Horror junkie Matt Emert looks back at all 10 films in the fright-filled franchise that changed the face of October 31. Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 5.59.01 PM

This articled was featured in BELLO mag October 2014 issue #63.
I first saw Halloween when I was 11. Little did I know, as melodramatic as it sounds, this low-budget slasher flick would change my life forever. I can’t say if it was the chilling soundtrack, the nerve-racking suspense or the masked, expressionless killer that made such an impact, but even as an adult, Halloween still holds true as my all-time favorite film. With 36 years and 10 movies under its belt, the Halloween franchise has left an unparalleled imprint on the horror genre, so in honor of the recent release of Halloween: The Complete Collection (the ultimate box set that includes every film on Blu-ray), we revisited each installment of the iconic slasher series. NOTE: Spoilers below! RATING SCALE: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 TRICK TREAT HALLOWEEN (1978) – 10 To create an unsettling atmosphere that lasts the entirety of a horror film is no small feat, yet the original Halloween proves you can terrify audiences without showing a drop of blood. Simple yet frightening, the first installment of the series introduced us to a cold, calculating psychopath named Michael Myers who stalks a group of babysitters on the titular holiday before unleashing a night of terror in the quiet town of Haddonfield, Illinois. Even 36 years later, few slasher films have reached the virtually unattainable bar set by this movie. HALLOWEEN II (1981) – 7 Picking up right where Halloween left off, this sequel continues Michael’s night of terror as he follows the only survivor, Laurie Strode, to the hospital to carve up a new set of victims. The body count’s bigger, and the film retains much of the suspense of the original, but there’s only so many times the Boogeyman can pace back and forth down a hallway before it gets stale. Revealing that Laurie is actually Michael’s long-lost sister was a clever twist, providing a purpose for Michael’s killing sprees that would endure throughout all the sequels. HALLOWEEN III: Season of the Witch (1982) – 2 This is the biggest WTF-worthy installment in the series. It has nothing to do with Michael Myers! Aside from taking place around Halloween and using the word in its title, it might as well be a stand alone film. The plot: A sinister company plans to kill children using devices in their masks that activate during a TV broadcast. Sound ridiculous? Now add an annoying theme song, weak characters, and insects crawling out of victims’ heads to create the lunacy that is Season of the Witch. HALLOWEEN 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) – 7 A decade after the original was released, the series returned to its roots as Michael Myers awakens from a coma (and easily escapes custody, natch) to hunt down his 7-year-old niece and her adopted family. There are some great, spooky scenes in this semi-successful attempt to capture the formula of the original film, but it’s not as much fun watching a homicidal maniac chase after a child… after all, you know there’s no way they’d murder a 7-year old (even the Halloween series has its limits). HALLOWEEN 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) – 4 One year later, Michael has survived the events of the 4th installment and a traumatized Jamie is in a psych ward, unable to speak. Unfortunately that doesn’t last, and the constant screaming and torturous chase in the final act makes this film almost unbearable to watch. And what’s with Michael’s mask? It looks as if he developed a receding hairline as a result of his many years on the prowl. A unique cliffhanger ending almost saves this movie, hinting that there may be more to the Myers saga. HALLOWEEN: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) – 5 Michael’s story takes a turn for the complicated as all sorts of confusing elements are added to his backstory – a cult breeding evil, a conspiracy within the halls of his former asylum, and a new family in the Myers house that just happens to be relatives of the Strode clan. Oftentimes sequels try to add more elements to the story to keep it fresh, but when it comes to Halloween, I would have been quite content with a “more of the same” installment. The scenes unrelated to the cult have some redeeming qualities, and at least the heroine is no longer a little kid. HALLOWEEN H20: Twenty Years Later (1998) – 9 Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode in a smart, thrilling sequel that gives a glimpse into what it’s like for someone 20 years after surviving a traumatizing attack. It’s simple – you fake your death, change your name, and move away! Although it took him awhile, Michael finds out where his sister’s been hiding all these years and comes after her and her son on his favorite day of the year. The opening scene, a rest stop incident, and much of the final act are scary good, making this a much-needed return to its roots - and the best sequel in the series. HALLOWEEN: Resurrection (2002) – 3 As much as I will always welcome another Halloween sequel, had I known this would be the follow up to Halloween H20, I would have been satisfied with Laurie ending Michael’s reign of terror in the previous film. Not only do they kill her off within the first 15 minutes (she deserved much better), the film takes a complete detour and focuses on a bunch of webcam-wearing college kids who stay the night at the Myers’ house…for a reality show. Of course Michael isn’t pleased , and neither are we. Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN (2007) – 6 Perhaps the most polarizing of the Halloween movies, Rob Zombie’s reimagining of this sacred slasher film actually scored points with me – not for its ability to scare audiences (it pales in comparison to the original), but for its originality and in-depth look into Michael Myers’ background. Unfortunately the film also humanizes a killer that used to be more frightening when he had no emotion or personifying characteristics. Zombie adds his usual overabundance of violence to the film, but you can’t help enjoying updated versions of some of your favorite scenes from the original. Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN II (2009) – 1 I’ve never been as disappointed in a Halloween film as I was with this trashy sequel to Rob Zombie’s remake. I can’t even begin to describe the pointless, uneventful direction this movie follows. From ludicrous visions of Michael’s dead mother guiding a white horse (an excuse to get Zombie’s wife in the film again) to ruthless violence for the sake of violence, to removing all of Laurie Strode’s likable qualities and barely making use of the iconic Myers mask, this sequel is a complete and utter mess.

Set Fall Winter 14.15 Campaign

I absolutely love this fall winter 2014 2015 campaign for German fashion house SET photographed by Sergi Pons. Such a cool sexy gang. [gallery_bank type=”images” format=”masonry” title=”true” desc=”false” responsive=”true” animation_effect=”bounce” album_title=”true” album_id=”12”] Maya Junger was born and raised in Germany. She lived in London for ten years working as an international corporate lawyer before returning to the family roots in the fashion business in Munich in 1998. Her desire grew stronger, to create her own brand. In 2008 she created the fashion label SET and took over the responsibility for the design of the brand as the creative director. Her first collection was launched for autumn / winter 2009. SET offers urban style that can be perfectly coordinated and interprets design trends without surrendering to them unconditionally. The self-made designer is open-minded and confident, casual and sophisticated. These attributes are reflected in her designs. Clean, modern design, effortless with a rock attitude – these attributes describe the brand best. Street-looks, street-life, cultural diversity and browsing through the most diverse shops and exhibitions inspire her authentic styles.

So BELLO! Cold Comfort By Patrick Lacuna

Cold Comfort is a fashion story by photographer Patrick Lacuna with model Edris Zalmai. Styling by Barrington Orr with pieces from Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein, Movado, Topshop, J. Lindeberg, rag & bone … [gallery_bank type=”images” format=”masonry” title=”true” desc=”false” responsive=”true” animation_effect=”bounce” album_title=”true” album_id=”11”] Photography: PATRICK LACSINA Model: EDRIS ZALMAI @ ELMER OLSEN Styling: BARRINGTON ORR Grooming: ALEXANDRE DESLAURIERS @ PLUTINO GROUP Styling Assistant: JOEL QUINONEZ

TV Hangover: #JaneTheVirgin Star @JustinBaldoni Dishes On His New Series & Passion Projects

The CWs new super fun telenovela style dramedy Jane The Virgin returned for its second episode of the season Monday night titled “Chapter 2” (how wonderfully cryptic?) Unlike its title, the second installment of Jane didn’t disappoint. Racking up more delicious craziness only known to telenovela viewers worldwide. So many oohs and aahs, so many questions, so much emotion in a one-hour time-span. Justin Baldoni, who plays the hunky and sometimes-gentle Rafael dished on what’s to come for his character in the coming episodes, as well as what he’s up to when not competing for Jane’s undying love and affection. jane-the-virgin-recap_612x380 “We’re breaking new ground here,” he says of the instant hit. “Jennie Urman, the creator has done a great job at creating something that’s never been seen on TV. We’re handling so many difficult situations that would really happen in life and amplifying them through the lens of the telenovela and comedy. Obviously we have a crazy accidental insemination, but then the topic of abortion comes up. How do you handle that on a TV show?” In a world of week-late DVR cath-up sessions, what’s important is that people are watching, allowing shows like this to stand a chance in the one day you’re in, the next day you’re out game of weekly TV ratings. “Jennie [Urman] has found a way to do deal with these issues with charm, with wit, and with humor. She’s found a way to balance fate without offending anybody at the same time,” he explains. Outside of the fictional Miamiset, Justin Baldoni advocates for his own set of important causes. His Production Company Wayfare Entertainment, which he co-founded, is set to release its latest project, a documentary titled “Laughing At My Nightmare,” in early 2015. Based on Shane Burcaw, the subject of Boldini’s previous Documentary “My Last Days.” “Laughing At My Nightmare,” follows 21-year-old Burcaw as he embarks on a celebratory road trip from Pennsylvania to Florida and back. Suffering from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, (SMA) it would be the first time in his fragile life that he travels without his caretaker, Burcaw’s own father. In addition to the documentary, Baldoni’s production company is joining forces and producing a special Behind The Scenes special of Jane The Virgin. Much like his current gig, he stresses that his company’s mission is to develop and create television that will make a difference in the world. Like his character Rafael, a cancer survivor, Baldoni, too has seen others go through a version of what his TV equal endured. He feels one with his character, understanding the circumstances that have changed him. And in real life, letting himself be guided by the need and ability to inspire by bringing light to significant material. As for when we can expect Jane and Rafael to be going steady? It’s hard to say. “Rafael is different than who he used to be. Cancer changed him,” the 30-year-old actor admits. “Here he is trying to get rid of the life he used to have, and enter a new one. That’s when Jane enters. It seems to be fate, that as he’s letting go of his old life, and not by his own will, ends up in a completely new one. With somebody that represents something different for him. Jane represents something that’s he’s never had. Someone who makes moral choices, someone who’s honest with him, He sees parts of himself he’s never seen with her. Rafael is going to have to figure out what he really wants.” Jane The Virgin airs Mondays at 9/8c on The CW #JaneTheVirgin       IMG_6231-0   Photo by: Jared Thomas Kocka

@jaime_king rocking #OscarDeLarenta in our September issue 💋 RIP Señor

@jaime_king rocking #OscarDeLarenta in our September issue 💋 RIP Señor

Adieu Monsieur Oscar De La Renta

'I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant' Oscar de la Renta. Dominican fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died on Monday - October 20, 2014 - at his home in Kent, Connexticut surrounded by family, friends. He was 82. oscardelarenta He became internationally known in the 1960s as one of the couturiers to dress Jacqueline Kennedy. He worked for Lanvin and designed the haute couture collection for Balmain between 1993 and 2002. "While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much with us. Oscar’s hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company," the statement said. "All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar’s example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much." A fashion legend from our era is gone. Oscar de la Renta at his fashion show at Neiman Marcus-  Chevy C He recently made the ivory tulle gown that Amal Alamuddin wore to wed George Clooney in Venice. We last featured Oscar de la Renta on the cover of our September 2014 issue with Jamie King in a 60’s inspired fashion story. jamie-king0oscardelarenta-bellomag

Louis Vuitton + Christian Louboutin ‘Le Rendez Vous’

OhLaLa, it does not get more Parisian than this video for Louis Vuitton + Christian Louboutin ‘Rendez Vous’. It made me homesick … Le marais, grocery shopping going from one store to the other, people watching, walking along the seine, the rain (yes I even miss the rain) … I need to watch this really cool video one more time, j’adore. For Louis Vuitton’s Celebrating Monogram limited edition, Christian Louboutin incorporated the iconic print and his recognizable scarlet that lines the sole of his shoes into the Shopping Bag and Shopping Trolley. In a short film directed by Gordon von Steiner and styled by Carine Roitfeld, model Saskia de Brauw brings to life the famed shoemaker’s creations. Louis Vuitton Celebrating Monogram: Christian Louboutin by Gordon von Steiner Directed by Gordon von Steiner Assistant Director Alvaro Colom 2nd Assistant Wen Colom Featuring Saskia de Brauw and Christian Louboutin Stylist Carine Roitfeld Creative Directors Robert Lussier & Mia Forsgren Hair Stylist André Cueto Saavedra Make-up Artist Karin Westerlund Original Music by Daniel Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans [gallery_bank type=”images” format=”masonry” title=”true” desc=”false” responsive=”true” animation_effect=”bounce” album_title=”true” album_id=”10”]

Sleepy Hollow Star Steps Out For Halloween Festivities @LyndieGreenwood #SleepyHollow

When it comes to celebrating Old Hallow’s Eve, it seems to be everybody’s favorite holiday. Even when you’re on a TV series whose daily antics border the squiggly line of horror and all things supernatural (Doesn’t get much horrific than a Victorian-era headless horseman). Sleepy Hollow actress, Lyndie Greenwood is the latest star to step out and attend LA’s growing list of Halloween attractions. This past Saturday Greenwood was spotted attending the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor attraction. Accompanied by friends she enjoyed a private walk-through of the haunted premises. Greenwood, who plays Jenny Mills on the FOX drama was quoted saying “I had so much fun, this is the best Halloween experience I’ve had”. Her favorite maze was a returning favorite—-SUBMURGED, where the ghoul of choice is “Scary Mary,” a young spirit looking for her eternal playmate. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor attraction will be running up and running until November 2nd, for those itching to get their last spook, even after Halloween is over. Photos by: Dan Steinberg FOR FOX

Inside BELLO: Royal-ish Torrance Coombs @torrancecoombs @CWReign @ReignTheCW

Last fall a new royal family was presented to Americans, in the form of The CWs sexy historic teen soap Reign. (Drool worthy ball gowns and boys provided!) By the end of the season there was even a royal wedding that had taken place—ish. Now a full calendar year later, the network returns with a second season of the steamy drama, the story of an adolescent Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland (Adelaide Kane). Torrance Coombs plays “Bash”, illegitimate son of the King of France, stuck in a love triangle between his half-brother, Francis (Toby Regbo), heir to the throne, and the gentle but fearless Mary. As one could imagine, beginning a second season presents different challenges than those already in place. Coombs, for one, was happy to know people actually cared. 58

Torrance Coombs is featured on the Young Hollywood cover of BELLO mag October 2014 issue available worldwide on iTunes.
“When it hasn’t aired yet, that’s what it’s like. You just don’t know if people are going to care. I’ve done that. You work really hard on something and once you present it to the world there’s a collective “meh”, explains the Canadian actor. “To have the show come out and get the following that it did, and then an early renewal for a second season was a huge vote of confidence. Now we’re making something we know people dig. There’s confidence in that. Also going into the gig the first time I was just like, ‘Please don’t recast me.‘“24-episodes later and there’s no other actor fans of the series could see play Bash, the outsider with a heart of gold and a protection streak. Instead fans are rooting for Bash in the battle for Mary’s heart. The series has been praised for its portrayal of female relationships, particularly Adelaide Kane’s Mary and her close-knit group of ladies-in-waiting. Mary and her friends lift each other up and respect each other without judgment of what any of them has been up to around the corners and halls of the royal court. In an interview earlier this year Kane sat down with BELLO and spoke of welcoming the responsibility of playing Mary and her newfound duty as a role model for girls. Coombs on the other hand has no such thoughts, as his character, from his name to his hair, is purely fictional. “I thought to myself, “What does it mean to be a bastard?” And, in this context, heavily involved in the royal family, but without that responsibility. I really just try and make it as personal as I can. I’m not beholden to any kind of historical standard; I just get to make him me.” If there’s anything Coomb’s character became known for besides his brooding selflessness, it was his eyes - those enchanting emerald green eyes - both of which will be back next season. With the forth-coming second season, Coombs offered his own predictions for season two and among those was the topic of The Plague, a disease that claimed many lives during its run. And not to be forgotten. Kenna and Bash have been left with a child. “Bash has also killed both his father and his mentor, so I wonder what he thinks of all that,” he jokes. “And of course, Francis is now the new King, so I’m guessing my character will be there to help him out. I think we’ve restored the brotherly love between them in the show so my hope is that he’ll be protecting him now that he’s in this new position.” One thing fans of the series can be sure of is that Coomb’s accent will be back, even better than before. Having watched ample episodes of his show, I congratulated him for having fooled me into thinking he was actually English. To which he replied, “I was kind of an accent geek in theater school.” [gallery_bank type=”images” format=”masonry” title=”true” desc=”false” responsive=”true” animation_effect=”bounce” album_title=”true” album_id=”8”] ________________________________________ photographer AMANDA ELKINS words by DIO ANTHONY stylist TOYE ADEDIPE groomer MELISSA DEZARATE for EXCLUSIVE ARTISTS using Kevin Murphy Haircare and Kate Somerville Skincare Exclusive outtakes: TORRANCE-bellomag-outtakes

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Soundtrack To Be Released On Cassette Tapes

Say What!? How retro-kitch-useless-awesome is this news!? The film’s ’70s-tastic soundtrack is already out on CD and vinyl, but will be available on cassette tape beginning Nov. 17, according to Billboard. Now if Marvel could release a special walkman edition for christmas that would be even better … Gzvz1Zf With $687 million Guardians of the Galaxy is 2014’s highest grossing film in the U.S. and 3rd Biggest Marvel Movie Ever. No surprises there since this movie is just fantastic!


432 Park Avenue Condos … Get Them While They last

This is not the view from an helicopter tour above Manhattan, but from the Penthouse of NYC’s tallest residential tower. 432-park-avenue-view-01 Yeah, when you see that, Mrs Spelling $35 Millon Los Angeles ‘manor in he sky’ now looks like a basement at your parent’s home. 432-park-avenue-view-02 Are you having troubles selling your old dinning table on eBay for $49.99? Then you may have made the wrong life decision by not getting into residential development because the penthouse on 432 Park Avenue is already sold and someone paid $95 million. Who can buy a $95 million penthouse? Well clearly someone who could have paid $120 million for the same penthouse … wrong move 432 Park Avenue! See I could have made you $25 million extra just like that. Anyway … the penthouse has ‘oversized 10-foot-by-10-foot windows that offer plenty of natural light’ #lol, I just love that you have to say that a penthouse located at 1,396-foot above the street level has plenty of natural light, shocker! Even if during the winter (and various storms) you may find yourself spending a lot of time looking right into the clouds rather than the city views, just saying. Or at best you may end up above the clouds with the city lights under, which sounds amazing too. No to mention the swinging during hurricane season … I am sure a little double tape under your Ming Dynasty vase will do. I really hope the person who bought this penthouse has an Instagram account to keep us informed how things are going for him or her up there. Everything is amazing in this Penthouse. From the kitchen to the actual comment right under the Kitchen picture ‘Typical Kitchen’: kitchen 432 park avenue Take that in your face you people living on ground level! Oh and you know, this is just a window: Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 3.06.01 PM You don’t have ‘windows’ like that in your studio apartment facing a brick wall? #SorryButNotSorry. Check out more images with more ‘typical stuff’ from the interior of 432 Park Avenue Penthouse: [gallery_bank type=”images” format=”masonry” title=”true” desc=”false” responsive=”true” animation_effect=”pulse” album_title=”true” album_id=”6”] The amenities are quite ‘typical’ if I may say. A lounge, outdoor terrace, restaurant, gyn, spa, billiard room, pool, massage therapy room … it does not get more basic than that #insertSarcasticToneHere. [gallery_bank type=”images” format=”masonry” title=”true” desc=”false” responsive=”true” animation_effect=”bounce” album_title=”true” album_id=”7”] There are 104 other luxury condominiums in the tower. Right now the availabilities listed on the website are just 9 condos so not sure if they release the available condos bit by bit or if in fact only 9 are left out of the 104. Hurry up! The cheapest is a 40C a 2 bedrooms + Library $16,950,000 condo and the most expensive, a Penthouse 94 at $82,500,000 + $16,595 and $15,857 monthly fees and taxes … which is nothing compare to the price tag, right? This penthouse has 6 bathrooms + a Library (of course) if 40C has a library in his $16,950,000 condo then you MUST have one too #logical. There’s another penthouse at $76,500,000 but it only has 5 bedrooms … I know. 432 Park Avenue is a supertall residential project by CIM Group in midtown Manhattan in New York City. With a height of 1,398 feet (426.11 m), 125 condominium apartments, it will become the 3rd tallest tower in the United States, with the One World Trade Center being taller, as judged by the height of its pinnacle, although 432 Park Avenue is taller if One World Trade Center is measured by roof height.

Tom Ford New Grey Vetiver Eau de Toilette

Tom Ford has launched Grey Vetiver Eau de Toilette, new version of the 2009 Vetiver. Tom Ford described it as the olfactory equivalent of a navy blue blazer, a nice watch, or brogues shoes. With its elegant and refined heart of natural vetiver superbly blended with sun-drenched citrus, rich spices and prized woods, Tom Ford Grey Vetiver captures the essence of debonair, charismatic and provocative masculinity. “Enlivened with compelling warmth and heightened freshness, the cool nature of vetiver is revealed with new dimension in this citrus woody, eau fraiche fragrance.” The creator of this citrus-woody composition is perfumer Harry Fremont. The fragrance opens with citrus notes of winter lemon, grapefruit, bergamot and orange blossom. The heart includes aromatic notes of Thai basil together with orris root, laid on the base of vetiver, amber wood, oak moss and musk. Price: $92 (50ml) - $129 (10ml) tom-ford-grey-vetiver-eau-de-toilette

Shu Qi For BVLGARI LVCEA Timepieces Campaign

Taiwanese beauty Shu Qi who has been Emporio Armani’s Asian ambassador since 2010 is now the new face of BVLGARI jewellery watch’s ad campaign. “I love Bulgari creations, and I am deeply fascinated by how the brand is able to incorporate Jewelry design into their timepieces… To me, a beautiful timepiece can always brighten the best of times for women.” said Shu Qi. The campaign was shot by Chen Man. [gallery ids=”14548,14549,14550,14551,14552,14553”] LVCEA’s case encircles the passage of time, drawing an unending connection between past and present, while its bracelet is inspired by BVLGARI’s iconic Serpenti collection.