Pretty much every horror fan on planet earth loves the Halloween franchise. Whether your favorite entry is the original classic or the severely underrated Myers-less Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, these films hold a special place in a horror fans heart. Paul Downey and crew took that love and created the documentary, For the Love of the Boogeyman: 40 Years of Halloween. We had the pleasure of watching a screener of the short doc to review and was more satisfied than Lynda and Bob on Halloween night, 1978.
Watching 40 Years of Halloween feels like listening to your best buds sit around and discuss their favorite masked psychopath. The doc is filled with up and coming horror filmmakers and influencers such as Nathan Thomas Milliner (The Confession of Fred Krueger, Volumes of Blood), David Hastings (Halloween One Good Scare), Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), and J. Blake Fichera (“Scored to Death”). The film really delves into John Carpenter’s vision for the film and Donald Pleasance’s affect on the series as Myers’ polar opposite, Dr. Samuel Loomis.
In addition, I loved the short “cinema narrative” moments in between segments. It’s a little mix of Halloween 4 and the original 1978 classic; you’ll see. Don’t go into this doc wanting a breakdown of each entry into the series though, which I feel was missing from the doc. But, in the short 42 minute run time, an analysis of each film wouldn’t have been possible or given the series justice..
For the Love of the Boogeyman is not just a love letter to the Boogeyman but an orgy of lust on the influence the Halloween movies have had on the horror industry. It’s a great watch for old and new fans alike! The doc is making festival runs currently but For the Love of the Boogeyman: 40 Years of Halloween will be available to all this Halloween season on October 12, 2018.