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Happy Birthday to Jamie Lee Curtis

Our original final girl Jamie Lee Curtis is celebrating her 63rd birthday today! Make sure you head over to her social media pages and wish her the best for her special day.

‘Halloween Kills’ Dolby Poster Revealed

Halloween Kills will be receiving a Dolby Atmos soundtrack for its release, and the poster for such screenings was officially revealed today. Check it out below.

First Reviews for Scream Factory’s ‘Halloween’ UHD Release Are In!

With their October 5 release date approaching, the first set of reviews for Scream Factory’s upcoming 4K UHD release of John Carpenter’s Halloween are in! The first review comes courtesy of Hi-Def Digest, while the second comes courtesy of Robert Harris at Home Theater Forum. Both men give the release their recommendation, and praise is lauded on the film’s video transfer.

‘Halloween Kills’ Final Trailer Released

Universal has released the final trailer for the upcoming Halloween Kills, which is set to be released in theatres and on PEACOCK on October 15!

‘Halloween Kills’ to Premiere on Peacock & Theatres on the Same Day

Halloween Kills will debut on Peacock on the same day as its theatrical release, Variety reports.

Starring Jamie Lee Curtis as the avenging teen-babysitter-turned-grandmother Laurie Strode, “Halloween Kills” is scheduled to debut on Oct. 15. The scary sequel will be available to Peacock Premium subscribers at no extra fee. The service launched in 2020 and runs at $4.99 per month for its ad-supported tier or $9.99 without advertisements.

Halloween Kills is the latest in a long line of pandemic-era releases to deviate from a standard theatrical rollout. Since movie theater attendance has remained low, traditional Hollywood studios, such as Warner Bros. and Disney, have opted to put many of their biggest movies simultaneously on the big screen and streaming platforms.

Directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Blumhouse, Halloween Kills takes place minutes after Laurie Strode, her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left the masked murderer Michael Myers — who has been torturing the eldest Strode for essentially her entire life — caged and burning in the basement. But as Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, Michael manages to free himself and continue his ritual bloodbath on the spooky holiday.

FINAL Specs for Halloween 1-5 UHD Releases Announced!

It’s been a summer of anticipation, but Scream Factory announced the final specs for their upcoming UHD releases of the first five Halloween films earlier this afternoon. There’s plenty of special features, but one of the most exciting aspects is that the deleted gore from The Revenge of Michael Myers has been tracked down!

Check the specs all out below, and make sure to pre-order your copies now!

DISC ONE (4K UHD):

  • NEW 2021 4K Scan From The Original Camera Negative, Approved By Cinematographer Dean Cundey
  • NEW Dolby Atmos Track
  • Audio Commentary With Co-Writer/Director John Carpenter And Actress Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, Editor Tommy Lee Wallace, And Actor Nick Castle

DISC TWO (BLU-RAY):

  • NEW 2021 4K Scan From The Original Camera Negative, Approved By Cinematographer Dean Cundey
  • NEW Dolby Atmos Track
  • Audio Commentary With John Carpenter And Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Audio Commentary With Dean Cundey, Tommy Lee Wallace, And Nick Castle
  • “The Night She Came Home” Featurette
  • “Halloween Unmasked 2000” Featurette
  • TV Version Additional Scenes
  • Trailers From Hell – Adam Rifkin On Halloween
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
  • NBC Broadcast TV Promo
  • NEW Newspaper Ad Still Gallery By Drive-In Asylum
  • Still Gallery

DISC THREE (BLU-RAY):

  • Original Blu-ray Color Timing Presentation
  • Vintage Interview With Producer Moustapha Akkad
  • “Halloween: A Cut Above The Rest” Featurette
  • Halloween – The Extended Cut In HD (TV Inserts Are In Standard Definition)
  • NEW The Broadcast Television Cut (In Standard Definition, 1.33:1)
  • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – A Look At The Original Filming Locations
  • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds Bus Tour From The Halloween Convention

DISC ONE (4K UHD):

  • NEW 2021 4K Scan From The Original Negative Approved By Cinematographer Dean Cundey
  • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
  • Audio Commentary With Director Rick Rosenthal And Actor Leo Rossi
  • Audio Commentary With Stunt Coordinator Dick Warlock

DISC TWO (BLU-RAY):

  • NEW 2021 4K Scan From The Original Camera Negative Approved By Cinematographer Dean Cundey
  • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
  • Audio Commentary With Rick Rosenthal And Leo Rossi
  • Audio Commentary With Dick Warlock
  • “The Nightmare Isn’t Over – The Making Of Halloween II” Featuring Rick Rosenthal, Dick Warlock, Composer Alan Howarth, Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, Actors Lance Guest And Leo Rossi, And More
  • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds Revisiting The Original Filming Locations
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary With Rick Rosenthal
  • Alternate Ending With Optional Audio Commentary With Rick Rosenthal
  • Movie Stills Gallery
  • Posters And Lobby Cards Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Teaser Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • TV Promo
  • Radio Spots
  • NEW Newspaper Ad Still Gallery By Drive-In Asylum

DISC THREE (DVD):

  • Television Cut (In Standard Definition, 1:33:1)
  • Film Script (DVD-ROM)

DISC ONE (4K UHD):

  • NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative Approved By Cinematographer Dean Cundey
  • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
  • Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Tommy Lee Wallace
  • Audio Commentary With Actor Tom Atkins

DISC TWO (BLU-RAY):

  • NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative Approved By Cinematographer Dean Cundey
  • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
  • Audio Commentary With Tommy Lee Wallace
  • Audio Commentary With Tom Atkins
  • NEW “Tricks, Treats And Terror: The Masks Of Halloween III”– An Interview With Justin Mabry Of Trick Or Treat Studios
  • “Stand Alone: The Making Of Halloween III: Season Of The Witch” Featuring Tommy Lee Wallace, Actors Tom Atkins And Stacey Nelkin, Stunt Coordinator Dick Warlock, Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, And More
  • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: Revisiting The Original Filming Locations With Host Sean Clark And Tommy Lee Wallace
  • “Make-up From Scratch” – An Interview With Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Burman
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • TV Promo
  • Radio Spots
  • NEW Newspaper Ad Still Gallery By Drive-In Asylum
  • Movie Stills Gallery
  • Posters and Lobby Cards Gallery

DISC ONE (4K UHD):

  • NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
  • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
  • Audio Commentary With Actors Ellie Cornell And Danielle Harris
  • Audio Commentary With Director Dwight H. Little And Author Justin Beahm

DISC TWO (BLU-RAY):

  • NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
  • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
  • Audio Commentary With Ellie Cornell And Danielle Harris
  • Audio Commentary With Dwight H. Little And Justin Beahm
  • “The Making Of Halloween 4: The Final Cut”
  • “Back To Basics: The Making Of Halloween 4” – A Two-part Featurette
  • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – A Look At The Original Filming Locations
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • NEW Newspaper Ad Still Gallery By Drive-In Asylum
  • Still Gallery

DISC ONE (4K UHD):

  • NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
  • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
  • Audio Commentary With Actor Don Shanks And Author Justin Beahm
  • Audio Commentary With Director Dominique Othenin-Girard And Actors Danielle Harris And Jeffrey Landman

DISC TWO (BLU-RAY):

  • NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
  • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
  • Audio Commentary With Don Shanks And Justin Beahm
  • Audio Commentary With Dominique Othenin-Girard, Danielle Harris, And Jeffrey Landman
  • NEW Long-Lost Alternate Opening Sequence Featuring The Appearance Of Dr. Death
  • NEW Extra Snippets Of Gore Cut To Obtain An R-Rating
  • NEW “Of Darkness And Shadows – The Cinematography of Halloween 5”– An Interview With Cinematographer Robert Draper
  • “Inside Halloween 5”
  • “Dead Man’s Party – The Making Of Halloween 5” – A Two-part Featurette
  • “On The Set: Behind-The-Scenes Footage”
  • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – A Look At The Original Filming Locations
  • Halloween 5 Original Promo
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • NEW Newspaper Ad Still Gallery By Drive-In Asylum
  • Still Gallery
12 Years of ‘Halloween II’

Twelve years ago today, Rob Zombie’s second entry in the Halloween franchise – 2009’s Halloween II – was released. A direct sequel to his 2007 “reimagining,” which was at that point the highest-grossing entry in the series, Halloween II would ultimately leave both the hardcore Halloween fans and the casual audience polarized. Its depiction of Michael was that unlike we had seen in the prior films; the film had a more visceral, cerebral and even arthouse tone to it; and it was by far the most brutal entry in the franchise to date.

But as the film found its release on the home video format, an extended “director’s cut” became the version most easily accessed, and fan reception seemed to have grown. Perhaps similarly to another entry in the franchise, Halloween II has now developed a cult following all on its own. I myself rank the director’s cut version highly, and remember it being a popular entry back in the days of the Official Halloween Message Board at ohmb.net.

Rob Zombie marked the occasion with a heartfelt post about the film on his Instagram; the writer-director-producer has talked openly in the past about the struggles he had making the film due to interference from The Weinstein Company, but it’s nice to see he still remembers the film fondly nonetheless.

‘Halloween Kills’ Novelization Available for Pre-Order

The official novelization for Halloween Kills has been put up for pre-order. The mass market paperback will go on sale on October 19, 2021, and will retail for $8.99 USD or $11.99 CAD, according to publisher Penguin Random House. Even more exciting is that the product page features an official synopsis that offers some more details on what’s in store for fans come October:

Minutes after Laurie Strode, her daughter Karen and granddaughter Allyson left masked monster Michael Myers caged and burning in Laurie’s basement, Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, believing she finally killed her lifelong tormentor.

But when Michael manages to free himself from Laurie’s trap, his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie fights her pain and prepares to defend herself against him, she inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster. But as a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage decide to take matters into their own hands, a vigilante mob forms that sets out to hunt Michael down. Evil dies tonight.

Studio Canal Releasing 4K Collector’s Editions of 5 John Carpenter Films

As fans gear up for the new 4K Collector’s Editions of the first five Halloween films coming courtesy of Shout Factory imprint Scream Factory, UK label Studio Canal is appealing to fans of John Carpenter! The label will release new 4K limited collector’s editions of five John Carpenter films – 1980’s The Fog (featuring Nancy Loomis, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Tom Atkins and Charles Cypher); 1981’s Escape From New York (featuring Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers and Tom Atkins); 1982’s The Thing; 1987’s Prince of Darkness (featuring Donald Pleasence); and 1988’s They Live!

The releases will all come in a rigid slipbox featuring a retro-styled poster utilizing the new commissioned artwork, a booklet, art cards, the film on both 4K UHD and Blu-Ray discs, an additional Blu-Ray of special features were applicable, and the film’s soundtrack on CD! The films can currently be ordered at Amazon UK (worldwide), as well as HMV (for UK residents only). The Thing appears to be close to selling out, as retailer Zavvi has already depleted its stock as well as HMV.

Total Film Releasing ‘Halloween Kills’ Issue

Total Film writes on Twitter, We’ve got the full story on the ultimate slasher sequel in our new #HalloweenKills issue, plus a huge celebration of the career of John Carpenter! On the way to subscribers’ mailboxes now – and available on newsstands this Friday

Check out the covers below, and make sure to pick up your copy when the magazine goes on sale this Friday!