Monday, October 31, 2011

Today in Pop Culture History: All sorts of messed up stuff happens

31 October 1978: Having escaped from a mental institution the night before, homicidal kid turned homicidal adult Michael Myers returned to Haddonfield, Illinois, to kill a bunch more people. Repeat for 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, and 2001.

And he always seemed like such a nice, quiet, creepy kid-next-door.

31 October 1981: The Dark Wizard calling himself Lord Voldemort attacked aurors and Hogwarts alumni Lily and James Potter in their home in Godric's Hollow, killing both. The First Wizarding War was declared over on this night when Voldemort disappeared after attempting to murder Harry, their one-year-old son. The boy, who miraculously survived the killing curse, was spirited away to be raised by Muggles by an enormous man who appeared to be riding a flying motorcycle. The Boy Who Lived would return to the magical world as a Hogwarts student ten years later.

I can't be sure, but I do wonder if that scar is going to be significant in Harry's life?

31 October 1982: With help from an extra-terrestrial dressed in a ghost costume who has just phoned home, Elliot's bicycle achieves temporary flight. Any connections to the previous year's flying motorcycle incident are unknown.

Quite beautiful, actually.

31 October 1984: New kid in town Daniel LaRusso gets jumped by a bunch of bratty punks from Cobra Kai dojo, who are clearly jealous of his success with the popular girl in school and his awesome shower costume. Luckily, Daniel's ass is saved by the handyman who works at his apartment building.

Pictured: Mr. Miyagi all out of bubble gum.

31 October 1997: Breaking a centuries-long streak of absolutely nothing paranormal happening on Halloween at the Sunnydale Hellmouth, former musician and once and future Chaos-worshiping trickster figure Ethan Rayne casts a spell on the citizens, turning them into their costumes. The Slayer is temporarily incapacitated.

It was a real good night for Captain Harris, though.

Happy Halloween!

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