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Halloween Scene: Batman Forever

  Batman Forever  is known for many things:  Jim Carrey in his prime; the beginning of the end for the '90s Batman franchise; and Val Kilmer as a blonde (BLONDE?!) Batman. But what many forget is that this film has a nugget of fun called a HALLOWEEN SCENE!  In fact, one could say that Halloween is to blame for the Bat Cave being destroyed in  Batman Forever .  

Halloween Scenes: Jack Reacher

As a condition to work for him, Jack Reacher makes Helen research the victims of a mysterious shooting.  In a flashback, Helen recounts how victim Rita Coronado was often late for work so that she could personally escort her son to school, to make sure he went.  Though only seconds on-screen, the shot of Rita's house decorated for Halloween show a myriad of homemade decorations.  

Halloween Scenes: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 Leave it to Tim Burton to put a glorious Halloween Scene in a movie about candy.  

Halloween Scenes: Robocop (1987)

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that if it weren't for Halloween, Murphy would have never overridden his Robocop programming and become human.  

Halloween Scenes: The Karate Kid

Like E.T., The Karate Kid has one of the best Halloween Scenes:  integral to the plot, chock full of Halloween spirit, and creative costumes galore.  

Halloween Scenes: Creepshow

I hesitate to even call this a "Halloween Scene"--- it's really just a jack o' lantern in a window. But in this case, it's an accumulation:  a sum total of spooky things that bumps this one to Halloween Scene status. 

Halloween Scenes: Can't Buy Me Love

  The 1987 gem Can't Buy Me Love (starring a very pre-McDreamy Patrick Dempsey as Ronnie Miller) features a Halloween scene that is a low point for the character.

Halloween Scenes: Hellboy (2004)

Guillermo del Toro's cinematic ode to Mike Mignola's classic comic, Hellboy contains a brief but consequential Halloween scene.

Halloween Scenes: Pet Sematary 2

Often a forgotten sequel to the popular Stephen King book, and its' cinematic adaptation, and its' 2nd cinematic adaptation, Pet Sematary 2 has a Halloween scene buried (see what I did there?) in it...

Halloween Scenes: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

One really can't get more Halloween fantasy than Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ("Philosopher's Stone" to purists).  

Halloween Scenes: The Crow

  Here's a Halloween Scene from one of my favorite movies.   If you haven't seen  The Crow  (the original with Brandon Lee, not the sequels that do not have Brandon Lee... and are not good...), let me give you a quick rundown of the film...

Halloween Scenes: Hatchet

  I had been hearing about Adam Green's  Hatchet  for a number of years.  How it was an homage to the gory slashers of yesteryear.  How someone had finally created a new movie monster to take the place of the aging Jason Voorheeses and Freddy Kruegereses of the world.  And, after watching it, I can say that it IS all those things.  It is also a horror movie with A HALLOWEEN SCENE. The film itself takes place in the swamps of New Orleans, hardly Halloween-ish but certainly spooky, and it's around Plot Point One that our smiling jack o' lantern pops up. Marybeth (our heroine) tells the rest of the Ten Little Indians the backstory of the creature that's been hunting them:  Victor Crowley.  It seems ol' Victor was born deformed and taunted by the local kids.  On Halloween night (yay!) the kids show up at the cabin in the woods to scare Victor by throwing firecrackers at the door.  Fire and wood don't mix and the cabin goes up in flames.  When Papa Crowley discovers

Halloween Scenes: E.T. the Extra Terrestrial

I'd been saving this particular Halloween Scene until I was able to give it the attention it deserves. That time is now. Let's forget about how great the movie is. Let's forget about the talent of the director. Let's forget about the iconic imagery (E.T. and Elliott flying past a full moon on a bike) that has influenced a generation. Steven Spielberg's  E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial  may have one of the quintessential Halloween Scenes ever filmed.  Here's why...

Halloween Scenes: Kramer vs. Kramer

Sweeping the major Academy Award categories by winning Best Director, Picture, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay:   Kramer Vs. Kramer   is a motion picture classic. Its' ultimate achievement, of course, is featuring a "Halloween Scene." The scene has Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep's child Billy (played by Justin Henry) playing the role of the announcer in the school's Halloween Pageant. He starts with, "Ladies and Gentlemen..." and drifts off with stage fright 'til Hoffman helps from the audience whispering aloud "Welcome to our Halloween Pageant." Billy continues through the rest of his lines with some careful prodding from the teacher, "... With ghosts and goblins, and ghostly ghosts and wicked witches and spookety spooks."  The world needs more Halloween pageants!  This sounds pretty awesome. Then the makeshift bed-sheet-curtain parts, splitting the words "HAPPY HALLOWEEN" and revealing the children dressed in costumes

Halloween Scenes: The Ten

"I'm Stephen Montgomery.  If you move me I'll die!" The 2nd in my "Halloween Scenes" line of posts, is a quick 5 second Halloween appearance in Director David Wain's 2nd theatrical film The Ten . The movie is basically a series of 10 sketches built around the Ten Commandments with each sketch dealing with a different commandment. The scene with Halloween lampoons media frenzies, with a very Entertainment Tonight -ish 'EB' ("Entertainment Beat") covering a little girl who dressed up as Stephen Montgomery for Halloween. Who's Stephen Montgomery, you ask? He's a man (played by Adam Brody) who jumped out an airplane without a parachute, survived the impact into the earth, but is fated to live his days in that very spot... because if you move him he'll die. It makes more sense in the context of the movie. Because of the brevity of the shot, there isn't too much Halloween to be seen.  The actress holds an iconic plastic jack o

Halloween Scenes: American Splendor

For the 2018 Halloween Countdown , I'll be doing 31 posts for the month of October covering "Halloween Scenes."   As the oh-so-clever title may suggest, these are scenes from films that embody the Halloween-spirit even though the film itself is not a Halloween or Horror film. Case in point:  the film American Splendor .   First, if you haven't seen it and are a fan of comic books, film, writing, creativity, the American Dream, unconventional storytelling and/or underdog stories--- you NEED to see this movie.  It's an autobiographical film of Pekar himself (played by Paul Giamatti) and his artistic ascent as a comic writer of the book American Splendor .   The Halloween Scene in American Splendor comes right at the beginning of the film as a very young Harvey attempts to trick or treat.  The scene has all the Halloween trimmings a sucker for Americana (like myself) asks for:  A mom answering the door holding a tray of caramel apples, a porch full of jack o'