Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Great Moments in Movie History: Danielle Harris in Halloween

Danielle Harris is one of my favorite actresses, period.  She is far from a household name, and many people don't know who she is, but they should.  She is a full-blown hottie, a 33 year old beauty who can play a high school girl, and no one can really tell.  She rose to prominence in 1988's "Halloween 4" as Jaime Lloyd, the niece of killer Michael Myers.  She returned to the role in the 1989 film "Halloween 5," but the movie was a bit of disappointment, and like most child stars, she faded into obscurity.

However, as a child I remember her as Molly, the slutty next-door neighbor on "Roseanne."  She appeared in season 5, and was in a handful of episodes.  She was cute, and seemed to want to be friends with goth-lesbian Darlene, for whatever reason.  It also bugged me that David chose not to stick Molly, but I guess it wouldn't be prudent for him to dump a star for a minor character.  Molly had it going on though, but disappeared from the show for reasons unknown.

In the preceding years she had a traumatic experience with a stalker(wasn't me, I swear) and had bit parts in movies like "Urban Legend" and a very good indie film called "Debating Robert Lee" which also starred Kaley Cuoco from "The Big Bang Theory."  Other than that, she was not in the public eye.

Then came the news that Rob Zombie was writing and directing a remake of the horror classic "Halloween."  Rumors were flying around about who would join the cast.  An online movement was started to help Harris land a role in the film.  Zombie finally decided to cast Danielle as Annie Brackett in the remake.

While the film was extremely flawed, Harris stood out for many reasons.  First, she played a High Schooler at the tender age of 30, but she also appeared in the film topless! 

She pawns off the children she is suppose to babysit on main character Laurie Strode, and heads home with her boyfriend, for a late-night bang.  The sex scene itself is laughable, with the guy letting out a "oh my god, its so warm" line.  Shakespeare it ain't but it was exciting to see Harris ready to show her stuff.  Then her old friend Michael Myers pops in for a visit, and the rest is cinema gold.

Harris runs through the house, battered, beaten, and topless.  It was exciting from an action standpoint, plus you got to see a hottie topless.  She fights Michael down to the bone, and somehow survives to star in the underwhelming sequel, where she dies in one of the weirdest deaths I have ever seen in a horror film.

I am a huge Danielle fan, getting to meet her was one of the greatest days of my life, and getting to see her topless was amazing as well!  Danielle Harris in Halloween, one of the great moments in movie history!

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