Movie Review – Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition

John Carpenter’s Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition
Directed by John Carpenter
Courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release Date: September 24, 2013


Unless you have been living in a cave for the past three decades, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard of the HALLOWEEN franchise. If you have not, then see below for the plot synopsis. This series of films is regarded as one of the most iconic of the horror genre. And for good reason: the first film, featured in this review, is what launched the entire slasher-flick genre. The fine folks over at Anchor Bay recognize the importance of this film and have therefore issued a special 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray in its honor.

If you are not familiar with HALLOWEEN: 35th ANNIVERSARY EDITION, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:

Halloween stars Jamie Lee Curtis (A Fish Called Wanda, True Lies) in her debut role. Anyone who’s ever watched a horror film in the last 35 years knows the story of Michael Myers, who as a child, butchered his sister with a kitchen knife. Committed to a mental institution and watched over by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance, Halloween II, IV & V, Fantastic Voyage), he engineers his escape 15 years later, returning to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night to terrorize anyone who gets in his way, including babysitter Laurie Strode (Curtis). Co-starring P.J. Soles (Carrie, Stripes, Rock ‘n Roll High School), Kyle Richards (The Watcher in the Woods, Eaten Alive), Nancy Loomis (Carpenter’s Assault On Precinct 13, The Fog), Charles Cyphers (Escape From New York, The Fog) and Brian Andrews (The Great Santini, Three O’Clock High), Halloween also cemented the careers of many behind the camera including Carpenter, Cundey, producer Debra Hill and film editor/production designer Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III: Season of the Witch, “It”).

I have to preface this review by stating that John Carpenter is my favorite director of all-time. That’s a bold statement to make, but his films helped define who I am as an adult, and many of them are on my Favorite Movies of All-Time list. These include HALLOWEEN, THE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, and GHOSTS OF MARS. I left out THE THING because it is actually in my Top 5 Favorite Movies of All-Time.

HALLOWEEN is not only ground-breaking, it’s scary as hell. I am ashamed to admit that I just saw it for the first time about three years ago, but even then it scared me. This is the ‘patient zero’ of slasher flicks, and you can see how every one after it has copied it in some form or fashion.

The 35th ANNIVERSARY EDITION Blu-ray presents an all-new HD transfer that was personally supervised by the film’s original cinematographer, Dean Cundey, and a new 7.1 audio mix. The difference between this version and the one I saw three years ago on DVD is enormous; the HD Blu-ray experience is so much more vivid and engrossing, which allows for a deeper immersion into the film itself.

This edition also includes new, never-before-seen Special Features that include a commentary track by John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis, a featurette called “The Night She Came Home” with Jamie Lee Curtis, original trailers for the film, and more.

If you’ve seen HALLOWEEN before, then you must see it again with this new HD transfer; if you’re watching it for the first time, you will absolutely lose yourself in this amazing Blu-ray. Regardless, this 35th ANNIVERSARY EDITION is a must own for any movie collector. It is available now, so pick your copy up today.


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