Dunwich, Gerina. The Pagan Book of Halloween, p. After one's own birthday, the two major Satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht May 1st and Halloween. LaVey, Anton Szandor. The Satanic Bible , p. It [Halloween] gives even the most mundane people the opportunity to taste wickedness for one night. They have a chance to dance with the Devil. The Satanic Calendar decrees for Halloween: "One of the two most important nights of the year.
Blood and sexual rituals. Sexual association with demons. Former occultist Johanna Michaelsen reveals, " Halloween is also a prime recruiting season for Satanists. Like Lambs to the Slaughter , p. The popular associations of Halloween are derived from ancient Celtic and Druid pagan religious customs. Mather, George A. Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult , p. Samhain was a vital part of Celtic culture, its rituals were passed from generation to generation through the oral tradition of the Druids.
In many instances, according to the confessions of the witches, besides their direct worship of the devil, they were obliged to show their abhorrence of the faith they had deserted by trampling on the cross, and blaspheming the saints, and by other profanations. Spence, Lewis. An Encyclopedia of Occultism , p. He is. Lord of the Underworld [Hell]. He is named. Angeles, Ly de. Witchcraft: Theory and Practice , p.
One popular tale, tells of Jack who tricked the devil in a deal for his soul. They proudly decorated their houses and temples with bloody severed heads. The Druids believed the head housed the soul, hence the light or candle in the skull. Trophy, charm, or ornament, the human head figured prominently in Celtic life.
Warriors hung enemy heads on their houses as a show of prowess, and Druids, believing that the head harbored the soul, placed skulls in sanctuaries to ward off evil. National Geographic , May , p. Carved and illuminated by a candle, they are symbolic of death and the spirit world. Every year on Halloween, many children throughout the world dress up in costumes and go door to door in a ritual known as trick or treating.
Whatever the wrinkles, the root assumption is the same: trick or treat had its beginning in the Celtic dawn. Santino, Jack. Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life , p. Masks are contacts to the spirit world to invite the spirit to "possess" them. In rituals, a person wearing a mask of a god or spirit often feels possessed by the supernatural being. World Book , p. The person wearing the mask feels internally transformed and takes on temporarily the qualities of the god or demon represented by the mask.
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The "melting staircase" as seen in Nancy's dream was created using pancake mix. Wes Craven originally planned for the film to have a more evocative ending: Nancy kills Freddy by ceasing to believe in him, then awakes to discover that everything that happened in the movie was an elongated nightmare.
However, New Line leader Robert Shaye demanded a twist ending, in which Freddy disappears and the movie all appears to have been a dream, only for the audience to discover that they are watching a dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream, where Freddy reappears as a car that "kidnaps" Nancy, followed by Freddy reaching through a window on the front door to pull Nancy's mother inside. As a result, Craven who never wanted the film to be an ongoing franchise , dropped out of working on the first sequel, Freddy's Revenge There were scenes cut from the finished film due to timing and to obtain an R rating.
Tina's bloody body hitting the bed after her death was cut, as was Glen's body rising out of the bed after his death. There are also a few scenes of dialogue between Nancy and each of her parents, that was cut for timing. Some of these scenes can be seen on the 2 disc DVD set that was released in , but only in the documentary and not as a separate feature. All of these scenes and more can be seen on the limited edition VHS set that was released in , but is long since out of print.
The film performed moderately well commercially with little advertising — relying mostly on word-of-mouth. Variety said the film was "A highly imaginative horror film that provides the requisite shocks to keep fans of the genre happy. Since its initial release, critics have encouraged and praised the film's ability to rupture "the boundaries between the imaginary and real,"  toying with audience perceptions.
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He finally comes to get her and then all hell breaks loose. One of the major players in this film is the locale. The hospital is dark and quiet and rather empty. And that adds to the atmosphere of the film. It gives us lots of long hallways so we can have a few shots of Michael hunting his prey. What we also get is an array of rooms to 86 his victims in and a slew of weapons to do it with. Rick Rosenthal directed this film and I am amazed that he really didn't go on to do much because he almost copies Carpenter's style to the tee here.
Brilliant in particular are two shots. One is where Michael appears out of the darkness in one room to attack his victim. The lighting is solely responsible for the affectiveness of this shot and it works so well that it still gives me the shivers when I watch it. The second is when Micael attacks one of the nurses while Laurie watched helplessly from a distance. It is that good. And if you don't agree with me, watch it againby yourself and then answer that question. This is only the beginning!!!
This is one of the best sequels to a movie that I have ever seen. Please read my review on "Halloween" to understand what this review means. Anyway, "Halloween II" starts off exactly with the end of "Halloween.
What you see at the beginning is the actual end of Halloween, then when Dr. Loomis played by Donald Pleasence comes out of the house don't want to ruin it for anyone is when they started filming for "Halloween II. This movie brings on a new cast considering it takes place in a hospital.
There is Nurse Karen played by Pamela Susan Shoop who, I think, has the most gruesome death of all, Jimmy, played by Lance Guest who is a paramedic and likes Laurie, Budd who is a real jerk, along with people from the first "Halloween. Loomis track down Michael, Marion Chambers Nancy Stephens is back and is the nurse that tried to transport Michael to a different ward in the first one and tells a horrifying secret to Dr.
Loomis about Laurie and her connection to Michael, which explains why he's after her. This film has more gore than the first, or shall I say "just has gore" the first one didn't but it is ok, not too groes, and the score is very good, which is once again performed and written by John Carpenter.
He has re-recorded all the songs from the first movie and has put even more synthesized tones in them. It isn't over until you see this. The gore is upped in this one. There are a couple of good stalks in the hospital but character development and the payoff isn't here as in original. Loomis and Laurie are great. Some very unecessary kills too. I don't mind how they establish that Laurie is Michael's sister but a direct followup on the same night as original doesn't seem to work. I wish a little time had lapsed and they followed similar plot-builds as H1.
The ending chase scene should have gone on longer, those are the best parts. Trying to hide from Michael when he's lurking is effective. Random kill scenes of characters we dont care about was let-down and sign of the slasher times it seems.
Sham33 14 January Great sequel. That's all I can say! Michael Myers looks even more brutal than in the original. Halloween is my favorite horror movie of all time and it's great to see how they come up with this sequel. The score is again composed by John Carpenter. The thing that really made me think a lot is that Rick Rosenthal directed the best and the worst Halloween sequel: Halloween II and Halloween Resurrection.
Maybe Carpenter had a lot to do in this movie. I also liked the other sequels, this is by far the best of all. The sequel to John Carpenter's "Halloween" doesn't surpass the original. Freshman director Rick Rosenthal creates only a handful of suspenseful moments, but "Halloween 2" suffers from a weak script that was unfortunately penned by Carpenter and co-producer Hill. Michael Myers gets up and walks away after Dr.
Loomis bangs off six shots into him. We never learn what makes Michael such an unstoppable demon. In "Halloween," Michael embodied a supernatural evil, but in "Halloween 2" doesn't develop his character. No matter how many times people pump bullets into the guy, he just doesn't stay down for the count. The problem is Rosenthal's comatose direction.
This chiller generates a body count but it doesn't generate horror. Instead, it becomes monotonous with Michael trudging into and out of scenes like a wraith. The action picks up where it left off in "Halloween. When Loomis goes to confirm his kill, he realizes to his horror that Michael has gotten up and vanished. Meanwhile, the paramedics haul Laurie off to the hospital. Futilely she pleads with them not to give her anything that will put her to sleep.
Of course, the doctor ignores her request and administers an injection designed to knock her out. Although Laurie is deadly afraid of Michael and what he is capable of doing to her, "Halloween 2" doesn't develop a strong sense of fear. The best scene finds a hospital guard investigating noises.
When he opens a cabinet, an avalanche of items topples onto him. When he turns around, Michael is there waiting for him. Earlier, the guard had spotted blood in a trash dumpster and a shrieking black cat flew out at him.
Everything else unfolds in a matter of fact fashion. Of course, "Halloween 2" is just a mindless horror movie, but the idiocy gets out of hand. The movie lacks a sense of humor, much less a sense of irony. Michael himself doesn't speak, but he seems to know exactly what to do in every given situation and where to go. You cannot fool this bogyman.
Sometimes, like in the hydro-therapy, you have to wonder if Carpenter and Hill aren't going a bit off the deep end.Oct 07, · How Colombia's Biggest Murder Investigation Was Swayed by a Dream Memorial to Luis Andres Colmenares Escobar, the victim of the Colombia’s most .