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Halloween
     

Halloween

4.8 86
Director: John Carpenter, Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis

Cast: John Carpenter, Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis

 

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Originally released in a limited edition two-disc set by Anchor Bay, the sought-after "television version" of John Carpenter's horror masterpiece Halloween becomes readily available to all horror buffs with DVD players. However, this new Halloween disc is nothing to scream about. Featuring only 12 extra minutes of footage, this "extended edition" is

Overview

Originally released in a limited edition two-disc set by Anchor Bay, the sought-after "television version" of John Carpenter's horror masterpiece Halloween becomes readily available to all horror buffs with DVD players. However, this new Halloween disc is nothing to scream about. Featuring only 12 extra minutes of footage, this "extended edition" is hardly worth the purchase price for such small potatoes. The 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation looks very good (just like its predecessor from Anchor Bay), though this disc lacks the newly remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 remix that other editions of Halloween sport. The Dolby Mono 1.0 track is sufficient, if very unimpressive. A few notes about the shooting of the extra scenes are also included on this edition, but they are hardly worth mentioning. Although the extra footage is fun for Halloween fans, they should have been included on other Halloween editions so as not to force fans to do a double dip into their wallets. For diehard fans of the Halloween series this disc will be a must; for anyone else, skip this and go with a different edition floating around the video shelves. Unfortunately, this edition is a trick, not a treat.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
Even after repeated viewings, John Carpenter's Halloween remains a genuinely terrifying cinematic experience. It introduces psychopathic killer Mike Myers, who, 15 years after murdering his own sister on Halloween, returns home to wreak mayhem on good-girl teen Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her fun-loving friends (Nancy Loomis and P. J. Soles). Curtis turned her success here into a brief reign as moviedom's "Scream Queen," and she is touchingly vulnerable in her breakthrough role. The likable supporting cast is strong overall, so the inevitable carnage is all the more unsettling. Best of all, Donald Pleasance turns in a delightfully unhinged performance as Dr. Sam Loomis, the obsessed psychiatrist determined to take Myers down. With its numerous pop-culture references and gleefully clichéd storytelling, Halloween is the original model for Scream and its companions. And although there is humor in the movie (particularly in Loomis's single-minded obliviousness), pure, visceral horror clearly rules here. Carpenter's self-penned, Bernard Herrmann-influenced score provides creepy counterpoint to his impeccably composed images. Through six sequels, a TV series, and dozens of imitators, it never got any better than this.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
With its almost blood-free frights, gutsy heroine, and peerless score, Halloween became the gold standard for the late '70s-'80s teen slasher cycle (as Scream cheekily acknowledged in 1996). Taking full advantage of the widescreen frame (and offscreen space), John Carpenter builds tension through the constant suggestion that something terrible lurks just out of Laurie's and the audience's view, whether it's behind a bush or in a passing car. Carpenter also shifts to the killer's point-of-view, leaving the audience with only the sight of the unaware victim and the sound of Michael's breathing. Evoking Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and Vertigo, as well as Howard Hawks' original The Thing, Carpenter and co-writer/producer Debra Hill render Myers an inhuman force that paradoxically points up the psychosexual anxieties under the surface of small-town life, especially in the wake of the late-'60s/early-'70s sexual revolution. Teens responded to Halloween's thrills, as the 325,000-dollar indie film went on to gross 47 million dollars, begetting six sequels and numerous imitators, like the Friday the 13th series.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2001
UPC:
0013131195996
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:44:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation [2.35:1] enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Digitally mastered for optimum picture and sound

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donald Pleasence Doctor Loomis
Jamie Lee Curtis Laurie
Nancy Loomis Annie
P.J. Soles Lynda
Charles Cyphers Brackett
Kyle Richards Lindsay
Brian Andrews Tommy
John Michael Graham Bob
Nancy Stephens Marion
Robert Phalen Dr. Wynn
Mickey Yablans Richie
Adam Holender Keith
Nick Castle The Shape
Tony Moran Michael Myers, age 21
Arthur Malet Graveyard Keeper
Sandy Johnson Judith Myers
David Kyle Boyfriend

Technical Credits
John Carpenter Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
Don Behrns Production Manager
Charles Burnstein Editor
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Debra Hill Producer,Screenwriter
Craig Stearns Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Rick Wallace Asst. Director
Tommy Lee Wallace Editor,Production Designer
Irwin Yablans Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Start Program/Main Titles [2:05]
2. Halloween 1963 [4:54]
3. Board Review [3:57]
4. "You fooled them, Michael" [1:40]
5. Wandering Around [4:08]
6. Drop Off The Key [3:21]
7. The Evil Is Gone [1:44]
8. Strange Sightings [3:22]
9. Tracking Michael [1:18]
10. Nothing To Do Tonight [5:42]
11. Paranoia [2:28]
12. Borrowing Clothes [3:32]
13. 4:20 Car Ride [5:17]
14. Going To Babysit [2:51]
15. Stakeout At The Myers [3:42]
16. Babysitter Talk [4:06]
17. Is The Boogey Man Real? [1:33]
18. Late Night Laundry [4:17]
19. Going To Get Paul [4:19]
20. A Boogey Man Spotting [2:02]
21. Haunted House [2:12]
22. Where's Annie? [3:47]
23. After Sex Surprise [3:47]
24. Shocking Phone Call [3:06]
25. Thinking About Annie [1:37]
26. Checking On Annie [7:03]
27. Running For Help [3:54]
28. Terror In The Closet [2:46]
29. It's All Over.....? [4:07]
30. End Credits [2:13]

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Halloween 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
joet37382013 More than 1 year ago
Best Horror Flick By John Carpenter Ever 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John Carpenter was a mastermind at horror, and was creating movies ever since he was a child. Only in his late teens he created a movie so suspensful, it left audiencies screaming out of their minds, and that's what John Carpenter did. Debra Hill, Carpenter's then girlfriend, decided to make a film to die for. They came up with a movie titled HALLOWEEN, because there was no such movie with no such name. Jamie Lee Curtis was an unknown acctress in an unknown show, and really only known for being the mother of the famous Janet Leigh in PSYCHO. Carpenter was inspired by PSYCHO because of Jamie, and that's what made HALLOWEEN the classic it is today. Imagine being in a neighbor and suddenly somebody starts chasing after you, with a butcher knife, a hauntly white ghost mask, and a truck driver's suit, after he has killed all of your friends and is now out for you. And every time you kill him, he awakens and just gets madder. It's an evil entity that will never die, and somewhere inside HALLOWEEN, their is an evil entity.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
From the memorable intro credits with that creepy lit pumpkin, tuned to the haunting piano playing and the creepy ending, Halloween is a horror film that doesn't rely on cheap scares every something minutes like most scary films nowadays. This however has great suspense, atmosphere and doesn't rely on gore. After escaping from a mental institution Michael Myers goes after Laurie Strode and her friends while they're babysitting on Halloween night. All the while Dr. Loomis goes after Myers as he tries warning the town of Myers return. Everyone was good in their roles especially Donald Plesance (RIP) as the memorable Dr. Loomis. Still a creepy yet great film years later. Recommend this for any horror nor non horror fan, a must for your movie collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scary plot, scary music, scary setting, scary Michael. More than 20 years after its original release Halloween is as bone-chilling as ever. A+++++++
Guest More than 1 year ago
still the scariest!!!! Michael Myers is still the king of all movie slashers.. he is by far the most composed (movie madman)of all time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is the best horror film there is (first best horror is of course the Exorcist). Michael Myers is creepy as he stalks the teens wearing some William Shatner type mask thing and his so called weapon of choice is the regualr and average sharp long kitchen knife. Unforgettable movie with Donald Pleseance and Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis who appears in the second and seventh Halloween movie in the series. Plus the piano part is the best in the whole film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love slasher films and this is one of the best. I love this series of films!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is by far the best horror movie ever. I don't think it needed sequels but I am still glad that they made more. I believe Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence did a awesome job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was scared to death, Jamie Lee is fantastic. Scary theme! Everything a classic horror movie needs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know how many times I watched all the haloween movies, but however many times that is I just can't get enough. It's the most scariest movie I have ever seen in my whole life. I've been watching it since I was a little kid and to this day I am 16 and i still get nightmares, and I can't watch it alone. I JUST LOVE MIKE!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to be scared then this is the film for you! Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald pleasence are both brilliant and Michael Myers is scary as hell BUY! BUY! BUY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Halloween may not have been the first slasher film (try the original Black Christmas), but it sure did popularize the genre and usher in a new era filled with loads of gore, frights, and downright fun from other such classic characters like Jason Voorhees (from Friday the 13th) and Freddy Krueger (from A Nightmare on Elm Street). The DVD itself is awesome, with a nice clean remastering of Halloween to keep the film's hackings and slashings looking as sharp (no pun intended) as ever. The bonus features are not that plentiful (although there is a wonderful documentary), but the sheer perfection of the terror that Halloween fills you with easily makes up for it. This DVD is a must-have for any movie-buffs collection--whether you like horror films or not, there is no denying "the one, the only, the classic, Halloween!"
Guest More than 1 year ago
this by far the greatest movie by jon carpenter with jamie lee making her best movie. micheal myers is the best pyscho killer ever when showing up in the dark while jamie lee is standing next to him
Guest More than 1 year ago
Halloween is my favorite horror movie and nothing can top this horror!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love to watch all of Michael Myers movies he is so cool he is my role model.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a sleep over the other night with all my friends. We rented all of the Halloween movies. The first one was ok, but there wasn't all that much murdering. The second one was all right I guess, but it was a little fake (we had a few screams I might add ;-) ) the third one threw the sixth one was just down right gay. But H2O, that was a good one. The girl having her leg almost separating from her body.....nasty but awesome. Resurrection was not only scary but suspenseful, funny, and well nasty. So the newer ones are better, but I guess you still cant beat the originals!
Guest More than 1 year ago
All Horror fans love this movie. It's the kind of movie that forces you to sleep with the lights on. I mean, how many 25 year old movies do you have, that still have the ability to scare you to death. A previous reviewer said that it was not scary just because it wasn't gory. That's the point! It wasn't meant to have heads decapitated, and bodyparts eaten (The Silence Of The Lambs, Hannibal) It was just supposed to keep you in total suspense. However, I can agree that there should have been more teens killed, even if its offscreen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Back in the day horror movies cannot be compare to horror films now. Like that movie Jason VS. Freddy, They don't scare anymore. There just plain stupid if you ask me. There just waisting millions of dollars.
like2read More than 1 year ago
1978 was a innocent time of unlocked doors, safe Halloween trick or treating, and teenage heavy petting, until a crazed ultimately evil killer escapes from an institution and heads home to continue where he left off. This movie is a jewel in the crown of the horror genre. It put John Carpenter on the map and moved horror from neck biting vampires, walking reanimates and mutant bugs to a new level of terror. Donald Pleasance plays a doctor trying to destroy the evil unleashed, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles and Nancy Loomis play wide eyed teenagers about to face a terror previously unthinkable. Your pulse races, your neck hair bristles, your muscles tense and you will never feel safe on Halloween Again!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dont know what to say but this movie is all time best. forget screem movie its just trying to copy halloween. there is not a halloween film i think is not good but rent or buy the film john is the best film maker of his day. the fog is good as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest horror movies ever made. I mean today every scary movie has special effects but this one is just plain simple and makes you wonder...... The movie is about Michael Myers killing his sister Judith Myers on Halloween. Travel 15 year forward to 1978, Michael Myers escapes and goes back to his hometown, where it all started Haddonfield. With Michael's Doctor ( Dr. Loomis, played by Donald Pleasant) chasing him, Michael begins his regin of terror over the little town. I would recommond this movie to anyone who is a fan of Horror movies, and people who like thillers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One cannot go thru Halloween night without watching Halloween itself. Every Halloween my sister and I must watch Halloween. Nothing makes Hallowenn with out having Michael Myers around.