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Halloween Safety [Second Edition] (1985, Centron)

October 1st, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Okay Educational Short Film Fans! Direct from 1985 I present “Halloween Safety [Second Edition]”, yanked straight from the Centron/ Coronet film vaults. Produced 8 years after the original, this was also filmed in my hometown of Lawrence, KS and stocked with local acting talent & scenery.

Really more a complete reworking than a “second edition”, the difference in both era and production aesthetics is apparent within the first few seconds of the film’s un-spooling: check out that killer montage of awesome dime-store masks flying through the air! Yeah! This is immediately followed up by some great & simple shots of kids walking around in cheapo store-bought Ben Cooper & Topstone getups, which felt just perfect. I mean, maybe I’m just speaking for myself here, but despite the fact that on the real Halloween night in 1985 I was busily enjoying something billed as “The Scum Of The Earth Costume Party”, seeing those kids parade about in their outfits more than managed to resurface plenty of decade-dormant memories. Sadly none of my childhood regional Midwestern candy faves show up during the treat sequences though — where the hell are the Cherry Mashes & Valomilks? Ah well, I guess you can’t have everything.

So anyway, settle back from the vantage point of 22 years worth of hindsight and help yourself to loads of quality advice on pumpkin carving, fire hazards, costume functionality, mask visibility, street crossing etiquette, vandalism & mayhem, treat tampering (bear in mind that this was only a few years after the 1982 Tylenol murders), and more — all told against a sub-Michael Jackson soundtrack by an animated Jack-O-Lantern narrator!

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  1. Jason Eisener
    October 1st, 2007 at 17:35 | #1

    i love it! this is friggin awesome man, thank you

  2. steve
    October 2nd, 2007 at 12:34 | #2

    So fun. This tickles me as much as having my insides scooped out. And, who is the jerk that gave that one girl ONE orange tic-tac? Talk about stingy …Or WAS it a quaalude?

    Thanks Jason!

  3. BenT
    October 2nd, 2007 at 21:19 | #3

    those kids should be more wary of the creepy hippies that want to take their picture.

  4. Reggaexx
    October 2nd, 2007 at 22:44 | #4

    I can’t wait to give this one a look!!

  5. TheMadBlonde
    October 3rd, 2007 at 16:15 | #5

    You’re from LAWRENCE??? I lived in KC for 9 years & still have a bunch of friends who live in Lawrence. Small freakin’ world.

  6. Chad Savage / Sinister Visions
    October 5th, 2007 at 21:17 | #6

    Great to see you back in action, Jason – finding ScarStuff.com last year made Halloween extra rockin’.

  7. Andre
    October 10th, 2007 at 14:54 | #7

    The lack of Jason Willis content in this film get a “thumbs down” from this reviewer.

    Why did they need to remake a classic?

  8. Charmuh
    October 13th, 2007 at 19:49 | #8

    So awesome, thanks for posting that video.
    I’m really into the way that those old halloween masks creep me the fuck out.
    For some reason they are way scarier than real makeup or anything or a demented acid-trip level.

  9. Anonymous
    October 22nd, 2007 at 21:59 | #9

    have a fun and a safe halloweeeeeen

  10. Jimmy
    October 24th, 2007 at 14:58 | #10

    I love the Casper-Drag Queen costume.

  11. Jimmy
    October 24th, 2007 at 15:02 | #11

    Mr. Owl, How many scoops does it take to get to the center of a pumpkin?

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