Back to the Future has been a favorite amongst kids and adults alike since it was released many yeard ago. There are a few reasons why I’d put back to the future upt here with my favorite films of all time, and I’m going to share them with you today.
The Delorean is undoubtedly the awesomest (yes, that’s a word) car that’s even partaken in a film. Whilst some fawn over the batmobile and are impressed with the Mystery Machine, the Delorean has a place in any true Sci-Fi geeks heart.
Doc was super cool for an old guy
Whilst nowadays if you were to put a young schoolkid and a crazy old scientist together people may raise their eyebrows, it worked extremely well in Back to the Future. The relationship that occurred between Doc and Marty was a special one, and it was awesome to see their relationship develop throughout the film.
The Theme Tune
As theme tunes go, the BTTF theme tune is certainly one of the most iconic that I’ve heard. It’s created by famous composer Alan Silvestri, so it’s no surprise that it blew us away.
Check out this video of the theme song being composed live in Vienna!
“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”.
Is this the greatest conclusion of any movie ever? I’d certainly argue that it might be. Along with the closing theme from The Breakfast Club – “don’t you, forget about meeeee” – the closing theme tune to BTTF is one of the most iconic in existence.
Need I say more? One of the best villains of all time, Biff had some of the greatest lines, too. Thomas Wilson plays the part so well that by the end, you’re genuinely hating Biff.
Some say that Donald Trump based his entire persona on Biff Tannen. I wouldn’t disagree.
These are just some of my favorite things about Back to the Future, which is still my favorite film of all time (with the sequels being closed 2nds and 3rds). If you have anything to say about BTTF, feel free to share below!
In modern times, Halloween activities have included many different and seemingly unrelated activities. Few people know about the origins of Halloween, as far as most are concerned, its all about trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns, ghost tours, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
Ancient Halloween History
While exploring the origins of Halloween, historian Nicholas Rogers, found that “some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or sow-in)”. The name is derived from Old Irish and means roughly “summer’s end”. A similar festival was held by the ancient Britons and is known as Calan Gaeaf (pronounced Kálan Gái av).
The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the “lighter half” of the year and beginning of the “darker half”, and is sometimes regarded as the “Celtic New Year”.
The name ‘Halloween’ and many of its present-day traditions derive from the Old English era dating back to the 16th century. The word Halloween or variation of it is first recorded in the 16th century and it comes from a Scottish variant of All-Hallows-Eve, that is, the night before All Hallows Day. Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra hálȝena mæssedæȝ, the feast of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556.
Halloween in More Recent Times
The distinctive and strange imagery of Halloween is derived from many sources, including national customs, works of Gothic and horror literature (such as the novels Frankenstein and Dracula), and classic horror films (such as Frankenstein and The Mummy). Elements of the autumn season, such as pumpkins, corn husks, and scarecrows, are also prevalent. Homes are often decorated with these types of symbols around Halloween.
Halloween imagery includes themes of death, evil, the occult, magic or mythical monsters. Traditional characters include ghosts, witches, skeletons, vampires, werewolves, demons, bats and black cats. The colours black and orange are associated with the celebrations, perhaps because of the darkness of night and the colour of fire, autumn leaves or pumpkins.
The wearing of costumes at Halloween has been around for almost as long as Halloween itself. As with many other human traditional celebrations, dressing up to look the part is an essential part of participating in the event. In recent years the traditional regalia of witches and skeletons have given way to a whole new set of subjects or themes. We now have Star Wars Costumes, Super Hero Costumes, Cartoon Character Costumes and a host of others being worn at Halloween.
How we come to have people and even pets, dressing up in costumes as characters such as Princess Leia or Luke Skywalker from Star Wars fame, is quite a mystery. This intergalactic theme is a far cry from the traditional Halloween costumes and characters.
One of the all time favourite treats at Halloween is the Candy Apple. Despite the proliferation of candies and sweets, the Candy Apple has persisted and is always a favourite.
American William W. Kolb is generally accepted as being the person who invented the red candy apple. Kolb, a veteran candy-maker in Newark, New Jersey, prepared his first batch of candied apples in 1908. He was experimenting in his candy shop with red cinnamon candy for the Christmas trade. He dipped some apples into the mixture, let the candy set and put them in the shop windows for display. He sold the whole first batch for 5 cents each and in subsequent years, sold thousands. Pretty soon candied apples were being sold along the Jersey Shore, at the circus and in candy shops across the country. In the beginning the Candy Apples were for Christmas but very quickly became popular at Halloween and were often given as treats.
Urban myths around Candy Apples
Halloween in the 1960’s and 1970’s, there were numerous news reports about children supposedly receiving candy apples with pins and razor blades in them. Theses reports often created hysteria during Halloween in the United States and many hospitals were offering free x-rays to detect foreign objects in the candy apples. The stories have never been substantiated and have become urban legend in the modern history of Halloween.