There comes a time every year, as the leaves turn a new hue and air becomes crisp, when we must finally admit that summer has come to an end. Of the four season, Fall tends to get the short end of the stick, usually best identified as the end of good old summer and the onset of a seriously cold winter (depending on where you live of course.)
And Fall is generally not a special time for movies either. The summer season's blockbuster have all released, and most of the Oscar-worthy flicks don't come out until Christmas time. So there tends to be some time to kill for cinephiles. Fall TV is just o.k. and I have never meet someone who consciously awaits the Emmys. [Did those already happen?] But I personally hold nothing against Fall. It happens to be my favorite season for a number of reasons, and the biggest reason growing up was the coming splendor of Halloween.
I always considered myself a pragmatic kid growing up. Sure I loved Christmas just like any other little Catholic kid, but Halloween was always the best holiday and the reason was quite simple- candy, and lots of it. What Halloween had [has] over Christmas was the simple guarantee of hundreds and hundreds of sweet and neatly wrapped little gifts. As long as you were willing to hike around the block for a few hours in a dorky mask, you would be rewarded with a pillowcase full of candy, regardless if you had been naughty or nice. Santa and his elves could never promise that. The only thing I could guarantee from him was a new pack of underwear, socks and a toothbrush. I never new what else to expect, if anything more. Maybe another Nerf gun, but what if it wasn't the cool one that everyone else had? With Halloween I never had a growing fear that I would open my pillow case full of candy and find 500 Almond Joys.
Unfortunately to this day, I no longer enjoy the chocolaty bliss of trick-or-treating. It is sad, yes, and if it was socially acceptable for a 21 year old to go door to door and ask for candy would I go out there and do it?, you bet I would. But its not socially acceptable so I have to get by other ways.
So as we soon reach the month of October, I write this not just to prove that Fall doesn't completely suck and that Halloween is better than Christmas, but to present the ensuing month-long celebration here at FILMclatter. All posts of the month of October will be devoted to the horror season's best and certainly worst movies, past and present. From delightful treats like Psycho and Jaws to some tricks like Basket Case 2, no horror movie, good or bad (or even really really bad) is out of discussion. Sure its not the most original movie blog theme for October but what could be sweeter, and without a pillow case full of candy, its all I got to chew on.