The “Halloween” franchise stands tall as one of the most famous and popular horror series out there, having scared audiences for over 35 years with the adventures of its masked serial killer Michael Myers. Now, for the first time, the entire franchise up to this date has been put together for one enormous box set that includes all ten films (eight from the original franchise and Rob Zombie’s two remakes) with an enormous amount of extras. As with previous box sets, I’m going to take these films one at a time, revisiting many of these for the first time in several years, so my fellow horror fans, let’s dig right in.
There isn’t really much that I can add to what I’ve already said about John Carpenter’s original masterpiece (you can read my full review of the recent 35th Anniversary Edition right here). It remains the greatest horror film ever made thanks to incredible camera work, the brilliant use of mood and atmosphere, a thrilling score, and a simple story that is loaded with suspense and terror. 1978 saw the creation of a horror icon, but it was far from over, as we clearly see with the nine additional films that have followed so far.
“Halloween II” picks up right where the original left off, with Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) being rushed to the hospital after her terrifying ordeal with Michael Myers, while Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) continues to hunt down the masked maniac. Unfortunately for Laurie, her night of terror isn’t quite over as Michael quickly finds out where she is, leading Laurie to fight for her life once again as the silent stalker attempts to finish what he started.
I’ve always found “Halloween II” to be one of the better films of the franchise. It may not be able to match the brilliance of its predecessor, but it still manages to deliver lots of thrills and chills as Michael goes about doing what he does best. There’s also a fair amount of suspense as Michael stalks Laurie around the hospital, with her running from room to room in a desperate attempt to escape the unstoppable killer. As far as the story goes, there’s not a whole lot more to it than what I’ve already described, though this is the point where Carpenter and Hill start to add a little more to Laurie’s backstory in order to help us understand the relationship between her and Michael. It still doesn’t explain everything, but as I’ve said before, there isn’t really supposed to be a reason for what’s happening, which makes it all the more frightening. Overall, it’s a fine companion piece to the original, especially since it continues the events of the very same night, making it just about the best horror double feature you could ask for.
“Halloween III: Season of the Witch” finds the series going in a completely different direction. With Michael Myers supposedly killed at the end of the last installment, it was decided that the franchise would become more of an anthology series, releasing a film every year that has something to do with Halloween. This one and only attempt at this concept told the story of a doctor, Daniel Challis (Tom Atkins), whose patient is mysteriously murdered one night in the ER. Stranger still, the killer lights himself on fire in the hospital parking lot. The patient’s daughter, Ellie (Stacey Nelkin), tries to piece together her father’s last few days in order to see if she can discover what was going on. Teaming up with Dr. Challis, they find themselves going up against a large company that makes very popular Halloween masks, except that these masks aren’t quite as innocent as they appear to be.
Usually when people discuss this third entry in the franchise in the negative, it’s all because famed horror icon Michael Myers is nowhere to be found. While this one element may have been a disappointment, it ended up clouding a lot of people’s judgment with regards towards the film itself, which is not as bad as a lot of viewers would have you believe. Taken on its own as a standalone film, it’s an intriguing mystery that provides a lot of good suspense and chills as Challis and Ellie investigate Silver Shamrock, the Halloween mask company. What they find is quite bizarre, and while most of the plot doesn’t make a lick of sense, the film is still pretty entertaining in a silly kind of way. One can’t help but wonder if whether or not it would have been successful if they had simply called it something different (perhaps drop the “Halloween III” from the title), losing its association to the popular series of horror films. While it may be known as the “black sheep” of the franchise, if you give it a chance on its own merits, as a film that has nothing to do with the rest of the series, chances are horror fans will find it a mostly enjoyable experience.
“Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers” sees the return of the titular killer after a ten-year absence. The fiery explosion at the end of “Halloween II” has left Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) scarred and requiring the use of a cane to get around, while Michael is unmoving and confined to a hospital. During the latter’s transport back to Smith’s Grove, he comes back to life and breaks free to begin his rampage once again, except this time he sets his sights on his young niece, Jamie (Danielle Harris), the daughter of Laurie Strode. Of course, Dr. Loomis figures this out before everyone else and immediately heads back to Haddonfield where, with the help of the police and Jamie’s sister Rachel (Ellie Cornell), he attempts to stop the maniac from claiming the young girl’s life.
With the large backlash against the third film due to the exclusion of Michael Myers, it was decided that the best thing to do would be to bring him back as soon as possible, and so what we get with this fourth entry is a return to the usual formula of stalking and killing by the knife-wielding psycho. Sadly, it’s also where the series starts to take a bit of a dip in quality. Not a large one, but enough to take notice of. The first act of this sequel starts off well by setting up the situation and giving it a sense of urgency as Loomis desperately tries to return to Haddonfield and find Michael. It even does a fine job of establishing Jamie’s character as a bit of an awkward youth, whose uncle just happens to be a notorious serial killer. The main issue that the film faces is that the middle portion feels as though it goes into hibernation while the characters try to figure out what to do, making it a little dull as we sit around and wait for it to pick back up again. Luckily, the finale does this pretty well as the tension comes to a head with Michael chasing Jamie and Rachel up onto the roof of a house they have barricaded themselves in, followed by a well-done escape sequence in a truck that Michael just happens to have found his way onto. It may not be as strong a sequel as “Halloween II” or even the ridiculous “Halloween III,” but at the very least it provides a decent vehicle for the return of the infamous horror icon.
Picking up a year after the events of the fourth film, “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” finds Jamie (Danielle Harris) in the hospital and unable to speak after her terrifying ordeal. The ever-obsessed Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) realizes that she has a very special connection with Michael, who easily survived his fall into the mineshaft at the end of the last film, allowing her to know when something bad is about to happen. It’s not long before he comes looking for her once more, leaving it up to Jamie’s friends and family to help protect her from the boogeyman once again.
Whereas the fourth film had shown a small drop in quality for the franchise, it was with this fifth film that it took a gigantic nosedive. The entire story feels as though there was absolutely no effort put into it, as evident by its bare-boned story that basically has the same layout as the previous film. The major problem here is that the entire film feels like it’s in a period of hibernation, not just one little portion as before. As the film struggles to bring about the thrills and chills of its predecessors, it’s never able to get up to even a decent level of entertainment, making for a rather dull experience. To be fair, the finale provides one or two tense moments, but it’s not nearly enough to make up for the slog it takes to get there. After four films that range from great to decent, this is where they finally dropped the ball, and where the series started to feel like more of a cash grab than a legitimate horror franchise. There would be another good entry after this point, but it was quite clear with this installment that the classic period of “Halloween” was now over.
“Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers” takes place six years after the events of the previous film. Jamie (J.C. Brandy) has been captured and raped by a cult that is somehow connected to Michael Myers, later escaping with her baby. However, Michael immediately tries to track her down, stabbing Jamie, but unable to retrieve the infant. Meanwhile, it comes to Dr. Loomis’ (Donald Pleasence) that Michael is back out there. With help from an old acquaintance, Tommy Doyle (Paul Rudd), and Kara Strode (Marianne Hagan), of the family that originally adopted Laurie, he finds himself once again facing off against pure evil in an attempt to save the lives of Michael’s family.
The fifth film had been downright bad for having a dull story with nothing new to add to the franchise, but when it comes to the sixth film, it’s interesting to discover that it’s bad because of what it tries to add to the franchise. The writer, Daniel Farrands, really gets carried away by trying to add an incredibly silly explanation as to why Michael is killing his family off (he’s being controlled by an evil rune that has appeared every night he’s gone on a killing spree, and his curse can only be lifted by killing all of his kin). This isn’t the kind of silly that ends up being enjoyable either, not like the kind we get with “Halloween III,” but rather the kind that leaves you shaking your head at the desperation of trying to explain the masked maniac. Farrands, much like Rob Zombie later on, doesn’t seem to understand what Carpenter and Hill were going for when they originally came up with the character of Michael Myers, something that’s clearly shown with his inclusion of cults and runes in this laughable entry in the franchise. It’s a terrible shame that this would be the last appearance of the great Donald Pleasence, who brought so much to the character of Samuel Loomis. It would have been great if he could have at least shown up for one more entry so he could have gone out on a high note instead of this dreadful mess, because all we get here is an installment that you should simply skip right over and pretend doesn’t exist.
“Halloween H20: 20 Years Later” picks up 20 years after the events of the original, with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) living under an alias (Keri Tate) and working as the headmistress of a boarding school in California. She still finds herself terrorized by that night back in 1978, a condition that her son, John (Josh Hartnett), has had to put up with all of his life. When it comes time for the big class trip to Yosemite, Laurie refuses to let him go, causing him and some of his friends to plan a little party of their own at the school. However, after a serious talk about how her condition has affected John as well, she changes her mind and gives him permission, leading him to secretly stay behind. Meanwhile, Michael Myers has not been idle, having raided the house of Dr. Loomis’ nurse in order to find out where Laurie is hiding out. It’s not long before he makes his way to the school to begin yet another night of terror.
Having made the excellent decision to ignore the last film entirely, we find the franchise feeling a little fresher with this seventh installment. It was a fantastic idea to bring back Jamie Lee Curtis and update us on how the events of the original film have been affecting her all these years, and not only that, we get to see how it has been affecting her attempts at leading a normal life with her son, as well as a boyfriend who also works at the school. While the first half is dominated mainly by these intriguing events, horror fans don’t need to worry as the second half is filled with the good-old-fashioned terror that the earlier films in the franchise are known for. This is where we have Michael stalking the few remaining students and the two teachers left behind, providing several moments of tension to put you on the edge of your seat with anticipation, particularly when the final showdown between Laurie and Michael begins. This seventh entry easily stands as the best of the later sequels, one that allowed the fans at the time to have a little faith that the series was not as dead as the fifth and sixth films had made it appear. Unfortunately, this would soon prove to be nothing but a false hope.
“Halloween: Resurrection” finds Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) in an asylum three years after the events of the previous film, dealing with the fact that she beheaded an innocent man that she thought was her murderous brother. Michael comes calling almost immediately in order to try and finish off his sister, but she’s ready for him, having planned for this night for some time. Unfortunately for her, he still manages to finish her off, bringing an end to his decades-long hunt. However, he soon learns that a hidden camera show will be taking place in his old house, bringing the masked maniac back to where it all began so he can relish in stalking and killing the young college kids foolish enough to roam around his childhood abode.
This entry can be described very simply: silly, desperate, and downright lazy. Once again we find ourselves with an installment that feels as though absolutely no thought went into it whatsoever. After the promising opening, we are treated to a very bland and dull story of young adults on a reality TV show exploring the old Myers house, where they try to scare each other, make out, and do drugs. Basically, exactly what you would expect a group of movie college kids to do in this situation. As you can probably guess, it makes for a rather boring experience, only garnering a slight chance of becoming interesting when Michael finally shows up and starts doing his thing. However, even then, there’s no tension of any kind because there’s never been any reason to care about this pack of generic characters. When all is said and done, it should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that this is where the plug was finally pulled on the original franchise, leading the studio to try something even more desperately insane. Oh, if they had only stopped here before things got really bad…
After the disappointing eight film, it was decided that the best thing to do for the franchise would be to reboot it by going back to the beginning, and so the reigns were passed to Rob Zombie, who wrote and directed the remake that begins by taking a look at Michael Myers (Daeg Faerch) when he was just ten years old. His childhood is an absolute mess: a dysfunctional family, a verbally-abusive stepfather, and bully problems at school. It comes to the attention of the principle that he has been harming animals in his spare time, causing him to consult a doctor, Sam Loomis (Malcolm McDowell). However, Michael’s condition spirals out of control rather quickly, causing him to not only murder one of his bullies, but also his stepfather, sister, and her boyfriend on Halloween night. Afterwards, he’s committed to a psychiatric hospital where Dr. Loomis tries to help him for several years, but to no avail. Fifteen years after he gets locked up, Michael (Tyler Mane) manages to escape, immediately heading back to his hometown of Haddonfield to search for the sister he spared the night of his grisly act.
Perhaps it had been a long time coming, the need to reboot the franchise before it got even sillier than the lazy “Halloween: Resurrection,” but if such a thing had to be done, they couldn’t have chosen a worse person to do so than Rob Zombie, director of a series of terrible horror films that includes “House of 1,000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects.” Zombie seems to understand the Michael Myers character even less than Daniel Farrands, the writer of “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers,” did. You’ll recall that, in Carpenter’s original film, there was no explanation for why Michael murdered his sister in 1963 and several others in 1978. This was because it was done without reason, because Michael Myers is the embodiment of pure evil, an explanation that Zombie was apparently unhappy with. Instead, he goes and tries to explain it his way, resulting in what is perhaps the most cliché-packed childhood a troubled kid can have. Carpenter and Hill never felt the need to try and explain it away so easily, but then again, they actually knew what they were doing back in 1978.
Leaving behind the first half of the film, which pretty much has no salvageable components to it, we find the remainder of the film focusing on the main plot of the original, in which Michael stalks his sister, while also killing a few other teenagers along the way. This is where we once again see Zombie failing to understand what made the original work so well. Carpenter’s original masterpiece has very little visible blood throughout, mainly because it didn’t need it to get the thrills and chills that it receives. However, Zombie felt the need to douse his remake in buckets of blood, mistakenly thinking that more gore would equal a scarier film, which has been disproven time and time again with horror films of recent years like “Saw” and “Hostel.” Zombie clearly doesn’t understand horror, the art of tension, crafting mood and atmosphere, or getting genuine scares. There are so many mistakes made here that really the only use for his work is as a model of how not to make a “Halloween” film. In fact, the only positive thing that can be said about it was that he was right in casting Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Loomis. No one could ever fill the shoes of the amazing Donald Pleasence, but McDowell does a fine job in the role nonetheless. It’s just a shame that there wasn’t much of a movie for him to be a part of.
Picking up a couple years after the events of Zombie’s first film, “Halloween II” finds Laurie (Scout Taylor-Compton) living with her friend Annie (Danielle Harris) and struggling to deal with her terrifying experience. Unfortunately she’s not dealing with it very well what with her bizarre nightmares and her short fuse that has her shunning even her best friend. Meanwhile, Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) escapes from the ambulance that was transporting him and sets out for another reunion with his long-lost sister, cutting a deadly path across Haddonfield once again.
For Zombie’s second outing as writer and director of the franchise, there isn’t really a whole lot that can be added that wasn’t already applicable to his first film. Once more he replaces terror with buckets of blood, and once more it fails to create any kind of tension or scares. The story this time around is a complete mess, meandering about as Laurie has her nightmares and visions and Michael goes about killing random people on his way to her. As if to confirm that he has no understanding of the characters, this time Zombie has Dr. Loomis going on a press tour for his new book, acting like a pompous jerk to his agent and trying to soak up as much publicity as he can. I’m not sure who this character is, but he’s certainly not the Dr. Loomis that horror fans have come to know. In the end however, there were no worries, as this disastrous, bloated train wreck was enough to finally put the last nail in the coffin for the series. Audiences were so disappointed by Zombie’s first outing that the second film made less than half its earnings at the box office, turning this incredibly misguided sequel into a flop. As we’ve learned throughout this entire series, Michael Myers is a hard creature to kill, but even he managed to meet his match when Rob Zombie took over, effectively putting an end to his reign of terror by making the two worst films in the franchise. Will it ever be able to recover? I suppose only time will tell.
The films are presented with the following specifications:
Halloween (1978) – 2.35:1, 1080p; 7.1 Dolby TrueHD
Halloween II (1981) – 2.35:1, 1080p; Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
Halloween III: Season of the Witch – 1.85:1, 1080p; 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers – 1.85:1, 1080p; 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers – 1.85:1, 1080p; 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers – 1.78:1, 1080p; 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later – 2.35:1, 1080p; 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Halloween: Resurrection – 2.35:1, 1080p; 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Halloween (2007) – 2.35:1, 1080p; 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Halloween II (2009) – 1.85: 1, 1080p; 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
I think it’s safe to say that the “Halloween” films have never looked better than they have in this incredible set. Anchor Bay and Scream Factory have done a tremendous job painstakingly restoring all ten films to give you optimal picture and audio. In fact, the only time I noticed even the slightest bit of grain was in a couple of the later films (“H20” and “Resurrection”), but it’s something that you actually have to look for to even notice. Otherwise, all you see is a brilliantly sharp picture, which is something that can be said of each and every film included here (including the same remastered print of the original masterpiece for the 35th Anniversary Edition that was supervised by cinematographer Dean Cundey). The audio has been given equally-impressive treatment, bringing out the powerful impact of each film’s score, most of which include intriguing variations on Carpenter’s original theme. A better job simply could not have been done in bringing these films back to life, particularly for the older entries, giving you the chance to see what each of them must have looked like in their original year of release. In short, there are absolutely no complaints to be found.
The following extras are included in this 15-disc set:
Disc 1 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)
- Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, Editor Tommy Lee Wallace And The Shape, Nick Castle
- Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director John Carpenter and Actress Jamie Lee Curtis.
- “The Night She Came Home” Featurette
- “On Location: 25 Years Later” Featurette
- TV Version Footage
- Television Spots
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV and Radio Spots
Disc 2 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
- Audio Commentary With Co-Writer/Director John Carpenter, Actress Jamie Lee Curtis and Co-Writer/Producer Debra Hill
- Featurette: Halloween: A Cut Above The Rest
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV and Radio Spots
Disc 3 – Halloween II (1981)
- Audio commentary with director Rick Rosenthal and actor Leo Rossi (Theatrical version)
- Audio commentary with stunt co-ordinator/actor Dick Warlock (Theatrical version)
- “The Nightmare Isn’t Over: The Making Of Halloween II” Featuring Rick Rosenthal, Lance Guest, Dick Warlock, Alan Howarth, Dean Cundey, Leo Rossi and Moore…
- “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: The Locations of Halloween II” – Host Sean Clark revisits the original shooting locations of the film
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary from director Rick Rosenthal
- Alternate Ending with Optional Audio Commentary from director Rick Rosenthal
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV and Radio Spots
- Still Gallery
Disc 4 – Halloween II TV Cut (1981) DVD (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
- Television Cut With Added Footage Not Seen In The Theatrical Version
Disc 5 – Halloween III: Season of The Witch (1982)
- Audio Commentary with director Tommy Lee Wallace
- “Stand Alone: The Making Of Halloween III: Season Of The Witch” featuring Tommy Lee Wallace, Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dick Warlock, Dean Cundey and more
- “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds” – Revisiting the original shooting locations
- Still Gallery
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spots
Disc 6 – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
- Audio Commentary with Actors Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris
- Audio Commentary with Director Dwight H. Little and Author Justin Beahm
- Theatrical Trailer
Disc 7 — Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
- Audio Commentary with Actor Don Shanks and Jeffrey Landman
- Audio Commentary with Director Dominique Othenin-Girard and Actors Danielle Harris And Jeffrey Landman
- Halloween 5: On The Set
- Halloween 5: Original Promo
- Theatrical Trailer
Disc 8 — Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Theatrical Cut
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Still Gallery
Disc 9 – Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Producer’s Cut (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
- Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Daniel Farrands and Composer Alan Howarth (Producer’s Cut)
- “Jamie’s Story” – An Interview With The Original “Jamie” Actress Danielle Harris
- “The Cursed ‘Curse’” – An Interview With Producers Malek Akkad And Paul Freeman
- “Acting Scared “– A Look At The Film’s Cast With Actresses Mariah O’Brien And J.C. Brandy
- The Shape Of Things” – A Look At Michael Myers’ Murders And Mayhem With Special Make-Up Effects Artists John Carl Buechler And Brad Hardin And Actor George P. Wilbur (Michael Myers)
- “Haddonfield’s Horrors” – The Sights of Halloween The Curse of Michael Myers With Director of Photography Billy Dickson And Production Designer Brad Ryman And Director of Photography (Additional Scenes) Thomas Callaway
- “Full Circle” – An Interview With Composer Alan Howarth
- Cast And Crew Tribute to Donald Pleasance
- Archival Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
- Behind-The-Scenes Footage (approx. 30 Minutes)
- Alternate And Deleted Scenes (Not Present In Either Cut Of The Film)
- Teaser Trailer: Halloween 666: The Origin Of Michael Myers
Disc 10 — Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
- Commentary With Director Steve Miner And Jamie Lee Curtis, Moderated By Sean Clark
- “The Making of Halloween H20” Featuring Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Nancy Stephens, Adam Hann-Byrd, Tom Kane, Editor Patrick Lussier, Producer Malek Akkad, Producer Paul Freeman, Composer John Ottman, Chris Durand (Michael Myers), Writer Robert Zappia, Stunt Co-Ordinator Donna Keegan, Make-Up Brad Hardin And Cinematographer Daryn Okada
- Vintage Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
- Theatrical Trailer
Disc 11 — Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
- Audio Commentary With Director Rick Rosenthal And Editor Robert A. Ferretti
- Alternate Endings
- Deleted Scenes
- Featurette: “Head Cam”
- Storyboard Analysis
- Set Tour With Production Designer Troy Hansen
- Set Interview With Jamie Lee Curtis
- Vintage Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
- Theatrical Trailer
- Home Video TV Spots
Disc 12 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)
- Unrated Director’s Cut With Audio Commentary By Writer/Director Rob Zombie
- Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary
- Alternate Ending With Optional Commentary
- Featurette: “The Many Faces Of Michael Myers”
- Re-Imagining Halloween
- Meet The Cast
- Casting Sessions
- Scout Taylor-Compton Screen Test
- Theatrical Trailer
Disc 13 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007) Bonus Disc (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
- Documentary: “Michael Lives: The Making of Halloween (4 ½ hours)
Disc 14 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 (2009)
- Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Rob Zombie
- Deleted And Alternate Scenes
- Audition Footage
- Make-Up Test Footage
- Blooper Reel
- Captain Clegg And The Night Creatures Music Videos
- Uncle Seymour Coffins’ Stand-Up Routines
Disc 15 – Bonus Features (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
- John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN – The Extended Version (In HD – TV Inserts Are In Standard Definition)
- Interview with Moustapha Akkad about origin of HALLOWEEN
- Featurette: HALLOWEEN UNMASKED 2000
- Featurette: The Making of HALLOWEEN 4: FINAL CUT
- The Making of HALLOWEEN 4 Featuring Actors Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Kathleen Kinmont, Beau Starr, Raymond O’Connor, Erik Preston and Sasha Jensen, Stuntmen Tom Morga (Michael Myers) And George P. Wilbur (Michael Myers), Composer Alan Howarth, Writer Alan B. McElroy, Producers Malek Akkad And Paul Freeman, Special Make-Up Effects Artists John Carl Buechler And Ken Horn
- Featurette: Inside HALLOWEEN 5
- The Making of HALLOWEEN 5 Featuring Interviews With Actors Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Wendy Kaplan, Jeffrey Landman, Jonathan Chapin, Frankie Como, Tamara Glynn, Matthew Walker, Don Shanks (Michael Myers), Producer Malek Akkad, Line Producer Rick Nathanson And Composer Alan Howarth
- Interview With Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Burman On HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH
- HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH Radio Spots
- TV Spots – HALLOWEEN 4, HALLOWEEN 5, HALLOWEEN (2007) and HALLOWEEN II (2009)
- Photo Galleries — HALLOWEEN, HALLOWEEN 4 and HALLOWEEN 5
As you can clearly see, there is no shortage of bonus material to be found across these 15 discs. Every single film has at least one commentary (the original has three, while 2-5 have two) and all but one of the films includes a track from the director. As if that weren’t great enough, each film has a hefty amount of featurettes that include “Making ofs,” interviews, behind the scenes footage, and deleted scenes, as well as the original trailers and TV and radio spots. This all totals to a couple days’ worth of outstanding material that is sure to please any fan of the franchise. The commentaries and “Making ofs” are particularly worth checking out due to all the great info to be learned from the interviews with the directors, actors, writers, producers, and more. With all that’s included here, you really couldn’t ask for a better selection of bonus materials.
This is the definitive “Halloween” collection that fans have been waiting for. Not only do you get all ten films in unbeatable quality, but you also get a plethora of extras that will fascinate any horror fan. Even though not all of the films are good (in fact, some of them are downright terrible), even the bad ones are intriguing to watch for just how far off the rails the series went at certain points in its history before finally becoming derailed by the man least fit to put his hands on it. With all of these things considered, this set becomes a must-buy, especially when you factor in the bonus content. Horror fans should do themselves a huge favor and pick this up on day one.
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