The calendar turned to October over the weekend, which means that what we live and breathe 365 days a year will gloriously surround us for the next month, including AMC’s FearFest and Dr. Samuel Loomis.
And I’m not talking about the contrived character that Rob Zombie tried to force down our collective gullet, but the incomparable Donald Pleasence, who gave us five performances that we loved then, appreciate now and will cherish forever.
From chilling declarations to epic freak-outs, what better time to unleash the very best of everyone’s favorite maniacal doctor? YouTube only had so much to offer, so it it’s missing, the clip was like Michael Myers on Halloween morning, which requires no elaboration.
THE DEVIL’S EYES
Halloween fans can recite it word for word for good reason. It is perhaps the defining moment of the franchise.
EVERYONE’S ENTITLED TO ONE GOOD…LAUGH
Though serious as hell, Loomis still had a sense of humor. Getting busted by Sheriff Brackett, though, is what makes this clip a classic.
AS A MATTER OF FACT, IT WAS
The expression on Loomis’ face after looking off the balcony is everything.
Two things leap out from this scene that John Carpenter filmed as “carpet footage” for television broadcasts. First, never tell me that silence can’t be deafening and second, this should have been in the original film. But hey, who am I to question the Master of Horror? At least it exists.
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT DEATH IS
When you’ve spent all day trying to convince everyone that you’re not crazy, then shoot your patient of 15 years only to discover that your day ain’t over by a damn site, your tolerance level for bullshit is nil.
I SHOT HIM SIX TIMES!
Convincing and cheesy at the same time. Whichever side of the fence you sit on with regard to this scene, you always land on awesome.
Hands down the funniest moment in Halloween history. I laugh just as hard now as I did the first time I saw it. Moral of the story: When Dr. Loomis has a light bulb go off in his head and asks you to come about, do what the man says.
THAT LOOK WHEN THE HATERS REALIZE YOU’VE BEEN RIGHT THE WHOLE TIME
Is this clip dubbed in Spanish? Yes, it is. But that’s not the point. Understanding what’s being said is less important than the the contented sarcasm oozing from every one of one Loomis’ pores at 1:15 because he was right. Again.
So you helped what was essentially a firing squad find The Shape, forced him to do “The Monster Mash” and then declared “Michael Myers was in hell.” I believe it was Pablo Bolivar who once said “That is incorrect.”
BECAUSE WE HAD TO DO SOMETHING FOR HALLOWEEN 5
This was the closest I could come to Loomis’s trickery and beatdown of the Haddonfield Hacker.
SAME OLD SHIT, DIFFERENT DAY
By the time Curse rolled around, the good doctor was tired but not done.
FAREWELL OLD FRIEND