Thirty five years after he slashed his first body, he’s back.
In 1978, Compass International Pictures released an indie horror film by an up-and-coming director and a largely unknown cast. Presented by the late Moustapha Akkad, the film cost $325,000 and ended up not only becoming one of the most successful independent motion pictures of its time, but single handedly created the genre of the modern horror film along with the first iconic (via a painted-over William Shatner mask) cinematic slasher.
Its global success spawned seven sequels, a reboot directed by Rob Zombie and a sequel-to-the-reboot, as well as created generations of grateful fans. The director’s name is John Carpenter and the film was Halloween. This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the timeless thriller and to celebrate, Anchor Bay Entertainment is bringing back the terrifying original as it’s never been seen or heard before.
For this special release, Anchor Bay and Trancas went back to the vaults to present this legendary terror classic as never before, including creating an all-new HD transfer personally supervised by the film’s original cinematographer, Academy-Award nominee Dean Cundey, a new 7.1 audio mix (as well as the original mono audio), a brand-new feature length audio commentary by Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis, an all-new bonus feature with Curtis, as well as selected legacy bonus features from previous ABE releases. All this, available in a collectible limited-edition book-style package (available only for the first printing) with 20 pages featuring archival photos, an essay by Halloween historian Stef Hutchinson and specially commissioned cover art by Jay Shaw.
Let the carving begin.
For those who lived a nightmare on Elm Street for the past decade or so . . .
Halloween stars Jamie Lee Curtis in her debut role, and tells the tale of Michael Myers, who as a child, butchered his sister with a kitchen knife. Committed to a mental institution and watched over by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance), Mikey engineers his escape 15 years later, returning to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night to terrorize anyone who gets in his way, including babysitter Laurie Strode (Curtis).
It’s truly terrifying.
Bonus features on Halloween 35th Anniversary Blu-ray include:
• All-new commentary track with writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis;
• The Night She Came Home new featurette with Jamie Lee Curtis (HD)
• On Location
• TV & Radio Spots
• Additional Scenes from TV Version