this week's entry, halloween (1978), serves double duty.
it kicks off our october set of halloween-themed trailers and celebrates donald pleasence's birthday. pleasence is one of my favorite genre stalwarts, the kind they just don't make anymore. as adept at devouring scenery as michael myers was at devouring babysitters, the film world is richer for his infinite fussy, fidgety bits of business. "i only make odd films", he once said and i, for one, am thankful for his unabashed devotion to genre pictures. he never phoned it in and never condescended to his audience. does it look like there is any shame in this man's game?
happy birthday, doctor loomis, you crazy bastard!