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Title: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 02:38:34 pm

Halloween is a horror film saga created by John Carpenter in 1978, with the financially successful independent horror film Halloween released on October 25, 1978 — became one of the most profitable independent films ever made and considered an icon and pop culture phenomenon in the horror genre, and spawned a long line of slasher films, well into the 1980s and 1990s. It spawned seven more feature films, including a remake in 2007, and an extensive collection of comics, books, and other merchandise. It has become one of the horror genre’s most successful entries. [citation needed]

All films, with the exception of Halloween III, feature Michael Myers as the villain. Myers has become one of the most iconic horror film villains, and is known for his silent gestures, slow-pace movement, emotionless mask and the large kitchen knife he usually uses as his weapon of choice.

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Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 02:41:37 pm

Directed by John Carpenter
Produced by Debra Hill
John Carpenter
Kool Lusby
Irwin Yablans
Moustapha Akkad
Written by John Carpenter
Debra Hill
Starring Donald Pleasence
Jamie Lee Curtis
Nick Castle
Nancy Loomis
P. J. Soles
Brian Andrews
Music by John Carpenter
Cinematography Dean Cundey
Editing by Charles Bornstein
Tommy Lee Wallace
Distributed by Compass International Pictures
Release date(s)  October 25, 1978
Running time Theatrical Cut:
91 min.
Extended Cut:
101 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $325,000 US (est.)

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Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 02:42:17 pm


Halloween (sometimes referred to as John Carpenter's Halloween) is a 1978 American independent horror film set in the fictional midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween. The original draft of the screenplay was titled The Babysitter Murders. John Carpenter directed the film, which stars Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis, Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, and Nick Castle as Michael Myers (listed in the credits as "The Shape"). The film centers on Myers' escape from a psychiatric hospital, his murdering of teenagers, and Dr. Loomis's attempts to track and stop him. Halloween is widely regarded as a classic among horror films, and as one of the most influential horror films of its era.

Halloween was produced on a budget of only $325,000 and grossed $47 million at the box office in the United States, becoming one of the most profitable independent films ever made.[1] Many critics credit the film as the first in a long line of slasher films inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). The movie originated many clichés found in low-budget horror films of the 1980s and 1990s, although first-time viewers of Halloween may be surprised that the film contains little actual graphic violence or gore.[2][3]

Critics have suggested that Halloween and its slasher film successors may encourage sadism and misogyny. Others have suggested the film is a social critique of the immorality of young people in 1970s America, pointing out that many of Myers' victims are sexually promiscuous substance abusers, while the lone heroine is depicted as chaste and innocent. While Carpenter dismisses such analyses, the perceived parallel between the characters' moral strengths and their likelihood of surviving to the film's conclusion has nevertheless become a standard slasher movie trope.

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Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 02:44:19 pm


Michael Myers, "The Shape," played by Nick Castle.

On Halloween night 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers (Will Sandin) stabs his seventeen-year-old sister Judith (Sandy Johnson) with a kitchen knife at their home in Haddonfield, Illinois. He is sent to Smith's Grove - Warren County Sanitarium in Illinois and placed under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence). After years of treatment, Loomis begins to suspect that there is more to Myers than meets the eye and plans to have him committed indefinitely. Loomis, sensing that a tremendous amount of rage and emotion stir behind Myers's blank stare, describes Myers as evil. Myers escapes from Smith's Grove while being transferred and returns to Haddonfield. Loomis pursues Myers.

In Haddonfield, Myers stalks teenager Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and some of her friends. Laurie glimpses a man in a white mask (Michael Myers) from her classroom window, behind a bush while she walks home, and in the clothesline from her bedroom window.

Later in the evening, Laurie meets her friend Annie Brackett (Nancy Kyes) who is babysitting Lindsey Wallace (Kyle Richards) across the street from where she is babysitting Tommy Doyle (Brian Andrews). After arranging to pick up her boyfriend, Annie sends Lindsey to stay with Laurie at the Doyle house but is murdered by Myers (who had followed them). Tommy sees him carrying Annie's body into the Wallace house and thinks Myers is the Boogeyman. Laurie dismisses the boy's terror and sends Tommy and Lindsey to bed. Myers later murders Laurie's other friend Lynda Van Der Klok (P.J. Soles) and Lynda's boyfriend, Robert "Bob" Simms (John Michael Graham), in the empty Wallace house.

Laurie worries after receiving a strange phone call from Lynda at the Wallace house. She walks across the street and discovers the three bodies and Judith Myers's missing tombstone. She is attacked by Myers but escapes back to the Doyle house. Laurie stabs Myers with a knitting needle, a clothes hanger and a knife, but he continues to pursue her. Eventually, Loomis spots Tommy and Lindsey running from the house and finds Myers in the upstairs hallway. Loomis rescues Laurie, shooting Myers six times and causing him to fall from the house's second-story balcony. Upon looking out the window for Myers' body, however, Loomis discovers that he is nowhere to be found.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 02:46:24 pm

After viewing John Carpenter's film Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) at the Milan Film Festival, independent film producer Irwin Yablans and financier Moustapha Akkad sought out Carpenter to direct a film for them about a psychotic killer that stalked babysitters.[4] In an interview with Fangoria magazine, Yablans stated, "I was thinking what would make sense in the horror genre, and what I wanted to do was make a picture that had the same impact as The Exorcist."[5] Carpenter and his then-girlfriend Debra Hill began drafting a story originally titled The Babysitter Murders, but Carpenter told Entertainment Weekly that Yablans suggested setting the movie on Halloween night and naming it Halloween instead.[6]

Akkad fronted the $325,000 for the film's budget, considered low at the time (even though Carpenter's previous film, Assault on Precinct 13, had an estimated budget of only $100,000).[4][7] Akkad worried over the tight schedule, low budget, and Carpenter's limited experience as a filmmaker, but told Fangoria, "Two things made me decide. One, Carpenter told me the story verbally and in a suspenseful way, almost frame for frame. Second, he told me he didn't want to take any fees, and that showed he had confidence in the project." Carpenter himself only received $10,000 for directing, writing, and composing the music, retaining rights to only 10 percent of the film's profits.[8]

Because of the low budget, wardrobe and props were often crafted from items on hand or that could be purchased inexpensively. Carpenter hired Tommy Lee Wallace as production designer, art director, location scout and co-editor. Wallace created the trademark mask worn by Michael Myers throughout the film from a Captain Kirk mask purchased for $1.98.[4] Carpenter recalled how Wallace "widened the eye holes and spray-painted the flesh a bluish white. In the script it said Michael Myers' mask had 'the pale features of a human face' and it truly was spooky looking. It didn't look anything like William Shatner after Tommy got through with it."[6] Hill adds that the "idea was to make him almost humorless, faceless — this sort of pale visage that could resemble a human or not."[9] Many of the actors wore their own clothes, and Jamie Lee Curtis's wardrobe was purchased at J.C. Penney for around a hundred dollars.[4]

The limited budget also dictated the filming location and time schedule. Halloween was filmed in 21 days in the spring of 1978 in South Pasadena, California and Sierra Madre, California (cemetery). An abandoned house owned by a church stood in as the Myers house. Two homes on Orange Grove Avenue (near Sunset Boulevard) in Hollywood were used for the film's climax.[10] The crew had difficulty finding pumpkins in the spring, and artificial fall leaves had to be reused for multiple scenes. Local families dressed their children in Halloween costumes and trick-or-treated them for Carpenter.[4]

In August 2006, Fangoria reported that Synapse Films had discovered boxes of negatives containing footage cut from the film. One was labeled "1981" suggesting that it was additional footage for the television version of the film. Synapse owner Don May Jr. said, "What we've got is pretty much all the unused original camera negative from John Carpenter's original Halloween. Luckily, Billy [Kirkus] was able to find this material before it was destroyed. The story on how we got the negative is a long one, but we'll save it for when we're able to showcase the materials in some way. Kirkus should be commended for pretty much saving the Holy Grail of horror films."[11] It was later reported, "We just learned from Sean Clark, long time Halloween genius, that the footage found is just that: footage. There is no sound in any of the reels so far, since none of it was used in the final edit."[12]


Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 02:48:26 pm


Yablans and Akkad ceded most of the creative control to writers Carpenter and Hill (whom Carpenter wanted as producer), but Yablans did offer several suggestions. According to a Fangoria interview with Debra Hill, "Yablans wanted the script written like a radio show, with 'boos' every 10 minutes."[9] Hill explained that the script took only three weeks to write and much of the inspiration behind the plot came from Celtic traditions of Halloween such as the festival of Samhain. Although Samhain is not mentioned in the plot of the first film, Hill asserts that

the idea was that you couldn't kill evil, and that was how we came about the story. We went back to the old idea of Samhain, that Halloween was the night where all the souls are let out to wreak havoc on the living, and then came up with the story about the most evil kid who ever lived. And when John came up with this fable of a town with a dark secret of someone who once lived there, and now that evil has come back, that's what made Halloween work.[9]

Hill wrote most of the female characters' dialogue, while Carpenter drafted Loomis's speeches on the evilness of Michael Myers. Many script details were drawn from Carpenter's and Hill's adolescence and early careers. The fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois was derived from Haddonfield, New Jersey, where Hill grew up, and most of the street names were taken from Carpenter's hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Laurie Strode was the name of one of Carpenter's old girlfriends and Michael Myers was the name of an English producer who had previously entered, with Yablans, Assault on Precinct 13 in various European film festivals.[4] In Halloween, Carpenter pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock with two characters' names; Tommy Doyle is named after Lt. Det. Thomas J. Doyle (Wendell Corey) of Rear Window (1954), and Dr. Loomis's name was taken from Sam Loomis (John Gavin) of Psycho, the boyfriend of Marion Crane (Janet Leigh). Sheriff Leigh Brackett shared the name of a film screenwriter.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 02:50:00 pm

The cast of Halloween included a motley crew of veteran actors such as Donald Pleasence and then-unknown actress Jamie Lee Curtis. The low budget limited the number of big names that Carpenter could attract, and most of the actors received very little compensation for their roles. Pleasence was paid the highest amount at $20,000, Curtis received $8,000, and Nick Castle earned only $25 a day.[4]

The role of Dr. Sam Loomis was offered to Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee; both declined the part due to the low pay (though Lee would later tell Carpenter that declining the role was his biggest career mistake).[13] English actor Pleasence — Carpenter's third choice — agreed to star. Pleasance has been called "John Carpenter's big landing." Pleasence's daughter supposedly saw Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 and liked it, thus encouraging her father to star in Halloween. Americans were already acquainted with Pleasence as the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967).[14] In an interview, Carpenter admits that "Jamie Lee wasn't the first choice for Laurie. I had no idea who she was. She was 19 and in a TV show at the time, but I didn't watch TV." He originally wanted to cast Anne Lockhart, the daughter of June Lockhart from Lassie, as Laurie Strode. Lockhart, however, had commitments to several other film and television projects.[6] Debra Hill says of learning that Jamie Lee was the daughter of Psycho actress Janet Leigh, "I knew casting Jamie Lee would be great publicity for the film because her mother was in Psycho."[9] Halloween was Jamie Lee Curtis' feature film debut and launched her career as a "scream queen" horror star.

Another relatively unknown actress, Nancy Kyes (credited in the film as Nancy Loomis) was cast as Laurie's promiscuous friend Annie Brackett, daughter of Haddonfield sheriff Leigh Brackett (Charles Cyphers). Kyes had previously starred in Assault on Precinct 13 (as had Cyphers) and happened to be dating Halloween's art director Tommy Lee Wallace when filming began.[15] Carpenter chose P. J. Soles to play Lynda Van Der Klok, another promiscuous friend of Laurie's, best remembered in the film for dialogue peppered with the word "totally." Soles was an actress known for her supporting role in Carrie (1976) and her minor part in The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976). According to one source, "Carpenter realized she had captured the aura of a happy go lucky teenage girl in the 70s."[16]

The role of "The Shape" — as the masked Michael Myers character was billed in the end credits — was played by Nick Castle, who befriended Carpenter while they attended the University of Southern California. After Halloween, Castle became a director, taking the helm of films such as The Last Starfighter (1984), The Boy Who Could Fly (1986), Dennis The Menace (1993) and Major Payne (1995).[17]

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 02:52:50 pm
Historian Nicholas Rogers notes that film critics contend that John Carpenter's direction and camera work made Halloween a "resounding success."[18] Roger Ebert remarks, "It's easy to create violence on the screen, but it's hard to do it well. Carpenter is uncannily skilled, for example, at the use of foregrounds in his compositions, and everyone who likes thrillers knows that foregrounds are crucial ...."[19]


The opening title, featuring a jack-o'-lantern placed against a black backdrop, sets the mood for the entire movie. The camera slowly focuses on one of the jack-o'-lantern's eyes while the main music for Halloween plays in the background. Film historian J.P. Telotte says that this scene "clearly announces that [the film's] primary concern will be with the way in which we see ourselves and others and the consequences that often attend our usual manner of perception."[20]

During the conception of the plot, Yablans instructed "that the audience shouldn't see anything. It should be what they thought they saw that frightens them."[9] Carpenter seemingly took Yablans's advice literally, filming many of the scenes from a Michael Myers point-of-view that allowed audience participation. Carpenter is not the first director to employ this method or use of a steadicam; for instance, the first scene of Psycho offers a voyeuristic look at lovers in a seedy hotel. Telotte argues, "As a result of this shift in perspective from a disembodied, narrative camera to an actual character's eye ... we are forced into a deeper sense of participation in the ensuing action."[21]

The first scene of the young Michael's voyeurism is followed by the murder of Judith Myers seen through the eye holes of Michael's clown costume mask. According to one commentator, Carpenter's "frequent use of the unmounted first-person camera to represent the killer's point of view ... invited [viewers] to adopt the murderer's assaultive gaze and to hear his heavy breathing and plodding footsteps as he stalked his prey."[22]

Another technique that Carpenter adapted from Hitchcock's Psycho and Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) was suspense with minimal blood and gore. Debra Hill comments, "We didn't want it to be gory. We wanted it to be like a jack-in-the box."[9] Film analysts refer to this as the "false startle" or "the old tap-on-the-shoulder routine" in which the stalkers, murderers, or monsters "lunge into our field of vision or creep up on a person."[23]

Carpenter worked with the cast to create the desired effect of terror and suspense. According to Jamie Lee Curtis, Carpenter created a "fear meter" because the film was shot out-of-sequence and she was not sure what her character's level of terror should be in certain scenes. "Here's about a 7, here's about a 6, and the scene we're going to shoot tonight is about a 9 1/2," remembered Curtis. She had different facial expressions and scream volumes for each level on the meter.[24]

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 02:53:43 pm

Poster used to advertise Halloween to audiences in West Germany; the German subtitle is Die Nacht Des Grauens ("The Night of Horror").

Another major reason for the success of Halloween is the moody musical score, particularly the main theme. Lacking a symphonic soundtrack, the film's score consists of a piano melody played in a 5/4 time rhythm composed by director John Carpenter. Critic James Berardinelli calls the score "relatively simple and unsophisticated," but admits that "Halloween's music is one of its strongest assets."[2] Carpenter stated in an interview, "I can play just about any keyboard, but I can't read or write a note."[6] In the end credits, Carpenter bills himself as the "Bowling Green Orchestra" for performing the film's score, but he did receive assistance from composer Dan Wyman, a music professor at San José State University.[4][25]

Some songs can be heard in the film, one being an untitled song performed by Carpenter and a group of his friends who formed a band called The Coupe DeVilles. The song is heard as Laurie steps into Annie's car on her way to babysit Tommy Doyle.[4] Another song, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by classic rock band Blue Öyster Cult, appears in the film.[26]

The soundtrack was first released in the United States in October of 1983, by Varese Sarabande. It was subsequently re-released in 1990, and again in 2000.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 02:55:11 pm

Halloween premiered on October 25, 1978 in Kansas City, Missouri, and a few days later in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.[27] Although it performed well with little advertising — relying mostly on word-of-mouth — many critics seemed uninterested or dismissive of the film. The first glowing review by a prominent film critic, however, came from Tom Allen of The Village Voice. Allen noted that the film was sociologically irrelevant, but applauded Carpenter's camera work as "duplicitous hype" and "the most honest way to make a good schlock film." Allen pointed out the stylistic similarities to Psycho and George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968).[28]

Following Allen's laudatory essay, other critics took notice. Renowned American critic Roger Ebert gave the film similar praise in his 1979 review in the Chicago Sun-Times, and selected it as one of his top five films of 1978.[19] Once-dismissive critics were impressed by Carpenter's choice of camera angles and simple music, and surprised by the lack of blood, gore, and graphic violence.[2]

The film grossed $47 million in the United States[1] and an additional $8 million internationally, making the theatrical total around $55 million.[4] While most of the film's success came from American movie-goers, Halloween premiered in several international locations after 1979 with moderate results. The film was shown mostly in the European countries of France, the United Kingdom, West Germany, Italy, Sweden, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Yugoslavia, and Iceland. Admissions in West Germany totaled around 750,000 and 118,606 in Sweden, earning SEK 2,298,579 there. The film was also shown at theaters in Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Peru, the Philippines, Argentina and Chile. Halloween grossed AU$900,000 in Australia, which was a large and impressive amount of money for a film to gross at the box office in Australia at the time, and HKD 450,139 in Hong Kong.[7]

Halloween was nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for Best Horror Film in 1979, but lost to The Wicker Man (1973).[29] The film has received other honors since its theatrical debut. Halloween is ranked at 68 on the American Film Institute's list AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills, compiled in 2001, featuring important horror and thriller films. In 2006, the United States Library of Congress deemed Halloween to be "historically, culturally or aesthetically important in any way" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.[30] The film was #14 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004), counting down cinema's scariest moments.

Since Halloween's premiere, it has been released on VHS, laserdisc, DVD and UMD. In its first year of release on VHS, the film earned $18,500,000 in the United States from rentals.[7] Early VHS versions were released by Media Home Entertainment and Blockbuster Video issued a commemorative edition in 1995. Anchor Bay Entertainment has released several restored editions of Halloween on VHS and DVD, with the most recent being the 2003 two-disc Divimax 25th Anniversary edition with a lenticular 3-D morphing cover and a commentary track including separately recorded contributions by John Carpenter, Debra Hill and Jamie Lee Curtis plus the documentary Halloween: A Cut Above the Rest.[27] The film was included with the 2006 documentary Halloween: 25 Years of Terror, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Halloween's release.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 02:58:30 pm

The film received a mostly positive critical response at the time of its initial release, and as of 2007 Halloween has maintained a rating of 90 percent "fresh" at Rotten Tomatoes.[31] Still, Pauline Kael wrote a scathing review in The New Yorker suggesting that "Carpenter doesn't seem to have had any life outside the movies: one can trace almost every idea on the screen to directors such as Hitchcock and Brian De Palma and to the Val Lewton productions" and claiming that "Maybe when a horror film is stripped of everything but dumb scariness — when it isn't ashamed to revive the stalest device of the genre (the escaped lunatic) — it satisfies part of the audience in a more basic, childish way than sophisticated horror pictures do."[32] Many compared the film with the work of Alfred Hitchcock, although TV Guide calls comparisons made to Psycho "silly and groundless"[33] and critics in the late 1980s and early 1990s blame the film for spawning the slasher sub genre that rapidly descended into sadism and misogyny.[34] Almost a decade after its premiere, Mick Martin and Marsha Porter critiqued the first-person camera shots that earlier film reviewers had praised and later slasher-film directors utilized for their own films (for example, Friday the 13th (1980)). Claiming it encouraged audience identification with the killer, Martin and Porter pointed to the way "the camera moves in on the screaming, pleading, victim, 'looks down' at the knife, and then plunges it into chest, ear, or eyeball. Now that's sick."[35]

Many criticisms of Halloween and other slasher films come from postmodern academia. Some feminist critics, according to historian Nicholas Rogers, "have seen the slasher movies since Halloween as debasing women in as decisive a manner as hard-core pornography."[34] Critics such as John Kenneth Muir point out that female characters such as Laurie Strode survive not because of "any good planning" or their own resourcefulness, but sheer luck. Although she manages to repel the killer several times, in the end, Strode is rescued in Halloween and Halloween II only when Dr. Loomis arrives to shoot Myers.[36]

On the other hand, other feminist scholars such as Carol J. Clover argue that despite the violence against women, slasher films turned women into heroines. In many pre-Halloween horror films, women are depicted as helpless victims and are not safe until they are rescued by a strong masculine hero. Despite the fact that Loomis saves Strode, Clover asserts that Halloween initiates the role of the "final girl" who ultimately triumphs in the end. Strode herself fought back against Myers and severely wounds him. Had Myers been a normal man, Strode's attacks would have killed him; even Loomis, the male hero of the story, who shoots Michael repeatedly at near point blank range with a large caliber handgun, cannot kill him.[37]

Other critics have seen a deeper social critique present in Halloween and subsequent slasher films. According to Vera Dika, the films of the 1980s spoke to the conservative family values advocates of Reagan America.[38] Tony Williams says Myers and other slashers were "patriarchal avengers" who "slaughtered the youthful children of the 1960s generation, especially when they engaged in illicit activities involving sex and drugs."[39] Other critics tend to downplay this interpretation, arguing that the portrayal of Myers as a demonic, superhuman monster inhibited his influence among conservatives.[40]

Carpenter himself dismisses the notion that Halloween is a morality play, regarding it as merely a horror movie. According to Carpenter, critics "completely missed the point there." He explains, "The one girl who is the most sexually uptight just keeps stabbing this guy with a long knife. She's the most sexually frustrated. She's the one that's killed him. Not because she's a virgin but because all that sexually repressed energy starts coming out. She uses all those phallic symbols on the guy."[41][13]

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:00:40 pm

Halloween had a tremendous impact on cinema due to its commercial success. It has influenced many other films, most notably of the horror genre since its release. Although a Canadian horror film directed by Bob Clark titled Black Christmas (1974) preempted the stylistic techniques made famous in Halloween, the latter is generally credited by film historians and critics for initiating the slasher film craze of the 1980s and 1990s. (First-person camera perspectives, unexceptional settings, and female heroines define the slasher film genre).[42] Riding the wave of success generated by Halloween, several films that were already in production when the film premiered, but with similar stylistic elements and themes, became popular with audiences. The Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street films, and countless other slasher films, owe much of their success (if not inspiration) to Halloween.[43][44]

The unintended theme of "survival of the virgins" seen in Halloween became a major trope that surfaced in other slasher films. Characters in subsequent horror films who practice illicit sex and substance abuse generally meet a gruesome end at the hands of the killer. On the other hand, characters portrayed as chaste and temperate tend to confront and defeat the killer in the end. The 1981 horror movie spoof Student Bodies was the first mainstream film to mock this plot device; the killer's victims are invariably slain when about to have sex. Director Wes Craven's Scream (1996) details the "rules" for surviving a horror movie using Halloween as the primary example: no sex, no alcohol or illicit drugs, and never say "I'll be right back." Keenen Ivory Wayans's horror movie parody Scary Movie (2000) likewise lampoons this prominent slasher film trope.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:02:15 pm



There are several existing versions of Halloween. The version running at 91 minutes is the most widely known and seen. A modified television version released in 1980 that aired on NBC ran for 101 minutes and featured re-shoot scenes not included in the initial 1978 cut. This edition was released in 2001 on DVD as Halloween: The Extended Version. In 1998, for the 20th anniversary, new sound effects were added to the film's audio track with John Carpenter’s approval. Both versions where released on VHS and DVD.

Television rights to Halloween were sold to NBC in 1980 for $4 million. After a debate among John Carpenter, Debra Hill and NBC's Standards & Practices over censoring of certain scenes, Halloween appeared on television for the first time.[9] To fill the two-hour time slot, Carpenter filmed twelve minutes of additional material that include Dr. Loomis at a hospital board review of Myers and Dr. Loomis talking to six-year-old Michael at Smith's Grove, telling him, "You've fooled them, haven't you Michael? But not me." Another extra scene features Dr. Loomis at Smith's Grove examining Michael's abandoned cell and seeing the word "Sister" scratched into the door. Finally, a scene was added in which Lynda comes over to Laurie's house to borrow a silk blouse before Laurie leaves to babysit, just as Annie telephones asking to borrow the same blouse.

The new scene had Laurie's hair hidden by a towel, since Jamie Lee Curtis was now wearing a much shorter hairstyle than she had worn in 1978. The new scenes were shot during production of Halloween II. An extended cut of the television version was released on DVD by Anchor Bay Entertainment in 2001 as Halloween: Extended Version, which was actually the same as the second disc from the 1999 limited edition DVD.[45]

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:03:55 pm

Halloween novelization by Curtis Richards

Shortly following Halloween's release in theaters, a mass market paperback novelization by Curtis Richards was published by Bantam Books in 1979 and reissued in 1982, although it is currently out of print. The novel elaborates on aspects not featured in the film such as the origins of the curse of Samhain and Michael Myers's life in Smith's Grove Sanitarium. For example, the opening reads:

The horror started on the eve of Samhain, in a foggy vale in northern Ireland, at the dawn of the Celtic race. And once started, it trod the earth forevermore, wreaking its savagery suddenly, swiftly, and with incredible ferocity.[46]

In 1983, Halloween was adapted as a video game for the Atari 2600 by Wizard Video. Either as the result of poor research by game developers or as an effort to save on licensing fees, none of the main characters in the game were named. Players take on the role of a teenage babysitter who tries to save as many children from an unnamed, knife-wielding killer as possible. The game was not popular with parents or players and the graphics were simple, as was typical in the 1980s. In another effort to save money, most versions of the game did not even have a label on the cartridge. It was simply a piece of tape with "Halloween" written in marker. The game contained more gore than the film, however. When the babysitter is killed, her head disappears and is replaced by blood pulsating from the neck. The game's primary similarity to the film is the theme music that plays when the killer appears onscreen.[47][48]

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:08:22 pm
Halloween spawned seven sequels, and a remake — titled Halloween and directed by Rob Zombie — released in 2007.[49][50] Of these films, only Halloween II (1981) was written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. Halloween II begins exactly where Halloween ends and was intended to finish the story of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. Carpenter did not direct any of the subsequent films in the Halloween series, although he did produce Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), the plot of which is unrelated to the other films in the series.[51]

The sequels feature more explicit violence and gore, and are generally dismissed by mainstream film critics. They were filmed on larger budgets than the original: in contrast to Halloween's modest budget of $325,000, Halloween II's budget was around $2.5 million,[52] while the most recently released sequel, Halloween: Resurrection (2002), boasted a budget of $25 million.[53] Financier Moustapha Akkad continued to work closely with the Halloween franchise, acting as executive producer of every sequel in the series until his death in the 2005 Amman bombings.[54]

With the exception of Halloween III, the sequels further develop the character of Michael Myers and the Samhain theme. Even without considering the third film, the Halloween series is plagued with storyline continuity issues, most likely stemming from the different writers and directors involved in each film.[50]

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3.   ^ Adam Rockoff, Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film, 1978 – 1986 (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2002), chap. 3, ISBN 0-7864-1227-5.
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5.   ^ Irwin Yablans, Fangoria interview, quoted at; last accessed April 19, 2006.
6.   ^ a b c d John Carpenter, Entertainment Weekly interview, quoted at; last accessed April 19, 2006.
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9.   ^ a b c d e f g Debra Hill, Fangoria interview, quoted at; last accessed April 19, 2006.
10.   ^ Halloween Filming Locations
11.   ^ "Synapse Finds Complete Halloween Negatives," August 29, 2006, at Fangoria; last accessed September 3, 2006.
12.   ^ "Holy Grail of Halloween Footage Found" at Dread Central; last accessed on September 3, 2006.
13.   ^ a b Halloween: A Cut Above the Rest, documentary on Divimax 25th Anniversary Edition DVD of Halloween (1978; Troy, Mich.: Anchor Bay, 2003), ASIN B00009UW0N.
14.   ^ Donald Pleasence casting information at; last accessed April 19, 2006.
15.   ^ Nancy Loomis casting information at; last accessed April 19, 2006.
16.   ^ P. J. Soles casting information at; last accessed April 19, 2006
17.   ^ Nick Castle casting information at; last accessed April 19, 2006.
18.   ^ Nicholas Rogers, Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), p. 111, ISBN 0-19-516896-8.
19.   ^ a b Roger Ebert, review of Halloween, Chicago Sun-Times, October 31, 1979, at; last accessed April 19, 2006.
20.   ^ J.P. Telotte, "Through a Pumpkin's Eye: The Reflexive Nature of Horror," in Gregory Waller, ed., American Horrors: Essays on the Modern American Horror Film (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992), p. 116, ISBN 0-252-01448-0.
21.   ^ Telotte, "Through a Pumpkin's Eye," pp. 116 – 117.
22.   ^ Rogers, Halloween, p. 111.
23.   ^ David Scott Diffrient, "A Film is Being Beaten: Notes on the Shock Cut and the Material Violence of Horror," in Steffen Hantke, Horror Film: Creating and Marketing Fear (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2004), p. 61, ISBN 1-57806-692-1.
24.   ^ Jamie Lee Curtis interview, quoted at; last accessed April 19, 2006.
25.   ^ Dan Wyman's faculty website at San José State University; last accessed April 19, 2006.
26.   ^ Halloween Soundtrack information from; last accessed April 19, 2006.
27.   ^ a b Distribution at; last accessed April 19, 2006.
28.   ^ Tom Allen, review of Halloween, The Village Voice (New York), November 6, 1978, pp. 67, 70.
29.   ^ Saturn Award Nominees and Winners, 1979 at Internet Movie Database; last accessed April 19, 2006.
30.   ^ Press Release for films inducted into National Film Registry on Dec. 27, 2006. National Film Registry 2006.
31.   ^ Halloween at Rotten Tomatoes; last accessed June 12, 2007.
32.   ^ Pauline Kael, review of Halloween, The New Yorker, 1978, at; last accessed April 19, 2006.
33.   ^ TV Guide review of Halloween at; last accessed May 19, 2007.
34.   ^ a b Rogers, Halloween, pp. 117 – 118.
35.   ^ Mick Martin and Marsha Porter, Video Movie Guide 1987 (New York: Ballantine Books, 1986), p. 60, ISBN 0-345-33872-3.
36.   ^ John Kenneth Muir, Wes Craven: The Art of Horror (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 1998), p. 104, ISBN 0-7864-1923-7.
37.   ^ Carol J. Clover, Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1992), p. 189, ISBN 0-691-00620-2.
38.   ^ Vera Dika. Games of Terror: Halloween, Friday the 13th, and the Films of the Stalker Cycle (Cranbury, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1990), p. 138, ISBN 0-8386-3364-1.
39.   ^ Tony Williams, "Trying to Survive on the Darker Side: 1980s Family Horror," in Barry K. Grant, ed., The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996), pp. 164 – 165, ISBN 0-292-72794-1.
40.   ^ Rogers, Halloween, pp. 121.
41.   ^ John Carpenter, quoted in Alan Jones, The Rough Guide to Horror Movies (New York: Rough Guides, 2005), p. 102, ISBN 1-84353-521-1.
42.   ^ Rockoff, Going to Pieces, p. 42.
43.   ^ Jim Harper, Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies (Manchester, Eng.: Headpress, 2004), p. 126, ISBN 1900486393.
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45.   ^ Halloween: Extended Version (1978; DVD, Troy, Mich.: Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2001), ASIN B00005KHJT.
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Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:13:24 pm

Original 1981 theatrical poster
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
Produced by Debra Hill
Written by John Carpenter
Debra Hill
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis
Donald Pleasence
Charles Cyphers
Nancy Loomis
Dick Warlock
Music by John Carpenter
Alan Howarth
Cinematography Dean Cundey
Editing by Mark Goldblatt
Skip Schoolnik
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s)  October 30, 1981
Running time 92 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $2,500,000
Preceded by Halloween
Followed by Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:15:20 pm

Halloween II (also known as Halloween II: The Horror Continues and Halloween II: The Nightmare Isn't Over!) is the 1981 horror sequel to the 1978 low-budget blockbuster Halloween. Both films are set in the fictional Midwestern United States town of Haddonfield, Illinois, on Halloween night, 1978.

Halloween II was directed by Rick Rosenthal and stars Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis, Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, and stunt performer Dick Warlock as Michael Myers, and features a cameo appearance by Nancy Loomis as the corpse of Annie Brackett.

While other films in the Halloween series followed, this was the last in the series written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. The film's events take place immediately following those of the first film, and center on Myers's attempts to find and kill Laurie Strode as well as Dr. Loomis's efforts to track and kill Myers.

Stylistically, the sequel reproduces certain key elements that made the original Halloween a success, such as first-person camera perspectives and everyday settings. The film, however, departs significantly from the original concept by incorporating more graphic violence and gore, more closely imitating other films in the emerging splatter film sub-genre. Halloween II was not as successful as the original, but nonetheless grossed (sic) $25.5 million at the box office in the United States, roughly ten times its $2.5 million budget.[1]

Halloween II was intended to be the last chapter of the Halloween series to revolve around Michael Myers and the Haddonfield setting.[2] However, following the lackluster reaction to Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), Myers returned in the film Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988).

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Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:16:51 pm

The beginning of the film is a re-shot version of the final scenes of Halloween, concluding with Dr. Loomis finding the body of Michael Myers missing from the lawn. Loomis then runs off in search of him, while Laurie Strode is taken in an ambulance to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital. One of the EMS drivers, Jimmy (Lance Guest) begins to show an interest in her. Myers continues to wander Haddonfield in search of her.

Anthony Feranzo tells her Myers was infamous for murdering his older sister 15 years earlier on Halloween night. After this, Laurie drifts in and out of consciousness, having strange flashbacks about her adoption by the Strodes and visiting a strange, catatonic boy in an institution.

Dr. Loomis and the Haddonfield police continue to search the town for Myers. At the local elementary school they discover that Myers has broken into a classroom and scrawled the word Samhain in blood on the chalkboard. Loomis explains that it is a Celtic word that means "lord of the dead", the "end of summer", and "October 31" (Samhain's symbolic importance is not elaborated on until later films).

Myers learns that Laurie is at the hospital and goes there, murdering the hospital's staff one by one. Laurie manages to elude him, but she is sedated and limping badly, and thus is unable to move quickly. Nurse Marion Chambers (Nancy Stephens), Loomis's assistant, meets up with the doctor and informs him that he is under strict orders to return to Smith's Grove; she is accompanied by an armed marshal. In the marshal's car, she tells Loomis that she has discovered a secret file on Myers to which he was not privy. The file reveals that Laurie is actually Myers's sister, adopted by the Strodes after Myers killed his older sister, Judith.

At gunpoint, Loomis forces the marshal (John Zenda) and Chambers to drive to the hospital, knowing that Myers will have already tracked Laurie there. Upon arriving, Loomis shoots Myers several times, but to no avail. Myers kills the marshal, and Loomis and Laurie retreat into an operating room. After Loomis is stabbed, Laurie shoots Myers in the eyes. Loomis is able to turn on the oxygen tanks in the operating room, causing an explosion that engulfs him and Myers. Laurie survives and is taken away in another ambulance.

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Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:18:36 pm

Halloween II boasted a much larger budget than its predecessor: $2.5 million. Halloween producers Irwin Yablans and Moustapha Akkad invested heavily in the film even though John Carpenter refused to direct. Most of the film was shot at Morningside Hospital in Inglewood, California, and Pasadena Community Hospital in Pasadena, California.[3] There was discussion of filming Halloween II in 3-D; writer and producer Debra Hill said, "We investigated a number of 3-D processes ... but they were far too expensive for this particular project. Also, most of the projects we do involve a lot of night shooting—evil lurks at night. It's hard to do that in 3-D."[3]

The screenplay of Halloween II was written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, the writers of the first Halloween. Hill mentioned in a 1981 interview with Fangoria magazine that the finished film differs somewhat from initial drafts of the screenplay. She explained how she and Carpenter had originally considered setting the sequel a few years after the events of Halloween. They planned to have Myers track Laurie Strode to her new residence in a high-rise apartment building.[2]

The sequel was intended to conclude the story of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. Neither Carpenter nor Hill were involved in writing material for later sequels. The third film, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, released a year later, contained a plot that deviated wholly from that of the first two films.[2] Tommy Lee Wallace, the director of Halloween III, stated "It is our intention to create an anthology out of the series, sort of along the lines of Night Gallery, or The Twilight Zone, only on a much larger scale, of course."[4] When asked, in a 1982 interview, what happened to Myers and Loomis, Carpenter flatly answered, "The Shape is dead. Donald Pleasence's character is dead, too, unfortunately."[5]

Film critic Roger Ebert notes that the plot of the sequel was rather simple: "The plot of Halloween II absolutely depends, of course, on our old friend the Idiot Plot, which requires that everyone in the movie behave at all times like an idiot. That's necessary because if anyone were to use common sense, the problem would be solved and the movie would be over."[6] Characters were described as shallow and like cardboard. Hill rebuffed such critiques by arguing that "in a thriller film, what a character says is often irrelevant, especially in those sequences where the objective is to build up suspense."[7]

Historian Nicholas Rogers suggests that a portion of the film seems to have drawn inspiration from the "contemporary controversies surrounding the holiday itself."[8] He points specifically to the scene in the film when a young boy in a pirate costume arrives at Haddonfield Memorial Hospital with a razor blade lodged in his mouth, a reference to the urban legend of tainted Halloween candy.[9] According to Rogers, "The Halloween films opened in the wake of the billowing stories about Halloween sadism and clearly traded on the uncertainties surrounding trick-or-treating and the general safety of the festival."[8]

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Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:20:59 pm

The main cast of Halloween reprised their roles in the sequel with the exception of Nick Castle, who had played the adult Michael Myers in the original. Veteran English actor Donald Pleasence continued the role of Dr. Sam Loomis, who had been Michael Myers's psychiatrist for the past 15 years while Myers was institutionalized at Smith's Grove Sanitarium. Jamie Lee Curtis (then 22), once again played the teenage babysitter Laurie Strode, the younger sister of Michael Myers. Curtis required a wig for the role of long-haired Laurie Strode, as she had her own hair cut shorter.

Charles Cyphers reprised the role of Sheriff Leigh Brackett, but his character disappears from the film when his daughter Annie's (Nancy Kyes) corpse is discovered. Actor Hunter von Leer heads the manhunt for Myers in the role of Deputy Hunt. He admitted in an interview that he had never watched Halloween before being cast in the part. He stated, "I did not see the original first but being from a small town, I wanted the Deputy to have compassion."

Stunt performer Dick Warlock played Michael Myers (as in Halloween, listed as "The Shape" in the credits), replacing Castle who was beginning a career as a director. Warlock's previous experience in film was as a stunt double in films, such as The Green Berets (1968) and Jaws (1975), and the 1974 television series Kolchak: The Night Stalker.[10] Warlock claims that the mask he wore was the same one as used by Nick Castle in the first film. In an interview, he explained how he prepared for the role since Myers received far more screen time in the sequel than the original. Warlock said,

[I watched the scenes] where Laurie is huddled in the closet. Michael breaks through. She grabs a hanger and thrusts it up and into his eyes. Michael falls down and Laurie walks to the bedroom doorway and sits down. In the background we see Michael sit up and turn towards her to the beat of the music. ... Anyway, that and the head tilt were the things I carried with me into Halloween II. I didn't really see that much more to hang my hat on in the first film.[11]

The supporting cast consisted of relatively unknown actors and actresses, with the exception of Jeffrey Kramer and Ford Rainey. Kramer was previously cast in a supporting role as Deputy Jeff Hendricks in Jaws and Jaws 2 (1978). In Halloween II, Kramer played Dr. Graham, a dentist who examines the charred remains of a boy confused with Myers. Rainey was an actor well-known for his supporting roles on television shows such as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and The Bionic Woman. He was chosen to play Haddonfield Memorial Hospital's drunk resident doctor, Frederick Mixter.[12]

A host of character actors were cast as the hospital's staff. Many were acquaintances of director Rick Rosenthal. He told an interviewer, "I'd been studying acting with Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and I brought many people from the Playhouse into Halloween 2."[13] These included Leo Rossi, Pamela Susan Shoop, Ana Alicia, and Gloria Gifford. Rossi played the part of Budd, a hypersexual EMS driver who mocks Jimmy as a "college boy." Rossi would go on to have minor roles in television series such as Hill Street Blues and Falcone and several direct-to-video releases.[14][15]

Shoop played Nurse Karen, who is scalded to death by Myers in the hospital therapy tub. Featured in the only **** scene in the film, Shoop discussed filming the scene in an interview: "Now that was hard! The water was freezing cold, and poor Leo Rossi and I could barely keep our teeth from chattering! The water was also pretty dirty and I ended up with an ear infection."[16] Prior to working with Rosenthal, she had made several cameo appearances on television shows such as Wonder Woman, B.J. and the Bear, and later made appearances on Knight Rider and Murder, She Wrote.[17] Gifford and Alicia played minor supporting roles as nurses.

Actor Lance Guest played an EMS driver, Jimmy. In much the same way as the original Halloween had launched the career of Jamie Lee Curtis, after Halloween II, Guest went on to star in such films as The Last Starfighter (1984) and Jaws: The Revenge (1987) and the television series Life Goes On.[18] The Last Starfighter director Nick Castle stated in an interview, "When I was assigned to the film, Lance Guest was the first name I wrote down on my list for Alex after seeing him in Halloween II." Castle adds, "He possessed all the qualities I wanted the character to express on the screen, a kind of innocence, shyness, yet determination."[19]

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:23:02 pm

John Carpenter refused to direct the sequel and originally approached Tommy Lee Wallace, the art director from the original Halloween, to take the helm. Carpenter told one interviewer, "I had made that film once and I really didn't want to do it again."[20] After Wallace declined, Carpenter chose Rick Rosenthal, a relatively unknown and inexperienced director whose previous credits included episodes of the television series Secrets of Midland Heights (1980–1981). In an interview with Twilight Zone Magazine, Carpenter explains that Rosenthal was chosen because "he did a terrific short called Toyer. It was full of suspense and tension and terrific performances."[5][21]

Stylistically, Rosenthal attempted to recreate the elements and themes of the original film. The opening title features a jack-o'-lantern that splits in half to reveal a human skull. In the original, the camera zoomed in on the jack-o'-lantern's left eye. The first scene of the film is presented through a first-person camera format in which a voyeuristic Michael Myers enters an elderly couple's home and steals a knife from the kitchen. Rosenthal attempts to reproduce the "jump" scenes present in Halloween, but does not film Myers on the periphery, which is where he appeared in many of the scenes of the original. Under Rosenthal's direction, Myers is the central feature of a majority of the scenes.[22] In an interview with Luke Ford, Rosenthal explains,

The first movie I ever did [Halloween II] was a sequel, but it was supposed to be a direct continuation. It started one minute after the first movie ended. You have to try hard to maintain the style of the first movie. I wanted it to feel like a two-parter. You have the responsibility and the restraints of the style that's been set. It was the same crew. My philosophy was to do more of a thriller than a slasher movie.[13]

The decision to include more gore and nudity in the sequel was not made by Rosenthal, who contends that it was Carpenter who chose to make the film much bloodier than the original.[23] According to the film's official website, "Carpenter came in and directed a few sequences to clean up some of Rosenthal's work."[21] One reviewer of the film notes that "Carpenter, concerned that the picture would be deemed too 'tame' by the slasher audience, re-filmed several death scenes with more gore."[24] When asked about his role in the directing process, Carpenter told an interviewer:

That's a long, long story. That was a project I got involved in as a result of several different kinds of pressure. I had no influence over the direction of the film. I had an influence in the post-production. I saw a rough cut of Halloween II, and it wasn't scary. It was about as scary as Quincy. So we had to do some post-production work to bring it at least up to par with the competition.[5]

Rosenthal was not pleased with Carpenter's changes. He reportedly complained that Carpenter "ruined [my] carefully paced film."[25] Regardless, many of the graphic scenes contained elements not seen before in film. Roger Ebert claims, "This movie has the first close-up I can remember of a hypodermic needle being inserted into an eyeball."[6] The film is often categorized as a splatter film rather than a slasher film due to the elevated level of gore. Film critic John McCarty writes of splatter films: "[They] aim not to scare their audiences, necessarily, nor to drive them to the edge of their seats in suspense, but to mortify them with scenes of explicit gore. In splatter movies, mutilation is indeed the message ...."[26] Rosenthal later directed the eighth film in the Halloween series, Halloween: Resurrection (2002).

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Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:24:39 pm

The film's score was a variation of John Carpenter compositions from Halloween, particularly the main theme's familiar piano melody played in a 5/4 time rhythm. The score was performed on a synthesizer organ rather than a piano.[27] One reviewer for the BBC described the revised score as having "a more gothic feel." The reviewer asserted that it "doesn’t sound quite as good as the original piece", but "it still remains a classic piece of music."[28] Carpenter performed the score with the assistance of Alan Howarth, who had previously been involved in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and would work again with Carpenter on projects such as Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982) and Christine (1983).[29]

The film featured the song "Mr. Sandman" performed by The Chordettes.[30] Reviewers commented on the decision to include this song in the film, calling the selection "interesting" and "not a song you would associate with a film like this." The song worked well to "mimic Laurie’s situation (sleeping a lot), [making] the once innocent sounding lyrics seem threatening in a horror film."[28] Another critic saw the inclusion of the song as "inappropriate" and asked, "What was that about?"[31]

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:26:09 pm

alloween II premiered on October 30, 1981, in 1,211 theaters in the United States.[1] To advertise the film, Universal printed a poster that featured a skull superimposed onto a pumpkin. This imagery is described by film historian and sociologist Robert E. Kapsis as "an unmistakable horror motif." Kapsis points out that by 1981 horror had "become a genre non grata" with critics. The effect of this can be seen in the distributor's promotion of the film as horror while at the same time stressing that the sequel, like its predecessor, "was more a quality suspense film than a 'slice and dice' horror film."[32] Use of the tagline More Of The Night HE Came Home—a modified version of the original Halloween tagline—hoped to accomplish the same task.

The film grossed $7,446,508 on its opening weekend and earned a final domestic total of $25,533,818.[1] The rights were sold to Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis and the film was distributed by Universal.[33] While the gross earnings of the sequel paled in comparison to the original's $47 million, it was a success in its own right, besting the earnings of other films of the same genre released in 1981: Friday the 13th Part 2 ($21,722,776), Omen III: The Final Conflict ($20,471,382) and The Howling ($17,985,893).[34]

Internationally, Halloween II was released throughout Europe, but it was banned in West Germany and Iceland due to the graphic violence and nudity; a later 1986 release on home video was banned in Norway. The film was shown in Canada, Australia, the Philippines and Japan.[33][35][36][37]

In 1982, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA, nominated the film for two Saturn Awards: Best Horror Film and Best Actor for Donald Pleasence. The film lost to An American Werewolf in London (1981) and Harrison Ford was chosen over Pleasence for his role in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).[38]

The film's performance at the box office later translated into home video sales. It was first released on VHS and laserdisc in 1982 by MCA/Universal Home Video and later by Goodtimes Home Video. From 1988, DVD editions have also been released by these companies.[33] An adaptation of the screenplay was printed as a mass market paperback in 1981 by horror and science-fiction writer Dennis Etchison under the pseudonym Jack Martin. Etchison's novelization was distributed by Kensington Books and became a bestseller.[39][40]

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Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:38:31 pm

Critical reaction to the film was mixed. While film critics had largely showered praise on Halloween, most reviews of its sequel compared it with the original and found it wanting. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote that Halloween II represented "a fall from greatness" that "doesn't even attempt to do justice to the original." Ebert also commented, "Instead, it tries to outdo all the other violent Halloween rip-offs of the last several years."[6] Critic James Berardinelli offered a particularly stinging review:

The main problem is the film's underlying motivation. Halloween was a labor of love, made by people committed to creating the most suspenseful and compelling motion picture they could. Halloween II was impelled by the desire to make money. It was a postscript—and not a very good one—slapped together because a box office success was guaranteed.[24]

He accused Carpenter and Hill of not believing "in this project the way they believed in the original, and it shows in the final product. The creepiness of the first movie has been replaced by a growing sense of repetitive boredom." Berardinelli was not impressed by the decision to give Myers so much screen time. He says, "The Shape, who was an ominous and forbidding force, has been turned into a plodding zombie. The characters have all been lobotomized, and, in keeping with the slasher trend, the gore content is way up. There was virtually no blood in Halloween; Halloween II cheerfully heaps it on."[24]

On the other hand, Janet Maslin of the New York Times compared the film to other horror sequels and recently released slasher films of the early 1980s rather than to the original. "By the standards of most recent horror films, this—like its predecessor—is a class act." She notes that there "is some variety to the crimes, as there is to the characters, and an audience is more likely to do more screaming at suspenseful moments than at scary ones." Maslin applauded the performance of the cast and Rosenthal and concluded, "That may not be much to ask of a horror film, but it's more than many of them offer."[41] David Pirie's review in Time Out magazine gave Rosenthal's film positive marks, stating, "Rosenthal is no Carpenter, but he makes a fair job of emulating the latter's visual style in this sequel." He wrote that the Myers character had evolved since the first film to become "an agent of Absolute Evil."[42] Film historian Jim Harper suggests, "Time has been a little fairer to the film" than original critics. In retrospect, "many critics have come to recognise that it's considerably better than the slew of imitation slashers that swamped the genre in the eighties."[43]

Like the original Halloween, this and other slasher films have come under fire from feminist critics. According to historian Nicholas Rogers, academic critics "have seen the slasher movies since Halloween as debasing women in as decisive a manner as hard-core pornography."[8] Critics such as John Kenneth Muir point out that female characters such as Laurie Strode survive not because of "any good planning" or their own resourcefulness, but sheer luck. Although she manages to repel the killer several times, in the end, Strode is rescued in Halloween and Halloween II only when Dr. Loomis arrives to shoot Myers.[44] This was parodied in the film Scary Movie, especially the scene in which Carmen Electra's character Drew Decker chooses a banana with which to do battle with the psycotic killer, rather than an array of deadly weapons such as a dagger, hand grenade, and pistol.

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Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:40:37 pm

Detractors of horror films have blamed the genre for the perceived decrease in the morality and increase in crime among America's youth. According to moral critic Peter Peeters, fragile minds are being warped by "unlimited lust and sex, horror, the gruesome world of corpses and ghosts, torture, butchery and cannibalism, violence and destruction, the unsavory details all vividly depicted and accompanied by the appropriate screams and sound effects."[45] A tragic incident associated with the film Halloween II only heightened such attitudes.

On December 7, 1982, Richard Delmer Boyer of El Monte, California, murdered Francis and Eileen Harbitz, an elderly couple in Fullerton, California, leading to the trial People v. Boyer (1989). The couple were stabbed a total of 43 times by Boyer. According to the trial transcript, Boyer's defense was that he suffered from hallucinations in the Harbitz residence brought on by "the movie Halloween II, which defendant had seen under the influence of PCP, marijuana, and alcohol." The film was played for the jury, and a psychopharmacologist "pointed out various similarities between its scenes and the visions defendant described."[46]

Boyer was found guilty and sentenced to death. The incident became known as the "Halloween II Murders" and was featured in a short segment on TNT's Monstervision, hosted by film critic Joe Bob Briggs.[21] Following the trial, moral critics and libertarians came to the defense of horror films and rejected calls to ban them. Thomas M. Sipos, for instance, stated,

It would be silly, after all, to ban horror films just because Boyer claims to have thought that he was reenacting Halloween 2, or to ban cars because Texas housewife Clara Harris intentionally ran down and killed her husband. Nor does it make sense to ban otherwise useful items such as drugs or guns just because some individuals misuse them.[47]

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:48:16 pm
An alternate version of Halloween II, also known as the "Rick Rosenthal Version", the "Television Version", or the "Producer's Cut", was aired on television in the early 1980s. Most of the graphic violence and gore had been edited out and several minor additional scenes had been added. This alternate version is occasionally shown on the AMC network. In 2002, AMC aired the alternate version as part of their Monsterfest Film Festival.
It has been suggested that the redacted film represents director Rick Rosenthal's original vision of the movie before John Carpenter's edits. A special edition DVD of the alternate version was planned for release in 2001, but Universal released the original theatrical version instead.[33]

Rick Rosenthal's version is cut differently, offered less gore, more character development, and a swifter pace, even though it has the same 92-minute running time. A pronounced difference between the alternate and theatrical versions is found in the plot. While the theatrical version has the film ending with the presumed deaths of Michael Myers and Dr. Loomis, the alternate version shows Jimmy (with a head wound but alive) in the ambulance with Laurie Strode. They hold hands and Laurie says, "We made it."[33]

1.   ^ a b c Halloween 2 at Box Office Mojo; last accessed April 19, 2006.
2.   ^ a b c Behind the Scenes, Halloween III: Season of the Witch at; last accessed April 19, 2006.
3.   ^ a b Debra Hill interview, Fangoria, quoted at; last accessed April 19, 2006.
4.   ^ Tommy Lee Wallace interview, in Ellen Carlomagno, "Halloween III: Season of the Witch: An On-The-Set Report On The Ambitious Sequel to Carpenter's Classic!", Fangoria, #22, October 1982, p. 8, available here; last accessed April 19, 2006.
5.   ^ a b c John Carpenter, interview with Twilight Zone Magazine, November 1982, available here; last accessed April 19, 2006.
6.   ^ a b c Roger Ebert, review of Halloween II, Chicago Sun-Times, 1 January 1981, at; last accessed April 19, 2006.
7.   ^ Debra Hill, quoted in Robert E. Kapsis, Hitchcock: The Making of a Reputation (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992), p. 172, ISBN 0-226-42489-8.
8.   ^ a b c Nicholas Rogers, Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), p. 121, ISBN 0-19-516896-8.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:49:36 pm
You may wonder why, after praising the simplicity of Carpenter's film, I would want to delve into the enigma that is the shape? Indeed in many ways it would be better to not delve too deeply into the motivations of the Boogeyman, but over the years the sequels have attempted to flesh out Michael Myers and explain his murderous motivation. Much criticism has been made of what some have seen as a desperate attempt to draw out the series with references to Samhain and Thorn. As I said in the main review for HALLOWEEN the less you know about Myers the better- certainly he is a much more frightening force when his intentions were seemingly motiveless than he was when we learn that he is in-fact trying to hunt down his surviving sister. However, here I'm not interested specifically in what happened in the sequels (with, perhaps, the exception of part 2), more with Michael Myers' background story as there is evidence that originally the screenplay for the first film was in-fact far heavier in exposition than what eventually made it to the finished print…

       In 1979, in the wake of the film's tremendous and unexpected success, an original movie tie-in book- written by Curtis Richards was released. It was described as being, "Based on the Screenplay by John Carpenter and Debra Hill"- but how much was from the original screenplay and how much is independent exposition by Richards is something I'll discuss later. The book does, however, expand considerably on the background of the events of those Halloween nights in 1963 and 1978…

       The first chapter describes an evil generated by a murder, at the "dawn of the Celtic race", on the eve of Samhain- "the druid festival of the dead"; and how the horror "...once started.. trod the earth forevermore, wreaking its savagery suddenly, swiftly, and with incredible ferocity." And how, once its blood-lust was satiated, it "slept only and did not die, for it could not be killed". Continuing that "...on the eve before Samhain it would stir, and if the lust were powerful enough, it would rise to fulfil the curse invoked so many Samhains before. Then the people would bolt their doors."

       The second chapter has Michael, as a child, asking his Grandmother about the Boogeyman and her wickedly telling him that "...if you were lucky, you got away with nothing worse than finding some of your chickens beheaded"; all this much to the horror of Michael's mother. When Michael goes to try on his Halloween clown costume the two women discuss Michael's "problems"; of how he has been getting into fights and hears voices telling him " hate people". Also how he has been having violent dreams; and how this is linked to his Great-Grand Father (who it is hinted descended into some kind of insanity (an earlier black chapter in the family)- which started with violent dreams.... it is later revealed that their dreams were identical- of "vengeance on a druid girl who had not returned his love"; and that they were both driven to equally violent deeds).

       After the murder of his sister- (a scene which is considerably longer in the book and includes mention of the 'voices' which compel him to commit the act ), there is another whole chapter (11 pages) detailing Michael's trial and the time he spends in the juvenile ward at Smith's Grove and exactly why Dr. Loomis came to regard him as "...the most dangerous person I have ever handled". Despite being by far the youngest person there Michael isn't bullied, in-fact "They're afraid of him". It catalogues the strange and unpleasant things that happen to people who cross him; but none of the events can be directly linked to Michael (perhaps influenced by similar scenes in DAMIEN: OMEN II (1978)) . He isn't silent here either and at one point asks Dr. Loomis for a Halloween party to be organised- "you of all people!" Loomis balks, but eventually agrees. During a game of musical chairs Michael (who is dressed as a clown) is beaten out of the last chair by a sixteen year old girl- who, when the lights inexplicably go out, is found half drowned by a vat of water used for bobbing for apples. Michael is bone dry. … Loomis is gradually convinced that he should never be set free.... Cut to 1978- the rest of the book is fairly faithful to Carpenter's film.

       The question remains of whether any of this was ever intended to be in the finished film or it is indeed completely the work of Richards fleshing out the bare bones of the story. The screenplay for HALLOWEEN was famously banged out in a matter of weeks and the film itself was made relatively quickly and on a pretty tight budget. Although it turned out for the best that the finished film was so simply structured, I can't help but wonder if (at least) some of the exposition included in the novelisation was excluded due to budgetary or time factors.

       Common sense dictates that it was mostly the work of Richards flexing his imagination. However it is worth baring in mind that Debra Hill did say that, "We went back to the old idea of Samhain, that Halloween was the night where all the souls are let out to wreak havoc on the living, and then came up with the story about the most evil kid who ever lived." It is also worth bearing in mind that Carpenter wrote the screenplay for the sequel, in which 'Samhain' is directly mentioned- drawn in blood on the school blackboard by the Myers. This in itself shows that Carpenter was either responsible for the much of the back-story that didn't make it into the finished film, or, at very least, adopted the idea from Richard's book. This continuous appearance of the Samhain theme also gives some validation to the direction that HALLOWEEN 6 took the series- even though it was done fairly ham-fistedly (at least in the version that was officially released). And the notion that as Myers was merely the vessel for some ancient evil, then there would be no reason that the 'evil' could not be transferred onto another- indeed it is one of the avenues that the upcoming latest sequel may explore.

       HALLOWEEN needed numerous edits for American TV, John Carpenter was drafted in to shoot an additional 11 minutes during the making of HALLOWEEN II- making use of that film's cast and crew (which explains Nancy Loomis' couple of seconds long cameo as a corpse in the sequel!). One of the new scenes shows Donald Pleasence's pleas for the boy killer to be put into a higher security establishment, that his catatonia is "an act"; and "he is waiting [for something]", fall on deaf ears. Later he confronts the cherubic little boy, who is sitting staring blankly out of a window, telling him that "You've fooled them haven't you Michael- but not me". Another extra scene, inserted after Michael breaks out of Smith's Grove, shows the word 'sister' scratched into the back of a door- setting up the spurious link with the family story-line explored in the sequel (but not hinted at in the original screenplay). (The only other extra scene is an obvious time-filler which reunites Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis (by phone) and P. J. Soles, where they discuss borrowing clothes).

      One thing is for sure about Michael Myers and that is that he's English. Yep, you read that right. Although I guess I should point out that the real Michael Myers was in-fact the UK distributor of Carpenter's ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13; and Carpenter named the fictional Boogey Man after him as a "tribute". At the end of the day though, much like the film influences I've suggested, we will never know the truth for sure about the true origins (or indeed the extent of those origins) of the fictional Michael Myers unless someone asks John Carpenter and Debra Hill slightly less reverential questions. … I'm game if they are!

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:51:45 pm

Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace
Produced by John Carpenter
Debra Hill
Moustapha Akkad
Joseph Wolf
Dino De Laurentiis
Written by Tommy Lee Wallace
Starring Tom Atkins
Stacey Nelkin
Dan O'Herlihy
Michael Currie
Ralph Strait
Nancy Kyes
Music by John Carpenter
Alan Howarth
Cinematography Dean Cundey
Editing by Millie Moore
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) October 22, 1982
Running time 99 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $2.5 million
Gross revenue $14.4 million
Preceded by Halloween II (1981)
Followed by Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:53:18 pm


Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a 1982 horror film and the third in the Halloween series. It is the only Halloween film that does not feature a plot revolving around the character Michael Myers. Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace, the film stars Tom Atkins as Dr. Dan Challis, Stacey Nelkin as Ellie Grimbridge, and Dan O'Herlihy as Conal Cochran. The plot focuses on an investigation by Challis and Grimbridge into the activities of Cochran, the mysterious owner of the Silver Shamrock Novelties company, in the week approaching Halloween night.

Besides wholly abandoning the Michael Myers plotline, Halloween III departs from the slasher film genre which the original Halloween spawned in 1978. The focus on a psychotic killer is replaced by a "mad scientist and witchcraft" theme. Moreover, the frequency of graphic violence and gore is less than that of Halloween II (1981), although scenes that depict the deaths of characters remain intense.

Produced on a budget of $2.5 million, Halloween III grossed $14.4 million at the box office in the United States,[1] making it the poorest performing film in the Halloween series at the time.[2] In addition to weak box office returns, most critics gave the film negative reviews. Where Halloween had broken new ground and was imitated by many genre films following in its wake,[3] this third installment seemed hackneyed to many: one critic twenty years later suggests that if Halloween III was not part of the Halloween series, then it would simply be "a fairly nondescript eighties horror flick, no worse and no better than many others."[4] Cultural and film historians, on the other hand, have read significance into the film's plot, linking it to critiques of large corporations and American consumerism.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:55:55 pm

The Kupfer family views the Silver Shamrock commercial that will air on Halloween night. "Little" Buddy (Bradley Schacter) is wearing the jack-o'-lantern mask.

On Saturday, October 23, shop owner Harry Grimbridge (Al Berry) is chased by mysterious figures wearing business suits. He collapses at a filling station clutching a Silver Shamrock jack-o'-lantern mask and is driven to the hospital by the filling station attendant (Essex Smith) all the while ranting, "They're gonna kill us all." Grimbridge is placed under the care of Dr. Daniel "Dan" Challis. While Grimbridge is hospitalized, another man in a suit enters his room and pulls his skull apart, killing him immediately. The man then enters his vehicle, douses himself with gasoline and lights himself on fire, causing the car to explode.

Challis, together with Grimbridge's daughter, Ellie, begins an investigation that leads them to the small town of Santa Mira, California, home of the Silver Shamrock Novelties factory. They learn from a hotel manager, Mr. Rafferty (Michael Currie), that the source of the town's prosperity is Irishman Conal Cochran and his factory and that the majority of the town's population is made up of descendants of Irish immigrants. Challis learns that Ellie's father had stayed at the same hotel. Other guests of the hotel included shop owners Marge Guttman (Garn Stephens) and the Kupfer family: Buddy (Ralph Strait), Betty (Jadeen Barbor) and their son "Little" Buddy (Bradley Schacter). All have business at the factory and eventually meet gruesome ends because of the Silver Shamrock masks.

A day after arriving in Santa Mira, Challis and Ellie tour the Silver Shamrock factory with the Kupfers and are alarmed to discover Grimbridge's car in a storage building guarded by more men dressed in suits. They return to their hotel but find that they cannot contact anyone outside Santa Mira. Ellie is kidnapped by the men in suits from the factory, and in an attempt to locate her, Challis breaks into the factory. There he discovers that the men in suits are actually androids created by Cochran. Although Challis succeeds in neutralizing one of the androids (Dick Warlock) he is captured by them, and Cochran reveals his plan to kill children on Halloween night. He explains that the Silver Shamrock trademark on the masks contain a computer chip embedded with a small fragment of a five ton sacrificial stone stolen from Stonehenge. When the Silver Shamrock television commercial airs on Halloween night, the chip will activate, causing the wearers' heads to dissolve and spew insects and snakes. Cochran further explains that he is attempting to resurrect the more macabre aspects of the Celtic festival, Samhain, which he connects to witchcraft.

Challis escapes, and rescues someone he believes to be Ellie. They destroy the factory and Cochran in the process, however, Challis finds that Cochran replaced Ellie with an android. After destroying it, Challis returns to the same filling station where Ellie's father had come eight days earlier. Challis contacts the television stations and convinces all but one of the station managers to remove the commercial. The film ends with Challis screaming into the telephone, "Turn it off! Stop it! Stop it!"

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:57:32 pm

The masks created by Don Post were featured in a 1982 article in The Twilight Zone Magazine.

When approached about creating a third Halloween film, original Halloween writers John Carpenter and Debra Hill were reluctant to pledge commitment. According to Fangoria magazine, Carpenter and Hill agreed to participate in the new project only if it was not a direct sequel to Halloween II, which meant no Michael Myers.[5] Irwin Yablans and Moustapha Akkad, who had produced the first two films, filmed Halloween III on a budget of $2.5 million.[1]

Special effects artist Don Post of Post Studios designed the latex masks in the film which included a glow-in-the-dark skull, a lime-green witch and an orange Day-Glo jack-o'-lantern.[6][7] Hill told Aljean Harmetz, "We didn't exactly have a whole lot of money for things like props, so we asked Post, who had provided the shape mask for the earlier 'Halloween [II] ..., if we could work out a deal."[8] The skull and witch masks were adaptations of standard Post Studios masks, but the jack-o'-lantern was created specifically for Halloween III. Post linked the masks of the film to the popularity of masks in the real world:

Every society in every time has had its masks that suited the mood of the society, from the masked ball to clowns to makeup. People want to act out a feeling inside themselves—angry, sad, happy, old. It may be a sad commentary on present-day America that horror masks are the best sellers.[8]

Most of the filming took place on location in the small coastal town of Loleta in Humboldt County, California. Familiar Foods, a milk bottling plant in Loleta, served as the Silver Shamrock Novelties factory, but all special effects involving fire, smoke, and explosions were filmed at Post Studios.[7]

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:58:24 pm

Producers recruited Manx science fiction writer Nigel Kneale to write the original screenplay mostly because Carpenter admired his Quatermass series. Kneale said his script did not include "horror for horror's sake." He adds, "The main story had to do with deception, psychological shocks rather than physical ones." Kneale asserted that movie mogul Dino De Laurentiis, owner of the film's distribution rights, did not care for it and ordered more graphic violence and gore. While much of the plot remained the same, the alterations displeased Kneale, and he requested that his name be removed from the credits. Director Tommy Lee Wallace was then assigned to revise the script.[9]

Wallace told Fangoria that he created the title of the film as a reference to "a plot point"—the three masks featured in the film—and an attempt to connect this film with the others in the series. He explained in the interview the direction that Carpenter and Hill wanted to take the Halloween series, stating, "It is our intention to create an anthology out of the series, sort of along the lines of Night Gallery, or The Twilight Zone, only on a much larger scale, of course." Each year, a new film would be released that focused on an aspect of the Halloween season.[10]

Debra Hill told Fangoria that the film was supposed to be "a 'pod' movie, not a 'knife' movie."[11] As such, Wallace drew inspiration from another pod film: Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). Santa Mira was the fictional setting of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and the name was adopted for Halloween III as an homage to Siegel's film.[8] Aspects of the plot proved very similar as well, such as the "snatching" bodies and replacing them with androids. Halloween III's subtitle comes from George A. Romero's second film Season of the Witch (1973)—also known as Hungry Wives—but the plot contains no similarity to Romero's story of a housewife who becomes involved in witchcraft.[4]

Film critics like Jim Harper called Wallace's plot "deeply flawed." Harper argues, "Any plot dependent on stealing a chunk of Stonehenge and shipping it secretly across the Atlantic is going to be shaky from the start." He noted, "there are four time zones across the United States, so the western seaboard has four hours to get the fatal curse-inducing advertisement off the air. Not a great plan."[4] Harper was not the only critic unimpressed by the plot. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "What's [Cochran's] plan? Kill the kids and replace them with robots? Why?"[12]

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 03:59:54 pm


Tom Atkins as Dr. Dan Challis in the last scene of Halloween III.

The cast of Halloween III: Season of the Witch consisted mostly of character actors whose previous acting credits included small roles or bit parts on various television series. The exceptions were Tom Atkins and veteran actor Dan O'Herlihy.

Cast as alcoholic doctor Daniel "Dan" Challis, Tom Atkins had appeared in several John Carpenter films prior to Halloween III. Atkins played Nick Castle in The Fog (1980) and Rehme in Escape from New York (1981). Atkins guest starred in television series such as Harry O, The Rockford Files and Lou Grant. Atkins told Fangoria that he liked being the hero. As a veteran horror actor, he added, "I wouldn't mind making a whole career out of being in just horror movies."[13] After Halloween III, Atkins continued to play supporting roles in dozens of films and television series.[14]

Stacey Nelkin co-starred as Ellie Grimbridge, a young woman whose father is murdered by Silver Shamrock. She landed the role after a make-up artist working on the film told her about the auditions. In an interview, Nelkin commented on her character: "Ellie was very spunky and strong-minded. Although I like to think of myself as having these traits, she was written that way in the script." Nelkin considered it an "honor" to be playing Jamie Lee Curtis's successor.[15] According to Roger Ebert, Nelkin's performance was the "one saving grace" in the film. Ebert explained, "She has one of those rich voices that makes you wish she had more to say and in a better role... Too bad she plays her last scene without a head."[12] Prior to her role as Grimbridge, Nelkin played only bit parts in television series like CHiPs and The Waltons. After Halloween III, Nelkin continued working as a character actress on television.[16]

Veteran Irish actor Dan O'Herlihy was cast as Conal Cochran, the owner of Silver Shamrock and the witch from the film's title (a 3000-year-old demon in Kneale's original script).[5] O'Herlihy had played close to 150 roles before co-starring as the Irish trickster and was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1954). He appeared in another twenty films and television series before his death in 2005.[17] O'Herlihy admitted in an interview with Starlog magazine that he was not particularly impressed with the finished film. When asked what he thought of working in the horror film, O'Herlihy responded, "Whenever I use a Cork accent, I'm having a good time, and I used a Cork accent in [Halloween III]. I thoroughly enjoyed the role, but I didn't think it was much of a picture, no."[18]

Two members of the supporting cast were not strangers to the Halloween series. Nancy Kyes played Challis's ex-wife Linda; she had appeared in the original Halloween as Laurie Strode's promiscuous friend Annie Brackett. Stunt performer Dick Warlock makes a cameo appearance as the android assassin. Warlock had earlier co-starred as Michael Myers in Halloween II.[19]

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:01:20 pm

The film was the directorial debut of Tommy Lee Wallace, although he was not a newcomer to the Halloween series. Wallace had served as art director and production designer for John Carpenter's original Halloween and he had previously declined to direct Halloween II in 1981. After Halloween III, Wallace directed other horror films such as Fright Night II (1988), Vampires: Los Muertos (2002), and the miniseries It (1990), the television adaptation of the Stephen King novel.

Despite disagreements between Wallace and original script writer Nigel Kneale, the actors reported that Wallace was a congenial director to work with. Stacey Nelkin told one interviewer, "The shoot as a whole was fun, smooth and a great group of people to work with. Tommy Lee Wallace was incredibly helpful and open to discussion on dialogue or character issues."[15]

Although the third film departed from the plot of the first two films, Wallace attempted to connect all three films together through certain stylistic themes. The film's opening title features a digitally animated jack-o'-lantern, an obvious reference to the jack-o'-lanterns that appeared in the opening titles of Halloween and Halloween II. Wallace's jack-o'-lantern is the catalyst in the Silver Shamrock commercials that activates the masks. Another stylistic reference to the original film is found in the scene where Dr. Challis tosses a mask over a security camera, making the image on the monitor seem to be peering through the eye holes. This is a nod to the scene in which a young Michael Myers murders his sister while wearing a clown mask.[20] Finally, the film contains a brief reference to its predecessors by including a few short scenes from Halloween in a television commercial that advertises the airing of the film for that upcoming holiday as a minor story within a story.

Wallace's use of gore served a different purpose than in Halloween II. According to Tom Atkins, "The effects in this [film] aren't bloody. They're more bizarre than gross."[21] Special effects and makeup artist Tom Burman concurred, stating in an interview, "This movie is really not out to disgust people. It's a fun movie with a lot of thrills in it; not a lot of random gratuitous gore."[22] Many of the special effects were meant to emphasize the theme of the practical joke that peppers the plot. New York Times film critic Vincent Canby notes, "The movie features a lot of carefully executed, comically horrible special effects ...." Canby stood as one of the few critics of the time to praise Wallace's directing: "Mr. Wallace clearly has a fondness for the clichés he is parodying and he does it with style."[23]

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:02:59 pm

John Carpenter (left) and Alan Howarth composed most of the soundtrack to Halloween III using synthesizers.

Music remained an important element in establishing the atmosphere of Halloween III. Just as in Halloween and Halloween II, there was no symphonic score. Much of the music was composed to solicit "false startles" from the audience.

The soundtrack was composed by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth, who had worked on the score for Halloween II. The score of Halloween III differed greatly from the familiar main theme of the original and sequel. Carpenter replaced the familiar piano melody with a slower, electronic theme played on a synthesizer with beeping tonalities.[24] Howarth explains how he and Carpenter composed the music for the third film:

The music style of John Carpenter and myself has further evolved in this film soundtrack by working exclusively with synthesizers to produce our music. This has led to a certain procedural routine. The film is first transferred to a time coded video tape and synchronized to a 24 track master audio recorder; then while watching the film we compose the music to these visual images. The entire process goes quite rapidly and has "instant gratification," allowing us to evaluate the score in synch to the picture. This is quite an invaluable asset.[25]

One of the more memorable aspects of the film's soundtrack was the jingle from the Silver Shamrock Halloween mask commercial. Set to the tune of "London Bridge is Falling Down," the commercial in the film counts down the days until Halloween beginning with day eight followed by an announcer's voice (Tommy Lee Wallace) encouraging children to purchase a Silver Shamrock mask to wear on Halloween night:

Eight more days 'til Halloween,
Halloween, Halloween.
Eight more days 'til Halloween,
Silver Shamrock.[26]


Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:04:37 pm

Halloween III: Season of the Witch opened in 1,297 theaters in the United States on October 22, 1982, and earned $6,333,259 in its opening weekend. Like its predecessor, the film was distributed through Universal by Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis. It grossed a total of $14,400,000 in the United States,[1] but was the worst performing Halloween film at the time.[2] Several other horror films that premiered in 1982 performed far better, including Poltergeist ($76,606,280), Friday the 13th Part 3 ($34,581,519), and Creepshow ($21,028,755).[27] Internationally, the film premiered in the United Kingdom, Norway, Spain, West Germany, Sweden, France, Canada, Australia, and Singapore.

In 1983, Edd Riveria, designer of the film's theatrical poster, received a Saturn Award nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA, for Best Poster Art, but lost to John Alvin's E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) artwork.[28] Riveria's poster art featured a demonic face descending on three trick-or-treaters. His artwork was later featured on the cover of Fangoria in October 1982. Oddly enough, no creature even remotely resembling the face on the theatrical poster appears in the film.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:06:14 pm

Edd Riveria's Halloween III artwork featured on the cover of Fangoria.

As part of a merchandising campaign, the producers requested Don Post to mass-produce the skull, witch, and jack-o'-lantern masks. Producers had given exclusive merchandising rights to Post as part of his contract for working on the film, and Post Studios had already successfully marketed tie-in masks for the classic Universal monsters, Planet of the Apes (1968), Star Wars (1977), and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1981). Post used the original molds for the masks in the film to mass produce masks for retail sale. He speculated, "Because the masks are so significant to the movie, they could become a cult item, with fans wanting to wear them when they go to see the movie." Post gave mask-making demonstrations for a Universal Studio tour in Hollywood. The masks retailed for $25 when they finally appeared in stores.[8]

The script was adapted as a mass market paperback novelization in 1982 by science-fiction writer Dennis Etchison writing under the pseudonym Jack Martin. The book was a best seller and was reissued in 1984.[29] Etchison wrote the novelization to Halloween II only a year before.

The film was later released on VHS, laserdisc, and CED format in 1983 by MCA/Universal Home Video. Subsequent videotape re-issues were released in 1984, 1987, and 1996. GoodTimes Home Video owned the rights at one point and released a VHS in 1996. DVD versions were distributed by Goodtimes in 1998 (with a re-issue in 2001) and Universal in 2003.

The film's soundtrack, composed by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth and released by Varese Sarabande, is extremely hard to find today, and those copies found carry pricetags ranging from 80 dollars to several hundred dollars due to its rareness.

The film's soundtrack is now scheduled to be released as an expanded limited edition of 1,000 units on October 29th, 2007. It will be distributed through on AHI Records.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:08:25 pm


Critical response to Halloween III: Season of the Witch proved to be mixed. New York Times reviewer Vincent Canby struggled to apply a definite label to the film's content. He remarks, "'Halloween III' manages the not easy feat of being anti-children, anti-capitalism, anti-television and anti-Irish all at the same time." On the other hand, he says that the film "is probably as good as any cheerful ghoul could ask for."[23] Other critics were far more decisive in their assessments. Roger Ebert wrote that the film was "a low-rent thriller from the first frame. This is one of those Identikit movies, assembled out of familiar parts from other, better movies."[12] Cinefantastique magazine called the film a "hopelessly jumbled mess."[30] Jason Paul Collum points to the absence of Michael Myers and the film's nihilistic ending as reasons why the film dissatisfied reviewers and audiences alike. Halloween III remains the only film in the Halloween series in which the villain is not defeated and evil plan foiled.[31]
Tom Milne of Time Out, a British magazine, offered a more positive review, calling the title "a bit of a cheat, since the indestructible psycho of the first two films plays no part here." Unlike other critics, Milne thought the new plot was refreshing: "With the possibilities of the characters [of the previous Halloween films] well and truly exhausted, Season of the Witch turns more profitably to a marvellously ingenious Nigel Kneale tale of a toymaker and his fiendish plan to restore Halloween to its witch cult origins." Although Milne was unhappy that Kneale's original script was reduced to "a bit of a mess," he still believed the end result was "hugely enjoyable."[32]
Academics find the film full of critiques of late twentieth-century American society. Historian Nicholas Rogers points to an anti-corporate message where an otherwise successful businessman turns "oddly irrational" and seeks to "promote a more robotic future for commerce and manufacture." Cochran's "astrological obsessions or psychotic hatred of children overrode his business sense."[33] Tony Williams argues that the film's plot signified the results of the "victory of patriarchal corporate control."[34] In a similar vein, Martin Harris writes that Halloween III contains "an ongoing, cynical commentary on American consumer culture." Upset over the commercialization of the Halloween holiday, Cochran uses "the very medium he abhors as a weapon against itself." Harris references other big business critiques in the film, including the unemployment of local workers and the declining quality of mass produced products.[35]

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4.   ^ a b c Jim Harper, Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies (Manchester, Eng.: Critical Vision, 2004), p. 103, ISBN 1-900486-39-3.
5.   ^ a b Ellen Carlomagno, "Halloween III: Season of the Witch: An On-The-Set Report On The Ambitious Sequel to Carpenter's Classic!," Fangoria, #22, October 1982, p. 8, available here; last accessed April 27, 2006.
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7.   ^ a b "Behind the Scenes" of Halloween III, at; last accessed April 27, 2006.
8.   ^ a b c d Aljean Harmetz, "'Halloween III' Masks to Help Scare Up Sales," New York Times, 16 October 1982, p. 12.
9.   ^ Nigel Kneale, interview with Starburst 4.11 (July 1983): p. 32, available here; last accessed April 27, 2006.
10.   ^ Tommy Lee Wallace interview, in Carlomagno, "Halloween III: Season of the Witch," p. 8, available here; last accessed April 27, 2006.
11.   ^ Debra Hill interview, Carlomagno, "Halloween III: Season of the Witch," p. 8, available here; last accessed April 27, 2006.
12.   ^ a b c Roger Ebert, review of Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Chicago Sun-Times, 31 October 1982, at; last accessed April 27, 2006.
13.   ^ Tom Atkins interview, in Carlomagno, "Halloween III: Season of the Witch," p. 9, available here; last accessed April 27, 2006.
14.   ^ Tom Atkins at the Internet Movie Database; last accessed April 27, 2006.
15.   ^ a b Stacey Nelkin interview, Jason Paul Collum, Assault of the Killer B's: Interviews with 20 Cult Film Actresses (Jefferson, N.C.: MacFarland & Company, 2004), pp. 133–134, ISBN 0-7864-1818-4.
16.   ^ Stacey Nelkin at the Internet Movie Database; last accessed April 27, 2006.
17.   ^ Dan O'Herlihy at the Internet Movie Database; last accessed April 27, 2006.
18.   ^ Dan O'Herlihy interview, "The Man Alone," Starlog, #278, April 2001, in Tom Weaver, Science Fiction Confidential: Interviews with 23 Monster Stars and Filmmakers (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2002), p. 232, ISBN 0-7864-1175-9.
19.   ^ Halloween III, Full Credits at the Internet Movie Database; last accessed April 27, 2006.
20.   ^ Collum, Attack of the Killer B's, p. 133.
21.   ^ Tom Atkins interview, quoted at
22.   ^ Tom Burman interview, Ellen Carlomagno, "The Effects of Halloween III: Tom Burman Tells All About His Special Makeup Work for the Latest From Carpenter-Hill," Fangoria, #23, November 1982, p. 8, available here; last accessed April 27, 2006.
23.   ^ a b Vincent Canby, "Film: 'Halloween III,' Plotting a Joke," New York Times, 22 October 1982, p. C28.
24.   ^ "Soundtrack" of Halloween III at; last accessed April 27, 2006.
25.   ^ Alan Howarth, quoted at; last accessed April 27, 2006
26.   ^ Plot, Halloween III at; last accessed April 27, 2006.
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28.   ^ Saturn Award nominations, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA: 1983, at the Internet Movie Database; last accessed April 27, 2006.
29.   ^ Jack Martin, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, (New York: Jove Books, 1982), ISBN 0-515-06885-3; 1984 reissue, ISBN 0-515-08594-4.
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31.   ^ Collum, Assault of the Killer B's, p. 133.
32.   ^ Tom Milne, review of Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Time Out, reprinted in 2nd ed., 1991, p. 277.
33.   ^ Nicholas Rogers, Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), p. 111, ISBN 0-19-516896-8.
34.   ^ Tony Williams, Hearths of Darkness: The Family in the American Horror Film (Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1996), p. 219, ISBN 0-8386-3564-4.
35.   ^ Martin Harris, "You Can't Kill the Boogeyman: Halloween III and the Modern Horror Franchise," Journal of Popular Film and Television 32.3 (Fall 2004): pp. 104–105.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:13:19 pm

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Dwight H. Little
Produced by Moustapha Akkad
Paul Freeman
Written by Screenplay:
Alan B. McElroy
Danny Lipsius
Larry Rattner
Benjamin Ruffner
Alan B. McElroy
Starring Donald Pleasence
Ellie Cornell
Danielle Harris
Beau Starr
George P. Wilbur
Sasha Jenson
Music by Alan Howarth
Cinematography Peter Lyons Collister
Editing by Curtiss Clayton
Distributed by Galaxy International Releasing
Release date(s) October 21, 1988
Running time 88 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $5 million
Gross revenue $17,768,757
Preceded by Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Followed by Halloween 5 (1989

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:16:08 pm

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a 1988 independently-released horror film and the 4th in the Halloween series. The film revolves around Michael Myers once more after his absence in Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Directed by Dwight H. Little, the film stars Ellie Cornell as Rachel Carruthers, Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis, Danielle Harris as Jamie Lloyd, and George P. Wilbur as Michael Myers.

The central plot focuses on Michael Myers 10 years after his 1978 killing spree in Haddonfield, Illinois. It is revealed he is comatose and barely alive at the Ridgemont Federal Sanitarium, and his sister Laurie Strode has been killed in a car accident. While Michael is being transferred to Smith's Grove, he escapes and goes to Haddonfield where he attempts to kill his niece Jamie Lloyd—revealed to be Laurie's daughter.[1]

The film was a moderate box office success, an improvement on the unsuccessful Halloween III, but a failure compared to the original Halloween, and the 1981 sequel. Produced on a budget of only $5 million, the film opened in 1,679 theaters, and grossed $6,831,250 in its opening weekend achieving a total domestic gross of $17,768,757 in the United States, becoming the fifth best performing film in the Halloween series.[2] Halloween 4 has received a mixed critical reception.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:19:32 pm

Jamie after stabbing her foster mother.

Michael Myers has been in a coma since the events of Halloween II, when his massacre was stopped by Dr. Sam Loomis and Laurie Strode. At the beginning of this film, Myers is being transferred from Ridgemont Federal Sanitarium to Smith's Grove Sanitarium. He awakens when he hears that Laurie Strode, his sister, is deceased, but her daughter is alive and well in Haddonfield. He kills the ambulance crew and escapes. Dr. Loomis races to Haddonfield in an attempt to bring Myers' killing spree to an end once and for all.

In Haddonfield, his niece Jamie Lloyd (played by Danielle Harris), has been adopted by the Carruthers family. She has frequent nightmares about Michael, though she does not know who he is. On Halloween night, Jamie goes out trick-or-treating dressed as a clown (a costume that is very similar to the one worn by young Michael Myers at the beginning of the first Halloween film) with her teenage foster sister Rachel Carruthers (played by Ellie Cornell). Her uncle, Michael, follows them.

Dr. Loomis, meanwhile, arrives in Haddonfield after an exhausting journey, and contacts the police department to inform them of Myers' disappearance. He and Haddonfield's new Sheriff Ben Meeker (played by Beau Starr) begin to search the town for Michael and Jamie. They find that Myers has singlehandedly annihilated the entire police force. The girls hide in the Sheriff's house, where Michael follows them. They escape and leave Haddonfield, but Myers hides in the back of the truck that they use to escape. The sheriff's deputies catch up to them and shoot Michael relentlessly. He falls into an abandoned mine shaft which collapses on him when the deputies throw dynamite down the shaft.

Back at the Carruthers house, Jamie puts on her clown mask and stabs her foster mother. It turns out that she was possessed by Myers' rage. Dr. Loomis attempts to shoot her, but Sheriff Meeker prevents it. The film ends with a shot of Jamie, wearing the clown mask, holding bloody scissors. This shot is very similar to the shot near the beginning of the original Halloween, where young Michael Myers is seen holding a bloody knife after killing his older sister, Judith.


Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:21:19 pm

Halloween 4 was directed by Dwight H. Little. This was only his 4th film to direct, and was his first and only time to be involved in the Halloween series.[3] After viewing a rough edit it was decided that the movie was too soft, so they brought in special effects wizard John Carl Buechler for one day of extra "blood" filming. The thumb in the forehead and the redneck's head getting twisted were both done by him.

The film was shot in 42 days in and around Salt Lake City, Utah.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:24:47 pm

The original screenplay featured Jamie killing her adoptive older sister in similar fashion to how Michael killed his older sister, Judith, in the first Halloween. Alan B. McElroy wrote the script in 11 days in order to beat the writer's strike.

John Carpenter was actually first approached by Cannon Films to do a Halloween 4 around 1986 after the studio produced The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Although the idea to do a Leatherface vs. Michael Myers movie was rejected, it did spark interest in reviving the series. Soon after, Carpenter and fellow writer Dennis Etchison began writing the script for the fourth Halloween. While a direct sequel to Halloween & Halloween II, the script did not feature a living, breathing Michael Myers. More of a ghost story, the fear and angst of the adults in Haddonfield allowed The Shape to reappear, causing a kind of "psychic disturbance" in the town. However, Akkad rejected it, calling it "too cerebral" and insisting any new Halloween movie must feature Myers as a flesh and blood killer. At this point, Carpenter washed his hands of the series and sold all of his remaining rights to Akkad.[4]

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Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:26:40 pm

Produced on a budget of only $5 million, the film opened in 1,679 theaters, and grossed $6,831,250 in its opening weekend achieving a total domestic gross of $17,768,757 in the United States, becoming the fifth best performing film in the Halloween series.[2]

Halloween 4 has received a moderate (sometimes positive) critical reception. It was criticized for not having anything "striking, interesting, or exceptionally memorable" besides the ending.[8]

Leslie L. Rohland played an unsolved name problem. When Rachel talks about her character in the car she says, "Jamie, you remember Lindsey, don't you?" or "Jamie, you remember Leslie, don't you?" Fans say that the name is Lindsey Wallace from the first film but in the credits, it is billed as Leslie. In the DVD commentary, the writer of the film states that it was his intention for the character to be Lindsey Wallace.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:28:00 pm
Jamie Lloyd (1980-1995) is a fictional character in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989), and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995). Jamie Lee Curtis was asked to return as Laurie Strode for the fourth film, but declined for another film project. She asked that the writers just write she had died in an automobile accident. Instead, the fourth film introduced Laurie's daughter. Jamie Lloyd is named after actress Jamie Lee Curtis. As the daughter of Laurie, she is also the niece of superhuman killer Michael Myers. She was played by Danielle Harris in Halloween 4 and Halloween 5 and by J.C. Brandy in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.

Jamie Lloyd was born in Haddonfield, Illinois in either 1980 or 1981. Her biological mother is Laurie Strode, and while her father is never identified within the Halloween universe, it is widely accepted by fans to be Jimmy of Halloween II origin, portrayed by Lance Guest.

It is vaguely implied (in H4) that in November 1987, both of Jamie's parents died in an automobile accident.

For the next eleven months, Jamie would suffer from nightmares about her uncle Michael; whom she had never met. She gradually comes to love her surrogate family - her foster parents Richard and Darlene Carruthers, and especially their daughter Rachel, her seventeen-year-old foster sister.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:32:11 pm

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Jamie suffers from nightmares about her feared uncle, Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur). She is also tormented by schoolmates because she is related to Haddonfield's notorious "boogeyman". On October 30, 1988, Michael is being transferred out of Ridgemont Federal Sanitarium back to Smith's Grove. While in the transfer ambulance, he recovers from his ten-year coma upon learning the existence of his niece. Accordingly, he kills the two medical attendants and the two drivers. While making his way back to his hometown, he also kills a mechanic and a waitress. In Haddonfield, while on the trail for Jamie, he manages to kill 12 more people and the Carruthers' family dog, Sundae.

Escaping from town, Jamie cowers in a pick-up truck as Rachel hits Michael head on, throwing him off the road and knocking him out. Jamie goes over to him and holds his hand. After ordering her to get away from her uncle and drop to the ground, the police shoot Michael many times, causing him to fall into an abandoned mine shaft, which then collapses on top of him. Later, back in her foster home, Jamie is possessed by Michael's spirit and stabs her foster mother, though not fatally. When screams are heard from downstairs, Dr. Loomis walks over to the staircase seeing Jamie poised at the top holding a pair of bloody scissors. Sheriff Ben Meeker (Beau Starr) restrains Loomis from shooting her. Jamie is now apparently consumed by Michael's rage.

Donald Pleasance reportedly favored taking the series in a new direction by having Jamie become the Shape in the next sequel, but the producers opted to stick with a proven formula.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

One year later, Jamie is housed in the Haddonfield Children's Clinic. She has now been rendered mute and suffers from nightmares and seizures. Early in the film, a brick, bearing a note reading, "The evil child must die," is thrown through her window. When Michael (Donald L. Shanks) awakens from a year-long repose, she develops a telepathic bond with him. Sensing when he is near someone, Jamie goes into convulsions when he kills. Michael kills Rachel (which places the title of Jamie's protector into Tina's hands), four of Rachel's friends (including Tina), two dimwitted cops, and the Carruthers' new dog, a Doberman named Max, while in pursuit of Jamie. Towards the end, Loomis takes Jamie to Michael's childhood home. Despite the doctor's pleas to Michael to fight his rage and seek redemption through a positive relationship with Jamie, Myers tracks down his niece in the house. By addressing him as "Uncle," she gets him to pause and remove his mask. Upon seeing his face, she says, revealingly, "You're just like me." However, when she moves to wipe away his tear, he retreats from this baring of his apparently still partially human soul, puts his mask back on, and tries to attack her.

Using Jamie as bait, Loomis catches Michael in a net, shoots him with tranquilizer darts, and beats him into unconsciousness with a wooden beam. Michael is manacled and locked up in the local jail, awaiting transport to a maximum-security facility, where, Meeker says, he will remain "until the day he dies," to which the wiser Jamie responds, "He'll never die." After Jamie is escorted out to be taken home, the mysterious "Man in Black", glimpsed briefly earlier in the film, arrives at the police station and begins firing a machine gun. Jamie goes back inside to find that twelve police officials have been gunned down and that her uncle has escaped. The movie ends with Jamie saying 'No...No..."

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

It is apparent that the Man in Black had kidnapped Jamie immediately after the shoot-out and has kept her in captivity, along with her uncle Michael (George P. Wilbur), for the past six years. He is revealed to be Loomis's former medical colleague Dr. Terence Wynn (Mitchell Ryan). He is also the leader of a Druid cult headquartered in the subterranean levels of the Smith's Grove Sanitarium. Jamie, now age 15, gives birth to a boy on the night of October 30, 1995. The father is unknown, but it is implied in the producer's cut of the film and widely suspected among fans to be Michael, presumably via artificial insemination; however, in a released first draft of the script[1], a flashback scene depicts Jamie being raped by Wynn, thus suggesting that he is in fact the father. Loomis and Tommy Doyle (Paul Rudd), whom Laurie was babysitting on Halloween 1978, attempt to rescue Jamie after hearing her plea for help on a local radio station. In the meantime, she hides her baby, whom Tommy finds and names him Stephen. However, in the theatrical version, Jamie dies relatively early in the film when Michael impales her on a corn thresher. In the producer's cut, she survives most of the film only to be shot in the head by a gun fitted with a silencer by a disguised Dr. Wynn.


Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:33:28 pm

Erasure from the series

In a controversial decision, director Steve Miner retconned the series with Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998). This installment reveals that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) had faked her own death in order to avoid detection by her relentless brother and serial killer Michael Myers. Under a new identity, she then fled to Summer Glen, California, along with her only son, John Tate (Josh Hartnett). To focus more on the Laurie Strode character, the events of parts 3–6 are never mentioned; therefore, Jamie Lloyd does not exist. The following sequel, Halloween: Resurrection (2002), continues with this new continuity. Furthermore, the Halloween saga can be viewed in four acceptable ways: (1) Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 (2) Parts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 (3) Parts 1, 2, 7, and 8 (4) Parts 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6.

Ironically, when screenwriter Kevin Williamson first outlined Halloween H20, he created the storyline in which Laurie Strode has faked her own death and taken on a new identity as a specific way of retconning the character's death in Halloween 4. In Williamson's original treatment, there are scenes (that were possibly filmed) in which a Hillcrest student does a report on Michael Myers' killing spree, mentioning the death of Jamie, complete with flashbacks to 4-6 mentioned in the text. "Keri"/Laurie responds to hearing the student's report on the death of her daughter by going into a restroom and throwing up.


Actresses who played Jamie

Jamie Lloyd was the first film role of Danielle Harris. Her heart-rending performance was widely acclaimed and it established her as a fan favorite; a status that she enjoys at horror conventions and on Halloween series-related websites to the present. Even many fans who dislike one or both of the films have praised her performance. She was even considered the scream queen of the late 1980s. Harris sought to reprise the role for the sixth installment, now-entitled Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, but the producers and Dimension Films reportedly refused to pay her the mere $5,000 she requested, and she wasn't fond of the script. The role was instead given to English-born actress J.C. Brandy. This move upset many loyal Halloween fans, although writer Daniel Farrands notes that the actress was in fact a Halloween fan herself [2]. Harris even sought a different role in Halloween: H20, but was again turned down. Harris made her eventual return to the series as Annie Brackett in Rob Zombie's Halloween prequel/remake.

In real life, J.C. Brandy is only one year and seven months older than Danielle Harris. Despite that, some fans believe Brandy failed to attract the level of fan interest surrounding Harris. The appearance of Jamie in H6 ages her into her early twenties, although chronologically she is about age fifteen. Of the three films involving Jamie Lloyd, only Halloween 4 has attained a sizeable following. However, no installment has matched the popularity of the original Halloween or its follow-up sequel Halloween II. But Halloween films 4–6 have all proved more popular than the Michael Myers-less storyline in Halloween III: Season of the Witch.


In the films, the uncertainty of Jamie’s age stems from a discrepancy between Halloween 4 and Halloween 5. In the former film, set in late October 1988, Jamie's foster sister, Rachel Carruthers (Ellie Cornell) wonders why Jamie continues staying up so late. She asks "You going for a record here; the seven-year-old insomniacs' hall of fame?" The latter film is set one year later in late October 1989. Rachel and Jamie’s adolescent friend Tina Williams (Wendy Kaplan) exclaims to Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) that "Jamie’s a nine-year-old girl!" Some fans have tried to resolve this contradiction by speculating that Rachel may have said the wrong age due to her fatigue at 4 a.m. or that Jamie was born in November or December 1980. While Halloween is the main date setting for both films, it is assumed that Tina could have rounded up Jamie's age, while Rachel did not.

In the novelization of the fourth film, Halloween IV (1988; revised edition, 2003) by Nicholas Grabowsky, Jamie is six years old, which implicitly dates her birth to 1982. According to H4, Laurie and Jimmy legally died eleven months earlier in November 1987 and Richard and Darlene Carruthers are Jamie’s foster parents. In H5, it is apparent that Jamie had been adopted assuming the name "Jamie Carruthers".

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:47:30 pm

Directed by Dominique Othenin-Girard
Produced by Ramsey Thomas
Written by Michael Jacobs
Dominique Othenin-Girard
Shem Bitterman
Starring Donald Pleasence
Danielle Harris
Ellie Cornell
Wendy Kaplan
Beau Starr
Music by Alan Howarth
Cinematography Robert Draper
Editing by Charles Tetoni
Jerry Brady
Distributed by Galaxy International Pictures
Release date(s) October 13, 1989
Running time 96 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $5 million
Gross revenue $11,642,254
Preceded by Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
Followed by Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:49:57 pm

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers is the 1989 sequel to the popular horror film, Halloween. It was directed by Dominique Othenin-Girard and starred Donald Pleasence, who again portrayed Dr. Sam Loomis. The original music score was composed by Alan Howarth. The film was marketed with the tagline "Michael lives. And this time they're ready!"

The film begins with a recap of Michael Myers being shot at and falling into a mine shaft, from the end of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, but Michael finds a way out and stumbles into a nearby river. He stumbles into a small shack by the river owned by a local hermit. Once there Michael collapses and remains in a comatose state for a full year. On October 31st 1989, Michael reawakens, kills the hermit and returns to terrorize Haddonfield, where his young niece, Jamie Lloyd (played by Danielle Harris) continues to live after nearly being killed by Michael the year before.

Jamie has been unable to speak since attacking her foster mother in a state of shock at the end of part four, but exhibits signs of a telepathic link with her evil uncle. Dr. Sam Loomis realizes that this link exists, and plans to use it to put an end to Michael. Michael begins stalking Rachel (Jamie's foster sister) and her friend Tina (played by Wendy Kaplan). After both are killed Jamie agrees to put herself in danger to help Loomis stop Michael for good. With Jamie's help, Loomis lures Michael back to the old Myers House.

Michael makes many attempts to kill Jamie, finally getting the chance to kill her in the attic. Jamie in a desperate move, tries appealing to Michael's humanity by saying "Uncle." This causes Myers to pause. When Jamie asks to see his face, he takes off his mask. A lone tear runs down his face. Jamie reaches up to wipe it away, and Michael is thrown into a rage. The killer pursues Jamie who runs into Loomis. The good doctor seems to turn on the girl as he shouts for Michael to come and take her. It turns out that he has used the girl as bait and Michael walks beneath a heavy chain net that is dropped over him. After two ineffectual shots from a tranquilizer gun, Loomis ends up beating him repeatedly with a 2 x 4. They take Michael to the local sheriff station. However, a mysterious stranger, dressed in all black, has come to Haddonfield. Jamie, sitting in a patrol car outside, hears an explosion. Jamie walks through the station finding the bodies of the dead officers. She goes over to Michael's jail cell to discover that it's empty. As Jamie sobs realizing Myers is once again able to get to her, she says No...NO!. The scene then goes black.


Donald Pleasance as Dr. Sam Loomis
Danielle Harris as Jamie Lloyd Carruthers
Ellie Cornell as Rachel Carruthers
Wendy Kaplan as Tina Williams
Beau Starr as Sheriff Ben Meeker

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:51:11 pm

After the immediate success of Halloween 4, the producers felt that a fifth installment was inevitable. The 80's slasher craze had largely subsided by this time and this was most likely the contributing factor to why Halloween 5 was rushed into production before the script had been perfected. The producers wanted to hit an October 1989 release for the film most likely to make one last chip-in on the almost dead slasher movie fad. Halloween 5 went into production in May of 1989 and was completed on time.

Similar to Halloween 2, there was a lot of tension on the set of this particular entry. The director wanted more gore, which was opposed by executive producer Moustapha Akkad.[1] Also, veteran actor Donald Pleasance cited differences in the plot with the director, as did Akkad. They felt that Jamie should have killed her stepmother and should have been completely evil, but the director's vision is the one we see in the final cut of the film.


Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 04:56:10 pm

Halloween 5 is one of the least successful films in the franchise. The film received mostly negative reviews and took in almost $12,000,000 on a budget of around $6,000,000. Due to the film's negative reviews and low ticket sales the film was released straight to video outside of North America. Many believe this is due to the film being rushed into production. Others believe it is because Halloween 5 was competing with Halloween 4, which was being released on video and TV.

Production notes
•   KNB Effects had designed grotesque facial makeup for Michael Myers' unmasking towards the end of the film. The producers told them to do so as an option, either showing Michael's badly scarred face or keep it in the dark. They went for the latter.
•   Although the film is titled Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, during the opening credits the title is just Halloween 5.
•   The bus that the Man in Black gets off of stops outside the exact same store where Jamie and Rachel went to get a Halloween costume in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.
•   Rachel was originally supposed to be stabbed in the throat with scissors but the actress, Ellie Cornell, felt it was too gruesome for an end for her character, so it was changed.
•   Don Shanks revealed in an interview that many of the scenes involving the Man In Black had him playing the character, because of speculation that he was a blood relative of Michael Myers. He also admitted that even the writers were uncertain about the Man In Black's identity.
•   The scene where Michael Myers drives a car while wearing a different kind of mask was initially scripted to have him wear a Ronald Reagan mask. However, the idea of a Reagan mask was soon rejected in order to keep the film devoid of any political subtexts.
•   On the audio commentary for the DVD, it's stated that Gregory Nicotero and Wendy Kaplan were seeing each other during filming.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:01:13 pm

•   Michael Myers' house is completely different than the other films.
•   It is reported that there was a lot of tension on-set between the cast & crew and director Dominique Othenin-Girard.
•   Actress Danielle Harris was stalked after the releases of Halloween 4 & Halloween 5.
•   At one point Dominique Othenin-Girard was in talks to return for Halloween 6.
•   The picture of Jamie that was broken before Rachel got killed can also be seen in the movie, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead, another film Danielle Harris starred in.

Pop culture references
•   Horror author Dennis Etchison makes a reference to there being a Halloween 5, a couple of years before the actual movie is conceived, in his 1986 novel Darkside. The lead character in the book composes film scores, seemingly for mostly cheap horror flicks, and Halloween 5 is a project in his near future. This was before Michael Myers was confirmed to return to the series. Etchison also wrote the tie-in novels for Halloween 2 and 3.
•   The official website for the franchise,, features a map of Haddonfield which indicates that the hermit seen in the prologue may be another living relative of Michael Myers. His home was located on the outskirts of town along the Lost River.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:04:01 pm

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Joe Chappelle
Produced by Moustapha Akkad
Malek Akkad
Paul Freeman
Written by Screenplay:
Daniel Farrands
Joe Chappelle (uncredited)[1]
Based on characters created by:
John Carpenter
Debra Hill
Starring Donald Pleasence
Paul Rudd
Marianne Hagan
Mitch Ryan
Kim Darby
Bradford English
Music by Alan Howarth
Cinematography Billy Dickson
Editing by Randolph K. Bricker
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date(s) September 29, 1995
Running time Theatrical cut
88 min.
Producer's cut
131 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $5 million
Gross revenue $15,116,634
Preceded by Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
Followed by Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:06:50 pm

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is the 1995 sequel to the popular horror film Halloween. It stars Donald Pleasence (in his last film as Dr. Sam Loomis) and Paul Rudd. The original music score was composed by Alan Howarth. The film also featured music from the band Brother Cane's album Seeds, which was released the same year on Virgin Records and featured the hit song And Fools Shine On.)[2] The film was marketed with the tagline "Six times the terror... Six times the fear... Six times the thrills..."

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:08:10 pm

For seventeen years, the town of Haddonfield, Illinois has been haunted by a night when evil roamed the street. Everyone knows his name. Now, everyone will know the truth!

It's now six years since the last Halloween celebration in Haddonfield. Michael Myers, his niece Jamie, and the mysterious Man in Black all disappeared after the explosive end of Part 5. Everyone assumes them all to be dead...but actually, Jamie has been captured by the Man In Black, who has her impregnated. The baby arrives on Halloween eve, and a kind woman named Mary helps Jamie and her baby escape. However, Michael Myers is close behind her, and Jamie dies shortly into the movie, gutted with farm machinery.

Meanwhile, Tommy Doyle (the child Laurie Strode sat for in the first film) has his eye on a family who's moved into the old Myers house. Tommy has become obsessed with Michael Myers. After hearing Jamie screaming for help on a radio show, Tommy finds her baby and hides him. The people living in the Myers' house are relatives of Laurie Strode...included is Kara Strode, and her illegitimate son, Danny - who "hears the voice" that Michael heard. Michael stalks each of the Strodes, trying to get to Jamie's baby. Across the street, Tommy reveals that Michael has been cursed with Thorn, where a young man must wipe out his entire family for the good of civilization. The plot takes a turn when the Man in Black reveals himself to be a major character. He has been experimenting with pure evil all these years...and kept it all secret at the Smith's Grove sanitarium. Tommy and Dr. Loomis follow this madman to the sanitarium, where an all-out battle occurs with Michael. It is revealed that some form of genetic research has been happening at Smith's Grove, with test tubes and DNA charts lying around. The film concludes with everyone getting out safe, except for Loomis, who walks back inside to "take care of unfinished business." Now some teenagers travel to Haddonfield, Illinois for summer vacation, not knowing that Michael Myers is not dead, although that is what the town believes.

Donald Pleasance as Dr. Sam Loomis
Paul Rudd as Tommy Doyle
Marianne Hagan as Kara Strode
Mitch Ryan as Dr. Terence Wynn
Kim Darby as Debra Strode
Bradford English as John Strode
Keith Bogart as Tim Strode
Mariah O'Brien as Beth
Leo Geter as Barry Simms
J. C. Brandy as Jamie Lloyd Carruthers
Devin Gardner as Danny Strode
Susan Swift as Mary
George P. Wilbur as Michael Myers

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:18:10 pm

Filming of Halloween 6 had started in October, 1994 and had wrapped a couple months later. Donald Pleasance was the only actor who had returned from Halloween 5. Danielle Harris was in talks to reprise her role, but she and Dimension could not come to an agreement, so J. C. Brandy got the role instead. In early 1995, after filming and editing was completed for what was to eventually become the famous "Producer's Cut", Halloween 6 was given a test screening which, as described by Marianne Hagan, "consisted primarily of 14-year-old boys". During the Q & A afterwards, one of them had expressed great displeasure at the ending. So, the movie was rushed back into production, this time without Daniel Farrands, who had moved on to another project and who was the writer of the film, and Donald Pleasance, who had died on February 2nd of that year. The latter was a significant cause of the major reconstruction of Halloween 6. The makers wanted to not only reshoot and re-edit the film because they took to the advice of one of the test screening viewers, but to also make the ending so that it leaves the door open for another sequel. This was because the original ending clearly showed Donald Pleasance's character living, and they wanted to make it so that they'd close the book on his character, but not necessarily the series.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:20:46 pm

The following film in the series, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, seems to effectively ignore the continuity established in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5 and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, because of characters in the film hinting that Michael Myers disappeared altogether after Halloween II. However, since no parts of H20 take place in Haddonfield, it may be that the characters of H20 have not been informed of any of Michael's previous activities, and are therefore ignorant of the events of the three previous films. While not considered canon to the film series, the Halloween comic book series attempts to bridge the continuity between The Curse of Michael Myers and H20, in 2001, but in doing so made the plot of Halloween: Resurrection (unreleased at the time) impossible. Halloween: Resurrection, however, made few references to Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:22:23 pm

Some early trailers employed the title Halloween 666: The Origin of Michael Myers. Writer Daniel Farrands has stated that this came before the title was ever decided upon and that the title used in the trailers was a combination of a title from a script named The Origin of Michael Myers from a writer before Farrands was brought in, and his own, which was simply titled Halloween 666. Finally, Moustapha Akkad asked Farrands for a title. Due to the troubled production, he suggested The Curse of Michael Myers. Although Farrands was half-joking, Akkad took the name to heart. Farrands also adds that this coincidently made the subtitles similar to those in The Pink Panther films series, which also used the Return, Revenge, and Curse subtitles.[3]


Halloween 6 was released on September 15th 1995, and brought in a $8,581,000 opening weekend gross. The film grossed a total of $15,116,634.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:23:39 pm

Brother Cane

The music of Alabama based rock band, Brother Cane, was featured throughout the movie. The music came from their 1995 release Seeds on Virgin Records. The album's hit single And Fools Shine On reached number one on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks. The song can be heard when Kara, Tim and Beth arrive at school in their car. The song continues to play as they go to class and sounds as if it's coming from a lo-fi radio, but the source of the music is never shown. It stops suddenly mid-scene while they examine Danny's drawing. The song is also heard during the closing credits.

The movie also featured the following songs from Seeds : Hung On A Rope, 20/20 Faith and Horses & Needles.

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers was the first film in the series that incorporated a hit song into its soundtrack. It was also the only film in the series to feature a single band almost entirely throughout its soundtrack. The only non-Brother Cane song was Disconnected by the group, I Found God.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:25:38 pm


•   In 1995, the sequel rights were sold again, this time to Miramax Films (via its Dimension Films division). Miramax/Dimension then released Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, which partially told a back story on Myers' origins. Joe Chappelle directed, but once again studio interference caused the re-editing of the film and the re-shooting of certain scenes, thus the film's final subplot (involving Dr. Loomis) was eliminated, but still leaving the door open for another sequel.
•   Copies of the original version of the film (known as the "Producer's Cut"), without the changed ending, have long been floating around in bootleg/collectors' circles. While featuring a different ending which was intended to keep Donald Pleasence's character in the films, it also features longer scenes in several parts of the movie, as well as different music at times. Unlike the somewhat confusing ending in the officially released version of Halloween 6, the original ending was more logical, the whole movie itself did a better job of explaining much of the Halloween movies "Mythology," and many Halloween fans prefer the producer's cut over the officially released theatrical cut of the film.
•   Originally, the script included a cameo of the movie Halloween III: Season of the Witch. When John Strode comes home, he finds the TV playing the scene from the movie where Little Buddy Kupfer was killed by the mask. Some fans believe the cult portrayed in Halloween III: Season of the Witch to be the Cult of Thorn, though this has never been officially verified.
•   Danielle Harris was willing to reprise her role as Jamie Lloyd, but Dimension Films wanted her to take less money than she made on "Halloween 4" and "5" as her character died in the first act. Danielle also disliked the way in which her character was killed, although in the screenplay (unlike either the theatrical or producer's version) her character did not die until the final ten minutes of the film. Killing Jamie off in the first act was the idea of the director and the studio, who did not want to pay Danielle as a featured character.
•   In the "Producers Cut" Jamie Lloyd is not killed by Michael's attack in the barn; she is wounded only to be killed later on in the film by the "Man in Black" after having a dream about how she was imprisoned in Smith's Grove and impregnated with Michael's child.
•   In the screenplay, Jamie escapes from the hospital before the Man in Black (aka Dr. Wynn) finds her, only to turn up at the end of the film in the Smith's Grove tunnels where she leads the way for Tommy, Kara and the children to escape. Mortally wounded, Jamie asks them to save her baby. As they run for safety, she turns to face off with Myers in one final fight to the death, ultimately sacrificing herself but saving the others, including her own child.
•   In the scene where Tommy confronts Michael about the baby, you can see Michael's eyes through his mask. This is the only scene in Halloween 6 in which you can. In Halloween and in Part 4, you cannot see his eyes at all while he is masked.
•   The names of the towns for the bus route "Serving Northern Illinois" are Chicago, Oak Lawn, Romeoville, Joliet, Braidwood, Gardner, Dwight, Smith's Grove, Haddonfield, Pontiac, Funks Grove, Bloomington, Lincoln, Elkhart, and Fancy Prairie. There are three continuity flaws with the bus route- (1) According to the goofs of Halloween 6 on, there is no scheduled bus running from Pontiac to Dwight. (2) Funks Grove in real-life should be placed between Lincoln and Bloomington, not between Bloomington and Pontiac. (3) In the first Halloween, Dr. Wynn says that "Haddonfield is 150 miles away from here" [Smith's Grove]. The route as seen in the bus depot places Haddonfield and Smith's Grove between Pontiac and Dwight. The real-life distance from Pontiac and Dwight is only 21 miles. Smith's Grove does not belong on the bus route map to begin with. This fictional town is set in real-life Warren County, Illinois in the western part of the state. Also, according to the map, Haddonfield is set in real-life Livingston County, Illinois.
•   The character of "Minnie Blankenship" in Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers is actually mentioned in one scene of Halloween III: Season Of The Witch.
•   This would be the last Halloween Dr. Loomis would be in, and the last movie Donald Pleasence would be in due to his death in February 1995, until he was portrayed by Malcolm McDowell in the 2007 remake of Halloween.
•   It was rumored that Quentin Tarantino originally wrote a draft for Halloween 6; this is untrue. Tarantino merely suggested his friend Scott Spiegel as a potential writer for the film. Spiegel's pitch for 'Halloween 6' was rejected and Tarantino was never involved in the project.
•   John Carpenter's idea for 'Halloween 6' was to send Michael Myers into outer space. The screenwriter of 'Halloween 6' made reference to Carpenter's idea in the scene where one of the crazy callers on the radio show says, "They [The CIA] couldn't control him, so they packed him up in a rocket and shipped him off to space."
•   Tommy Doyle records the radio talk show on a reel to reel tape recorder even though he has a cassette deck in the stereo system above it. This is odd considering the tape for the reel to reel would be dramtically more expensive than a blank cassette tape.
The Producer's Cut
The producer's cut of the film features 43 minutes of alternate footage and takes.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:32:32 pm

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steve Miner
Produced by Moustapha Akkad
Malek Akkad
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Paul Freeman
Written by John Carpenter
Debra Hill
Matt Greenberg
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis
Josh Hartnett
Adam Arkin
Michelle Williams
LL Cool J
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
Adam Hann-Byrd
Janet Leigh
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Nancy Stephens
Music by John Ottman
Cinematography Daryn Okada
Editing by Patrick Lussier
Distributed by Dimension Films
Release date(s) August 5, 1998
Running time 86 min.
Language English
Budget $17 million
Gross revenue $55,041,738
Preceded by Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Followed by Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:34:02 pm

Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (or Halloween: H20) is the seventh film in the Halloween film series. Initially released in the United States on Wednesday, August 5, 1998, it was released in several European countries as well as Singapore, Israel, Australia, and Mexico in the months that followed.

This is the first film about the Michael Myers character to not feature Donald Pleasence. Pleasence had died shortly before the release of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers thus off-setting one of the key components of the series. This chapter is meant to be a direct sequel to Halloween II, although with a stretch of the imagination, the previous three films could be incorporated into its continuity. The "H20" in the title refers to the film taking place in continuity (as well as the sequel and having been made) twenty years after the original. This is evident in the "20 Years Later" subtitle. Identifying films with abbreviations in marketing has been common since Terminator 2: Judgement Day (T2) in 1991.

The original working title for the film was Halloween 7: The Revenge Of Laurie Strode, due to this being a sequel to Halloween II, the title was, however, changed to Halloween: H20. The film's original tagline was also supposed to be "Blood is thicker than water". A reference to the H20 in the title. But when it was decided to release the film in August, the tagline was changed to "This summer, terror won't be taking a vacation".

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:35:39 pm

The movie features the return of Curtis's character from the first two Halloween films, Laurie Strode, now revealed to be living under the assumed name "Keri Tate". As Tate, Laurie has a seemingly perfect life with an intelligent son and a dedicated boyfriend, a great career (as a head mistress at a private boarding school in Northern California); however, Laurie Strode is far from happy. The tragic events from 20 years previous still haunt her mind, and strongly take effect on her parental capabilities. To everyone, this is "just another Halloween," however Laurie Strode still lives in constant fear.

But this year is different. To mark the 20th anniversary of the happenings of 1978, her psychotic brother, serial killer Michael Myers, appears, and starts killing off her co-workers and students one by one. And for the first time in two decades, they meet again. Laurie manages to escape, but instead of leaving, chooses to go back, in an attempt to restore her life, to the school to challenge Michael in a fight to the death. She finds him and attempts killing him several times. She finally pushes him off a balcony, causing him to fall to his death, similar to the first film.

The police come and clean the mess and put Michael's corpse in a body bag, and in an ambulance. Laurie steals the ambulance with Michael's body in the back. However, Michael is still alive and escapes the body bag, and again tries to kill her. She slams on the brakes, throwing him through the windshield. She then tries unsuccessfully to run him over. The vehicle tumbles down a cliff but she escapes, while Michael is trapped between it and a tree. He reaches out to her. She reaches for his hand, then pulls back. And while remembering everything he's done to her, she chops his head off with an axe. Michael's head then rolls down the hill.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:37:01 pm

Before H20 was even released, Dimension Films had plans for a follow-up sequel already in active development. It was appearently entitled Halloween H2K: Evil Never Dies. H20 takes place twenty years after the original 1978 Halloween installment. H2K would have taken place in the year 2000.

Kevin Williamson, creator of Dawson's Creek and Scream, was involved in various areas of production on this particular sequel including coming up with the treatment that the film was based on. Although not directly credited, he provided rewrites in character dialogue, which is seen heavily throughout the teen moments. Willamson was not credited as a co-writer, but Miramax/Dimension Films felt his involvement as a co-executive producer merited being credited.

Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode/Keri Tate
Josh Hartnett as John Tate
Michelle Williams as Molly Cartwell
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Sarah Wainthrope
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jimmy Howell
Chris Durand as Michael Myers
LL Cool J as Ronald 'Ronny' Jones
Adam Hann-Byrd as Charles 'Charlie' Deveraux
Adam Arkin as Will Brennan
Janet Leigh as Norma Watson
Nancy Stephens as Marion Chambers Whittington
Director Steve Miner also has an uncredited cameo as the School Financial Advisor

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:38:12 pm

In terms of total gross, Halloween: H20 is the second biggest box office hit in the Halloween series behind the 2007 Halloween remake directed by Rob Zombie. It was released on August 5, 1998 in the US and later in many other countries. H20 cost $17 million to make, and made over $73 million in worldwide box office receipts, over $21 million in DVD/video rentals, not including sales. When including inflation, this film, in box office totals alone, made over $100 million at the box office.

Critical reception was far more positive than it had been for any of the sequels. Many critics agreed that this was the best Halloween film since the original. From its simple atmosphere to its well-developed heroine Laurie Strode, the film gathered a lot of attention from both critics and the world at large.[1]

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:43:26 pm

•   John Carpenter was originally in the running to be the director for this particular follow-up since Jamie Lee Curtis wanted to reunite the cast and crew of the original to have active involvement in it. Carpenter, himself, opted out since he wanted no active part in the sequel.
•   Jamie Lee Curtis' mother has a role in the movie as Norma, the secretary of Curtis' character. Originally the character, Norma Watson, was to be played by P. J. Soles, who was featured in the original Halloween as Lynda. Soles also played a character named Norma Watson in the film Carrie, and the role was conceived as an in-joke referencing the two films. However, Soles (or her agent) never accepted the role, and instead the *producers brought in Janet Leigh. The name "Norma" also worked as a nod to Leigh's role in Psycho. In Norma's final scene in the movie, the theme from Psycho can be heard as she walks over to a car which is an exact duplicate of the car she drove in the Alfred Hitchcock film.
•   The original music score was composed by John Ottman , but some music from Scream was added to the chase scenes later. John Ottman expressed some displeasure about this in an interview featured on the Halloween: 25 Years of Terror DVD released in 2006. Ottman's score was supplemented with music from Scream, Scream 2, and Mimic by a team of music editors as well as new cues written by Marco Beltrami during the final days of sound mixing on the film. Dimension Films chief Bob Weinstein demanded the musical changes after being dissatisfied with Ottman's score.
•   There was much controversy on-set over Michael Myers' mask. There are no-less than 4 different masks in the film.
•   There are various clues throughout the film that are similar to the Scream films: In Molly and Sarah's dorm room, they are watching Scream 2 before School Counselor Mr. Brennan stops by to check on them. The scene showing on their television set is when Cici, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, is talking on the phone with the killer thinking it's her boyfriend. This actually creates an ironic and somewhat puzzling, metaphysical dilemma, as a clip from the original Halloween is shown on a TV in Scream.
•   Originally Halloween: H20 was to be a direct sequel to Halloween 6. It was unsure which storyline it would follow as there are two versions of Halloween 6. In the end, it was decided to exclude Halloween 3-6, and be a direct sequel to Halloween 2.
•   Although Halloween: H20 never acknowledges Halloween 3-6, it does not disregard them either. Nevertheless, due to elements that are crucial to the story of Halloween: H20 it strongly encourages fans as well as the audience to infer that the movie omits the sequels 3 through 6 due to the references by Josh Hartnet's character John Tate as well as the homicide detective that Myers' body has never been found; however, in Halloween 4, Michael was under custody of Richmond Federal Pen Rehab Hospital for 10 years (1978-1988) while Michael was in a coma and the events following his escape would not have been missed by the media.
•   During the prologue credits, Dr. Samuel J. Loomis' dialogue from the first Halloween about Michael's incarceration is spoken. The studio, instead of opting to get the original audio, decided to use a sound-alike actor named Tom Kane to provide the voice over.
•   During the dedication message, Donald Pleasence is spelled incorrectly as "Pleasance"
•   The total body count onscreen and off is 6 (Not including the Paramedic that Laurie supposedly depacitated in the end- Thus Halloween: Resurrection)

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:44:58 pm

The movie offers two possible explanations for the fact that Laurie has supposedly died some time prior to the fourth film. In this film, it is established that Laurie had faked her death many years prior, thus her assumed name. But additionally, this film contains dialogue which indicates that Michael Myers has not been heard from in the twenty years since the night depicted in the first two films. This conflicts with the events of the fourth, fifth and sixth films and thus suggests that this film occurs in some separate continuity, apart from the three previous sequels. As originally conceived, the plot device in which Laurie has faked her death was written explicitly to account for her reported "death" in Halloween 4, and the original story treatment featured scenes where Laurie's daughter Jamie Lloyd was mentioned and mourned. The movie is, however, commonly seen as a partial reboot of the series, an attempt to retcon out Halloween 3, 4, 5 and 6 and rewrite the story in a similar fashion to the book Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen.

The movie also features the return of Nurse Marion Chambers-Wittington, who appeared in the first two films as an associate of Dr. Loomis. In Halloween, she was the nurse who drove with Loomis to the asylum when Myers made his escape, and she returned in Halloween II.

The Halloween comic book series, published by Chaos Comics in 2001, attempted to bridge the continuity between Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and Halloween H20, but in doing so made the plot of Halloween: Resurrection (unreleased at the time) impossible.

Additionally, "Halloween: Resurrection" established a retcon that changed the ending of Halloween: H20 somewhat. The writer of the sequel suggested that it was not actually Michael Myers who was decapitated in the conclusion of H20, but rather a paramedic with whom Michael switched clothes and the mask.

Also in the beginning the year book which has Laurie Strode's picture circled says Class Of '78 when in fact should read Class of '79 being she was still in school in '78 and wouldn't graduate until the following year.

^ Rotten Tomatoes' Critical Reception Synopsis w/Pull Quotes

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:46:16 pm

Directed by Rick Rosenthal
Produced by Malek Akkad
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Written by Characters:
John Carpenter
Debra Hill
Larry Brand
Larry Brand
Sean Hood
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis
Brad Loree
Busta Rhymes
Bianca Kajlich
Sean Patrick Thomas
Katee Sackhoff
Luke Kirby
Thomas Ian Nicholas
Ryan Merriman
Tyra Banks
Billy Kay
Music by Danny Lux
Cinematography David Geddes
Editing by Robert A. Ferretti
Distributed by Dimension Films
Release date(s) July 12, 2002
Running time 94 min.
Language English
Budget $15 million
Gross revenue $30,354,442
Preceded by Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Followed by Halloween (2007)

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:56:05 pm

Halloween: Resurrection is a 2002 horror film, directed by Rick Rosenthal. It is the eighth film of the Halloween franchise. It builds upon the continuity of Halloween: H20 and just like the former, effectively ignores the continuity established during the 4th, 5th, and 6th installments.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 05:59:05 pm

The film begins three years after the events of Halloween: H20. Laurie Strode, the main character of the first two installments as well as H20, has been confined to a mental institution on the counts of murder. A retcon is established in which Laurie did not really decapitate Michael Myers at the end of the previous film, but rather a paramedic with whom Myers forcefully switched clothing and his mask. Laurie pretends to be heavily medicated, but in reality dodges her pills and prepares herself for the inevitable confrontation with Michael Myers. When Myers does appear, Laurie lures him into a trap, but before she can kill him for good, he turns the tables on her and she presumably dies after being stabbed and falling from the roof of the institution, giving a kiss to Michael before falling.

A year later, a group of six college students win a competition to appear on a reality show on which they are to spend Halloween night in the childhood home of Michael Myers. Their mission is to find out what led him to kill. The investigation is done in the style of the MTV reality show, Fear and is broadcast live on the internet. The participants think the show is entirely for entertainment purposes and that the stunt will earn them some publicity and scholarship money. While in the house, the event goes horribly wrong as Michael returns home and one by one, kills the students and the crew involved in the broadcast. Soon, all but one of the college students are murdered. Using her PDA and penpal on the outside, Sara escapes. Ultimately, only Sara Moyer and Freddie Harris, the host of the show, survive. Toward the end Myers dies of electrocution and is taken to a morgue, where a frightened female mortician slowly opens his body bag. He opens his eyes and the mortician screams as the screen goes black and the final credits begin to roll.

Brad Loree as Michael Myers
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
Busta Rhymes as Freddie Harris
Bianca Kajlich as Sara Moyer
Sean Patrick Thomas as Rudy Grimes
Katee Sackhoff as Jenna "Jen" Danzig
Daisy McCrackin as Donna Chang
Luke Kirby as Jim Morgan
Thomas Ian Nicholas as William "Bill" Woodlake
Ryan Merriman as Myles 'Deckard' Barton
Tyra Banks as Nora Winston
Billy Kay as Scott
Gus Lynch as Harold
Lorena Gale as Nurse Wells

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 06:00:33 pm

Halloween Resurrection was released on July 12th 2002 in the US to extremely poor reviews; which didn't change when it was later released in other countries. Its opening weekend on US screens raked in $12,292,121 and overall the film earned a moderate $30,354,442.

It garnered an 11% on Lou Lumenick of the New York Post said, “It’s so devoid of joy and energy it makes even ‘Jason X’ look positively Shakespearian by comparison.” Dave Kehr of the New York Times said, “Spectators will indeed sit open-mouthed before the screen, not screaming but yawning.” Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine said, “Every sequel you skip will be two hours gained. Consider this review life-affirming.” Joe Leydon of Variety said, “[Seems] even more uselessly redundant and shamelessly money-grubbing than most third-rate horror sequels.” Glenn Lovell of the San Jose Mercury News was slightly more positive: “No, it’s not as single-minded as John Carpenter’s original, but it’s sure a lot smarter and more unnerving than the sequels.” In fact many critics as well as fans debate that the series should have ended with the death of Micheal Myers in H20. Fans of the series say that this movie was only made to reawaken the series so the producer could make more money off of it.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 06:09:20 pm

Halloween: Resurrection contains more film errors than any other two movies in the series combined.[1] Listed below are a few:
•   There is no blood on the sheets when the sanitarium's guard head is found in the dryer despite him being decapitated moments before.
•   When Michael Myers brandishes his knife. Any time the knife is shown, an audible, metallic 'SHHHING!' is heard, as though the weapon is being pulled out of a sheath or scabbard. Even when the knife is being held still, the sound effect is still heard.
•   When Harold is recalling Michael's 'credentials', he refers to Hillcrest academy, claiming that Michael killed four students. However, Michael only killed two; Sarah and Charlie. He also never mentions the police officer or doctor Michael killed in Halloween II despite mentioning the three nurses and the paramedic.
•   When it flashes back to how Michael Myers survived the end of H20, we see the paramedic that he subdues and switches places with. The paramedic is overweight, yet the figure of Michael Myers throughout the rest of H20 and the flashbacks from Resurrection after the switch remains the same as the real Myers.
•   When Michael kills Rudy all of his knives are now gone but when he chases Sara around the house he has another knife with blood on it.
•   When Michael gets his head cut off by Laurie the eyes of the severed head are wide open in H20 both and in flashback scene. When they remove the mask from the head, the mask is suddenly different, but the eyes are now closed.
•   The trap Laurie sets for killing Michael simply involves dropping him two stories from the roof of the sanitarium, however Laurie has seen Michael fall from similar heights after sustaining severe wounds in the movies Halloween (multiple gunshots) and H20 (multiple knife wounds and an axe wound) without any success.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 06:15:13 pm

Directed by Rob Zombie
Produced by Malek Akkad
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Rob Zombie
Andy Gould
Patrick Esposito
Written by 2007 Screenplay:
Rob Zombie
1978 Screenplay:
John Carpenter
Debra Hill
Starring Malcolm McDowell
Scout Taylor-Compton
Danielle Harris
Kristina Klebe
Tyler Mane
Daeg Faerch
Music by Tyler Bates
Cinematography Phil Parmet
Editing by Glenn Garland
Distributed by Dimension Films
Release date(s) August 31, 2007
Running time 109 min.
Language English
Budget $15,000,000[1]

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 06:34:41 pm


Halloween is a reimagining of the 1978 film of the same name. The film was written, produced, and directed by Rob Zombie, and was released in the United States and Canada on August 31, 2007 and is scheduled to be released internationally throughout October 2007. UK release date September 28, 2007. The film stars Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, Tyler Mane, Brad Dourif, Danielle Harris and several unknowns in other roles, including Daeg Faerch as young Michael Myers, Hanna R. Hall as Judith Myers, Kristina Klebe as Lynda Van Der Klok, and Scout Taylor-Compton as Laurie Strode.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 06:36:28 pm

On Halloween in Haddonfield, Illinois, Deborah Myers (Sheri Moon Zombie) is called into her son Michael's (Daeg Faerch) school after the principal becomes concerned with Michael's behavior, as well as the discovery of a series of Polaroids of dead animals Michael keeps in his locker. Present at the meeting is Dr. Sam Loomis (Malcolm McDowell), a child psychologist, who informs Deborah that Michael displays the warning signs of a psychopath and urges her to allow him to further assess the boy. Earlier that day, Michael had been bullied in the bathroom over a flier advertising Deborah's strip club, where she was a star dancer. Michael followed one of the bullies (Daryl Sabara) into the woods and brutally beat him to death with a sturdy tree branch. That night, Michael goes home and murders his mother's boyfriend Ronnie (William Forsythe), his sister Judith (Hanna R. Hall), and her boyfriend Steve (Adam Weisman). Deborah returns home to find Michael bloodied and sitting on the porch with his baby sister Laurie in his arms. Michael is convicted of first degree murder and taken to Smith's Grove Sanitarium, where he is placed under the supervision of Dr. Loomis. For the first eleven months, Michael cooperates with Dr. Loomis, claiming no memory of killing anyone. Deborah visits him regularly, where he shows her the papier-mâché Halloween masks he has been constructing in his room and wearing all day. One night, Michael befriends orderly Ismael Cruz (Danny Trejo), an ex-con who teaches Michael to cope with incarceration by internalizing himself. Michael takes the advice literally, entering a state of semi-catatonia. Shortly thereafter, he kills a nurse (Sybil Danning) who claims he couldn't be related to Laurie through a picture; Deborah Myers, who saw the event, returns home that night and kills herself. For the next fifteen years, Michael (Tyler Mane) continues making his masks and not speaking to anyone. Dr. Loomis, wanting to move on with his life, retires, deeming his former charge a true psychopath and writing a book about his time working with Michael. Michael is scheduled to be transported to maximum security, but breaks free of his chains, murdering all of his guards, and escapes. He finds his way to a truck stop and murders a driver (Ken Foree) for his clothes. Michael returns to his childhood home and retrieves a kitchen knife and a Halloween mask he stole from his sister's boyfriend from underneath some floorboards.

The story shifts to Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton), and her friends Annie Brackett (Danielle Harris) and Lynda Van Der Klok (Kristina Klebe) on Halloween. Throughout the day, Laurie witnesses Michael watching her from a distance. That night, she heads to the Doyle residence to watch their son Tommy, who persistently asks her about the boogeyman. Meanwhile, Lynda meets with her boyfriend Bob (Nick Mennell) at Michael's childhood home, where they drink beer and have sex. After they finish, Michael appears, murders them, and then heads to the Strode home, where he murders Laurie's parents. Having been alerted to Michael's escape, Dr. Loomis comes to Haddonfield looking for Michael. After obtaining a .357 Magnum handgun, Loomis approaches Annie's father, the town sheriff, telling him that Michael has returned home and that people's lives are in danger. Sheriff Brackett (Brad Dourif) and Dr. Loomis head to the Strode home, Brackett explaining along the way that Laurie is actually Michael Myers' baby sister. He was the responding officer the night of Deborah Myers' suicide; not wanting the infant to grow up with the stigma of being related to Michael, he faked her disappearance and left her at a nearby hospital.

Meanwhile, Laurie gets a call from Annie, who is babysitting Lindsey Wallace (Jenny Gregg Stewart) across the street from the Doyle home; Annie convinces Laurie to watch Lindsey long enough so she can have sex with her boyfriend Paul (Max Van Ville). Annie and Paul return to the Wallace home; during sex, Michael murders Paul and beats Annie until she is unconscious. Bringing Lindsey home, Laurie finds Annie on the floor, bloodied, and calls 911. She is attacked by Michael, who chases her back to the Doyle home. Sheriff Brackett and Loomis hear the 911 call and head to the Wallace residence. Michael kidnaps Laurie, and takes her back to his home. At the Myers home, Michael approaches Laurie and tries to show her that she is his younger sister. Unable to understand, Laurie grabs Michael's knife and stabs him before escaping the house; Michael chases her, but is repeatedly shot by Dr. Loomis. Loomis and Laurie are just about to leave when Michael grabs Laurie and heads back to the house. Loomis intervenes, but Michael kills him by crushing his skull. Laurie takes Loomis' gun and runs upstairs; she is chased by Michael, who, after cornering her on a balcony, charges her head-on and knocks both of them over the railing. Laurie finds herself on top of a bleeding Michael. Aiming Loomis' gun at his face, she repeatedly pulls the trigger until the gun finally goes off just as Michael's hand grips Laurie's wrist.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 06:38:02 pm

On June 4, 2006, Dimension announced that Rob Zombie, director of House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, would be creating the next installment in the Halloween franchise.[2] The plan was for Zombie to hold many positions in the production; he would write, direct, produce, and serve as music supervisor.[2] Bob Weinstein approached Rob Zombie about making the film, and Zombie, who was a fan of the original Halloween, and of John Carpenter, jumped at the chance to make a Halloween film for Dimension Studios.[2] Before Dimension went public with the news, Zombie felt obligated to inform John Carpenter, out of respect, of the plans to remake his film.[3] Carpenter's request was for Zombie to "make it his own".[4] During a June 16, 2006 interview, Rob Zombie announced that his film would combine the elements of prequel and remake with the original concept. Zombie insisted that there would be considerable original content in the new film, as opposed to mere rehashed material.[5]

His intention is to reinvent Michael Myers, because, in his opinion, the character, along with Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Pinhead, has become more familiar to audiences, and as a result, less scary.[6] The idea behind the new film was to delve deeper into Michael Myers' back story. A deeper back story would add "new life" to the character, as Zombie put it.[5] Michael's mask will be given its own story, to provide an explanation as to why he wears it, instead of having the character simply steal a random mask from a hardware store, as in the original film.[7] Zombie explained that he wanted Michael to be truer to what a psychopath really is, and wanted the mask to be a way for Michael to hide. He wants the young Michael to have charisma, which would be projected onto the adult Michael. Zombie has decided that Michael's motives for returning to Haddonfield should be more ambiguous, i.e., "was he trying to kill Laurie, or just find her because he loves her?"[3]

Moreover, Michael would not be able to drive in the new film, unlike his 1978 counterpart who stole Loomis' car so that he could drive back to Haddonfield.[7] Zombie also wants the Dr. Loomis character to be more intertwined with that of Michael Myers, as opposed to what Zombie saw, in the original film, as showing up merely to say something dramatic.[6] On December 22, 2006, Malcolm McDowell was announced to be playing Dr. Loomis[8] McDowell stated that he wants a tremendous ego in Loomis, who is out to get a new book from the ordeal.[7] Although Zombie has added more history to the Michael Myers character, hence creating more original content for the film, he chose to keep the character's trademark mask and Carpenter's theme song intact for his version (despite an apparent misinterpretation in an interview suggesting the theme would be ditched).[5] Production officially began on January 29, 2007.[9] Shortly before production began, Zombie reported that he had seen the first production of Michael's signature mask. Zombie commented, "It looks perfect, exactly like the original. Not since 1978 has The Shape looked so good".[10]

Filming occurred in the same neighborhood that Carpenter used for the original Halloween.[7]

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Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 06:39:51 pm

The film received mixed reviews. As of September 30, 2007 on Rotten Tomatoes, 24% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 86 reviews (21 "fresh", 65 "rotten").[11] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 47 out of 100, based on 18 reviews.[12]

Bill Gibron of PopMatters gave the film a 9 out of 10 and said the film was "brilliant" and "a stroke of slice and dice genius."[13] James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave the film 2 out of 4 stars and said "Although it's not saying much, this is director Rob Zombie's most impressive outing behind the camera."[14]

The film broke box-office records for the Labor Day weekend. It pulled in USD$31 million dollars over the four-day holiday weekend, surpassing the record set in 2005 by Transporter 2 of $20.1 million dollars, making it the most successful Labor Day weekend opening in history. Furthermore, it surpassed the record set in 1999 by The Sixth Sense of $29 million dollars (in its fifth weekend), making it the highest grossing film over the Labor Day weekend ever. [15] Despite the film's opening weekend success, Bob Weinstein told Reuters that he doubts there would be another Halloween film, stating "I never say never never ... but it would have to be something very, very different".[16]

In its eighth week Halloween brought in $110,492.[17]

As of October 30, 2007, Halloween has grossed $64,988,271 worldwide, making it the highest grossing entry in the franchise to date (not adjusting the grosses of earlier films for inflation).

DVD release

The DVD of the film is due on December 18, 2007.[18]

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 06:44:23 pm

1.   ^ "Boo! ‘Halloween’ scares up record 4-day debut", MSNBC, 2007-09-03. Retrieved on 2007-09-04. 
2.   ^ a b c New “Halloween” film. (June 4, 2006). Retrieved on 2007-04-09.
3.   ^ a b Halloween: On Set With Director Rob Zombie!. Bloody-Disgusting (March 19, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-04-11.
4.   ^ Rob Zombie to Re-Make Halloween. (June 4, 2006). Retrieved on 2006-12-19.
5.   ^ a b c Interview with Rob. (June 16, 2006). Retrieved on 2007-04-09.
6.   ^ a b Evil Reborn: Zombie resurrects a horror classic. MTV. Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
7.   ^ a b c d Zombie Kills 'Halloween' Theme Song, Revokes Myers' Driver's License. MTV (March 7, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-04-10.
8.   ^ Rob Zombie's MySpace. MySpace (December 22, 2006). Retrieved on 2007-04-09.
9.   ^ Official Halloween Casting Breakdown, Synopsis. Bloody-Disgusting (November 22, 2007). Retrieved on 2006-12-19.
10.   ^ The Big Question Answered Halloween (January 4, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-01-04.
11.   ^ Halloween - Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2007-09-07
12.   ^ Halloween (2007): Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved 2007-09-07
13.   ^ Bill Gibron (2007-08-31). Short Cuts - In Theaters: Halloween (2007). PopMatters. Retrieved on 2007-08-31.
14.   ^ James Berardinelli. Review: Halloween (2007) accessdate=2007-08-31. ReelViews.
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16.   ^
17.   ^ HALLOWEEN (2007). BoxOfficeMojo. Retrieved on 2007-08-31.
18.   ^

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 06:50:10 pm
Characters in the Halloween saga
•   Michael Myers — The principal antagonist of the series. He appears in each film except the unrelated third installment.
•   Dr. Samuel J. Loomis played by Donald Pleasance — Michael's psychiatrist. He is the only person to know what his patient truly is. His main goal in the saga is either Michael's capture or execution. The character was thought to be killed off at the ending of H6 to reconnect with the actor's death, but is mentioned in H20 to have died at a nursing home. Although he does not appear as a character in Halloween H20, a voice recording of his famous, "evil" speech is played during the introduction credits. (Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween 4:The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse OF Michael Myers)
•   Laurie Strode played by Jamie Lee Curtis — The younger sister of Michael Myers and secondary protagonist of the saga. Survived Michael's first two attempts, only to be haunted by it for 20 years. Is the mother of Jamie Lloyd and John Tate. Fell off an asylum roof to her death in H8. (H1, H2, H7 & H8)
•   Jamie Lloyd played by Danielle Harris — The daughter and first child of Laurie Strode. The niece of Michael Myers. She is also the older sister of John Tate. Gave birth to Stephen Lloyd in H6. Also died in H6. (H4, H5 & H6)
Minor characters
•   Tina Williams — Good friend of Rachel Carruthers and Jamie. Was stabbed by Michael in H5
•   Sheriff Leigh Brackett — The former sheriff of Haddonfield, Illinois. (H1 & H2)
•   Sheriff Benjamin "Ben" Meeker — He succeeded as Haddonfield Sheriff when Brackett retired in 1981 to move to Saint Petersburg, Florida. Supposedly killed in the shootout at the end of H5. (H4 & H5)
•   Lindsey Wallace — A survivor along with Thomas Doyle on the night of October 31, 1978. Lindsey also appears in Halloween 4, as Rachel Carruthers friend that gives her a ride to the costume store.(H1, H2 & H4)
•   Thomas "Tommy" Doyle — A survivor along with classmate Lindsey Wallace on Halloween 1978. Became obsessed with tracking down Myers for the next seventeen years. He befriended Kara and Danny Strode. He is responsible for saving Jamie Lloyd's newborn son Stephen. (H1, H2, H4 & H6)
•   Kara Strode' — Laurie Strode's adoptive-paternal cousin. (H6)
•   Daniel "Danny" Strode — Kara's son, shows slight signs of Michael's lunacy. (H6)
•   Stephen Lloyd — son of Jamie Lloyd, born on the night of October 30, 1995. (H6)
•   James "Jimmy" Lloyd — Haddonfield college student and an orderly for Haddonfield Memorial Hospital in 1978. Laurie's first husband and the biological father of Jamie Lloyd. (H2)
•   Jonathan "John" Tate — son and second child of Laurie Strode. (H7)
•   Molly Cartwright — John Tate's girlfriend and fellow Hillcrest Academy High School classmate in 1998. (H7)
•   Sara Moyer — Psychology student at Haddonfield University and reluctant Dangertainment contestant. Very laid back but ultimately very brave. She is the principal character [besides Laurie and Michael] and survivor in Halloween: Resurrection (H8).
•   Freddie Harris — Dangertainment owner and entrepreneur. Wants to make money and he sees the Myers house as the perfect way of earning it and to kick off his career. He is the other survivor alongside Sara in Halloween: Resurrection (H8)
•   Judith Myers — The eldest sister to now-serial killer Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. Her brutal death is the commencement for the entire series. She appears only in the first installment. She was killed on the night of Thursday October 31, 1963.
•   Annie Brackett played by Nancy Loomis - The friend of Laurie Strode and daughter of towns sheriff. She died on Halloween 1978 on Michael's first attempt to kill his sister Laurie. She had a brief appreance in Halloween 2 as a corpse. (H1 & H2)
•   Lynda Van Der Klok played by P.J. Soles - Also best friends of Laurie & Annie. She was killed by Michael as he strangled her with a phone cord. (H1)
•   Rachel Carruthers played by Ellie Cornell — The foster sister / surrogate sibling to Jamie Lloyd in 1988 and 1989. Carruthers was killed by Myers in H5. (H4 & H5)
•   Dr. Terence Wynn — The administrator of Smith's Grove - Warren County Sanitarium, the leader of the cult of Thorn, and the mysterious Man in Black. (H1, H5, & H6)
Halloween III characters
•   Dr. Daniel "Dan" Challis —Is a middle aged doctor, taking care of Ellie Grimbridge, who is searching for the man who may have killed her father. Challis has recently separated from his wife (played by Nancy Kyes, who played Laurie Strode's best friend in Halloween, 1978).
•   Ellie Grimbridge — Is a young woman, searching for the man who may have killed her father with Dr. Challis in a Californian, Irish-anscestery town.
•   Conal Cochran — The main villain of Halloween III. He is responsible for the death of thousands of children every Halloween around America, and possibly internationally too, as his famous "Shamrock" masks kill everyone that wears them. The focus on a psychotic killer is replaced by a "mad scientist and witchcraft" theme.
People who have played Michael Myers
•   Nick Castle - Halloween (1978)
•   Tommy Wallace - (Closet Scene) Halloween (1978)
•   Tony Moran - (Unmasked/Stunts) Halloween (1978)
•   Will Sandin - (Age 6) Halloween (1978) and Halloween 4
•   Dick Warlock - Halloween II
•   George P. Wilbur - Halloween 4 and Halloween 6
•   Don Shanks - Halloween 5
•   Chris Durand - Halloween H20
•   Brad Loree - Halloween: Resurrection
•   Daeg Faerch - (Age 10) Halloween (2007)
•   Tyler Mane - Halloween (2007)
The film rights
•   Halloween
o   Main rights: Trancas International Films (Akkad's production company)
o   Home video rights: Anchor Bay Entertainment
o   Television rights: Carlton/ITC Entertainment
•   Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch
o   Main rights: Universal Pictures
o   Home video rights: Universal Pictures
o   Television rights: Universal Pictures
•   Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
o   Main rights: Trancas International Films
o   Home video rights: Anchor Bay Entertainment
o   Television rights: Anchor Bay Entertainment
•   Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, Halloween: Resurrection, Halloween (2007)
o   Main rights: Miramax/Dimension
o   Home video rights: Miramax/Dimension
o   Television rights: Miramax
Dimension Films also currently owns rights to any further films in the Halloween film franchise.
Box Office
Film   US release date   Box office revenue   Reference
      United States   Outside US   Worldwide   
October 25, 1978
$47,000,000   -   $47,000,000   [7]

Halloween II
October 30, 1981
$25,533,818   -   $25,533,818   [8]

Halloween III: Season of the Witch
October 22, 1982
$14,400,000   -   $14,400,000   [9]

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
October 21, 1988
$17,768,757   -   $17,768,757   [10]

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
October 25, 1989
$11,642,254   -   $11,642,254   [11]

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
September 29, 1995
$15,116,634   -   $15,116,634   [12]

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
August 7, 1998
$55,041,738   -   $55,041,738   [13]

Halloween: Resurrection
July 12, 2002
$30,354,442   $7,310,413   $37,664,855   [14]

Halloween (2007)*
August 31, 2007
$57,814,543   $5,054,079   $62,868,622   [15]

Halloween film series      $274,672,186   $12,364,492   $287,036,678   
*Note: Updated October 28, 2007. Please update if necessary.
By success
The list of the Halloween films are in the order of the most financially successful, excluding inflation as a factor:
1.   Halloween (2007)
2.   Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
3.   Halloween (1978)
4.   Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
5.   Halloween II (1981)
6.   Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
7.   Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
8.   Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
9.   Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
These are the scores Each of the Halloween Films have received from IMDb Users, In Order.
1. Halloween (1978) 7.9/10 from 36,000 Votes
2. Halloween II (1981) 6.2/10 from 10,000 Votes
3. Halloween (2007) 6.0/10 from 15,000 Votes
4. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) 5.4/10 from 6,000 Votes
5. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) 5.2/10 from 14,000 Votes
6. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) 4.3/10 from 5,000 Votes
7. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) 4.3/10 from 5,000 Votes
8. Halloween: Resurrection (2002) 4.0/10 from 8,000 Votes
9. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) 3.5/10 from 7,000 Votes
Comic books
Between November 2000 and November 2001, Chaos Comics produced three one-shot Halloween comic series, using characters from the film franchise. The three comic books were written by Phil Nutman and were named Halloween, Halloween II: The Blackest Eyes and Halloween III: The Devil's Eyes. The comic books even attempted to bridge continuity between Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later but in doing so made the plot of Halloween: Resurrection (unreleased at the time) impossible.

Title: Re: Halloween (film series)
Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 06:52:20 pm


The Halloween franchise has also seen profitability through various merchandise like toys, dolls, statues, model kits, bobbleheads, snow globes, movie posters, masks, T-shirts, hats, and more. Michael Myers has made appearances in the form of dolls and toys from McFarlane Toys, Sideshow Collectibles, and NECA. Even Dr. Loomis has been immortalized in plastic alongside Michael Myers in a two-figure set produced by NECA.

The Michael Myers mask has been reproduced over the years by Don Post, the mask company responsible for the creation of the masks from several of the Halloween films (the Silver Shamrock novelty factory seen in Halloween III was actually shot on location in one of Don Post's factories). While Don Post reproductions of the Michael Myers mask are still commonly found in costume stores every Halloween, the license to produce Michael Myers masks has since been given to Cinema Secrets, the company commissioned with the creation of the Michael Myers mask for Halloween: Resurrection.

The Halloween series also lives on in DVD form. Many versions of the original Halloween (often including special extras like free merchandise or additional footage missing from previous DVD releases of the film) as well as several of its sequels have been published by Anchor Bay Entertainment, Universal Studios, and Dimension Films. On October 2, 2007, the original Halloween was sold on Blu-Ray for the first time by Anchor Bay Home Entertainment.

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Post by: Michael Myers on October 31, 2007, 06:55:43 pm
Alternate Cuts
Main articles: Halloween II: The Producer's Cut, Halloween 6: The Producer's Cut
Each of the films in the Halloween series has one or more alternate cuts for either artistic or censorship-related changes.
•   Halloween has a television cut, which added more scenes because NBC claimed the original was too short. They also cut the scene where the actress portraying Nancy Loomis' butt is stuck in the air after being locked in the laundry room and trying to escape through the window. This scene was deleted because NBC thought it was pornographic. The extra scenes were filmed at the time Halloween II was being filmed.
•   Halloween II has a television cut, which was the original "Rick Rosenthal Cut" of the film before John Carpenter re-edited parts of it.
•   Halloween III: Season of the Witch has an uncut version, which adds about a minute of gore and a few additional minutes of characterization to the film. There are different edits, some of which have just the gore (UK re-release), others have just the characterization (Asian), and one has both (German).
•   Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers currently has the most edits with five (producer's cut, rough cut, director's cut, television cut, theatrical cut).
•   Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later has a workprint which features an alternate opening, an alternate score, and new scenes.
•   Halloween: Resurrection has a workprint and an earlier rough cut. The workprint is the same as the theatrical release with alternate music choices and a different opening and title. The rough cut follows the original script more closely and eliminates many scenes containing the character "Freddie."
•   Rob Zombie's Halloween has a workprint that contains many different scenes, an alternate ending, and small lines that were edited out of the finished product.
1.   ^ a b c Halloween at Box Office Mojo; last accessed April 19, 2006.
2.   ^ James Berardinelli, review of Halloween, at; last accessed April 19, 2006.
3.   ^ Adam Rockoff, Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film, 1978-1986 (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2002), chap. 3, ISBN 0-7864-1227-5.
4.   ^ Halloween Franchise Box Office Records; last accessed April 27, 2006.
5.   ^ Jim Harper, Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies (Manchester, Eng.: Critical Vision, 2004), p. 103, ISBN 1-900486-39-3.
6.   ^ Halloween remake news at [1]; last acccessed May 8, 2007.
7.   ^ Halloween (1978). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 02, 2007.
8.   ^ Halloween II (1981). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 06, 2007.
9.   ^ Halloween (1978). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 06, 2007.
10.   ^ Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 06, 2007.
11.   ^ Halloween 5 (1989). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 06, 2007.
12.   ^ Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 06, 2007.
13.   ^ Halloween: H20 (1998). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 06, 2007.
14.   ^ Halloween: Resurrection (2002). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 06, 2007.
15.   ^ Halloween (2007). Box Office Mojo. Accessed October 28, 2007.
External links
•   Official site
•   Official Myspace Profile
•   Halloween at the Internet Movie Database
•   Halloween II at the Internet Movie Database
•   Halloween III: Season of the Witch at the Internet Movie Database
•   Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers at the Internet Movie Database
•   Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers at the Internet Movie Database
•   Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers at the Internet Movie Database
•   Halloween H20: 20 Years Later at the Internet Movie Database
•   Halloween: Resurrection at the Internet Movie Database
•   Rob Zombie's Halloween at the Internet Movie Database
•   Halloween at John Carpenter's official website
•   The Official Website for Halloween Comics
•   Covers the long-running franchise of tales