Film Junk Premium Podcast Episode #33: The Halloween Franchise


What better way to celebrate Halloween than to revisit one of the most prolific and iconic horror movie franchises ever created? Special guest Matt Gourley joins us to work through some of his childhood fears and to help us confront something even more terrifying than the boogeyman himself… Halloween Resurrection. Key topics of discussion include the evolution of Michael Myers’ mask, the de-evolution of Donald Pleasence, the new Producer’s Cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and the incestuous undertones found throughout the series. So how does the Halloween franchise stack up against all of the imitators? Was Halloween III a mistake or is it just misunderstood? Can anyone actually take Paul Rudd seriously anymore? Grab this month’s premium podcast and let the dangertainment begin.

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  • devolutionary

    Only about a half hour in so far but I’m guessing that you didn’t enjoy your pizzas until just before the weekly show? No pizza throat infecting this premium.

  • devolutionary

    Wow, I always thought the E.T. Nocturnal Fears script was a hoax (looks pretty hollow). Although the time-stamping fm multiple sources is debateable.

  • Samb

    I don’t know whether to call this a top or bottom 5 moment, but in the first movie when Loomis introduces himself to the sheriff, Donald Pleasence clearly forgets his own character’s name. “I’m (pause)….ahhh (pause)……..LOOMIS.” Great stuff from the Donald.

  • Essie

    Thanks so much.

  • devolutionary

    All in all a pretty solid premium. Gourley’s Dr. Loomis impersonation was hilarious. He really gets the weathered whispery voice down pat “…puuuuure eeeee-vil!”

    Death Waltz Recordings re-released the Halloween 3 soundtrack remastered with a cool concept for Jay Shaw’s custom artwork. He essentially modifies a text ASCII-converted VHS still image from the film with 6 lines of actual dialog, and then re-converts it back into an image. Crazy! Kinda feels like something out of Prince of Darkness.

  • Tim

    Let´s make the “Alien Abduction”-Premium happen!!!

  • Sam

    Awesome premium guys.

    Future possible Halloween premium suggestion: Hammer Films.

    Seems like they are a blindspot even for Jay. I’d be curious to hear everyone’s thoughts on some of their most popular movies.

    Possible lineup:
    Curse of Frankenstein
    Horror of Dracula
    The Mummy
    The Hound of the Baskervilles
    The Devil Rides Out
    Quartermass and the Pit
    Brides of Dracula

    For your consideration guys! Keep these premiums coming.

  • BOB

    The Twilight Premium for February 2015 PLESE!!!!!!
    you’ve got Valentines Day & the relese of “Fifty Shades of Grey”

  • Sam

    Frank arguing that H20 could still be in the same universe as Halloween 4-6 is wrong. His explanation about Laurie faking her death and putting Jamie up for adoption could be plausible but they make it pretty clear that Michael Myers has not been heard from in 20 years. Constantly being told that he’s dead and to get over it and then the revelation that he would wait 20 years to come for Josh Hartnett’s 17th birthday.

  • Indianamcclain

    Hey Sean just letting u know u were right about the Scream score showing up in H20. It plays when Josh Hartnett, and Michelle Williams are getting chased.

  • Kasper

    Fantastic premium, guys! I actually like the first of Rob Zombie’s Halloween movies, even though it seems to be hated by most people.

  • T. Heilman

    I just hung this poster in my hallway.
    Killer record.

  • T. Heilman

    Probably the best premium yet gents.
    Sounds like Jay is going to talk Halloween III into a five star rating in a few years.
    I recently bumped it from a 4.5 to a 5.
    Just brilliant.
    Finally someone noticed the Halloween II opening balcony fall platform.
    But how can you not love the Meyers blind knife air swish climax?

  • Maik

    Loved the Premium, but to hear Frank bash the entire horror genre over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over…….. for 3 hours straight is kind of grading and ultimately insulting to it´s fans.

    Jay completely giving up on defending the genre and letting Frank (who clearly doesn´t know what he´s talking about) run wild with his prejudices and absurd generalizations is somehow even more dissapointing.
    I´d love to hear another horror Premium one day, but if Frank just continues his agenda of trashing it every chance he gets, I´d rather pass.

  • Ripplesdip

    Great Premium, and great input from Mr Gourley :) Thanks guys and guest :)

  • Sam

    Great Dr. Loomis impression by Gourley.

    I was hoping for him to bust out a “I SHOT HIM SIX TIMES!!!” too.

  • Jonny Ashley

    This is a great episode. I would love to hear an episode on the SAW franchise. They’re made so close together and all exist in the same direct continuity that they feel like episodes in a miniseries, that helps ignore some of the awful writing. Some high moments in Saw 3, 5, and 6. Saw 1, 2, 4, and 7 suck.

  • MovieViewerMan

    I love horror movies and I have no problem with Frank’s points of view on the genre. As long as he does it in an entertaining way, what’s the harm?

  • MisterQuigley

    One of my favorite Premiums so far. Thanks fellas, and you too Frank…

  • TOTALLY. I believe I mentioned that last time around as well. Bottom five material for sure.

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    The main theme to ‘Halloween’ has always reminded me of the theme to ‘The Incredible Hulk’ TV show by Joe Harnell. Both properties came out in 1978. Both simple and effective.

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    What’s it about the 3rd installment in horror franchises that gets Jay all aroused? He was gushing about The Exorcist 3 as well. :)

  • Sam

    Surprised Frank and Sean didn’t catch the reference to the “stomach pounder” in Halloween 6, I believe. I forget what part in the movie exactly, but I remember Sean questioning what a “stomach pounder” was in when discussing The Fog in the Carpenter premium.

  • I only watched the first 10 minutes of the Rob Zombie reboot, but it contained one of my favorite (or maybe least favorite) moments of the franchise: the term “sweet little dumper.”