Delightfully Stupid Halloween Safety Film
So, you may be wondering why I was watching this. Truth is, I thought it was going to be part of some viral marketing campaign for an upcoming Halloween movie (it’s not). It is, however, damn fine entertainment. This snazzy little safety film is from 1985, and it has not held the test of time well.
As with all Public Service Announcements, everything is ridiculously over the top. When the camera lingers on the menacing knife in the drawer that is about to be used to carve pumpkins, I thought the little girl would grab it and stab her father, resulting in the awesome viral campaign I envisioned. Alas, it is just to warn of the dangers of carving a pumpkin. I also love when the girl’s hands are completely covered in pumpkin slime, and our helpful jack-o-lantern narrator reminds us that this would not be a good time to pick up a knife.
The golden moment that I have watching many times, comes at about the 4:20 mark. I watch that little boy lurching across his house in his costume that does not allow his knees to bend, and all is well in the world.