Seriously, Halloween is 35 years old? Seems impossible. When discussing the horror genre with friends, a select few movies are always the first films to come up. Night of the Living Dead. The Exorcist. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. And Halloween. John Carpenter’s 1978 classic gave birth to the slasher genre as we know it today and set a new standard for independent filmmaking. Surprisingly low on gore and blood, Halloween is effective because of character, story, pacing and direction. Not terms used as much for slasher films nowadays.
Michael Myers was never quite right. On Halloween night 1963, 6 year old Michael stabbed his sister Judith to death. After being institutionalized for 15 years afterwards, Michael breaks out and heads back to his home town of Haddonfield, Illinois. No one knows why or how, but Michael’s psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance) knows what Michael is. Pure evil. And he must find a way to stop him before he kills everyone in his path.
Even today Halloween is underrated for its sheer brilliance in filmmaking. Carpenter’s absolutely brilliant pacing and legendary silent killer are still terrifying. The emotionless white mask is still a beacon of horror 35 years later and is still one of the most recognizable icons of horror in the world. Donald Pleasance’s Dr. Loomis is passionate, driven and wonderfully played, serving as the perfect foil to the stalking evil of Michael Myers. Jamie Lee Curtis is wonderful as the innocent and everygirl Laurie Strode and has become the absolute iconic image of the scream queen. There is simply nothing not to like in Halloween; it just may be the perfect horror movie.
This special 35th Anniversary Edition of Halloween may seem like yet another issuing of a movie that has been released countless times before, but it is the definitive edition for the fact that it is the first edition to have the transfer supervised by the film’s original director of photography Dean Cundey. Previous editions have featured incorrect color timing and this one features the first correct version ever issued on Blu-ray and is well worth re-investing. Not to mention the beautiful new cover artwork and digibook packaging. Many previous editions will be worth keeping for their special features but Halloween: The 35th Anniversary Edition will be the one you pull off the shelf when you need to actually watch this timeless film. The transfer is clean and detailed with wonderful muted colors and one of the best soundtracks of all time. Highly recommended!
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.