“Happy, happy Halloween, Halloween, Halloween.
Happy, happy Halloween, Silver Shamrock!”
And so the ad goes throughout the movie to promote Silver Shamrock Halloween costumes.
But this tune may be the only thing that truly haunts throughout the movie as it struggles to make its mark.
Let’s get the elephant out of the room straight away shall we?
Yes this is a Halloween film, and no, it doesn’t have Michael Myers in it.
Some of you not familiar with the journey that the Halloween franchise took, may be scratching your heads and wonder how that can possibly be.
Can you imagine a Nightmare On Elm Street movie without Freddy Krueger?
Well, apparently writers John Carpenter and Debra Hill wanted to shift the format away from the slasher genre that the franchise had been so closely associated with.
In their mind, the world of Michael Myers had been explored and tried.
So their intention was to turn the franchise into an anthology series, taking on a different theme with each movie.
This has been both its strength and its Achilles heel.
Many fans of the series so this change of direction as a big let down in their expectations, but others have found a new love of the movie and in some cases has been described as a cult and much more appreciated in more recent years.
So, does the movie tarnish the franchise?
Can it really be described as a cult movie?
The Surgeons of Horror team takes on the challenge to answer these questions in our latest podcast, which you can listen to below.
– Saul Muerte