A lot of people slam the master of the video game adaptation. He also has a loyal legion of fans. I'm kinda half and half on his flicks. For every House of the Dead (which made me want to tear my eyes out with a barbecue fork), there's a Bloodrayne: Third Reich (which is the very definition of so bad it's, um, almost good). Revile him or adore him, you gotta respect him for doing it all his way. He embodies the spirit of independent cinema as much as anyone, and I like that. Today, the critic-battling maverick schlockmeister will be dropping a nugget of knowledge on us about a German custom I had never heard of, Saint Martin's Day.
Note: English isn't his native language. Therefore, I had to do some fairly serious editing to get his piece make sense. There's a joke there about it being the same as his movies, but I'm gonna take the high road on this one.
"In Germany, Halloween was not existing when I was a kid. This is the reason I had no clue what the movie HALLOWEEN was a reference to. We went around the houses with lanterns and candles singing songs and getting treats from the people at SAINT MARTINS DAY. It was the same week where HALLOWEEN in USA was. SAINT MARTIN gave his coat to a homeless person in the deepest winter - and so this day is sharing day in Germany. But now in the last 5 years HALLOWEEN is huge in Germany and SAINT MARTIN is not getting celebrated any more. For the kids it doesn't matter as long they go from house to house and getting treats. The main thing what always happened to me is that my lantern burned down every single year. In Germany we always went with real candle lanterns or even torches."
30 days 'til Halloween, Halloween, Halloween. 30 days 'til Halloween, Silver Shamrock.