John Carpenter’s Halloween and More Heading to Theatres for its 35th Anniversary

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John Carpenter's Halloween and More Heading to Theatres for its 35th AnniversaryThere’s something in the air, isn’t there? The leaves are changing colors, the weather is sending an all too familiar (yet welcome) chill down your spines, and that wonderful time of the year is drawing ever so near. Need an awesome way to celebrate it? Read on for details!

From the Press Release
Screenvision, a national leader in cinema advertising sales, services and content distribution, has teamed up with Compass International Pictures and Trancas International Films to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the 1978 classic, “John Carpenter’s Halloween,” with a series of HALLOWEEN films on the big screen. The celebration begins in October with the nationwide release of “John Carpenter’s Halloween” and continues through the month with “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers” and “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” in select theaters. Each of these films will be presented in a striking, new HD transfer and 5.1 audio.

In “John Carpenter’s Halloween,” the villain, Michael Myers, has spent the last 15 years locked away inside Smith’s Grove sanitarium under the care of child psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis (played by Donald Pleasance). On October 30, 1978, Myers escapes and makes his way back home to Haddonfield, turning a night of tricks and treats into something much more sinister for three young women, including Laurie Strode, the star-making role for Jamie Lee Curtis. Dr. Loomis is their only hope, but will he find his shadow-dwelling patient in time?

In Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and continued in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Michael has been in a coma since his pursuit of Laurie Strode, 10 years earlier. On October 30, 1988, Michael Myers awakens when he is transferred from Richmond Mental Institute back to Smith’s Grove, and when he hears that he has a niece in Haddonfield, the killing begins again. On Halloween night, Jamie goes out trick-or-treating, little knowing that her murdering Uncle is following her and her step-sister Rachel. Dr. Loomis rushes to her aid with the help of Sheriff Meeker. Can anything be done to stop Michael this time?

Darryl Schaffer, EVP of Exhibitor Relations, Screenvision said: “We’re excited to help celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the movie that helped define the horror genre by presenting this series in theaters nationwide.”

For more information, visit the Halloween on Screen website and Halloween Movies online.


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  • James Coker

    glad to know there are a few fellow Horror fans who prefer II over 4

  • James Coker

    will never understand why most fans like Halloween 4 over Halloween 2 (1981)

    • frank_dracman

      Who have you been associating with? I’ve never (personally) met anyone who likes 4 over 2. It’s good, but all the sequels fall in comparison to the first. Except 3. Love me some Tom Adkins.

      • Matt Serafini

        I think Halloween 4 blows II out of the water.

        • Shambling_in_Bandages

          ‘Halloween 2’ looks and sounds like a feature film, ‘Halloween 4’ looks and sounds like a TV movie. The former has a scary Michael Myers in it, the latter features Marcel Marceau in an ill-fitting boilersuit.

          • Matt Serafini

            And Dick Warlock is just a little too short and chunky for the role.

            They all have their strengths and weaknesses.

            I think Halloween 4 has a better script and characters.

          • Uncle Creepy

            Short and Chunky? Warlock was as thin as a rail in the movie. In fact too thin.

          • LifeMi

            Never once do I notice Warlock’s height in Halloween II. That being said, he moves a bit too stiffly, as does George Wilbur in Part 4. I’ll always prefer Nick Castle’s performance. His movements were more natural and I prefer his speed. Warlock and Wilbur felt like The Tin man after a while, their movements were so slow and robotic.

          • Matt Serafini

            You’re right. But short though … and his arms are short, which creatures the illusion of him being a stalky guy.

          • Gus Bjork

            But Micheal was a stalky guy. He stalked the hell out of the place. It’s what he did best and this is reflected in his annual performance reviews.

          • frank_dracman

            You made Frank giggle. My hat’s off to you, good sir.

          • LSD Zombie

            I think both of you guys are nuts. Warlock had an average build during the Halloween 2 shoot. As for which film is better, Halloween II or IV, I have to give it to IV. It’s got the authentic Halloween look and feel, Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris stole the show, and even though the mask is kinda goofy, Wilbur still managed to make for an intimidating Shape. The soundtrack and the kills are better too.

        • LifeMi

          Halloween II is better in my opinion, but it seems like a lot of fans prefer Halloween 4; I used to, but I’ve grown to prefer Part II. Part 4 has a lot of first-time directing issues and a script that could’ve been great with another polish. I still like it, but it could have been so much better if they put more time into the script.

  • LSD Zombie

    Fuck YES! I missed out on the first re-release of Halloween.