Behind the scenes on The Halloween Kid!

Here’s the behind-the-scenes featurette for The Halloween Kid! Filmed and edited by Jamie Hooper of Fingercuff Productions, it’s a pretty  comprehensive look at the making of our little fairytale, including our voice-over session with Sir Derek Jacobi and music score with composer Christian Henson.


The Halloween Kid World Premiere

The first public screening of The Halloween Kid has just been announced!

The Halloween Kid will premiere at the prestigious International Children and Young People’s Film Festival in Malmo, Sweden, in March.

I’d never thought of it as a children’s film while we were making it, but once someone had suggested the idea, it seemed to make sense. Like the works of the people who inspire me (in this case, geniuses like Edward Gorey or Guillermo del Toro), it mixes fantasy and the supernatural in a way that seems suitable for children. And the lead is seven years old.

To celebrate, we’ve put together a little teaser trailer!

Top 10 Halloween Movies: #7

First of all, we may be ending our online funding campaign earlier than planned – at the end of this week – to make sure we get the budget in plenty of time for the shoot.

So if you’d like to join our team, don’t wait, and head out to this page!

Halloween Movie #7: House of 1,000 Corpses (Rob Zombie, 2003)

A slightly leftfield choice, House of 1,000 Corpses (aka HO1KC) is probably the only film on my list which truly aims to disgust and horrify.

Rob Zombie’s strength as a filmmaker, in my opinion, doesn’t lie in his writing. The basic premise for this story – kids on a trip are abducted by a family of psychos when their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere – is adequately simple, yet the storyline meanders in the oddest way, and the odd bunch of characters are more cartoonish than developed.

But Zombie’s visual flair is brilliant. He has a real knack for composing images that strike the imagination, as evidenced early on by his music videos. His first feature is a real feast for the eyes, and rarely has more Halloween/horror imagery been concentrated into one colorful and loud film.

In an amusing twist of fate, HO1KC, originally financed by Universal, then rejected by the studio and distributed by Lionsgate, has this year been turned into one of the star attractions of the Halloween Universal Horror Nights in Hollywood… One of my biggest regrets this year is that I won’t get to go. The Horror Nights are always brilliant, and this time they also have an Alice Cooper maze, and one based on Mexican horror folklore – two of my passions!

Top 10 Halloween Movies: #8

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Here’s number 8 in our countdown of the 10 movies which best represent the spirit of Halloween…

8. Ed Wood (1994, Tim Burton)

Arguably Burton’s best, most mature work to date, Ed Wood, his love letter to filmmaking, is only very partially set on Halloween. But its gleeful enthusiasm for all things scary, its old-fashioned monsters, its horror hosts and its cardboard graveyards and spaceships are so reminiscent of our favorite holiday, it’s hard not to categorise it as a Halloween movie.

Beautifully shot in glorious black-and-white (a brave choice, considering its limited commercial appeal), Ed Wood is touching, sad, tender and optimistic all at once. It’s also a fantastic homage to the great Bela Lugosi – one of my favorite actors ever. Martin Landau’s portrayal is simply perfect.

In addition, it features the beautiful Lisa Marie as the equally beautiful Vampira. And because there’s never too much Vampira on Halloween…

… Or too much Lisa Marie:

Top 10 Halloween Movies: #9

Big thanks to our new Halloween Kid backers Owen Marshall, Scott Cox and Michele Baker!  Thanks also to Fangoria for mentioning us on their website.

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We’ll soon be announcing our first cast members… But in the meantime, here’s movie number 9 on my countdown of the top 10 Halloween movies of all times:

9. Night of the Demons (2009, Adam Gierasch)

Here’s a rare case of a remake surpassing – in my opinion, at least – the original: Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson’s update on 1988 cult film Night of the Demons.

Set entirely on Halloween night, around a Halloween-party-gone-bad scenario, Night of the Demons is beautifully filmed and filled with great costumes, Halloween visuals, and a fantastic soundtrack.

Sexy, gory, fun and relentless, it’s the kind of film that’s best seen with an audience, or a bunch of fellow horror fans. The perfect Halloween party movie!

Halloween top ten film: #10

First of all, thanks to everyone for our incredible achievement of the past 3 days: 103% funded! Fantastic! We’re now focusing on a new target: £6,000, to get us better camera equipment and bigger set designs. Let’s make this little Halloween tale the eeriest, best-looking it can be!

Huge thanks to everyone who backed us yesterday: Darren Bransford, Miranda Morton, Matthew Mullane, Jason Brawn, Andrew van den Houten, Eamon Wyse, Tony Marsh, Josh Ethier, Marguerite Linster, Adam Sager, Elaine Lamkin, Christopher Goodman, Adam Kelly, Gabriella Patel, Clifford Green, Stuart O’Connor and James Crocker!

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And now, without further ado, here’s number 10 in our  top 10 Halloween movies: stories which take place on Halloween and best encapsulate the spirit of the holiday…

10 . Hatchet (Adam Green, 2006)

You could argue that Hatchet, which almost entirely takes place in the swamps of New Orleans on Mardi Gras, is hardly a Halloween movie. I’ll agree the link is tenuous: only one scene takes place on that night. But the very nature of the scene is, in my opinion, linked to the very holiday spirit I keep referring to: the ‘birth’ of killer monster Victor Crowley, a throwback to the classic slasher psychos of the late 70s and 80s. A chilling legend on a par with the best campfire stories.

Hatchet  is in equal measure silly and spooky, fun and gory. If you can say the same of your Halloween night, chances are it was a good one!

Watch the trailer here:

Writer/director Adam Green is a huge Halloween fan and every year, he offers us a new holiday short. Here’s my personal favorite, Jack Chop, starring Grace director Paul Solet…


Nearly there! Plus, Halloween cartoons

The Halloween Kid is 83% funded as of this morning! Can we reach 100% by the end of the day? It would be phenomenal!

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First of all, thanks to Dreadcentral for mentioning the project on their website (here), as well as UK site Live For Films (here).

Thanks also to all our contributors since yesterday: Matt Compton, Laura Rudd, Karen Lam, Amelia Tyler, Barbara Crampton, Colin Clarke, Alex Glaeser, Martin Parsons, Julian Sheppard, Amy Gregson, Mike Hewitt, Steven Stiller, Don Roff, Miranda Morton, Paul Fischer, Jan Girlich and Thomas Coombes. You’re all stars!!

Over the next month, as we get closer to Halloween, I will be giving you my top 10 Halloween movies: not just movies that are great to watch on Halloween, but films which take place on and around the holiday and encapsulate the spirit of Halloween. Before we get started – expect the first one tomorrow! -, here are a few short Disney Halloween cartoons you might like to check out…

1. Trick ‘r’ Treat (1952)

I had this image from 1952 Donald Duck cartoon Trick ‘r’ Treat in my bedroom when I was 5 or 6, and I’d stuck little glow-in-the-dark skeletons on the sides. It made it look pretty eerie to me. I didn’t discover the actual cartoon – and the holiday itself, which wasn’t celebrated at all in my native Belgium – until a few years later, but this was one of my first ways of showing my love for all things spooky.

You’ll find the cartoon here:

2. The Skeleton Dance (1929)

Though it doesn’t take place on Halloween night specifically, I couldn’t miss this opportunity to mention one of the most influential films ever made to me, 1929 Silly Symphony The Skeleton Dance. I must have been just a few years old the first time I saw this cartoon, and it made a deep impression. As a kid, skeletons were pretty much the scariest thing in the world, and I was OBSESSED with them. But these skeletons weren’t just a little bit spooky, they were also fun…

This is, to this day, my favorite cartoon short, and you’ll find it here:

3. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)

A bit like Trick ‘r’ Treat, I first discovered Disney’s version of Washington Irving’s tale – my first contact with the Sleepy Hollow story – through pictures in a book. I’m told it’s been banned by Disney because its characters smoke and drink, but I have no idea if that’s true.

As a side note, the reference to Halloween and jack o’lanterns in the film is an anachronism.

Whatever the case, this is a hilarious version of the story, which also includes great songs. See it here:

Are there any short Disney Halloween cartoons that you prefer?