As Halloween approaches, yours truly is having a feeling of déjà Boo! I mean, didn't we do this already – like the Box-Office Weekend of August 28-30?
For Halloween 2009, THIS Really IS IT!
Let's go back, all the way back, five or six weekends ago: The Box-Office Weekend of August 28-30. That's when THE FINAL DESTINATION duked it out for horror supremacy with HALLOWEEN II 2009. THE FINAL DESTINATION won the late summer fright fight, hauling in $27.4 million, as opposed to HALLOWEEN's $16.3 million. Overall, the weekend's box-office was the highest grossing ever for the last week in August. One more box-office record set in this year of recession.
But wait. There's more! As calendar Halloween approaches, the box-office clash of the horror titans resumes. This pillar predict that neither anti-Christ nor vampire will win the Halloween box-office weekend. Clearly, the victor will be the late, lamented King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
When THIS IS IT! Kicks off Halloween Weekend, later this month, harmony will hijack horror; dance will moonwalk over monsters,
and the King of Pop will emerge the King of the Halloween Box-Office. Advance ticket sales virtually guarantee my prediction. In truth, Sony Pictures expects that every ticket for every performance of this limited two-week theatrical release will be sold before THIS IS IT! premieres! Take that, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON.
THE ANTI-CHRIST has come and he looks like a movie star.
But if you want your Halloween to be more Boo than boogie, the box-office will not disappoint, Match-Flickers. And your first Halloween flick starts today:
NIGHT OF THE DEMONS (October 9): In The Big Easy, three friends are among the guests at a decadent Halloween Party, held in an infamous mansion where six people have previously vanished without a trace. The good times roll, then end, when police bust the Halloween debauchery. Soon, seven of the party guests, locked inside the mansion's gates, find themselves fighting ancient demons for their mortal lives and their immortal souls. Why wait another three weeks? NIGHT OF THE DEMONS is serving up the Halloween chills and thrills right
What good is an ANTI-CHRIST without DEMONS?
ANTICHRIST (October 23): Some thing's apocalyptic in Denmark and it's not the cheese, or the Olympics Committee's selection of Rio over Chi-town. In this Danish Halloween horror import, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe play a couple who retreat to a cabin in the woods, following the death of their child. Horror ensues.
Earlier this year, Gainsbourg won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress award for her ANTICHRIST performance. Elsewhere, director Lars von Trier's film has been criticized for misogyny and explicit sexual violence. Starting on the 23rd, you be the judge.
CIRQUE DU FREAK – THE VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT (October 23): Cirque du Soleil, this is not. From long-time purveyor of motion picture horror classics, Universal Pictures, something wicked this Halloween comes. CHICAGO's "Mr. Cellophane," John C. Reilly stars as a vampire in this scary saga of a young teen who unwittingly breaks a 200-year truce between two warring factions of vampires. If you're looking for a thriller on Halloween, THE VAMPIRE'S
ASSISTANT is it.
Every blood-sucking VAMPIRE needs his charming ASSISTANT.
Chris Massoglia stars as Darren, the bored teen who, after becoming newly undead, joins the CIRQUE DU FREAK sideshow of monstrosities. Darren becomes the prized pawn of the warring Vampires as well as their even deadlier counterparts. Don't ask, "Who's bad?" In CIRQUE DU FREAK, everyone's bad.
Dear reader, are you a hack? If so, Halloween may see you heading for SAW VI (October 23): As the sixth installment in Halloween's I Fall to Pieces franchise opens, Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman is the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw's grisly legacy. However, pressured by the FBI, Hoffman sets a game into motion and the scope of Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood. If the previous SAWs slayed you, then you'll probably fall for VI. If you're immune to Jigsaw, then you'll remain unfettered by numero seis.
If none of the above flicks lures you, then there's still ALONE IN THE DARK 2, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, THE STEPFATHER and THE KILLING ROOM, to scare the holy Boo! Out of you.
Happy Halloween, Match-Flickers!
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