By: David Ferguson
This one ‘??s a no brainer!
In Halloween, the main character Michael Myers dresses uplike a psychotic murderer and pretends to stalk some high school girls. It ‘??s areally good depiction of a classic Halloween prank, and it ‘??s scary too ‘??a nicefestive bonus. It would be higher on the list if more of the characters dressedup in Halloween costumes.
This is a bit of a sleeper pick, but trust me it ‘??s a winner.The film was made in 1986, but all the characters dress up as members of a 1954Indiana High School basketball team. Gene Hackman dawns a stunningly accuratehigh school basketball coach ‘??s costume and even carries a whistle in somescenes to sell the character.
Fun fact: Hackman also appeared in the 1978 Halloween hitSuperman, which gave rise to the popular Superman Halloween costume.
Note: No whistle here, but he does have a vintage basketball. Nice touch!
#3 ANIMAL HOUSE
Have you ever been to a costume party? It ‘??s one of myfavorite Halloween traditions, and this Halloween romp depicts such a party instunning and humorous detail.
In Animal House the characters all dress up as members of atroublemaking college fraternity. They drink beer and pull pranks ‘? ‘ the wholenine yards! I ‘??ve noticed that this one often gets overlooked at the videostores on Halloween night, so if you ‘??re looking for that last minute rentalcheck for Animal House (it ‘??s often filed in the comedy section).
Note: Saw this costume at a party just last night. Classic!
Ok, ok, I know what you ‘??re saying. Some of these Halloweenmovies ‘??though full of stunningly accurate and festive costumes ‘??just aren ‘??timpressing me. Well, let me introduce you to my friend Mel.
In 1995 Mel Gibson turned in one of the most impressiveHalloween costumes AND PERFORMANCES of all time. Mel (or should I say WilliamWallace?) dresses up as a Scottish King leading an army of his countrymen intobattle. They pull together all the details ‘??horses and swords, bows and arrows,even women and dirty-faced little children. Mr. Gibson even worked with alanguage coach to get his accent down!
Ladies and gentlemen, I beg of you, please see BRAVEHEART ‘??aHalloween classic for generations to come.
Oh by the way, I ‘??d like to remind the critics that Mr.Gibson also DIRECTED this film. It remains a total mystery to me that he ‘??s leftoff many lists this time of year (John Carpenter? Wes Craven? Lucio Fulci? Idon ‘??t get it.)
“They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our costumes!”
#1 THE JAZZ SINGER
Hands down the greatest Halloween movie of all time.
The story begins with young Jakie Rabinowitz defying thetraditions of his devout Jewish family by dressing up as a black man. This oneis almost as controversial as it is masterful.
Why the controversy? Well, many people have a problem with Jakie ‘??s costume. Iadmit, it ‘??s not perfect; however, this film was made in 1927, people! Moviemake-up of the day was far inferior to what we have now. Considering thatlimitation, I find absolutely no fault with the film. Furthermore, the picturewas made for $422,000 dollars. That may sound like a lot, but these daysdirectors spend over a million dollars on a single movie.
I ask you to give it a chance, turn back the clock, and havea Halloween viewing party with all your friends. I promise you the vote will beunanimous ‘? ‘ THIS ONE TOPS THE LIST!
Al Jolson celebrates Halloween behind the scenes…
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!I ‘??ll defend this list to the death.