BY LIONEL FRANKENSTEIN
Horror nerds that we are, Fun Size Horror would love to share with you some of our favorite genre films, but with a twist: instead of just listing off some favorites, each week we'll offer up a pairing of two horror films that complement one another in unique or fascinating ways: Double Feature Friday.
October. It's the home of the greatest holiday of the year. As such, this month we're compiling double features of our favorite Halloween-based horror films (with a certain Shatner-masked villain working his way through each double).
Today's duo? Two films in which a Terminator-like killing machine hacks his way through a small town, leading to a confrontation with a scream queen on Halloween night: the self-consciously ridiculous slasher film parody/ tribute The Guest, and the unintentionally ridiculous slasher self-parody Halloween II.
THE GUEST (2014/ 100 minutes/ dir. Adam Wingard)
The less one knows about The Guest, the better--it's a film composed of an increasing series of surprising narrative left-turns and plot twists, culminating in a prolonged Halloween night setpiece composed of tributes to the Halloween franchise in general and the oddball Halloween III in specific.
That said, know this: the film is a knowing tribute to/ parody of the more ridiculous elements of the slasher film genre, and concerns a small town that comes under siege by an unstoppable killer who locks in on a young woman (Maika Monroe of IT FOLLOWS), and who himself is being tracked by a wild-eyed bald man dead-set on stopping the slasher on Halloween night.
HALLOWEEN II (1981/ 92 min/ dir. Rick Rosenthal)
Coming on the heels of the classic Halloween, there was no way Halloween II wouldn't come up short compared to the original. And come up short it does, as the film succumbs to so many of the slasher movie clichés that didn't bog down the original.
However, when viewed with a smirk, Halloween II is a weird, wild (accidental) self-parody of the genre, as Michael Myers essentially becomes the Terminator, an unstoppable killing machine who obsessively stalks a young woman (Jaime Lee Curtis of Halloween and The Fog), and who himself is being hunted by a wild-eyed bald man intent on killing the slasher on Halloween night.
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