And so am I. ...I am travelling. I didn't work that into my planning. My apologizes. And I had hoped to complete this piece before now. But, events, people, illness, and access to computers has made that impossible.
BUT. We can at least begin.
So, fiends and monsters, may I present you with, the first part of two, looking at a Halloween Night choice you may remember. (I'll have Part 2 up by Saturday.)
Let us then get to some real Halloween chills.
The Midnight Hour is a 1985 production of the ABC channel, for showing on ABC (this is the US channel, for non-American readers). I will be honest here. It did show on November 1st, the day after Halloween. But I'm going to take a near miss of a genuine Halloween movie where I can find it. This should have been on the day before, and it has been a favorite for many over the years, to watch (When you can find a copy.) going into Halloween.
But yes, it is hard to find. The DVD came out over a decade ago, and has fallen more and more out of circulation. But you can find it on YouTube. (Honestly this is the best version I've seen in awhile.) But this really deserves a re-release, and maybe a Blu Ray.
It follows a group of teens who manage to awaken an ancient evil that turns on their city.
The teens of our cast consists of:
He's also, ironically, the only member of the main cast that was actually a teenager when they made this movie. Which might be funny if you know 21 Jump Street is about.
Then you have our supernatural lineup. Lots of ghouls, but only two real characters:
The movie opens on a paperboy. Not the most auspicious or creepy opening, but here we are.
But as we approach we see we are at...
|Welcome to Elm Street, kiddies!|
|Ah...Well, we're just off Elm Street...Maple's pretty |
|Either he's installing a baseball card,|
or he's a criminal leaving his calling
Then the kid catches his hand in the gears of the bike and blanches at the pain.
And, curiously, they suddenly cut to the title of the movie (seen above in the review), with no music or anything. And then they cut back to the kid, dealing with his finger.
I don't understand that choice. I guess that wanted to get the title out there, so people knew what the movie was. But it's really awkwardly done.
Still, movie swings up some from here on out.
The kid now pulls out a mask and puts it on.
|Come on! I may have said I was getting tired of seeing this kid, but I didn't |
|Well, doesn't that just finish the look.|
|I admit it. I would love to see a return of the Paperboy game.|
And then a DLC for delivering papers during a zombie apocalypse.
...Cub Scouts raising a flag. Little kids playing. Small town America. All mixed into a montage...Did Michael Bay make this movie!
|"Well, that takes care of my duties. Time to deliver some|
I guess, considering positives, this movie does have Wolfman Jack.
Wolfman Jack was a poplar disc jockey from the 1960's through to the 1980's. Though, I think, most of his cache came from his appearances on TV and in movies, like American Graffiti.
Throughout the movie, Wolfman Jack will have a presence by way of radios playing.
It's also through this that some of the soundtrack will arise, giving songs like, "In the Midnight Hour", "Li'l Red Riding Hood", :Mama Told Me Not To Come", and "Bad Moon Rising".
|"Dumbass is going away for a|
As our paperboy heads around town, we also get to see the town's law enforcement. It's centered around Captain Warren Jansen. He's played by Kurtwood Smith.
|Glad they've modified the graves|
He then takes a ride passed the average local cemetery. You know, tombstones, gaping holes with rising infernal steam. Same old.
And that it's for the paperboy.
Now we have Phil Grenville enter. He's our Joe Everyman. He's eagerly trying to get to school for a report he's giving (cause he's a high school student...eh. He's not the oldest of the "teenagers".). But first he has to see his dad.
|"How many fillings will you need?|
Hmm, I think..."
That's an Eight Is Enough joke,
|"Dad! I'm late for my Clark|
I really don't know what that says. Are they just making a dentist joke? Or are they trying to add some creepiness?
At school, Phil is nervously setting up his presentation. Meanwhile Melissa, Mary, Vinnie, and Mitch are goofing off. Melissa and Mary play hangman. And Vinnie and Mitch are playing a game for quarters, and discussing why the teacher is late. I could some of them are really annoying, but they are just acting like teens. (Or how the screenwriter thinks teens are like.)
That's when a different teacher walks in. The attractive substitute...I think that's a trope.
|By Billy, age 7.|
Lucinda enacted a curse.
"All the legendary demons of Hell were loosed, and the dead with unfinished business on Earth came back from the grave."Odd curse. Release demons...and people who have stuff to do.
But Nathaniel Grenville ended the curse. Yet no one knows how. (And, while it seems to be deemed historic, but no one seems to take it serious.) (It reminds me a bit of the underlying aspect of the new show Sleepy Hollow.
Phil conveniently adds the fact Nathaniel and Lucinda's clothes are kept at the local witchcraft museum. This allows Mitch to come up with a brilliant plan.
|It's not robbery, if it's a museum.|
Once school is out (and not too soon for some these alleged teens), out erstwhile Scooby Gang rushes over to the local witch museum to skulk about outside (sans Vinnie). They watch as the older lady who runs the museum leaves for the night.
You'll notice Phil is also along. He seems unhappy with this, but is still along. I guess he's our moral voice in this gang...who still joins in. He seems to be dragged along on this stuff. (It may be in part because of Mary, who he's pining for. But she keeps showing no interest. So I have no idea why he isn't getting a message.) He's given the argument that they'll just borrow the stuff. And mentioning that his dad is a judge who'll protect them. They don't take the claim too seriously, but also aren't stopping the plot.
Still, once he goes inside, they race over to a window on the side of the museum. There they find Vinnie (Hey there!), who hid inside the museum until it closed. So everyone is in.
|It's funny, because they're in|
the middle of a robbery.
Once they are in they grab the mannequins of Nathaniel and Lucinda and grab off their clothes. Melissa claims her greatest of gramgrams' dress. And Mitch grabs up the Nathaniel getup. They then push Phil to show them what else is in the museum, and they go into the locked archives (shoving the door open).
They quickly start grabbing things for the party. This is theft! If this was being made today they'd be live tweeting and posting pics to Instagram.
They grab candlesticks, and some other items. Then they grab an ancient chest to stick the stuff in, and find much more in it. They find Nathaniel Grenville's ring (which Mitch grabs -- You are so handsy!) and an ancient scroll. ...There are rules to surviving horror movies. A big one is: DON"T MESS WITH ANCIENT SEALED SCROLLS! (Another is about having mint gum. But that one doesn't come up much.)
|It's like they're running like thieves.|
And, having robbed some centuries old clothing, and an ancient scroll, they go to a graveyard. (It's like they want to get sucked into Hell.)
So they go to the cemetery.
|If this last for more than four hours, call your landscaper.|
Changing into the outfits, they decide to screw around with the scroll. (Brilliant!) They must be the type of people who play golf in a thunderstorm.
Mitch and Vinnie jokingly read it. (Really!) And Phil is worried. He does nothing, but he frets.
And Melissa takes the scroll and reads it aloud. (...) Of course, as someone who's had the legends about her family tossed around her whole life, you wonder if she has issues about the family lineage. Her family seems well off, but they are still the Cavendars. (If only this was an aspect of this movie. Not just a slight subtext)
"Astrious Mundabar Desmagon... I envoke your powers. Come Heed my bidding on this night of nights. The eve of Samhain, all Hallows Eve. Spirits of darkness, I command you to rise from your graves. Et Lavamous Sagamaine, All manner of demons. I emplore your release from eternal torment. Testegas Sogamaine. All manner of dead, renewed by sleep. Thirsting for blood, this night and forever, he who is touched by evil, shall become evil. Sodamous sogamaine. He who has died, shall rise again, bestamous sogamhaine. Life to the dead, Death to the living. Demons arise, arise, arise."
|"I've just had a vision. Hotel isn't|
going to catapult my career."
Melissa really gets into her role, and sways more and more as she goes. At the end she collapses. But it's a fake out, to screw with everyone else.
And with that, they run off, again.
What happens next? All Hell breaks out. LITERALLY!!!
...Maybe not. But a bit of Hell breaks out.
And get ready for Melissa to continuously make this face.
And be ready to figure out, what the hell is he?
And, what the hell Phil?
And see what happens when Red Forman solves the Puzzle Box.
And, a werewolf...? Why not?
Also, will we answer these questions:
- Will Mitch realize he's wearing 300 year old underpants?
- Will Phil grow a spine?
- Will all our secondary characters come to fruition?
- Will Mitch shamelessly hit on teacher?
- Will Vinnie pull the LaForge Manuever?
- Will Sandy find a Summer Love?
- And who really is the protagonist of this story?
See you next time.