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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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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