Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers was released twenty years ago today! HalloweenMovies.com, the official website for the Halloween franchise, posted the first part of their interview with Daniel Farrands about the film; though I’m sure we all know many of the details by now, it’s still worth checking out for those who want to ready more about it.
Not only has the scripts page has received a minor facelift, but it’s been updated with a new script for your reading pleasure! The Curse of Michael Myers has one of the most well-known stories of complicated productions, with a total of five different cuts (four if you exclude the television cut) showing the film in a different manor. But now, you can check out the original concept for the finalized film, as 45 Lampkin Lane has added its first draft to the archives!
Checking in at 114 pages, the first draft written by Daniel Farrands dates to August 23, 1994 and pre-dates the film’s completed shooting script by just over two months. Check it out by clicking either of the links above, or by clicking the photo below.
It’s hard to believe, but thirteen years ago today saw the theatrical release of Rob Zombie’s reimagining of the franchise. The film would go on to become the highest-grossing Halloween film unadjusted for inflation, a title it held for eleven years until 2018’s direct sequel Halloween.
Curious about the best home video release?
- The film’s extended, unrated director’s cut is available on DVD and Blu-Ray! The Blu-Ray comes with a second disc containing the 260-minute Michael Lives: The Making of Halloween documentary, presented in 1080i.
- You can find the theatrical cut on Blu-Ray courtesy of Alliance, a Canadian company. The disc is locked to Region A, and is on the same disc as the theatrical cut to his sequel. No subtitles are included.
- A DVD of the theatrical cut, though not officially in print anymore, can still be found at online retailers.
Despite Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends being pushed back a year, this September is seeing “new” home video releases of the original classic, as well as Curse, H20 and Resurrection!
First up is a Best Buy exclusive steelbook of Halloween‘s 4K UHD release on September 29, which features the 2013 transfer for the UHD disc and contains the 2007 Blu-Ray as its second disc. Check out the artwork below, and click the link to pre-order your copy!
For those who don’t know, Paramount recently came into possession of the Miramax home video library for distribution purposes. First up on their agenda is a re-release of the infamous Echo Bridge triple feature on September 22, that features all three films presented in 1080i (rather than 1080p) on one disc, and has open matted transfers for H20 and Resurrection.
While I don’t personally recommend it unless you really want to see alternate versions of the films, it’ll most likely be around $10 USD. Check out the link below as well.
From now through October 31, John Carpenter’s Halloween – along with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers – is returning to drive-in theatres.
Speaking with HalloweenMovies.com, Halloween (2018) and Halloween Kills producer Ryan Freimann offered of the news, “Trancas International Films and Compass International Pictures have partnered with CineLife Entertainment in order to bring Halloween to audiences safely during this time of pandemic, and drive-in theater owners seem excited to be booking it as the Halloween season is right around the corner.”
For the 2020 drive-in engagement, the digital print of Halloween has been restored and remastered under the supervision of cinematographer Dean Cundey. Much like it did in 1978, the film’s rollout has started small and will grow throughout the upcoming weeks.
Locations showing John Carpenter’s Halloween this week include include Hummel’s Drive-In in Winchester, Indiana, as well as EVO Entertainment locations in both San Antonio and Austin, Texas on July 31.
Additional drive-ins also showing Halloween include ones in Nashville, Tennessee (Montana Drive-in), Buffalo, New York (Kane Family Drive-in), Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut (Pleasant Valley Drive-in) and Westtown, New York (Warwick Drive-in).
Wanna’ see Michael Myers at your own local drive-in? It’s easy! Reach out to them and let them know that they can book Halloween by visiting CineLife Entertainment’s website at cinelifeentertainment.com.
After announcing the delay of Halloween Kills to 2021, John Carpenter shared the opening to Halloween Kills to give us a glimpse at what the sequel has in store. Check out the video below.
Unfortunate, but expected news, has broke today. Though the film was reportedly finished, Universal has officially postponed the release of Halloween Kills until October 15, 2021, and Halloween Ends to October 14, 2022.
In a statement on his Twitter, John Carpenter announces the delay, while also revealing the film will get an IMAX release next year. He then went on to share a brief clip of footage from the film, suggesting that it will pick up directly from the ending of the 2018 film.
Jamie Lee Curtis took to Instagram this morning to wish a happy birthday to her mother, the late Janet Leigh. Check out the post below.
Though it took a bit longer than I was anticipating, the photo gallery is back online! I’ve re-organized and re-uploaded everything, so now everything is hopefully easier to navigate. I’ll be spending the afternoon going through the website and fixing all of the now-broken links to new ones. Until then, enjoy the new and improved Halloween Photos!