HOLLYWOOD—Halloween is almost here, it’s the time to be sexy and spooky. Since celebrities have access to hair and makeup and wardrobes, they have all the right tools to make themselves as outlandish as they can. Celebrities don’t go out door to door, they go to elite Halloween parties. They usually dress as Marilyn Monroe, or 70s icons like Sonny and Cher, Jazzercise Instructors, The Flintstones, Unicorns, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Snoop Dogg, and Skeletons. The most popular costumes for 2018 are Fortnite, dinosaurs, vampires, pirates and Spiderman. Nothing has really changed, it seems that its the same costumes every year.
To get you in the Halloween mood, the sequel to the 1978 classic, “Halloween,” has made a killing at the box-office, raking in over $77 million during its opening weekend. Apparently, it is the biggest debut ever for a horror film with a female lead over 55. Jamie Lee Curtis, 59, reprises her role as Laurie Strode in the movie. Halloween now ranks as the second-highest debut for an October release, set earlier this year by “Venom.” The reviews for “Halloween,” which have been published ahead of the film’s release last Friday, range between two and four stars.
Many critics said the movie was predictable, but others said it was the best “Halloween” movie in a long time. Here’s the thing, if you’re reviving a franchise that has been brought back from the dead nine times, why not make your rebooted version memorable in some way? Laurie is seen as a grandmother in the latest installment of the series, who has been waiting for an opportunity to confront Michael Myers once more.
In order to really voice an opinion, see the movie. Regardless, if its seven, yes, seven-sequels that followed (and that’s before we get to Rob Zombie’s remakes of the first two movies), John Carpenter’s genre defining slasher is about a man with a big knife killing babysitters. It’s refreshing that the latest sequel does away with much of the mythology. Director David Gordon Green does an excellent job in captivating the audience.
If you don’t want to go to the movies, you just want to party here are a few choices; The Haunted Hearts at the Belasco Theatre on October 31, Willy Wonka and Costume Ball at the Los Angeles Theatre on October 31, Halloween Night with Guy Gerber at Tao Los Angeles, October 31, West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, October 31 and at the Abbey, the Scary Monastery. The Unicef Masquerade Ball is always popular, its a fancy affair with champagne and an open bar plus a performance from Foster the People and a DJ set by Mayer Hawthorne.
Tickets are a bit scary $225 and up, however, proceeds are for a good cause to benefit UNICEF’s lifesaving work around the world. From the world’s largest Halloween street party to theme parties, revelers can expect fun and scary nights ahead. Just check in advance for times. If you want to stay home or you feel that trick-or-treating is passe, watch a scary movie at home, binge-watch a season of “American Horror Story,” carve pumpkins, hit up a hayride or a haunted house, or host your own Halloween party. The most important thing is to do what makes you happy.
Rose’s Scoop: If you still haven’t seen “A Star is Born,” you are missing out. I hear the Oscar buzz. While its the third remake of the film, Gaga is incredible in her performance, very genuine and touches the hearts of the audience. She absolutely captivates, an outstanding performance. The chemistry of both Gaga and Bradley Cooper blend together. Who could resist Cooper’s piercing blue eyes that make you melt and mesmerize the passion through the big screen. He’s like a ray of sunshine, streaming through the window on a rainy day, warming your neck!