Saturday, October 15, 2011

31 Nights of Terror #11 - Mr Halloween (2007)

Mr Halloween (2007)
Director: Andrew Wolf
Starring: A bunch of nobodies
Format: DVD (York Entertainment)

- This is one of a bunch of budget horror flicks I bought off a website in the US a few years back. I haven't gotten around to watching most of them, including this one, but since it's got Halloween in its name I thought I'd give it a go.
- Wow, this is uber low-budget.
- The killer, Mr Halloween, is played by Bill Loomis. Related to Dr Loomis maybe?
- For a movie with zero budget this has some half decent music and gore so far.
- The acting, though, is exactly what you'd expect from a movie this low budget ($6000 according to IMDB). High school production level.
- Hey, they're playing the boardgame Zombies! I've played that!
- Most common line of dialogue in this movie so far: "What the hell are you doing?"
- Mr Halloween is really, really annoying.
- On the cover he has a cool-looking evil clown mask. But of course it's nowhere to be seen in the actual movie. I hate that.
- Okay, so it seems Bill Loomis is a real guy who runs a haunted house attraction every Halloween and he played himself in this movie.
- The male lead is Justin Loomis. Bill's kid? Probably. And he reminds me of David Arquette.
- That kid looks very clean for someone who's been kept in a basement for a year.
- And there's the plot twist that a blind man could have seen coming.
- For a big, bad guy Mr Halloween went out like a pussy.

Overall thoughts: Want to see a great horror movie featuring a hulking killer in blue overalls and a character named Loomis? Go watch the original Halloween. Mr Halloween? Well, it's okay. For a movie that cost $6000 to make and stars first time actors, it could have been a whole lot worse. Director Andrew Wolf actually does a good job, throwing in some clever camera shots, good music and some alright gore. What drags Mr Halloween down is the acting (as you'd expect) and the fact it could really have done with being half an hour shorter. Overall, as micro-budget movies go it's probably one of the better ones I've seen, but I won't be hurrying to watch it again.

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