Blinky Productions, the company behind a plethora of fan films including “Voorhees: Born of a Friday,” “Maniac Cop: Justice is Dead” and “Punisher ’79″ has something new in store for fans of the “Halloween” franchise with “Halloween Season.” Chris R. Notarile is the brainchild behind the company that has repeatedly produced some innovative and creative films for fans not only of horror but superhero (“”Elektra (The Hand & The Devil)” and “Power Girl (The Classifieds)”) and action films (“Escape From New Jersey” and “The Shadow”) and even comedy (“The Superficial Friends Movie” and “Deadpool’s X-MAS Special”).
“Halloween Season” is a fan film for the fans. It was filmed in 1 and days of an estimated budget of $380 and funded through the online Indiegogo.com website. Despite the meager budget the film, like many of Notarile’s other films are high on production value and aesthetic.
The story of “Halloween Season” is fairly simply as the events of the film follow that of the original John Carpenter series and not the Rob Zombie remakes. Notarile remarks on his website about the film, “I didn’t feel like seeing a 53 year old, extra crispy Michael hobble after some teens who might possibly be related to him in some far fetched capacity either. So I decided to just start from scratch and make something that was as far away from any of the corners the franchise had backed itself into.” With this in mind, this film opens with Michael Myers in a pumpkin patch sans mask where he stills a car and heads to a costume shop where he locates his iconic mask and Julie and Bill (Magdalena Crujeiras and Chase Coleman, respectfully), who are just a couple of teens trying to find the perfect costumes for a Halloween party.
As is want for a Myers film Michael follows the two as he now has his sights on two new victims in his reign of terror. Notarile, who in addition to writing the screenplay and was cinematographer and editor, directs the film in a very traditional way reminiscent of the original Carpenter film. The only detriment to this is that much of the film’s action takes place during the day rendering much of the terror and suspense weak. Although there are many references to the original film series (especially the scene in the costume shop which rings true of Part 1 and Part 4), Notarile’s direction lacks the drive of Carpenter’s stark cinematography and pacing. One of the greatest suspense mechanisms of a “Halloween” film is that Myers can appear and disappear into the shadows like The Boogieman. Here he simply comes off as a serial killer. This is not a bad thing in and of itself as Notarile does understand the material and what the fans want and he delivers.
Myers has his trip to the costume shop, he gets his big knife, he stalks his prey, and he gets to kill a few people and really — isn’t that what we want in a “Halloween” fan film? Although there are a few pacing problems with the film (mostly in terms of the deaths themselves), Notarile has a dedicated cast and crew and they produce one of the better “Halloween” fan films out there plus he takes the time to bring in a little of that John Carpenter music madness magic with the score (which is augmented by Chris Lott and Florian Linckus) and that goes a long way in appeasing us Michael Myers fans.