Halloween – A Cut Above the Rest
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"This documentary is a look into the phenomena of budget production horror movies and in particular those centred around Halloween. With all the box office hits including the series of Halloween movies starting in 1978 this documentary looks at why these have proven to be so popular and indeed profitable for the film industry.
What are the key characteristics and the elements required to produce a money making horror film with the popularity to allow sequel after sequel to capture this annual Halloween event? The following are some of the keys in “Halloween”:
Boogyman, Spooky characters, pretty teenagers, babysitters, shot in a fast pace, Kids vulnerable to superstition – enter Halloween Haunted house, Blood and suspense, Classic suspense music, Correct casting.
Amazingly the title Halloween had never been used in any other film name!! This became a characteristic movie for the now renowned John Carpenter who worked with Debra Hill on the script and final production of this all time best selling series. Jamie Lee Curtis was cast as the star of the movie very low budget film…the film was produced for only a $120K budget but has grossed millions.