This year, the Camelot Theatres has been screening Halloween films every Wednesday night since Oct. 2. There’s a whole “Feartastic” festival of new, cutting edge horror movies screening there Friday and Saturday with horror film directors, writers and producers talking about how to make, finance and distribute indie films in two panel discussions.
The Pandora’s box of Halloween movies was opened in 1978 when Palm Desert resident Irwin Yablans realized there had never been a movie set around Halloween. He conceived an idea about a babysitter being stalked on Halloween night by a freaky, almost invincible serial killer named Michael Myers. He pitched it to a 30-year-old director of low budget movies named John Carpenter and Carpenter turned it into the film, “Halloween.”
That launched a new trend of slasher movies (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” actually predated it in 1974) and ultimately led to the plethora of horror films that are now always shown at Halloween time.
I talked to Yablans and Carpenter about the making of “Halloween” last year. They revealed where their inspirations came from and where the film took their individual careers.
Check out the story: Horror Story: Producer Irwin Yablans dishes on the making of ‘Halloween’
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