Horror Newspaper Ads: The HALLOWEEN Franchise Edition

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John Carpenter’s classic thriller HALLOWEEN is widely regarded as one of the best horror films ever made, and is one of the few horror classics to transcend its genre (much like PSYCHO, THE EXORCIST, and JAWS) and become known as not a horror classic, but a true classic of cinema. With its simple-but-terrifying story of three babysitters who are stalked by a psychotic killer, it garnered rave reviews from critics, including notorious anti-slashers Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. Today, we take a look at some of our favorite newspaper ads for the John Carpenter classic as well as it’s sequels. Enjoy!

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Halloween III Season of the Witch newspaper ad

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Horror Poster Friday: “Cannibal Holocaust” (1980)

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Over the years, horror has generated a lot of controversy. Be it Silent Night, Deadly Night, the Black Christmas remake, you name it, I’m sure every movie has had at least one naysayer somewhere. But one movie stands alone. No movie has come close to the controversy that Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust has generated. The 1980 film sets itself apart from the string of teen slasher films that were starting to bloom at that period with very graphic imagery and content, even prompting a court case alleging that it was a snuff film. With the release of Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno, which itself is an homage to Cannibal Holocaust, I thought it was time to relive some of the gorgeous, and maybe even graphic posters that have been created over time.

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Banned in over 50 countries across the globe, Cannibal Holocaust still continues to disgust and shock audiences to this day. Check back next time for an all new Horror Movie Poster Fridays.

–Noah Nicholas Nelson

Movie Poster Fridays: The House of the Devil (2009)

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Last time on Horror Movie Poster Fridays, I discussed the classic Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. This time, we’re covering the best 70s horror film to be made in 2009.

The House of the Devil is full of rare traits for modern horror films: first of all, it’s shot on 16mm film to emulate the look of 1970s horror which is a genius decision. It also takes a slower approach to the story to build tension and dread. With a budget of just under $1 million, Ti West accomplishes something that lots of big budget films don’t. The beautiful style and effortlessly likable characters (fan favorite Megan comes to mind) make this little gem my favorite horror movie of the 2000s.

Today, I’m going over some of the beautiful posters this film has (whether official or unofficial).

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Check back next time for an all new Horror Movie Poster Fridays.

–Noah Nicholas Nelson

Horror Movie Poster Fridays: “Gremlins” & “Gremlins 2: The New Batch”

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Last time on Horror Movie Poster Fridays, I covered posters from the immortal classic The Exorcist. This time, I’m taking on the holiday horror-comedy Gremlins, directed by Joe Dante, and its sequel. Full of wintery goodness, evil mogwais, and dark comedy, Gremlins is cherished by both horror and comedy fans everywhere. Gremlins 2 takes a lighter approach to the comedy, filled with enjoyable slapstick moments and featuring returns by such stars as Phoebe Cates and Zach Galligan. Today, I’m going over some of the beautiful posters that have been created in the 31 years since this wonderful series was created.

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Join us next week for an all new Horror Movie Poster Fridays.

–Noah Nicholas Nelson

Horror Poster Friday: “The Exorcist” (1973)

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Almost 42 years later, William Friedkin’s classic The Exorcist still frightens audiences to this day and is widely considered one of the scariest horror films of all time. Based on the William Peter Blatty novel, The Exorcist follows young Reagan (Linda Blair) as she is possessed by an evil entity after playing with a ouija board. Full of genuine terror and tension, The Exorcist is one of the most profitable horror films of all time and is arguably one of the most influential.

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Love it or hate it, The Exorcist has left an undeniable mark on pop culture and will live on in the hearts of horror fans for life. Check back next week for an all new Horror Movie Poster Fridays.

–Noah Nicholas Nelson

Horror Movie Poster Friday: “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)

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Last week on Horror Movie Poster Fridays, I covered John Carpenter’s The Thing. This week, I’m going over some of the beautiful posters for Roman Polanski’s classic Rosemary’s Baby, highly regarded as one of the best horror films of all time. With a 99% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, don’t let the over 2 hour runtime fool you if you haven’t seen it. Rosemary’s Baby is bursting with so much style and innovation and a hauntingly perfect lead performance by Mia Farrow that it’s a must see for fans of the genre.

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Check back next week for an all new Horror Movie Poster Fridays.

–Noah Nicholas Nelson

Horror Movie Poster Friday: “The Thing” (1982)

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Last time on Horror Movie Poster Fridays, I covered the immortal 1977 classic Suspiria. This week, I’m tackling John Carpenter’s The Thing. A loose remake of 1951’s The Thing from Another World, this classic is considered one of Carpenter’s most well known, even calling it one of his best films himself. With a very memorable chest-bursting scene and a remarkable cast, The Thing has been remembered by sci-fi fans everywhere, even spawning another remake in 2011.

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John Carpenter’s legacy will stick with horror fans all over the world and so will this film. Check back next Friday for a new Horror Movie Poster Fridays.

–Noah Nicholas Nelson

Horror Movie Poster Fridays: “Suspiria” (1977)

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Last week on Horror Movie Poster Fridays, I shared my favorite posters for Tobe Hooper’s classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This time, I’m sharing the gorgeous pieces of art for Dario Argento’s immortal Suspiria. With a TV series reportedly in the works, I’m glad one of my favorite horror films of all time is still living on today. A remake by David Gordon Green was set to happen in 2013 but was postponed indefinitely due to budgetary restraints and legal issues. As Argento is my favorite director, I think it’s time that I dedicate a segment to one of his best films.

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Whether it’s a TV series, remake, or the original classic, Suspiria will live on with horror fans forever and is far from being forgotten. Check back next Friday for an all new Horror Movie Poster Fridays.

–Noah Nicholas Nelson

Slasher Poster Friday: “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)

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Last week on Horror Movie Poster Friday, I shared my favorite posters of my personal favorite of the franchise, Halloween II. This time, I’m breaking down my favorite art for Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I saw this film on VHS at a way younger age than I should have and I remember being both terrified and intrigued. The chase scene through the woods at night with Sally and Leatherface was the stuff nightmares are made of. With the upcoming prequel, Leatherface, set to be released in the near future, now is as good a time as any to spread the love for the original that started it all and many say helped pioneer the slasher genre.

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Check back next week for a brand new installment of Horror Movie Poster Friday.

–Noah Nicholas Nelson

Slasher Poster Friday: “Halloween II” (1981)

Last week on Horror Movie Poster Fridays, I shared my favorite posters of the Friday the 13th franchise. This week, with the upcoming entry in the Halloween series just months from filming, I thought I’d share my favorite posters of my personal favorite entry in the Halloween franchise. Directed by Rick Rosenthal, Halloween II is the sequel that has divided many horror fans. Some love it, some feel indifferent, and some absolutely despise it. I personally prefer it to the original and have a lot of memories with it.

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Check back next week for an all new Horror Movie Poster Fridays.

–Noah Nicholas Nelson