Every year, I look for the perfect ugly Christmas sweater. I've never owned a Christmas sweater, because I have never found one that's ugly enough and actually fits. I understand that a poor fit is part of the fun, but for me, comfort is essential. I was very excited to find Archie McPhee's ugly Christmas sweaters this year, and even though the Krampus and Bigfoot styles are awesome, I really wanted the sold-out Cthulhu design. It was then that I realized what needed to be done... I needed to make my own ugly Christmas sweater. Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties are just begging to have a little Creepmas injected into them.
Are you looking for the perfect gifts to give your loved and/or hated ones this Creepmas? If so, my 2013 Creepmas Wish List is just what you've been waiting for! Maybe you need a great present for somebody who loves horror movies. Maybe you want to make other people hate the holidays as much as you do. Or maybe, just maybe, you don't get your fill of putting on a costume and scaring kids on Halloween. Whatever the case, you should find something to scream about among these 13 gift ideas.
You have never seen Elves, the greatest film of all time. That's because the VHS is out of print and a DVD or Blu-ray version would never sell. It's hard to find, but it's worth the effort. You should see Elves. Everyone should see Elves. Here are 13 reasons why. Please note that there are some pretty serious spoilers here. I'm going to give everything away. But it won't matter because you'll never see Elves anyway.
Merry Creepmas! In case you're confused, Creepmas is a response to the intrusion of Christmas happening earlier each year. I've seen Christmas products in stores well before October, but you never see Halloween products after November starts. Creepmas is a good-natured intrusion of Halloween during the first couple weeks of December. I'll be celebrating between now and December 13th.
Created by John Carpenter, Debra Hill
There were several iconic horror movie antagonists before Michael Myers, and there have been several since. He's extremely plain and generic compared to most of his peers. He's also relatively unsuccessful (in terms of both box office dollars and body counts). In spite of all this, Michael Myers is still one of the most important horror icons of all time.
Halloween II (2009)
Directed by Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie initially stated that he would not have any involvement if the Halloween franchise continued beyond his remake. When he realized it was happening with or without him, Zombie decided to return as director of Halloween II and keep his artistic vision intact. The result is a film that fits into the Halloween franchise only slightly better than Season of the Witch.
Directed by Rob Zombie
The success of 2003's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre opened up the possibility of every major horror franchise getting an eventual remake. The Halloween series got yet another fresh start with director Rob Zombie at the helm in 2007's Halloween. Last time I checked in with fans, nobody was on the fence about this film: many outright hated it, while others stood up in its defense. I can't say for sure what effect time has had on this version of Halloween, but I certainly understand why viewers have been divided.
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
The goal of H20, aside from cashing in on the post-Scream slasher revival, seemed to be simplifying the Halloween story and setting it back on course, then putting an end to the whole thing. Everything that film accomplished (or at least set out to accomplish) is undone by Halloween: Resurrection. Much like the killer's return in Halloween 4, this film takes the "nope, he survived certain death after all" approach.
Halloween H20 (1998)
Directed by Steve Miner
What do you do when your horror franchise needs a fresh start, but the original is one of the most important films of all time and should not be touched? You ignore the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth films entirely, and instead make an all new sequel with an alternate timeline. That is exactly what Halloween H20 does, and the result is a film that, even though it has a simplified continuity, manages to be an all new mess of its own.
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Directed by Joe Chappelle
The Halloween franchise is easily separated into pairs of films. The first two fit will together, as do Return and Revenge. H20 and Resurrection continue in an alternate storyline, as do Rob Zombie's Halloween and its sequel. The only two films left after making pairs are Season of the Witch (which stands on its own for what should be obvious reasons) and this film: The Curse of Michael Myers.