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Welcome to the HALLOWEEN tribute page. Below are all of our interviews of various talent involved with the Halloween series. Also, there are some other cool features to check out, such as DVD reviews, comic profiles, a reprint Fangoria cartoon & Halloween essays by the staff of Icons Of Fright. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it. -rg.

11/14/05: We at Icons Of Fright are terribly saddened to learn of the death of Moustapha Akkad and his daughter Rima Akkad Monla during the terrorist bombings in Amman, Jordon last week. All genre fans should recognize Moustapha's name as one of the first credits that comes up at the beginning of each Halloween film. Besides producing all the Halloween films, Moustapha was the director behind 'The Message' and 'Lion Of The Desert'.
Moustapha was a VERY kind gentleman and we at Icons Of Fright were lucky enough to meet him at the Halloween convention in Pasadena, California back in 2003. At the panel, he spoke very openly about his appreciation for the tremendous fanbase for the Halloween series, and he WANTED to hear our thoughts on where the next film should go. In fact, I also remember how humble he was at the convention apperances. One fan asked if Moustapha would be kind enough to take a picture with him, to which he replied, "You want a picture with me? I should be asking. Can I take a picture with YOU?" Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Akkad family. He will be missed.


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Rob G.'s memories: (Oct. 2004) At around age 11 or so, I used to always sleep over at my cousins Silvi & Marchello's house in Valley Stream. They were the only relatives I had that were remotely in the same age range as me (although they were a tad bit older) and they were also solely responsible for showing me horror movies at FAR too young an age. They had started my horror obsession by forcing me to sit thru the first 'Nightmare On Elm Street' film and shortly after that, a mom & pop video shop had opened within walking distance of my house. I rented every type of horror film I could get my little hands on.

Like most horror fans, I went thru my phases. One month I was in love with all the Nightmare films and the character of Freddy Krueger. Another month, Jason was my fave & it was 'Friday The 13th' EVERY day. But there was only one character that I became obsessed with in the quickest amount of time after initially meeting him. When I finally got around to seeing the original Halloween, I became obsessed with Michael Myers.

I had seen a video copy of the TV version (which I still own on VHS) and there was just something about it that struck a deep chord within me. I remember the opening scene, in which we see the blank and expressionless face of 6 year old Michael Myers right after murdering his sister, & still holding that bloody butcher knife. I was in awe of the scene in which Loomis is staring at a teenage Michael in the institute and says to him, "You've fooled them... but not me". And then, the final 20 minutes, which still to this day holds up as one of the best conclusions to a horror film ever. I just loved Michael Myers and that creepy white mask. And around this time, Halloween 2 was always being broadcast on network television and I'd sit and watch it every single time it aired. It had quickly become my favorite because of the high body count, the creepy atmosphere of the hospital setting and an even better tense conclusion. Seeing Loomis get stabbed by that little scalpel still gets me everytime.

Around this time was also when Halloween 4 was about to hit theaters. Even though I was 12, I knew I had to see any theatrical offering of Michael Myers that came out from this point on. I remember buying a copy of the new Fangoria with Michael on the cover from the upcoming Part 4 and being so excited anytime a TV spot came on. I asked my oldest brother, Rudy about it, and he told me how he'd seen the original Halloween on opening night in theaters back in 1978. And that it forced him to sleep with the lights on for a full week. I was so jealous.

The same year Halloween 4 came out, I bought the official Michael Myers mask and matching plastic knife for my Halloween costume. Sure, I was way short to be Michael and a tad too thin, but I didn't care. I wanted to stare at people from my high school and freak them out by not saying a word on halloween day. The guy at the store told me this mask hadn't been available to the public for years, because the movie freaked people out, and some kid got shot wearing it. (looking back now, he probably said that to get me to buy this mask, but man... what a great selling point!)

I also started to notice that nothing brings genre fans together quite like their obsession for Michael Myers. Talking about the Halloween movies is what solidified my strong friendship with one of my best friends, Jay, whom I'd later go on to colaborate with on some music. And years later, I stumbled upon the Myers Museum site and started talking via e-mail to webmaster Tony Masi, whom although I only met once briefly, I still to this day consider a good friend. I tried my best to contribute stuff to his site any chance I got. And eventually I met some other great fans thru the message boards on there. Fans who loved Michael Myers just as much as I did and in many cases, WAY more I did. (Dave from Jersey is hands down, the ultimate Myers fan. ...and he makes really good beer!) No other series offers so much to debate upon. Weather it be multiple versions of the same film, including producer's cuts or television versions, or the look of "the mask", which is noticably different from entry to entry. My little obsession to Michael Myers combined with Tony's site introduced me to probably the best girlfriend I'd ever had. (something I should probably both thank and curse Tony for!)

But all kidding aside, every October, I really get into Halloween mode. I start rewatching all the films & talking to my friends about different various plots the series could or should take. The past 4 years in a row I've been Michael Myers for Halloween. And I could be broke as a joke, but if I see something cool that's Halloween related, weather it be a new action figure or a Myers mask on e-bay, I'll almost always just buy it on impulse. After over 25 years, thats quite a hold that this character can have on the average fan. And I know I'm not alone.

Read along with some of the various Halloween alumni we've spoken to & be on the look out for more interviews in the future. And try to think back & remind yourself why you love Halloween as much as you do.

Cheers! - robg.


Mike C.'s memories: (Oct. 2004) Now that Rob G. has graced you with his "Halloween" memories, I'd like to share mine. Or my lack thereof, really. What I remember about Michael Myers the most comes from a J.C. Penney catalog in the mid-80's. This is when they still sold Halloween costumes. I remember seeing the mask in the catalog (simply listed as "The Mask") and being really interested in it. I didn't know what it was and I bugged my mother about it and she didn't know what it was. But I wanted it. She finally went to the store and found out what it was. I'd never seen all of "Halloween", even though it ran on WNYW (Now our Fox affiliate in NY) every October during horror movie week. I'd seen the beginning and knew it possibly had something to do with a guy wearing sheets and glasses because that's what they always showed in the promos. So I lost interest in "the mask" pretty quickly. I think I ended up being a table that year (seriously--I threw a box over my head, mom sewed a tablecloth on it and glued plates to it. I kid you not.)

Anyway, so it would be a few more years before I'd actually see "Halloween", and, unfortunately, it would be after I'd already seen "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers". In fact, it would after I'd seen "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" (which is a movie I very much respect and enjoy). Anyways, "Part 4" was on cable ALL the time. I liked it pretty much for the same reason I think I've always liked "Friday the 13th" part 4 and 5: The kid, my age, in danger. I always thought it looked like such fun to be in one of those movies.
 
I also have fond memories of "Halloween 5", because it's one of the tapes my uncle gave me when he ran a video store. I would always ask him for movies and he gave me that and "Jason Takes Manhattan" in the same week. I never much liked "Halloween 5", but in recent years I've come to cherish it as sort of a camp classic. Come on, she's mute? "B-b-b-big c-c-c-coo-kie." And I mean Donald Pleasance as Loomis in that one is, as I've told Rob G., batshit crazy. "Go home Michael! Go to your house!". I could watch that part for hours. Also, I was in love Wendy Kaplan's character, Tina. Who wasn't? I love annoying, crazy women. Especially those that might do a weird finger-snapping dance around me.
 
Of course, I'm the connoisseur of crap sequels on this site, so this would all figure, wouldn't it? -mikec.


Michael Myers Vs. Jason Vs. Leatherface

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HALLOWEEN: 25 YEARS OF TERROR.


‘Halloween: 25 Years Of Terror’ is an extensive documentary covering the entire Halloween series and includes loads of bonus features that would impress even the most knowledgeable Halloween fanatic. Since there’s so much to look at over on this 2 disc set, let’s go in order, shall we?

The documentary itself is so extensive, that it’s mandatory viewing for even the most casual Halloween fan. Over the course of 84 minutes, we go into the entire history of the Halloween franchise, starting with John Carpenter’s classic and going thru all of the sequels, uncovering the answers to questions that fans have always wondered, debated and complained about for years. It’s all here. Why’d Tommy Lee Wallace pass on directing Halloween 2? Why’d Halloween 3 take a radical different direction? Why’s the mask look so freakin’ weird in Halloween 5? Why does the mask CHANGE during the course of H20? Were they REALLY going to make a ‘PINHEAD VS. MICHAEL MYERS’ film with Clive Barker and John Carpenter on board? All answered. And then some! Just about every one from the cast and crew of all the films, along with recognizable horror enthusiasts such as Rob Zombie and Clive Barker pop up to give their 2 cents on the longevity of the Halloween series. The doc alone is worth the price of the DVD. The only draw-back (and this is really geeky nit-picking) is that the first 15-20 minutes focuses primarily on the first movie, which if you’re a Halloween geek like me, you probably already know just about everything there is to know. So, for the most die-hard Halloween fans, the doc will really kick in for you about 15-20 minutes into it when the subjects shift toward the sequels. (Which up until now was uncharted territory!) There’s a nice mix of interviews, movie footage, pictures and footage of fan’s professing their love of all things ‘Halloween’. (More on “the fans” in a second.) The documentary is plain and simply top notch entertainment that ANY horror fan will appreciate. And that’s just the beginning of the disc!

Up next, is Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – a television show created and hosted by Sean Clark. Now, this is a treat. Sean walks us to all the original locations from the first Halloween movie in South Pasadena, and is joined by the lovely PJ Soles half way thru his trek. (Who by the way, also narrated the documentary) Sean’s knowledge thru-out the tour is impressive and his sense of humor only makes us, the viewer feel more welcome. I love that he name checks just about every street he’s on, just in case any Halloween fans watching want to take it upon themselves to make the journey on their own. I really loved this edition of Horror’s Hallowed Grounds and HOPE to see more episodes from other landmark horror movie locations. Quite frankly, this is a segment that every horror fan will watch and love.

The remainder of Disc One consists of extended interviews with various celebrities and people involved in the first 2 Halloween films. There’s also some rare on-set footage from Halloween 5 (which also appears on the new Halloween 5 special edition disc), the entire Halloween 9 contest winner announcement (from the 25 th anniversary convention), and a wonderful 4 minute montage from the madness that WAS the ‘Return To Haddonfield’ convention back in 2003. One of the highlights of disc one, and probably one of my favorite features to watch is the ‘Fans Of Halloween’ featurette. It’s a series of shorts and clips of various Halloween fans from around the globe professing their love of Halloween. You’ll see clips from fan-made short films, or gals singing aloud that they are “the biggest Michael Myers fans of them all!”, or even bizarre stop motion shorts using Halloween action figures. You never know quite what to expect from this feature. There’s a re-enactment of Halloween’s 1 thru 8 by two Halloween fans that I personally found hilarious.

Disc 2 is the perfect souvenir for anyone that attended the 25 th anniversary convention. And even if you missed it, then this is the perfect way to feel like you were there, because practically all of the panel’s are on here. Among my personal faves are the Halloween 2 panel, Halloween 6, the Michael Myers panel (look for Dick Warlock doing “the walk”) and the Dean Cundey panel (Which for anyone who’s interested in filmmaking, this one’s very educational.) Also included on Disc 2 are various location still galleries, original fan artwork, and behind the scene photos from the convention. Last but not least, the first pressing of this DVD includes a limited edition comic book titled ‘AUTOPSIS’, written by ‘25 Years Of Terror’ director Stefan Hutchinson. If you’re a Halloween fan, then you HAVE to buy this. Plain and simple. –robg.


 

Halloween: 25th Anniversary Edition.

Story
: As a boy, 6 year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his sister Judith with a butcher knife. After spending 15 years in a mental institute, he's escaped and come home to Haddonfield on Halloween night to kill. The only thing that stands in his way is his obsessive doctor, Sam Loomis. But can someone considered to be pure evil truly be stopped?

The Film Itself
: THIS is the movie that started it all. With John Carpenter's distinct eye and music, along with his truly brilliant yet simple script, co-written with Debra Hill, the original Halloween ended up becoming the most successful independent horror film ever. (a record only recently broken by The Blair Witch Project.) It also launched the acting career of the then unknown Jamie Lee Curtis, and introduced the world to a boogey man in a white mask named Michael Myers; who would go on to thrill and scare horror fans for many, many years. The rest as they say is history. The things that work for this film? Great acting & enjoyable characters on all counts from Jamie Lee to PJ Soles, to of course the fan favorite Dr. Sam Loomis, played by the late great Donald Pleasence. Extra creepy performance as played (for the most part) by Carpenter's friend, Nick Castle aka "the shape". Carpenter's killer score and classic Halloween theme. There's nothing not to love about the original Halloween.

Special Features
: Anchor Bay Entertainment has put out a number of versions of Halloween. So, does this 25th Anniversary Edition measure up? Yes and no. I think at the moment it's the only version available on DVD, in which case you have no choice but to own this one. (Come on... EVERYONE should own Halloween!) The picture and sound is fantastic, however, the picture's a tad bit clearer then the last version that came out. (meaning a lot of the "blue" tint which we've become so used to is now lit up & bright.) This edition however features the classic commentary by Carpenter, Hill and Curtis from the laserdisc. The documentary on the 2nd disc is pretty extensive and entertaining, but uses way too much footage from the movie. (As if they really wanted to stretch this thing to 90 minutes on purpose.) You can't go wrong with a special edition of Halloween, but the previous edition which also featured the uncut television version & a documentary voiced over by Dee Sneider is my fave DVD version of Halloween. -robg.

 

Halloween 2.

Story
: More of the night he came home...

The Film Itself
: Very rarely does a sequel continue so perfectly from the first film. My friend Tony said it best, "I really can't watch Halloween without throwing Halloween II into the DVD player immediately afterwards." This is in fact a film about the same night we beared witness to in the original Halloween film. Michael Myers (played by Dick Warlock) is continuing the hunt for his sister (Jamie Lee returning as Lauire Strode) & will let nothing get in his way. Not even those pesky kids working at the hospital where they've taken Laurie. H2 is not as classic as the first film, but Halloween 2 still carries with it a very dreary vibe from start to finish. Might be the whole hospital backdrop. Don't hospitals creep everyone out? The kills are very inventive & probably among the best in the entire series (although some are borrowed from Dario Argento films). A lot of fans remember first seeing Dick Warlock's version of Michael Myers (myself included), hence his performance has become a fan favorite. (Michael with that little scalpel? Still gets me everytime!) Over all, most Halloween fans have fond memories of Halloween 2.

Special Features
: Universal really missed out on giving the fans a solid special edition disc ala Anchor Bay Entertainment. A commentary and/or deleted scenes from the radically different television version would've been welcomed, but all of this is absent from this pressing. Instead, we have just the movie itself, which at least is presented in widescreen & looks and sounds better then any previous video copy you might already own. It's also fairly inexpensive, so as a fan of the series, it's worth owning. At least until we get a special edition box like what's available in the UK! -robg.

 

Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers.

Story
: 10 years ago he changed the face of Halloween. Tonight... it's the 80's and he's back!

The Film Itself
: Ah, the first Halloween film I had the honor of seeing theatrically. I remember thinking this was the coolest horror movie ever! I had already seen H2 on television a dozen times, and read all about H4 in Fangoria, so I was ready for Michael's return to the big screen. For what it was, Halloween 4 was a really fun film with great characters, a super-powerful Michael with a white mask that wasn't quite what I remembered it to be, some inventive kills, and the return of LOOMIS! I was a fairly young lad when I first saw H4, so it introduced me to two crushes! The lovely Rachel Caruthers (played by Ellie Cornell) and the "she's bad yet so hot" Kelly Mecker, played by the beautiful Kathleen Kinmont. And of course Danielle Harris (whom I crush on more now then I did back then.) Halloween 4 has a kill involving a thumb! Halloween 4 has a bunch of hicks killing an innocent guy in the bushes! Halloween 4 has a bad-ass roof-top scene! What else? It has the most promising and sick ending out of the entire series. Man, how I wish they went the way they implied at the end of this film. Brace yourself for my Halloween 5 review!

Special Features
: Anchor Bay again does a pretty solid job at presenting a special edition DVD. This time available in a limited edition tin case. The film itself looks great and sounds fantastic in 5.1 sound. There's a short making-of featurette on here which although entertaining, seems to re-use some interview footage from the Halloween 5 special edition DVD that Anchor Bay put out before this one. Overall, a worthwile investment & fun flick to watch with a group of friends! -robg.

 


HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS: SPECIAL DIVIMAX EDITION.


Most of us already own the original Anchor Bay release for this movie, so no need to rehash the story here when you can scroll up for it. Instead, let’s focus on the new features and figure out if this DVD is worth double-dipping.

First and foremost, this is a Divimax release which means that the sound and picture have been digitally remastered and cleaned up to their utmost best possible quality. Is there a difference? If I recall correctly, the original H4 release looked pretty good, but this one is practically perfect. The biggest addition to this new special edition would have to be the 2 new audio commentaries. The first is with H4 gals Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris. While this sounds exciting in print, the commentary is actually not very good. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ellie and Danielle, but after a few minutes it becomes apparent that neither of them know anything about ‘Halloween’ or the Halloween series aside from this one movie they worked on. It’s dishearting for a die-hard fan like myself to hear them get so many facts wrong and constantly ask themselves questions about the series that even the most casual cinema fan could probably answer. I really wish someone had moderated this commentary. It might have made it more enjoyable. However, the second commentary is what MAKES this entire DVD release! It’s with writer Alan B. McElroy and moderated by Tony Masi (uncredited for some reason). Now, THIS is an entertaining, fun commentary track that Halloween fans are going to love. Alan himself is a huge fan of the previous movies and goes into detail about how his script came to fruition in such a short period of time. He explains some really great deleted material, such as the original opening, which would’ve been a re-shot version of the ending of Part 2, but where we’d see Dr. Loomis getting blown out of the burning hospital thru a wall, hence showing how he survived. Other cool tid-bits are pointed out thru-out the entire commentary, such as how the friend Lindsay who picks up Rachel & Jamie is actually meant to be Lindsay Wallace from Part 1. This is a commentary I know I’ll probably watch a few more times, just to soak up all the interesting new details surrounding the making of this movie. I’m sure Halloween fans in general will love it. Also, new to this disc is the Halloween 4/5 panel from the 25 th anniversary convention. I feel that you have to buy all 3 of these recent releases to truly complete your Halloween collection. And transported from the original release are the “Final Cut” making-of featurette and the original kick-ass original theatrical trailer. (Still gives me chills!) So, the final verdict? This disc is worth it alone for the commentary track with writer Alan McElroy and the panel footage from the H25 convention. Double-dip! –robg.


 

Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers.

Story
: 11 years ago he changed the face of Halloween. Tonight... he's back. Different Myers. Different mask. Confusing plot. Same little girl. Only now mute. Same old Loomis!

The Film Itself
: I ... honestly do not know WHAT to make of this film. Part of me liked the weird vibe and look of it. I ever kinda liked the weird Myers mask which most fans hated. But there's more holes in this movie's plot then in a screen door. Is Michael just laying around for a whole year between movies? Why is Jamie all of a sudden mute? How dare they kill off Rachel!? A fan favorite!!! Why's the Myers house so out of control? Who's the man with the steel boots? (Yea, yea, they try to explain that in Part 6, but how could you make part 5 with absolutely no inclination of explaining him?) The commercials promised Michael would be unmasked! (First off, didn't he get unmasked way back in part one? And second... Bullshit! You could barely make out his face!) The tagline even reads "Michael lives... and this time they're ready!" Who? Two cops guarding his house toward the end? Ok, anything good about 5? The opening pumpkin sequence. The sickle kill. The chase thru the house at the ending. And of course Loomis. Who spouts the best dialogue in the entire series in this one entry. Here's an actual convo with Mike C. "Oh Loomis in Halloween 5 is my favorite Loomis... "Today someone dug up a coffin of a nine-year-old girl, Jamie. Jamie, you're nine years old. What do you think he's going to do with that when he finds you?" "I prayed that he would burn in hell. But in my heart, I knew that hell would not have him." He's batshit crazy in that one and I love it". Thanks Mike. 'Nuff said.

Special Features
: This was one of Anchor Bay's first special edition tin's and at the time of it's release, it was a pretty exciting package for Halloween fans. It comes with a great booklet full of never before published photos. There's a great making-of feature with cast interviews. And the film looks and sounds as best as it possibly can. Sure the movie's kinda crappy. But Mike's Loomis quotes from above have motivated me to watch it again later tonight! -robg.

 


HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS: SPECIAL DIVIMAX EDITION.


Most of us already own the original Anchor Bay release for this movie, so no need to rehash the story here when you can scroll up for it. Instead, let’s focus on the new features and figure out if this DVD is worth double-dipping.

So, we’ve got another remastered Divimax edition. The difference compared to the previously released edition? Drastic! This looks and sounds SO much better then the original Halloween 5 disc. So, right there, this is already worth double-dipping for. What’s new? We’ve got an excellent commentary track with director Dominique Othenin-Girard and actors Danielle Harris and Jeffrey Landman. This is the commentary we’ve all been waiting for. It’s hard NOT to have fun with the very French Dominique Girard, who even after all these years really seems to love this movie. He offers plenty of insight, and FINALLY explains just about everything you’ve ever wondered about this movie. Why is Jamie a mute suddenly? Why the weird mask? What’s up with the new mansion version of the Myers house? All explained and answered. Danielle again doesn’t offer much new insight into the film, but Jeffrey Landman’s memory for detail of the shoot is beyond impressive, and he lends some of the more interesting stories and points into this commentary track. So, between this new commentary track and the improved, cleaned-up picture quality, it’s a given that you should re-buy this bad-boy.

Another addition to this special edition is the rare on-set footage, however if you own the ’25 Years Of Terror’ disc, it’s the same footage. The original documentary ‘Inside Halloween 5’ and the original theatrical trailer are also imported over from the previous release. And while I’m thinking about it… what’s up with the trailer to Halloween 5? I remember seeing it as a kid and feeling so misled. “This time they’re ready for him.” And you see a shot of an armed guard, as if the army’s going to come in a kick Michael’s ass. “This time, he’s unmasked!” Hmmm…. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t he unmasked at the end of the first movie? Sorry, but this trailer has always bugged me for years! –robg.


 

Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers.

Story
: 6 years after the events of Halloween 5, Michael is back with a bunch of ...druids? Who are protecting him? Anyways, this film is meant to explain the origins of Michael's evil & brings back a new nemesis... Tommy Doyle?!

The Film Itself
: Well... it's well known that there are two completely different versions of this film. So, this DVD is obviously the theatrical cut. And it's not all that bad. It's actually a decent entry in the series. George Wilbur reprises the role of Michael Myers. (He played him in Part 4.) Donald Pleasence is the only returning actor, but we have welcome additions from Marianne Hagan (as Kara Strode), veteran actor Mitchell Ryan as Wynn (he still cracks me up in Liar Liar), Kim Darby as Debra Strode (come on... who DOESN'T love Better Off Dead?!) and Paul Rudd (taking over the role of Tommy Doyle.) There's some decent kills. Especially the one Kara watches across the street from Tommy's room. And the hospital killing spree is a great addition to the theatrical version. The whole "thorn" storyline is loved by a lot of fans, but I find it personally too complicated & distracting. The thing that worked so well in the original was it's simplicity. Less is more. Why explain Michael's "origins"? Donald Pleasence is great as always. It's a shame that this was his final film.

Special Features
: There's nothing special on this disc besides a good digital transfer and a decent stereo sound setup. It's fairly inexpensive, so it's worth picking up. At least until we get a double disc, complete with both the theatrical cut and the producer's cut. -robg.

 

Halloween: 20 Years Later.

Story
: After 20 years, Michael Myers has finally found his long thought to be dead sister, Laurie Strode; hiding out as a teacher at a private school. He follows her there for one last showdown.

The Film Itself
: Ah... Halloween with the 'Scream' touch. The film overall is decent and beloved by most fans. But this is where they started introducing at least one unbearable charcter per sequel for me. In this one, it's Josh Hartnett. (who is currently WAY too good to reprise his role for another Halloween movie. Ya know, being busy doing Harrison Ford movies.) Between him (not EVER combing his hair), the rest of the over-educated Dawson's Creek-type characters, a very odd looking Michael Myers (his mask changes numerous times thru-out the film), and a plot which bears a little too close to the original, it's hard for me to get into this movie. It does pick up toward the final act, but the ending is really disappointing. And I can see Jamie Lee just wanting to do this movie for the sole purpose of getting to be "the bad-ass" for the last 15 minutes. I don't care how long you've been living in fear... THAT is Michael Fucking Myers, and there is no way anyone would have the balls to decide "Hey, I'm going to stalk HIM now". I know everyone loves Jamie Lee, but she always struck me as a bit of a poser to the whole Halloween franchise. Sure, she was in the original two, but has ignored the series ever since. She didn't want to be a part of the 25th anniversary convention either? All those things combined with the way she talks about these films & not being a fan of the genre make me not too interested in her character anymore. The series is lacking without Loomis.

Special Features
: The special features are ok. There's a decent making-of featurette explaining how this movie came together, but again, these actors talk about the previous films in such an insulting, uninspiring way. (Josh Hartnett..."uhh... do I really want to do Halloween 7?" No, you don't. You want to go on to make '40 Days and 40 Nights' instead.) The only person that seems to have passion for the other Halloween films and the genre in general is Kevin Williamson (who ended up only writing the treatment for this film.) Absent is the commentary track promised on original printings of the DVD. Present is a cool little trivia game and ready for this? ... a Creed music video. Yea. Well, the movie looks and sounds good (even though I hate that aweful John Ottman score). -robg.

 

Halloween: Resurrection.

Story
: An internet company led by Busta Rhymes decides it might be a good idea to do a live webcast from the house of legendary serial killer, Michael Myers. Guess who doesn't find this a good idea? (Besides Halloween fans, that is.)

The Film Itself
: Remember I mentioned an unbearable character per sequel? Well, in this one... it's hands down, Busta Rhymes. We lose Loomis, but we get Freddie Harris. Unbelievable. Well, before anything, there's a re-vamping of the ending of the previous film to show that Michael didn't "really die." I HATE when sequels change what we've already seen. This is where I agree with Annie Wilkes from Stephen King's Misery. But reagrdless, he's back & he has yet another final showdown with Laurie Strode. (I would've LOVED H20 if the opening to this film was the end of that film.) Busta Rhymes character, Freddie decides to shoot a live internet broadcast on Halloween night from the home of Michael Myers. There are a few decent characters among the bunch, including the beautfiul Bianca Kajlich as Sara Moyer. Her character seems to be implied to have some sort of connection to Michael Myers, but it never gets fully explained or explored. Luke Kirby's character Jim gets some good laughs and is a nice addition to the cast. As is Brad Loree's version of Michael Myers. (one of the best since Part 2. Plus, he's an awfully nice fellow.) Thomas Ian Nicholas must think this is another American Pie movie because his character is exactly the same. (Hey, I DO love him in those movies.) And Tyra Banks is here because... well, honestly I have no idea what she's doing here. The whole live internet broadcast is a pretty good idea, and toward's the end, it gives us a chance to root along with the audience to help Sara. (As her friend Spencer tries to do via IM.) The movie has it's good moments in the last act, but the ending gets a tad confusing. And the kills are fairly unoriginal and weak. And certain scenes with Busta Rhymes are just unbearable to watch. (him taunting Michael in a white mask, "Trick Or Treat, muthafucka") I can NOT believe that his character didn't piss off Michael enough to instigate a horrible and brutal death. Again, this series is lacking without Loomis.

Special Features
: There's some good stuff on here including deleted scenes and an alternate beginning and a few alternate endings. I really enjoy the original opening with a young Michael. Anything with kids portraying evil freaks me out. The making of featurette is decent too. But I really enjoyed the webcam version of the movie. It's pretty much a Blair Witch style, 40 minute version of the movie. There's something cool about watching Michael Myers in live webcam footage. It makes it feel a bit real, but I'd only recommend watching this feature after you've seen the movie itself. Great sound and picture. Despite the movie's flaws, this is a decent special edition release. -robg.

 
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Halloween - Michael Myers comic book titles
Originally intended as a one-shot book, & then branching out to sequels, the Halloween books are a great treat for any Michael Myers fans. The first issue offers a present day story with Tommy Doyle & a coinciding backstory to Michael's childhood & early sessions with Loomis. This is truly what any Halloween fan would love to see. More Loomis! And more behind how he came to know this little boy... as pure E-VIL! Issue #1 features a great story by Phil Nutman & Daniel Farrands (writer of part 6) & fantastic artwork by David Brewer. Issue #2 is one of the harder to find collectibles. It continues the Tommy Doyle storyline which started in the first comic book & reintroduces more characters from the films. (Also present is the thorn storyline) Issue #3 is also written by Phil Nutman & illustrated by Justiniano, who gives it a slightly different artistic style then the previous issues. It brings back Lindsey Wallace & Tommy Doyle and ends with an unexpected twist (continuing from H20, but obsolete now with the story of Halloween: Resurrection). The other two comics were convention exclusives. The One Good Scare comic is an interesting story with Lindsey Wallace & Dr. Loomis' son. While the Return To Haddonfield souvenir magazine has an original story written & drawn by Derek Rook. -rg.

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GREAT Halloween related sites:

Halloween Movies.com - the official site of Michael Myers
One Good Scare.com - home of the Halloween message boards