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Perhaps the most influential and successful independent film ever made, HALLOWEEN is the movie that put director John Carpenter on the map as a viable filmmaker. An exercise in simple, pure horror, HALLOWEEN takes us into the world of a mad killer, Michael Myers, who at a very young age stabbed his older sister to death. Locked away for many years in a mental hospital Michael escapes one night and returns to his hometown to continue his killing spree. Jamie Lee Curtis, in her first role, plays the resourceful babysitter who is chased by the killer on Halloween night. Produced for very little money and a tight shooting schedule, HALLOWEEN was a stunning success when it was released. Written by John Carpenter and his longtime producer Debra Hill, the film set their careers on fire, with both of them working together many times over the next 25 years. The film also made a star out of Jamie Lee Curtis and turned the slasher movie into a viable, successful genre. HALLOWEEN has been copied, parodied and even turned into a franchise of its own, but the original is still considered the best of the bunch. HALLOWEEN was John Carpenter's first foray into horror, and remains the standard to which all other modern horror films are measured.

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  • Edition: Restored Version
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • Sound: THX Sound
  • UPC: 013131089691

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Genre:Horror/Suspense
Format:DVD
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Editorial reviews

"...Rarely have the remoter corners of the Panavision frame been used to such good effect, as shifting volumes of darkness and light reveal the ineluctable presence of a sinister something..."
Sight and Sound - Tom Milne (03/01/1979)

"...Carpenter has a good feel for timing the thrills and occasionally adds an offbeat, almost perverse sense of humor, which works..."
Variety - Hege. (10/25/1978)

"...Carpenter's slasher is the original teen-scream flick..."
Entertainment Weekly - Entertainment Weekly Staff (01/11/2002)

"...A seminal slasher that gets better with age....Terrifying..."
Total Film - Jamie Graham (12/01/2003)

"John Carpenter's perfectly faceted gem of a horror movie..."
Premiere - Premiere Staff (12/01/2003)

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Created: 12/08/06

A CLASSIC THAT GETS BETTER WITH AGE!

Review For: Halloween (DVD, 1999, Restored Version)

I am one of the biggest horror movie fans you'll ever know. I own a personal collection of more that 1000 films along with an impressive memorabilia stockpile containing autographs, posters, props, etc. Of all of the items I own, my Halloween DVDs are by far my favorites and the original Halloween is the best! This is the film that started it all. Without Michael Myers there would never have been a Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger. John Carpenter and Debra Hill put everything they had into this film and it shows. With a budget under $300,000 they created million dollar scares!
Everyone knows the story, Michael Myers kills his older sister on Halloween as a little boy and escapes from his mental institution years later to hunt down his younger sister. The mood of the film is what really makes it creepy and keeps it from seeming dated. Jamie Lee Curtis gives a star making performance and Donald Pleasance is incredible! On the way to hunting down his sister, Myers takes out everyone that gets in his way The tension builds throughout because most of the murders take place towards the end of the film. It's by no means a bloodbath and that's what makes it more creepy. The really gory stuff is left to the viewers imagination.
This film is fantastic for viewing late at night in the dark and I compare it to Jaws for one reason. Jaws is one of the few movies that when you come across it while flipping channels, you can start watching it from any point and keep it on until the end. Halloween is that epic horror film that doesn't come along often and is frequently copied, but never duplicated!

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Created: 10/07/08

HE came HOME~ Orig is THE best~ a CUT above the REST~

Shot in the spring of 1978 for a modest budget of $330,000 it earned over $56,000 million and was the HIGHEST grossing independent film for many years~

what makes this Horror movie a "cut" above the rest~ 2 things PLOT and Angles shot~ first simple plot Baby Sitter stalked by Psycho~ simple but we add great angles and shots by John Carpenter and this movie never drags~ shot with a newly available "steady cam" we move right along with or somethimes "behind" the Psycho ~we learn to know as Michael Meyers~ who killed his sister when he was 6 years old~dressed as a CLOWN no less~ on Halloween~ 15 years later escaped from the State Psychiatric Hospital on October 30th Michael comes "back" to Haddonfield Ill for one more spree of killing~OF COURSE ON HALLOWEEN~ Jamie Lee Curtis as the "good girl" aka Virgin~ along with her 2 slutty girl friends we see Michael slowly kill them off one by one the FUN PART IS WHERE AND HOW HE DOES IT more than just a slash them we never know WHERE Michael will show up~ wonderful lighting that illuminates his "mask" he wears during his grizzly rampage~

ADD the very erie "theme " music everyone has heard~ and we are glued to the edge our seat horror movie everyone can watch~ gore yes but we stay there for the whole thing wondering who will stop Michael ~ ADD to the chase to "stop" Michael~ is showstopper Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis~ his psychiatrist who know just how far Michael can go .....

a few "fun" facts~ Pleasence took the job because his daughter admired John Carpenter~, the budget was SO tight Jamie Lee Curtis purchased a $100 JC Penny wardrobe and wore it througout the movie~ the MASK was a "CAPTAIN KIRK" MASK painted white and eye brows removed, John Carpenter wrote the erie "theme" in 3 days~ filmed in Southern California *palm trees* can be spotted in some background scenes if you look quickly~ the blowing leaves were so hard to find that after each scene they cleaned them up to use over and over~ the PUMPKINS were actually colored gourdes from South America due to the time of year the movie was shot~ and the HOUSE where the Meyers family lived was a real home but they shot the run down part first AND THEN THE ENTIRE CREW HELPED PAINT IT FOR THE EARLY SCENES WHERE IT WAS NOT RUN DOWN~ we only see Michael's FACE in one scene during the entire move as an adult! we see the Child Michael age 6 in one scene~ Donald Pleasance received $20,000 for 5 days work on the movie~ every major studio turned this movie down.

YOU can watch this one over and over still know what is coming up next but the great lighting and simple plot keep us glued all these years later~ BEST of all the Halloween movies~ I GIVE IT A SOLID 10 OUT OF 10~

ALSO I RECOMMEND IN THE SERIES~ HALLOWEEEN 2 written by Hill and Carpenter with a close second also I recommend HALLOWEEN H20 with Curtis 20 years LATER~ a very worthy follow up~ better than all the HALLOWEEN~ 3-8~

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Created: 01/24/07

John Carpenter's Halloween (1978)

Review For: Halloween (DVD, 1999, Restored Version)

Wow! This horror film simply titled Halloween hardly describes really what the film is about. Halloween night 1963, in Haddonfield, Illinois, six-year-old Michael Myers killed his older sister Judith. Fifteen years later, he returns from Shady Acres back to his home town to kill once again, this time targeting his younger sister, (later described in the stunning sequal), Laurie Strode, her two best friends and a boyfriend of one of theirs. For a seriously low budget film, the movie has done extremely well, spawning seven sequals, one of which is set for a twenty year anniversary storyline set in 1998. Who knows what will become of this film over time. Let's just hope the Myers legend will be passed on to the next generation, soon.

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Created: 03/31/08

Halloween

Review For: Halloween (DVD, 1999, Restored Version)

One of the classics. Although sometimes included in the "slasher" genre, this one is not one of those; there is little of the blood and gore often expected in the ordinary Halloween film. Actors (a young Jamie Lee Curtis, P. J. Soles, Nancy Loomis) are down to earth and likeable, and one gets to know them before the scares begin. The movie follows a believable plot in a place that could be anywhere in the country. The music enhances the suspense.
If you haven't seen this one, you have missed a good one, considerably better than any of its sequels.

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Created: 08/29/09

Halloween: A Shining Example of Blu-Ray Technology

What can I say...Everyone knows this movie; Its a classic in horror cinema.

What I can add is that this Blu-Ray version is phenomenal. You notice details that were not even remotely visible in the original release; (mainly shot in low lighting). Its really like your watching it for the first time.

The true measure of Blu-Ray capability is noticed whenever older movies are converted to this format. No longer is the picture blurry / grainy..You see everything. A factor we take for granted in newer movies and HD-DVD releases...If your still skeptical I direct you to view the Blu-Ray Friday the 13th (original).

This visually speaking just blew my mind.

For those that like content:
The extras available are similar to the 25th anniversary DVD release featuring the documentary, commentary from the stars, trailers..etc.

Definitely worth the money...great cinema experience...I wont watch this movie any other way again.

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