Whether you’re a horror fan or not, there is no denying the impact that Halloween had on the genre. This is a classic film on various levels. Besides being the one that set the standard for the slasher genre, it also marked the first feature film role for Jamie Lee Curtis. If for some reason you have been keeping your porch light off on Halloween and have never seen the film it follows escaped mental patient Michael Myers who returns home to horrifying consequences. In his sites are Laurie Strode unaware of the looming danger that awaits her and only Myers psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis can save her.
While Halloween set the standard for the slasher flick, it still stands out for numerous reasons beyond just being the original. Here we get more of the killer’s perspective leading up to the mass murder that follows. Getting the chance to follow Myers around as he drives and stalks his prey really gives the film a way more creepy than any gore fest. This film took a more real approach than any that has come after it. While this original film doesn’t hold up as all that scary thanks mostly to the over saturation of the genre that we have all become numb to the toned down horror, it still delivers on every level. Most horror films are only able to bring certain aspects to the forefront such as the gore and jump moments, but here Carpenter delivers a great overall film that just happens to be a slasher film. Despite the popularity of Freddy, Leatherface, and Jason none of them have had more of an impact on the genre than Michael Myers and who knows if they would even exist if not for his original murder spree through Haddonfield in 1978.
There have been numerous releases of this classic slasher film including a previously released Blu-ray, but this special edition not only includes the beautiful transfer, but also new audio commentary with John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis, a new featurette The Night She Came Home as well as the On Location: 25 Years Later featurette, trailer, TV & radio spot, TV version footage and packaged 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.
Be sure to grab this must have edition of Halloween when it hits stores on September 24th.