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rhett
10-13-2009, 11:52 PM
One of the distinguishing qualities of the old slashers were their fixation on significant holidays and dates. October 13th sounds like the perfect day for a horror movie, but it's actually the day that the birthday slasher HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME hits DVD. We've got three copies to give away courtesy of Anchor Bay, and all you've got to do is tell us: what's your favorite horror movie holiday?
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One of the distinguishing qualities of the old slashers were their fixation on significant holidays and dates. October 13th sounds like the perfect day for a horror movie, but it's actually the day that the birthday slasher HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME hits DVD. We've got three copies to give away courtesy of Anchor Bay, and all you've got to do is tell us: what's your favorite horror movie holiday?

We've got slashers set on Halloween, Friday the 13th, Graduation Day, Christmas, New Years, Prom Night, Valentine's Day and even on a (bloody) birthday. That's just the tip of the iceberg, so tell us, which date do you like most for your horror?

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Post a single response in this thread and be entered to win 1 of 3 copies of HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME on DVD. Anchor Bay is also throwing in a pack of promotional HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME balloons to the first place winner.

Contest ends a week from today, Tuesday, October 20th, where 3 winners will be randomly drawn.

So let's hear it: what's your favorite horror movie holiday?

HellRazor
10-13-2009, 11:59 PM
The one that started it all of course...Halloween!

Mattapooh
10-13-2009, 11:59 PM
If anyone answers anything other than Halloween, they're just lying to themselves. It's an absolutely great film in the same realm as Psycho, Jaws or any other horror classic. It falls on the BIG horror-themed holiday. Everything about it is absolutely perfect.

I even proposed to my now-wife on Halloween night whilst watching it. You can't get any better!

gyhorrorfan07
10-14-2009, 12:02 AM
Halloween, of course, my favorite holiday horror film and first Blu-Ray purchase.

Darga
10-14-2009, 12:03 AM
I almost picked Black Christmas since I just watched it again recently, but c'mon- I gotta go with Halloween.

spawningblue
10-14-2009, 12:08 AM
Halloween although Black Christmas is close behind. And I also really like My Bloody Valentine, April Fool's Day, Friday the 13th and Terror Train.

zompirejoe
10-14-2009, 12:09 AM
Halloween, it's my favorite time of the year !

Hellbilly
10-14-2009, 12:10 AM
Halloween of course :)

HoldenMcNeil
10-14-2009, 12:11 AM
Without a doubt Black Christmas.

snowbeast323
10-14-2009, 12:17 AM
Black Christmas :D
One of, if not the, first stalk n' slash movie......

Angelman
10-14-2009, 12:22 AM
Halloween. My fav flick of all time, regardless of genre.

killit
10-14-2009, 12:24 AM
Jack Frost, insanity

hellraiser40
10-14-2009, 12:25 AM
since over here we're not REALLY into Halloween, i can safely say Christmas

this is mostly due to Black Christmas, the original of course (even though i liked the remake)

vampyr789
10-14-2009, 12:28 AM
god damn this is hard :O i love so many horror holiday (especially the slashers)

ummmmmmmmmmmm im gonna say My Bloody Valentine with Black Christmas VERYYYY close behind

Harry Warden
10-14-2009, 12:35 AM
Black Christmas - the original.

othervoice1
10-14-2009, 12:44 AM
I have to go with Halloween (the original). I wish I could be a little more original but I would be lying if I picked anything else.

Body Boy
10-14-2009, 12:55 AM
Christmas is my favorite horror movie Holiday.

If I had to pick a movie, it would be Black Christmas '74.

But I love SNDN, To All a Goodnight, Gremlins...etc...Christmas Evil is also at times a fine choice. :)

HAEMORRHAGE
10-14-2009, 01:09 AM
Silent Night, Deadly Night. Ever since I bought the double feature DVD I watch both every XMas Eve. It has someone dressed up as the icon of that holiday killing people. That's the epitome of a holiday slasher!


***I already have a copy of this movie, well 2 of em (I have both versions), no need for me to win. Just wanted to chime in my choice.

soxfan666
10-14-2009, 01:11 AM
Halloween, easy choice.

Caspar2112
10-14-2009, 01:12 AM
Although, Christmas has some fun slashers, BLACK CHRISTMAS, SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT; I will have to go with HALLOWEEN. Nothing is more terrifying then a masked stranger following the young protagonist in a foggy cemetery on all Hallows Eve or worse, in your own home. Of course, horror never needs a reason to scare and no holiday is safe. Summer Holidays, April Fools Day and Valentines Day!

Copyboy
10-14-2009, 01:19 AM
The thread is horror movie holiday and not holiday horror movie, right? I've got to go with Halloween. The whole month of October totally gets me in the mood for all things John Carpenter, Hammer and Universal Classic Monsters. Living here in New England certainly helps too by lending that horror movie atmosphere to real life with the changing leaves, drop in temperature and shorter days. With all the orange, yellow and red on the trees, there are some days when it's almost as if everything takes on the hue of the foliage. Totally Dean Cundey. The world around me just turns into the perfect setting for a horror movie.

eric_angelus
10-14-2009, 01:19 AM
Halloween...as long it isn't tainted by white trash.

dave13
10-14-2009, 01:41 AM
who'm i kidding? halloween

Mitbox
10-14-2009, 01:48 AM
Christmas...because of Black Christmas, my fav. movie of all time, and because I can add SNDN to the mix.

Egg_Shen
10-14-2009, 01:52 AM
Halloween is my favorite holiday for slashers, although Halloween ( the film) basically owns the holiday. Valentines day, which I believe has the most number of slashers attached to it, seems more accommodating . I wonder why?

Spit
10-14-2009, 02:02 AM
Well not to be unoriginal, but I gotta agree with the masses. Halloween!

_pi_
10-14-2009, 02:03 AM
I'm going to go with Valentine, which is easily my most watched holiday-themed slasher. It's good, trashy fun.

BloodMan
10-14-2009, 02:21 AM
Black Christmas nothing better. :)

Mutilated Prey
10-14-2009, 02:24 AM
Er um.....HALLOWEEN!!!!!

I do like Christmas stuff like Silent Night Deadly Night and Black Christmas though - something about winter and snow horror :)

ekent
10-14-2009, 02:25 AM
Silent Night Deadly Night 2 would be a favorite. It has all the best parts of part 1, and Eric Freeman's epic performance!

crikan
10-14-2009, 02:28 AM
That's a tough one. Halloween

KappaMoth
10-14-2009, 02:33 AM
Groundhog Day! ...waitaminute...

marcx
10-14-2009, 03:13 AM
Halloween takes the cake...but Friday the 13th is a close second....and runners up include valentine's day and APRIL FOOLS DAY!

Ptflea2
10-14-2009, 03:16 AM
Black Christmas - the original.

MaxRenn
10-14-2009, 03:21 AM
Black Christmas

Jason101
10-14-2009, 03:23 AM
The original Friday the 13th, these movies have a high rewatchability factor and are awesome to watch on Friday the 13th since this date can happen twice a year.

AndresG
10-14-2009, 04:05 AM
Halloween is the winner by far followed by Black X-mas (the original) as a close 2nd one.

zombiecraig
10-14-2009, 04:19 AM
Halloween.

Though Black Christmas has really grown on me in recent years.

SpaceAce
10-14-2009, 04:44 AM
sorry to not be original but it has to be HALLOWEEN!!!!

captain_brandon
10-14-2009, 05:09 AM
Hands-down I 'm gonna have to be a bit unoriginal in this contest, once again, and choose Mr. John Carpenter's seminal classic, legendary Halloween (1978).

It was the pre-cursor to the more Exploitation style Slashers that would start to appear a full year and a half later by the Fall of '81 in theaters all across North America.

It started the usage of many fellow film makers that would rip off what Mr. Carpenter (and to be fair & give credit where credit is do also his fine co-writer, the late/great Debra Hill, and Academy Award winning cinematographer Dean Cundey as well) a lot over the next three years, and these are film makers who were his contemporaries who saw the film originally in theaters in '78, and oddly enough, instead of being inspired by his hard work and the others on that project, it was this interesting penicale of genre film history in which others--although as a big fanatic of the sub-genre, often very entertainingly--rip off his work often in such broad terms. Only adding in more female flesh/sleaze and of course, upping the ante of the gore/make-up FX factor. This was truely one of the first of the not-so-rare cases in which the other film makers who were riding the coat tails of the much loved & much loathed and the same time sub-genre pretty much had very little in the way of the basis of the ideas' that made the first Halloween such a classic. I mean sure, I like & enjoy some of the knock-off films for what they are in retrospect as well, but admitedly, many of them, as we can see now, simply threw they're rushed productions together on a shoe-string budget similar to Halloween's without having a single damn original idea in their heads.

And even still, they could of course never wonderfully reduplicate the overall style, suspence, performances and the craft as well as lighting style. Or the memorable characters, such as the eccentric, perhaps mentally-unbalanced like a Giallo character at this point in his life himself Mr. Sam Loomis, who is a Captian Ahab like oddity (the late/great Donald Plesance). Or the shy, timid & sexually repressed Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis, still looking radiant), as well as her friends who aren't annoying but more like regular everyday North American (or anywhere else in the westernized world) folk.

There was a lot of magic here that of course is quite obviously extremely difficult to duplicate twice, as evident by the fact that while there have of course been very consistantly entertaining, sometimes scary and over all effective Slasher films out there, none however, were ever quite done with the style, craft, subtle touches and overall awesomeness in which this seminal classic was made. Also Halloween '78 pretty much had a damn near perfect cast. Pretty much no other Slasher installment after this would sadly be blessed with as much luck as Carpenter & Hill were. Rather the films were cast on the far east or west coast, the casting directors and other film makers had to simply take what they could get, and a lot of the performances in the weaker scripts that you just know not all the actors believed in, almost always suffered assuredly for it.

Take a bow, Mr. Carpenter. Take a bow ...

fceurich39
10-14-2009, 05:12 AM
Halloween 1978 is my favorite but i watch Silent Night Deadly Night every Christmas and this year parts 3,4,5 comes out on dec 1st so i'll be watching 1-5 marathon of Silent Night Deadly Night

Lone Wolf
10-14-2009, 06:11 AM
Got to go with Halloween.

fattyjoe37
10-14-2009, 06:17 AM
Halloween gets the holiday best and is the best film out of all of the holiday horrors.

Goregasm
10-14-2009, 06:36 AM
Well of course Halloween, this one's too obvious.

But for the sake of arguement, Mother's Day and Silent Night Deadly Night are quite amazing.

Holiday horror is the shit!

streetlight
10-14-2009, 07:00 AM
april 1st brought us April Fools Day, Slaughter High and Killer Party!!

but Halloween is the best, because the atmosphere of autumn creates spookiness, with the evenings lasting longer, more hours of darkness outside, and pumpkins, harvest, scarecrows, etc

life_o_petey
10-14-2009, 07:00 AM
Valentine's Day is always a good day to watch people get hacked to pieces (in 3D).

Kim Bruun
10-14-2009, 07:35 AM
It is terribly unoriginal, but I have to say Halloween. There's no denying that it is the holiday that celebrates horror more than all others. Here in Denmark Halloween has only recently been introduced, while Shrovetide (in February) is a much older tradition for children dressing up.

And I love the Halloween franchise - Halloween II was what got me hooked on horror on my teens, and it stille scares me to this day.

satans-sadists
10-14-2009, 07:35 AM
Halloween is my favorite holiday and John Carpenter's 1978 original film is simply timeless.

Erick H.
10-14-2009, 07:36 AM
I'll be a contrarian and go with APRIL FOOLS DAY.It's a love it or hate it film but I think it embraces the spirit of the holiday in a way that some of the others don't.It's a tricky film for a tricky day.

MorallySound
10-14-2009, 07:41 AM
Probably not my favourite Holliday themed horror film of all time, but it's my current favourite at the moment: Mother's Day.

And yes, I'm looking forward to the remake.

bwana the clown
10-14-2009, 08:10 AM
Favourite holiday-themed horror movie: The genuinely creepy Black Christmas.

Favourite horror-movie-watching holiday: Friday the 13th. (I gather we're using the word 'holiday' loosely here). I always feel obliged to watch something on a Fri 13th, and best of all, it always lands on a Friday (yes, really!) so it's not a work night! :D

Zombie Dude
10-14-2009, 08:11 AM
I'm just going to say April Fool's Day to be different. Not a bad little film and quite entertaining.

Katatonia
10-14-2009, 08:49 AM
Gotta go with my old favorite, the original Halloween. I've enjoyed it since I was a young kid. It captured the spirit of October 31 perfectly.

rxfiend
10-14-2009, 08:49 AM
My Bloody Valentine

Nightbreed
10-14-2009, 03:01 PM
Halloween, easy

maybrick
10-14-2009, 03:07 PM
Halloween, naturally.

Kodiac Jack
10-14-2009, 06:23 PM
Christmas. There's better offering IMO (Black Christmas, SNDN, To All a Goodnight, etc.).

evildeadfan123
10-14-2009, 07:10 PM
Have to go with Friday The 13th.

old-boo-radley
10-14-2009, 08:36 PM
Halloween, baby.

indiephantom
10-14-2009, 08:52 PM
Halloween for sure, but I also think Christmas makes for a good time for screening horror or any of your favorite films. I'm surprised how much great horror is set around the Xmas holidays.

pdw
10-14-2009, 09:39 PM
My bloody valentine.
But Halloween is prolly more appropriate this time of year...

PDW

Devo1313
10-14-2009, 09:56 PM
Black Christmas

unstoppable
10-15-2009, 02:52 AM
My Bloody Valentine, either one.

CrazyFatEthel
10-15-2009, 04:27 AM
For classics- Halloween
For Fun- My Bloody Valentine or Silent Night Deadly Night

mrcafejava
10-15-2009, 04:40 AM
Christmas
Silent night deadly night will always be a fun slasher for me. A lot of people hate the first 45 minutes of character development, but I found it to be one of the best things about the movie. Plus Linnea Quigley impaled on a decorations antlers...coooommeee oooonnn

bottleservice23
10-15-2009, 05:47 AM
I would say Thanksgiving but since that is not an option

I'll say Friday the 13th

Workshed
10-15-2009, 06:07 AM
Halloween...II! Ha ha, yes, it's true. While the original is loved and considered a classic by many, and for legitimate reasons, the sequel was a thrill ride for me. And sometimes, that's all I want.

mrlabrad
10-15-2009, 07:41 AM
It's obvious answer. John Carpenter's Halloween all the way.

pieces35
10-15-2009, 04:12 PM
HALLOWEEN is the best slasher film EVER!!

HALLOWEEN is also the second best HORROR FILM EVER!!!

HALLOWEEN FOR ME!!!

Zack
10-15-2009, 04:21 PM
Halloween for sure, but not just for the Carpenter film. There are plenty of other great horror films that take place around Halloween, like Night of the Demons and more recently Trick 'r' Treat.

Ash28M
10-15-2009, 04:29 PM
I got to go with Black Christmas Again!

halfdogjury
10-15-2009, 05:35 PM
Halloween all the way! Favorite day of the year and Trick 'r Treat is the shit!

scaryguy88
10-15-2009, 05:56 PM
halloween of course.

HAEMORRHAGE
10-15-2009, 05:58 PM
I would say Thanksgiving but since that is not an option

I'll say Friday the 13th



Then you've never seen Home Sweet Home.

shockwave
10-15-2009, 06:13 PM
Hmm, thats a toughie, i'd say both Halloween and Christmas are perfect slasher setting movies, and even though I love MBV and F13, they arent really slasherific holidays with the exception of those movies. This is a hard choice, I guess I'd have to go with Halloween, but Black Christmas is a close second.

bigdaddyhorse
10-15-2009, 09:36 PM
As much as I love Friday the 13th series and My Bloody Valentine, when I think of horror I think of Halloween.
Birthdays don't count unless they're yours. Even then, most everyone else doesn't care.

boss_man
10-15-2009, 11:51 PM
Tough call, but Halloween for me also!


Incidentally I first discovered this site in fall 2003 when I was researching the difference between the old version and the new Divimax version of Halloween. Enjoyed your reviews ever since.

MrKateB
10-16-2009, 01:14 AM
Black Christmas

addicted2dvd
10-16-2009, 10:01 AM
I would have to say Halloween as well.

MagickPoultry
10-16-2009, 04:26 PM
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, even though it doesn't take place on Friday the 13th.

X-human
10-16-2009, 11:48 PM
Feeders 2: Slay Bells

A real Santa battles aliens.

Cosmo
10-17-2009, 06:08 AM
Halloween is the best, I won't argue with that. But as far as my favorite goes, I'm going to side with Friday the 13th, Part 6.

Vincent Pina
10-19-2009, 06:16 PM
Texas Confederate Heroes Day. I always get this day off from work, so I stay at home and watch horror movies. They should make one about this day.

Mok
10-19-2009, 07:01 PM
Aside from Halloween I think Christmas is pretty good for a slasher holiday. Gremlins and the Tales from the Crypt episode "And All Through the House" come to mind.

Mazurka Macabre
10-21-2009, 02:06 AM
Silent Night, Bloody Night

rhett
10-21-2009, 07:03 AM
Thanks for all the submissions once again. I love holding contests on the site since you really get to learn more about the rest of the forum members rather than just having people enter for the sake of entering.

That said, you'll all here to win some loot, and here are the winners of HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME:

Kim Bruun
pieces35
HoldenMcNeil

Send me your name and address and I'll ship these out right away.

New contest starts soon, probably tomorrow or Thursday.

X-human
10-21-2009, 07:06 AM
Congrats.

Kodiac Jack
10-21-2009, 07:26 AM
Congrats winners. Its a good, bare DVD. Th music really makes the movie whole.

gyhorrorfan07
10-21-2009, 08:15 AM
Congrats to the winners. Bring on the next contest.

baggio
10-21-2009, 05:12 PM
Congrats to the winners!

captain_brandon
10-21-2009, 05:13 PM
Congrats to all! Man oh man, I've had some super shit luck with these, as of late, but ah well.

Really, hope everyone enjoys their copies! :D

Bobbywoodhogan
10-21-2009, 08:24 PM
Halloween of course, its the greatest horror film ever made.

And Congrats to the winners :D

Workshed
10-21-2009, 11:17 PM
Congrats to all. Maybe next time, we exclude Halloween from the options and simply acknowledge it as a given, ha.

spawningblue
10-21-2009, 11:36 PM
Congrats guys!

bigdaddyhorse
10-21-2009, 11:42 PM
Congrats all ye winnas.:)

Looks like the random thingy don't like me no more, or maybe there's just more competition. I was hitting these regularly, now I've missed about 10 in a row.:(

spawningblue
10-21-2009, 11:55 PM
Congrats to all! Man oh man, I've had some super shit luck with these, as of late, but ah well.



Looks like the random thingy don't like me no more, or maybe there's just more competition. I was hitting these regularly, now I've missed about 10 in a row.:(

haha I have been on here for 5 years and ain't won squat!

captain_brandon
10-21-2009, 11:56 PM
Congrats all ye winnas.:)

Looks like the random thingy don't like me no more, or maybe there's just more competition. I was hitting these regularly, now I've missed about 10 in a row.:(

Haha, I know exactly how you feel, bigdaddyhorse my good man. :p

Shit, you should know my own personal luck through out the years has been ABSOLUTE SHIT, I feel, with me often entering Arrow in the Head's monthly DVD contest and never winning a thing for what felt like five years i na row before I finally gave up, and ever since they started, the once a month or so that Fangoria.com sends some freebies out. And if Dread Central, which I don't really fellow puts out some stuff, people are free to let me know.

But yeah, it's all random, I believe. But I am now back to a lite/amusing depression as my total shit luck as cemented itself, once again. Look's like me & you winning the Friday the 13th Parts IV-through-VI Deluxe Edition DVDs was a damn joyous fluke for us, huh? ;) Stay cool, bro!

And again, congrads to the winners. :D :)

captain_brandon
10-21-2009, 11:58 PM
Congrats all ye winnas.:)


[QUOTE=spawningblue;616076]haha I have been on here for 5 years and ain't won squat!

Whoa, a whole five years, huh? Dude, we're officially matched up here in super shit luck now, as I pretty much entered Arrow in the Head.com's monthly contest that John Fellon runs every month for a little over five years, and never won shit! Damn, it's been quite a few months since I last visited the site as well. Think I might go check out that and Dread Central now, as of late. Stay safe mi amigo.

Katatonia
10-22-2009, 02:30 AM
Whoa, a whole five years, huh? Dude, we're officially matched up here in super shit luck now, as I pretty much entered Arrow in the Head.com's monthly contest that John Fellon runs every month for a little over five years, and never won shit! Damn, it's been quite a few months since I last visited the site as well. Think I might go check out that and Dread Central now, as of late. Stay safe mi amigo.

:D I think I have you both beat here then. :lol: I've been on the site for over six years and have never yet won a contest.

captain_brandon
10-22-2009, 02:48 AM
:D I think I have you both beat here then. :lol: I've been on the site for over six years and have never yet won a contest.

Damn, Katatonia dude, you've got my up-must respect. :p Six full years is indeed some pretty much super shit luck. I feel like good ol' Rhett should give you a free, complimentary DVD or Blu-Ray next time or somethin'. No bullshit. ;)

Has anyone else been on here for seven years or more and never won shit? Was just curious.

Katatonia
10-22-2009, 02:56 AM
Damn, Katatonia dude, you've got my up-must respect. :p Six full years is indeed some pretty much super shit luck. I feel like good ol' Rhett should give you a free, complimentary DVD or Blu-Ray next time or somethin'. No bullshit. ;)

Has anyone else been on here for seven years or more and never won shit? Was just curious.

:lol: :D I don't feel bad about it though. It's a random winner thing (right rhett?), and with every new contest there's a fresh chance of winning. I'm sure there's gotta be someone on here who's also gone over six years. :evil:

othervoice1
10-22-2009, 04:38 AM
Congrats winners!!!

spawningblue
10-22-2009, 06:50 PM
Yeah it's not a big deal. If you win, awesome! If not, well there's always next time. Most of the time I'll just go and buy the DVD anyways so unless I'm broke at the time it's not the end of the world.

But yeah, I am curious if anyone has been on here longer and has gone winless for more then 6 years, or does Katatonia have the record!?

captain_brandon
10-22-2009, 08:24 PM
Yeah it's not a big deal. If you win, awesome! If not, well there's always next time. Most of the time I'll just go and buy the DVD anyways so unless I'm broke at the time it's not the end of the world.

But yeah, I am curious if anyone has been on here longer and has gone winless for more then 6 years, or does Katatonia have the record!?

Yeah, I agree, because we all have (damn fine, if I might add ;)) genre taste here, and 10 times outta time, I just go buy the standard definition DVD or Blu-Ray. Although I'm done with DVD now, and I only buy and order Blu, if I was to have won something, I'll gladly take it and watch it, of course. :D And I agree: It's fun to talk and lite complain, but it's really no big deal.A few of us are amazed at our absolute shit luck, is all. *lol*

rhett
10-22-2009, 08:37 PM
Yeah, I need to have one for the old timers...I feel bad that you guys haven't won anything yet! Trust me when I say it's as random as it gets, though. I look at the total posts in the thread, filter out double posts and then plug the total number of people into a random.org integer generator and just get the results from there.

We do get a lot of wins by newbies, and most do claim them but sometimes they haven't. In the past I've been saving those discs for future giveaways (lookout, Halloween!) but maybe I should just give them to older members if they go unclaimed within a couple weeks? Bigdaddy's off that list, though. Fucker's won it like 8 times over the years. :evil:

f0t0z00m
10-24-2009, 04:51 PM
Obviously Halloween takes the cake. It is tops for atmosphere and getting you in the mood for this great time of year. Others that I like are Friday the 13th, Prom Night, and Gremlins is a fun movie to watch around X-mas.