snap.  It gave the film much more depth and more of a story to build on.  In John Carpenter’s Halloween, we are not quite sure what happens to Michael’s parents, but in 2007, we see that he kills his step-father/mother’s boyfriend and that his mother kills herself after a very traumatizing visit to see Michael in Smithsgrove.

In the 1978 film, Michael moves more like a mindless killing machine, which I guess would kind of make sense. However, in 2007 Michael moves with more calculation and his actions are much more methodical and thought out.  I like the actions of Michael in Rob Zombie’s Halloween more than his actions in John Carpenter’s film because if you really think about it, he has had 15+ years to think about what he is going to do, so his actions should appear to be more thought out.  In 1978, Michael seems to be on a mission to kill Laurie, but in 2007 he seems to be on more of a mission to bring her home and make her understand that she is his sister.

In 2007, we see Michael kill the Strodes on his destructive path to find his baby sister, but in 1978, we have no clue what happens to them.

hal03-300x154Laurie of course has her group of party girl friends, Lynda and Annie.  In both films, Lynda2_Halloween_071122093758557_wideweb__300x375 and Annie were much more outgoing and sexually driven than Laurie.  In 1978, PJ Soles and Nancy Kyes/Loomis play the mischievous duo.  In 2007, Kristina Klebe plays Lynda and a veteran to the Halloween franchise, Danielle Harris plays Annie. Of the teenagers killed on Halloween night by Michael Myers, one of the most memorable ones is Lynda.  In both 1978 and 2007, Lynda’s iconic death is the same.  Lynda and her boyfriend fooling around in the Myers’ house and when they are finished Lynda has her boyfriend get her a beer.  On his way back he is brutally killed by Michael and Michael then dawns a sheet and her boyfriend’s glasses and enters the room Lynda is in.  After some bitchy lines from Lynda, Michael hands her the beer and then proceeds to strangle Lynda.  I am glad they kept that kill from the original the same.  Annie however has a different fate in both films.  In 1978,  Michael is in the backseat of Annie’s car and when she gets in to go pick up Paul, Michael reaches to the front seat and straggles her.  However, in the 2007 reboot, Paul picks Annie up after she drop Lindsey off to Laurie and they head off for a rendezvous.  While they are messing around on the couch, Michael channels his inner voyeur and watches them for a bit then proceeds to kill Paul.  Annie however tries to run away and Michael catches up to her and stabs her a few times, but Laurie finds Annie still alive laying on the floor.

In both films, Michael finally gets a hold of Laurie and takes her to their childhood home.  In both films, Laurie sees Lynda laying at the foot of Judith’s tombstone in the basement of the Myers‘ house.  In the 1978 film, Annie is also in the basement, dead with Lynda, and we all know that in 2007’s adaptation, Annie survives and is not in the basement with Linda.

Loomis_saves_LaurieThe endings to both films were different yet similar.  They were both very open and left Laurie_shoots_Michaelroom for a sequel.  Both involved Laurie, Michael and a gun.  In the original, Michael finds Laurie in a closet and she stabs him in the eye with a coat hanger then Loomis enters the room and shoots Michael and he falls out the upstairs window.  When they look out the window, Michael is gone.  In the reboot, Laurie tries to shoot Michael but the gun jams then Michael tackles her out the window.  Laurie lands on top of Michael and then she repeatedly tries to shoot him, but the gun does not go off.  Finally, the gun goes off and she shoots Michael in the head.  The movie ends with Laurie sitting on top of Michael screaming.

In this edition on Original vs Remake: Halloween (1978) vs Halloween (2007), I am giving the title to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved Rob Zombie’s reboot, but when it comes to such an iconic film, nothing tops the classic.

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