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7 Things You Never Knew About the Halloween Series


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Michael Myers is one of the iconic villains of slasher history, and through nine movies (Season of the Witch doesn’t count) he’s carved up hundreds of victims. But here are seven things you might not know about this legendary franchise.

7. Almost All the Movies Have Psycho References

Alfred Hitchcock’s slasher classic was a huge influence on John Carpenter, and almost all of the movies have at least one reference to Psycho in them, most notably casting Janet Leigh in H20.

6. The Atari Game Was More Violent Than the Movie

For some reason, a video game adaptation of Halloween was released for the Atari 2600 in 1983. The action has you playing a babysitter rescuing children from an unnamed knife-wielding killer, but when he catches you he decapitates your blocky sprite and pixelated blood spurts out!

5. Eleven Actors Have Played Michael Myers

Typically horror icons tend to keep the same actor from film to film – take Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, for instance. But the masked and anonymous nature of Michael Myers lends itself to recasting, and a staggering 11 thespians have played him over nine movies.

4. The Band From Rob Zombie’s Halloween II Released an Album

Whatever your thoughts on the Rob Zombie Halloween flicks, they’re certainly representative of his deranged creative mind. He got so into making the second movie that he actually produced an album by fictional psychobilly band Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures.

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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

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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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