Listen to a 1978 audience freak out over “Halloween”

Listen to a 1978 audience freak out over “Halloween” (photo)

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I haven’t been able to verify that this is authentically vintage, but it is authentically cool regardless, so we’ll post it, acknowledge the possibility that it is partly a put-on, and we’ll be sure to update this further on down the road if we uncover more information about it. It’s a clip that’s started circulating around the interwebs yesterday (I saw it on Shock Till You Drop) that purports to be audio of an audience’s reaction to John Carpenter‘s “Halloween” from a theatrical showing back in 1978. Have a listen:

It’s definitely an audience watching “Halloween;” they react perfectly to every beat onscreen. And how can you not love the one guy who screams for Donald Pleasence to shoot Michael Myers one more time? Still, there’s no way to prove from the clip alone whether that crowd is from 1978 or 1998 or 2011.

Listening to audiences react to movies is something we rarely have the opportunity to do, since we’re usually part of that audience and we’re (hopefully) too engaged in what we’re watching to observe the way it’s affecting the people around us. Audience reaction tracks have popped up on a few DVDs — I’ve listened to the one Robert Rodriguez put on the special edition of “Sin City” — but they can’t come close to replicating the experience of actually going to the theater. They’re really only useful this way, as a sort of audio scorecard of what worked and didn’t. And in the case of “Halloween,” obviously it worked really, really well.

Whether this is truly audio from thirty years ago or not, it’s still a fun video, and a potent reminder why you should always always see horror movies in as large a theater with as many respectful but enthusiastic people as possible.

What’s the most fun you ever had seeing a horror movie in a theater? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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