Aaaah, the 80's! What a great time! Especially if you were a fourteen year old kid who just loved horror movies. I would walk miles to get to the nearest 'mom and pop' video store every weekend to see what was new on the shelves. And, one day, like magic, this movie just appeared on top. And it stuck out like a soar thumb. I mean, the VHS box was huge. Huge I tell you. At first, I thought someone had stuck a box of cereal on the shelf as a joke. No kidding.If I can remember correctly, it had this picture on the front showing a bloody hand on a desk, next to a calendar, or something. I think a pair of scissors was on the desk also. Then, I looked at the title. It said, 'The day after Halloween'.
Excuse me? (I had to take a second look) Yep! That's what it said. '...after Halloween'. I was dumbfounded, and upset, and a little annoyed. All I kept saying to myself was, 'When did they make another 'Halloween' movie? What is going on!? How could I have missed this at the theater!? Where were the darn commercials? How come Fangoria didn't say anything about it? What is the world coming to? By that point,I checked all over the box and it didn't have anything that looked like a Michael Myer's movie. No white face. No Jamie Lee Curtis. Nuthin'. But yet, it said, clear as day, it was a 'Halloween' movie. Wow! I thought. I'll finally get a chance to see what happened after Laurie Strode took off in the ambulance at the end of Halloween 2. I was excited at the thought, but also anxious, because Michael Myers scared me to death. But I just had to watch it.
So, when I got home, I popped the tape into the player, took a deep breath, hit play and started to watch. Hmmm. When is that creepy techno music going to play? I kept waiting. Who is that on the screen? I kept waiting. Wait a minute now, that's not Jamie Lee Curtis coming out of a burning hospital. Trick or treat, sucker! Not even a darn candy corn. I felt like Charlie Brown did on Halloween when he got that rock. I was so confused. How could they lie like that to me? How could they be so sneaky?
And that...(!) was my 'Very First Time' being ripped off by false advertisement during the early video days. 'The day after Halloween' was the one that did it. Of course, at the time, I didn't know it was all about money, I was too young to understand all that. But then, once I started working at the videostores, and ordering the films, it all became very clear.
Well, I'm sure you figured it out by now, that this film isn't a continuation of Laurie and Michael's affairs. But, believe it or not, I still finished watching the movie back then. And I remember it being rather strange. I've watched it once or twice since then, so, here's what I remember...
First off, the girl in it is very pretty and has beautiful eyes. I forget her name but she was in the movie 'The Man from Snowy River'. She plays a model who is being stalked by a fan, or someone else that she knows. So, it's kind of like the Morgan Fairchild movie 'The Seduction' and 'The Fan' starring Lauren Bacall, which came out around the same time. It's also Australian, I think. In the movie, I also remember a photo studio catching fire, and the pretty model arguing with her mother, or somebody. I think she had a lot of issues with people. I think there was a pig's head in it, too? Maybe that was another movie.
If you like mystery thrillers with pretty young women in peril, you might like this. Though it is misguided, it is rather charming, in it's own unique way. Especially if you like rare vintage films from the 80's. Oh, one more thing, I did a little research, and the movie also goes by the name 'Snapshot', and you can find that title in the 'Aussie triple movie pack' here on Amazon. I might have to get, just to see if it has that pig's head in it. I'm so confused right now.....
Kevin Brian- Thanx for reading!