Halloween Fans Have Created a Shot-for-Shot Remake of the John Carpenter Classic

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Bummed that you have to wait more than three months to see if David Gordon Green’s reimagining of Halloween lives up to all the hype? Fans of the John Carpenter classic have reason to be excited about yet another new horror project: As Bloody Disgusting reports, filmmakers Michael T. Lombardi and Nils Toledo, Jr. have assembled a shot-for-shot remake of several key scenes from the original film, which they’ll release on July 20.

In order to create this homage, Lombardi and Toledo cast lookalike actors, duplicated costumes from the original film, and scouted locations that gave off that distinct Haddonfield vibe.

“It should be noted that the production had virtually no budget, and was a true labor of love for all involved,” the filmmakers said.

Check out the teaser trailer for yourself above, and visit the filmmakers’ website to see and learn more.

[h/t: Bloody Disgusting]

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Wa Wa Wee Wa: The Origin of Borat's Favorite Catchphrase

Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
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When Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was released in 2006, a new audience was exposed to Borat Sagdiyev, a “journalist” portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen who had made frequent appearances on the comedian’s Da Ali G Show.

Soon, in our country there was problem: People mimicked Borat’s catchphrases, "very nice" and “wa wa wee wa,” incessantly. The latter phrase was used to denote surprise or happiness on Borat’s part. While some may have assumed it was made up, it turns out that it actually means something.

Wa wa wee wa is Hebrew, which Cohen speaks throughout the film and which helped make Borat a hit in Israel. (Cohen is himself Jewish.) It was taken from an Israeli comedy show and is the equivalent of the word wow. Reportedly, the expression was popular among Israelis, and they appreciated Cohen’s use of it.

The original Borat also sees Cohen singing a popular Hebrew folk song, “Koom Bachur Atzel,” or “get up lazy boy,” among other Hebrew mentions. It remains to be seen how much of it he’ll be speaking in the sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. It premieres on Amazon Prime Friday, October 23.

[h/t The Los Angeles Times]