September is upon us, summer is slowly drifting away for another year and the countdown clock that silently ticks away at the top of this very page now tells me it is only 54 days until October 31st 2014.
To celebrate the journey toward Halloween I’m going to do something I’ve wanted to attempt since I first started writing here on Halloween Love … put together a definitive list of my personal favorite horror movie moments and scenes. I hope you will agree with some, maybe raise an eyebrow at others and fingers crossed a few will be pleasant surprises.
54 : Friday The 13th Part 8 – Jason Takes Manhattan 1989 : Jason Views The Big Apple.
This is a very personal entry on the list … by which I mean I’m fully aware that it’s highly unlikely many people would consider this a ‘great’ horror moment, but to me it really is. I remember thinking it was one of the coolest things I had ever seen when I first watched it back in the day, and it’s stayed with me ever since. Jason Voorhees, the boy who emerged from the lake to avenge his mother and punish all who crossed his path, suddenly finding himself at the centre of the modern world. Faced with the bright lights and sounds of Times Square he seems understandably confused … bewildered. Of course it doesn’t last, and the purposeful stride toward his intended victims returns a second or two later.
Kane Hodder sells this moment wonderfully with some subtle but perfect head movements and once again demonstrates why he is rightly considered the definitive Jason. The movie itself has plenty of problems but this and Part 7 were the Fridays I encountered first in my youth so they will always have a special place in my horror loving heart.
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