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HALLOWEEN Returns To The Screen Just In Time For Halloween!!

The Kidd here...

Finally it looks like studios are taking the hint that retro screenings do work, and that audience will pay to see some of their favorites up on the big screen once again. On the heels of Paramount announcing RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK's theatrical run will get an extension, John Carpenter's horror classic HALLOWEEN is now set for a re-release, hitting theatres on October 25, in order to run right into its holiday namesake.

Screenvision has the list of participating theatres as of now, but it looks like the final rundown of locations where you can see the beginning of Michael Myers won't be compiled until September 28.

See... this sure as hell beats another remake that will fail to live up to the original. Just keep giving us the films we love to experience again. 


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • Sept. 14, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    They should put an 80s movie in wide release every weekend

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    don't stop with just 80s era flicks ...

    by trevanian

    I so miss being able to go to revival houses and seeing the Eastwood/Leone DOLLARS Trilogy on a huge screen, and even though I've seen 2001 in cinemas nearly two dozen times, I've only been able to do that once in the last 23 years, so I'm jonesing for more of that widescreen Kubrick. And with the 4K restoration of STRANGELOVE, I'd like to check that out again as well. THE PARALLAX VIEW, WHERE EAGLES DARE, Connery and Dalton Bond movies, 60s era Frankenheimers, plus dumb fun like CAPRICORN ONE and ACTION JACKSON ... lots of stuff I'd still shell out to see with an audience, and almost none of it is being made in the 21st century. I did a rough calculation and figured that I have been to movie theaters less times this century than in any 3 year period in my whole life, and that is a theater-going movie 'career' dating back to GOLDFINGER before I was 4 years old.

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST

    They actually found a trend lazier than remaking movies

    by Mugato5150

    ...or re-releasing them in 3D.

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    ...the night HE came home.

    by carlotta_valdes

    Never gets old!

  • The Anchor Bay Blu-ray was quite nice when it first came out at the beginning of the format. But watching the remastered Halloween 2 & 3 on Blu-ray shows how much better it should look.

  • Raiders is a timeless movie (the F/X aside), but Halloween is definitely a film of its era, and I'd bet a lot of teenage and twentysomething viewers going into it having heard OF the film but never having seen it before will probably be disappointed that it's not nearly as gory as the shitty slasher movies it inspired. And nothing kills a viewing of a classic movie more than watching it with someone who hasn't seen it before and clearly isn't digging it. The 2000 reissue of The Exorcist was a fucking NIGHTMARE for all the wrong reasons...the entire audience I saw it with was hooting and howling throughout, like they were expecting an Evil Dead movie or something. And to make things worse, that was the first time I ever saw the film. It *still* scared the crap out of me somehow, but it was a fairly miserable experience.

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST

    You know what pissed me off about the halloween franchise?

    by Norman Colson

    Why didnt they have like a special police unit to find myers. i mean a serial killer, killing people en masse in a small town and no one investigated? Also your telling me that no one. I mean NOoooooooooooooooo one has ever took a gun to mike's head and just popped him in the noodle? I mean at least in jason goes to hell, the fbi got tired of the asshole and intervened!

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST

    mugato5150, theatrical reissues of older movies used to be COMMONPLACE

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    If a movie was popular, it'd be brought back to theaters a year later, or two years later (often in a double-feature with a current release). People born after the home video boom often don't realize this. Even after home video exploded, Disney kept reissuing their classic animated films up until the late 90's. And what does it hurt to bring a classic film back to the big screen in this day and age? What, you'd rather have another shitty remake or decades-too-late sequel? Personally, I'm hoping this trend of reissuing classics to theaters for a multi-week run will become commonplace again. No more "one night only" showings at 11:15 PM or some shit, give EVERYONE a shot at seeing their childhood favorites where the belong...on the big screen.

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 9:37 p.m. CST

    As far as I'm concerned, Loomis killed Michael in Part II


    I have never paid attention to anything past that.

  • Shame.

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Yeah, they don't do this often...

    by mister death at every fucking college I've been to! Not just some film school class either. I've seen the original cut of all three Star Wars with out the "updates" back to back at a college screening in 1994. That was the shit! Also Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which with the right audience is twice as funny. Colleges maybe stopped showing classic films? I don't think so.

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 9:46 p.m. CST

    I know this, nasty in the pasty and you said the reason

    by Mugato5150

    because before home video, it was the only way to see a movie again unless it came on TV. And for movies like Jaws and Raiders, sure. I just have a feeling they're going to do this with a lot more movies that don't really benefit from the big screen treatment.

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST


    by Simpsonian

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Ya, this will backfire

    by bullet3

    As influential and genre-setting as it is, Halloween doesn't hold up very well. The acting isn't great, there's very little story, and the techniques/horror-beats that were so ground-breaking and effective 35 years ago are so ingrained in audience's sub-conscious at this point that I don't think it works for someone seeing it for the first time at this point. Even as a huge Carpenter fan I have to say it's one of his films that's held up the least for me, and just isn't very re-watchable, unlike most of his other work.

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 10:04 p.m. CST

    I LOVE this...keep these classics coming back.

    by notcher

    Leave out the shitty remakes and allow us to experience the films we love and may not have had a chance to see in the theaters. I will see "Halloween" if I have to drive 3 hours to do so! BRING IT!!!

  • I've never really seen the original Halloween (or all of it, at least) and I notice he's got the script credit on it. So, it was purely like a spec script that he came up with back in the day?

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Love the GRIND-HOUSEY movie poster, but...

    by Mike B

    ...the tag line should read as before, "The night He came home."

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    How will this backfire?

    by Chairman_Kaga

    You're acting like young people, who somehow avoided ever seeing this movie or a portion of it on TV for years, will go see it while somehow knowing nothing about it and then be disappointed. This isn't geared at such a niche, fictional group. It's geared directly at people who have only ever seen the movie on TV who would enjoy seeing it in an actual theater.

  • Seeing Raiders last week, the bit with Marion slamming the spinning mirror into Indy's jaw (and his howl of pain mostly obscured by the boat whistle) absolutely KILLED with an audience...and there were maybe 30 or 40 people there, tops. The problem lies with younger audiences who have no fucking respect for the classics, and who might wander in just to say that they finally saw Movie X they've heard about forever, and who just plain don't get how groundbreaking a lot of these films are in the history of cinema. I must admit...I never saw Halloween until *1998* I was a gigantic pussy about scary movies as a kid, so I basically missed the entire 80's slasher movement (aside from seeing the Chucky movies on VHS), ergo I never saw Halloween until post-Scream, so even though I admired the craft of the film (despite watching on a shitty pan & scan videotape), I couldn't help but chuckle when a doomed character announced "I'll be right back..." Now, multiply that by a generation of horror buffs brought up on Torture Porn and Found Footage and who only know Jamie Lee Curtis as the grey-haired woman who shills yogurt on TV commercials, and I guarantee there will be lots of unintentional laughs at any screening of this film.

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    They should re-release Kubrick's THE SHINING

    by beers

    Like they are in the UK next month. I'd pay money to see that on the bigscreen.

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Yo Mr. Death

    by Jon Voights Ballsack

    Right there with you on watching screenings full of awesome back in the nineties on campus. In fact, when I went back to school two years ago I was quick to volunteer for the committee in charge of booking and showing this stuff... And there was absolutely no interest in showing anything older than six months. I couldn't even get them to do Rocky Horror at Halloween. Hate to be negative, but unfortunately the classic film screening experience on campus may not still be as commonplace as we'd like to think.

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 11:29 p.m. CST

    This was said to me at a recent Halloween screening:

    by TheLastVaults

    On the eve of Rob Zombie's Halloween, Fathom events did a one night only screening of the original. I went into Philly and saw it with my brothers. A guy in his 30s talked thru it the whole time to his girlfriend. He had seen it before, she hadn't. He was telegraphing all the scares and murders, thought he was hilarious. At the end I told him he ruined the experience, and told her she could do much better. He told me "I'll give you a dollar, go rent it from Blockbuster if you don't know what happens." I had seen it 20 times by that point. Reissues of horror and comedy films are usually fucked up by "clever" douches in the audience. I had a Holy Grail screening ruined because some dad thought he was cool saying all the punch lines before the Pythons. His adolescent son, probably seeing it the first time, never laughed.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Like TOTALLY!

    by Robbiemc9

    80's tits alone is good enough reason for anyone to see this on the big screen again.

  • Unless otherwise noted beforehand, all you are watching is a DVD of the film. The rarity of prints and the cost of duplicating them and shipping them out isn't worth the fucking hassle. You know how much it cost to rent a 35mm print for 6 days? Let alone 3 days for the weekend?

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Past II it was just oil money movies

    by gaygoonie

    Michael died end of 2. End of story.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Hope people get to see this....

    by Terence James

    With an appreciative audience. Went to see Alien when it was re-released in a cinema full of teenagers. They moaned about it being boring until Kane died, laughed at chest burster then left shortly after. Modern audiences aren't patient enough to watch a movie like Halloween.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 1:47 a.m. CST

    All of these "80's" comments. Are you people fucking retarded?

    by User897

    This film came out in 1978. Not in the 80's. And if there's a douche ruining the experience, then get a fucking employee and have the asshole booted! Don't just sit there and take it! Jesus fucking Christ, people.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 1:53 a.m. CST

    @User897 Thank You! Exactly, get rid of the shithead..

    by plisskenman

    I was only 5 when it came out in theaters so I will enjoy watching this. Hope they do the same for the original H2 also. Betcha it will beat out Paranormal 4 and Silent Hill 3D Bullshit for #1. And if it does....I'll look forward to seeing Escape From New York on the big screen soon.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 2 a.m. CST


    by Robbiemc9

    I stand corrected. 70's tits are worth seeing it in the cinema again.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 2:10 a.m. CST

    PJ Soles' Cantaloupes will do!

    by plisskenman

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 2:25 a.m. CST

    A midnight screening perhaps...

    by Polo Chavez

    Maybe it'll keep the jaded teens away?

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Not a true re release.

    by Levi Tinker

    The problem with these screenvision, fathom or other pre show entertainment company limited screenings is the picture and sound quality is almost always subpar, and are plaqued with all sorts of QC issues such as loss of Satalite feed, all sorts of compression and artifact issues, numerous sound drop outs, audio going out of sync etc etc. These showings Are not Re releases, and its a big disservice to viewers to bill them as such

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 3:05 a.m. CST

    "Coming back to theaters!" ....except your theater. Sorry.

    by Chris

    You'll have to travel 5-10 hours to watch it if you wanna see it.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 3:05 a.m. CST

    punisherthunder, the problem is

    by Levi Tinker

    These screenings (which by the way are NOT DVD or even bluray presentations) are badly compressed satalite presentations. There are quality DCP versions of a number of these movies that get these limited screenings via Screenvision or Fathom, that is why people complain about them, because we know there are quality Digital presenations available for them. These screenings done via the in theatre pre show enterainment advertising companies dont even provide a picture that is comprable to bluray let alone a high quality DCP file.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 4:59 a.m. CST

    in the 1980s WB

    by emeraldboy

    produced at the time two of the iconic superhero films of all time... Superman 1 and 2. I saw both of these plus Superman 3. Superman 4 is pretty bad and endured that as a child. If you are going to put 1980s movies back on the big screen and there are more then a few that I would love to see and I think its a great idea. The list of films to put out is selective. One of things that infuriated me was Disney and thier attitude of putting films on vhs or dvd for a limited time. I never understood this at all. walt disney produced animated movies are works of art. So why wouldnt you want generations of kids to see them. If your say WB do you go will we re release say superman back into cinemas and all of the superman movies there in. and then what about supergirl. does the WB well we wont release that movie. if we are going to put the superman series back into cinemas. there are other movies like the muppets or the dark Crystal and labyrinth. and then there is the john collection. and there are other eras and classic films one could release. and other genres.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 5:06 a.m. CST

    this is how bad films got in the 1980s

    by emeraldboy

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 5:33 a.m. CST

    "Satellite," people.

    by MovieManStill

    I suppose that "rereleasing" films in 2012, on a limited basis, could be seen as a 'trend," but it was an industry standard from the silent era, to the 1980s. And to blow the minds of the kids in here, blockbusters like "The Sound of Music" played for YEARS in the theaters, in the 60s. "Star Wars" was initially out for, what, 18 months...then rereleased several times. Will it work today? Not with contemporary films, as we want our DVDs as soon as possible. But classics...that's another story.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Sadly, this is played out

    by Glenn

    ...for modern youth markets. The one film -- mentioned above -- that seems to still work for all age groups, is The Shining. So many kids I've talked to love this movie. I think it's because it never got ripped off on the level that Halloween did, which inspired a whole genre (Slashers). But The Shining is its own animal, hard to duplicate (due to its scope and budget and level of acting and execution). Halloween is easy to copy in the above terms. I'm not talking quality here, just ease of duplication and extreme homage. I'm a huge Halloween fan, I wish this weren't so. I often gauge these things off the reactions from my teen nieces, and Halloween garnered no special reaction, but Shining got their attention. All 140ish fucking minutes of it. Gives me hope that this generation recognizes artistic achievement.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 6:18 a.m. CST

    The epitome of the perfect horror flick...

    by Darkness

    The score and the mood carried this film. Compared to the drivel we get today, it's a masterpiece. Subtlety seems to have more of a visceral effect on the psyche, as with most of Carpenter's efforts. I'm probably the only one who enjoyed the remakes; i found Rob Zombies take on them blonkers but extremely effective, with a distinctive take on the series. And Tyler Mane...A fucking beast of a guy!

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Fortunately no satellite feed

    by hellsheartstab

    This will be shipped to us on a hard drive, now I know that this wont be a huge re-mastered product Im sure. But after the huge cluster fuck of the Fathom re-release of 4 and 5 a few years back they apparently have thought better of it and decided to pick up the check for the fans. Come to Florida folks a Halloween fan boy will be handling your viewing experience, I got your back.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Re: ghost of chainsaw

    by brocknroll

    I mean NOoooooooooooooooo one has ever took a gun to mike's head and just popped him in the noodle?

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Re: ghost of chainsaw

    by brocknroll

    They tried to kill Michael many times but he kept coming back. Remember, Loomis shot Michael six times in the chest at the end of the film, but Michae's body was missing at the end of the film.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST


    by notcher

    I saw "The Shining" on the big screen in 1999, twas maybe the highlight of my movie going life. I'd definitely go see it again!

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    I'm 50, and rereleases were a staple of my childhood.

    by MovieManStill

    And, yes, they were mostly Disney films...I'm old enough to have seen a rerelease of "Song of the South". Fortunately, not old enough to have seen that "widescreen" bastardization of "Gone With the Wind" in 1967 (?)...yes, let's cut off the top and bottom of the original frame, and create a rectangle. Ugh. It DID generate the iconic poster NOW associated with the film. I saw "Star Wars" about 30 times during it's initial release. The negative of rereleases back then? Horrible prints.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    It'd be a PG-13 movie today

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Brief nudity and very little gore. There are plenty of more intense PG-13 movies today.

  • I thought the same thing when I first saw it with 12 or so... But hey... I really think Carpenter hasn't made one good movie, apart from his Thing remake.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Yep, Shining'd make the youngsters piss themselves!

    by dead youngling

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    The thing

    by Sean carey

    Went to go see a screening of the thing cause I never saw it on the big screen. 30 minutes in the laughter was over, people where scared, and the special effects seemed to surprise the shit out of people. Some movies hold up forever.

  • Or showing a crappy print of a Python movie for drunk and stoned students to scream through on a Sunday night. Not exactly the same as a national release if a restored digital print backed by a studio.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Teens will hate it. Leave out of sheer boredom

    by the_rising

    As others have said, this won't work. It is slow paced, lacking in gore and just way too dated for modern audiences. THE EXORCIST was a nightmare to see in a theater full of teens who wouldn't stop laughing and screaming at the characters like it was a big joke. Hell, I had to walk out of THE RING because of how disrespectful the 300+ teens were and that was a brand new film with modern pacing.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST


    by StevenScorsese

    The producers had the idea they were calling "The Babysitter Murders". They only had a vague concept, but hired John Carpenter based on his work on Assault on Precinct 13 - and he was young and cheap to hire at the time. The producers just wanted a killer stalking babysitters, but Carpenter along with Debra Hill came up with the story and script (in only a couple weeks if I remember right) and the look of Michael Myers after experimenting with clown masks and others. They basically came up with a Captain Kirk mask they found locally and painted it white and featureless, cut the eyes a little bigger and roughed up the hair to make it look more sinister.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    They don't do this enough in england

    by kingoflight

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    This better get the right screen ratio

    by MST3KPIMP

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Not sure, guys...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...there's a local drive-in that has special events throughout the year. Last year in October they played Halloween, Friday the 13th part 2 and Nightmare on Elm Street. The place was packed. I've got two kids at my house who consider Halloween as much of a staple to watch at Halloween as Rudolph is at Christmas. So are there plenty of kids who would sit in a theater and act like hip jaded jackasses while they watched it? Well, yeah. Same as with anything, up to and including the Second Coming. I hate to break it to those of you who've forgotten...but that's part of being a kid. By the way, this Halloween the drive-in's showing Dawn of the Dead, Demons and...Nightmare on Elm Street II. They can't all be diamonds. Here's hoping it's the third feature.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    I must confess that this point...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...that when I was a wee lad watching The Terminator for the first time in the theater... the end of the movie, when Sarah Conner is at the gas station in Mexico, the wind kicks up and a small child who has just sold her a photograph shouts, in Spanish, that there is a storm coming. Viene tormenta, he shouts, I think. When he shouts it there are chickens flapping about wildly in the wind. Sarah asks the gas station attendant what the boy just said and in between her asking and him answering I shouted out: The chickens! They torment me! I got a big laugh and I was very proud of my young jackass self. I was loving the movie, but I'm sure I ruined the end of it for plenty of other people who were loving it, to. Now that was an inner city theater in the mid-eighties where that kind of behavior was more tolerated, but I was being exactly the kind of jackass kid we're talking about. The kind who yes, trigger my strangle reflex today when we end up sharing a theater with them. Which is to say, a kid. Bizarrely enough, the theater where I did that, the grand old Empire theater in downtown Kansas City, was renovated by AMC a few years back and has now become an Alamo Drafthouse. So today's jackass kids would be on the street about ten seconds after they shouted.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    And too, even.

    by Red Ned Lynch

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST

    The Empire Theater was also the place...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...where I heard my favorite movie review ever. It was during one of the Friday the 13th movies. No memory at all at this point which one, but it doesn't really matter. Near the end of the movie an older and extremely large woman sitting in front of me said simply: I don't know what it takes to kill his ass but I'm sick of this shit. That was my film criticism 001 class.

  • Blue tint = The way this film SHOULD look.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Shining UK re-release

    by Mister McClane

    November in the UK, can't wait!

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Saw The Exorcist in theaters when it was re-released with the new footage

    by murray_hamilton

    and the teens in the audience were laughing at the crucifix masturbation scene. Kids these days... I'm afraid Carpenter's masterpiece might suffer the same fate

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Stop. Doing. This.

    by MattDomville

    Just make new movies and make 'em good.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by james

    You aren't alone in enjoying both Carpenter's original and the remakes. I prefer the directors cut of each and lean towards 2 being the better of the pair. Alas you are the only other person I have encountered who found them enjoyable in their own right.

  • At the beginning people were giggling and snickering at the '70s-ness of it all. By halfway through you could hear a fucking pin drop.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by doom master

    When I can watch the entire series at home for goddam FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE? This is the Equivalent of someone coming up to you and selling you the same dvd you just bought at the store an hour ago....AND YOU BUY IT. Man, Hollywood is so stupid sometimes. This is definitely one of those times. Or maybe its not just Hollywood...

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 7:18 p.m. CST

    and here i thought there was news on Halloween 3d...

    by doom master


  • Sept. 15, 2012, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Favorite/Least Favorite Movie Blabbermouths.

    by MCVamp

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Halloween is one of my favorite all time horror movies, but....

    by Rob0729

    I don't know if I have the need to see it on the big screen. The movie being very low budget has a very small feel to it. I don't think much is lost watching on a 40-60 inch HDTV as say a big movie like Raiders.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Favorite/Least Favorite Movie Blabbermouths. (woops)

    by MCVamp

    When I saw LOTR: Fellowship the second time, there was an elderly couple next to us that was silent the whole movie...until Boromir got snuffed. Every arrow. "Oooh...that hurt." "Ouch. Oop, he's not dead yet." "Yyyyup, that one did it." It was both annoying and funny. Least favorite: Empire '97 reissue. Entire row of dipshits were going word-for-word with dialogue for about 30 minutes. Finally, after they heckled the Luke/Leia kiss, some dude who looked like Brock Lesnar stood up, turned around, and said "SHUT THE FUCK UP OR I'LL BEAT THE FUCK OUT OF EACH OF YOU." And we were good the rest of the way.

  • Sept. 15, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Guys, teenagers treat new movies the same way you're describing.

    by kevred

    Here's a tip for you: don't go to see movies on the nights when the theater is full of teenagers! Don't go to the theaters that all the teens frequent! Unless you live in a one-theater town where crowds of teens go every night, it's not a difficult problem to solve. I hate the way a lot of kids can't seem to take anything seriously and/or suspend disbelief enough to sincerely enjoy creative works any more. Everything is so self-conscious and self-referential; it interferes with immersion. But there are also a lot of kids out there that seem to get it - they dig the music and movies of the 70s through the early 90s, and sense the insincerity of most of what's out there now. Dreck still rules the day, but any opportunity like this one for people who reject the current aesthetic to come together and have a good time seems like a good thing.

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 4:43 a.m. CST

    rev_skarekroe , that gives me hope

    by murray_hamilton

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Re: Loud, Laughing Teens

    by JAGUART

    I remember seeing "The Sixth Sense" in a packed discount "urban" theatre filled with laughing, yelling, riotous teens. It was sheer pandemonium right up until Bruce Willis' character was unexpectedly shot in the beginning. After that, you could hear a pin drop throughout the rest of the film, punctuated by terrified screams. Luckily, I had seen the film previously, so I just sat back and marveled at how the film turned the mob completely 180 degrees, and had the whole place shitting themselves.

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Black Christmas was always more scary.

    by BigTuna

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST

    I will be checking this out to kick off my Halloween plans


    I love Halloween, not just the movie but the whole holiday and time of year. I checked out the Halloween re-release a few years back when the studio was gauging interest in the property so they could go forward with Rob Zombie's remake. The crowd I saw it with was great, in that they were quiet and watched the whole movie without incident. I don't recall anyone walking out during the movie. But again, this was before the Zombie remake, so there is a chance that people (teens) more familiar with the remake and its sequel will be lured to see the movie and be put off by the different style and approach of Carpenter's original and will decide to act out in the theater.

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Yeah, glenn...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...but I've got the figure that the subset of even teens who both saw Zombie's Halloweens (which were, shall we say, lightly attended) and have no familiarity with the original is probably pretty small. And I'm with you. Halloween is my holiday.

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST

    RE: Doom Master's feelings (among others on here)

    by Slimpy1979

    Uhm...I think you guys are completely missing the POINT here. Saying "why not just stay at home and watch it for free?!" is not understanding the "theatre experience". Now, I'm not just talking about the BIG SCREEN experience, I'm talking about the CONCEPT of what it all means. It's late October, everyone is in the Fall spirit and to go out with your girlfriend or friends and see the ORIGINAL "Halloween" at a movie theatre with a BIG CROWD? THAT's the point. The fun of seeing it in a big dark room with people who are hooting, laughing and screaming. It's just fun. I'm very excited about it.

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    How is this only being released...

    by Kirbymanly ONE L.A. theater? And of course that one theater is in Westwood aka The Land of No Parking and Puking Douchbags

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    I live in the midwest so i won't be seeing it....

    by Dan

    Ditto the theater remark- DO NOT go on a friday/saturday night. Saturday/Sunday/Monday afternoons/evenings are the best no- no punk kids... Also too, I know plenty of kids who aren't like that... My youngest nephew LOVES RAIDERS and he's 7. I also know adults who have no clue and think all movies/tv/music began the year they were born. Just ignorant fuckers.

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Halloween Part 4 got away with murder...(creatively)

    by Dan

    Shot in the eyes, twice, chest 6 times and blown up ....yet is still alive and kicking.... No thanks... And Loomis is just badly burned...

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Could this be a sign of a remastered BluRay release forthcoming?

    by melonman

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    RE: Zodlovesmaude

    by Slimpy1979

    Again...that sort of thinking doesn't quite gel with me. Even when "Halloween" was released back in 1978, audiences yelled at the screen and laughed and cheered and booed, etc. Like it or not, Halloween is an audience movie (much like Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street). To see it in a practically empty theatre during the day?...In that case, just stay home and watch it in your silent living room. I say DEFINITELY see it on a packed Friday or Saturday night when there are TONS of young people there...a true representation of a 1978 screening.

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Halloween 4 is my personal favorite next to he original


    Yeah, it took a number of leaps of logic, like how both Michael and Loomis could still be alive. At least in Michael's case, you could rationalize it due to his supernatural near-invulnerability. But with Loomis? Not so much, but you were willing to forgive it because Donald Pleasence was the man and pretty much became the heart of the franchise, the Ahab to Michael's Moby Dick. Dwight Little did a good job as director, giving us a Haddonfield that was foggy and creepy, and managed to keep the characters from feeling stock and boring, especially with Danielle Harris' Jamie. She easily could have been an annoyingly shrill character, but isn't. And despite Alan Howarth's pop-infused take on the Halloween theme, there is some genuinely haunting ambient music (the opening credits with the creepy-low hum of music set behind the scenic shots of the Haddonfield countryside has to be the second-best intro in the franchise aside from the original).

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 5:28 a.m. CST

    It's one of those movies i call perfect.

    by albert comin

    Because i can't think of a way it could be improved in any way. Perfect as it is.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 8:40 a.m. CST


    by Dan

    Just saying to those who don't want any punk kids ruining their time... I'd prefer to see it with some ladies so they would squeal and squirm in all the right places.

  • if you don't know that answer, stop watching movies and fuck off.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    During the Return of the King...

    by Dan

    There was a woman behind me who was easily impressed. I didn't really notice her until Gandalf was changing into the big eagle. "Oh my..." Well, that's neat..." Oh isn't that neat..." Oh wow..." On and on and on... Yes, she was annoying, but I didn't care as she was more entertaining than the fucking film.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    All of the re-releases I've seen over the years...

    by Dan

    Aliens The Exorcist Superman: The Movie The audiences have been great; quiet, involved, respectful... The Exorcist especially, when Regan starts her shit, the place is quiet, a few old ladies got up and left screaming. No one laughed inappropriately thats for sure.

  • I just don't understand people who think the movie-watching experience is about interacting with each other. No, it's about WATCHING MOVIES.

  • You'd think that would indicate she wanted to watch and appreciate it. But no I think she wanted to help me make up my mind never to see her again.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Dump the bitch..

    by Dan

    If she can't appreciate or be quiet to watch soemthing, she's an idiot and needs to be sterilized.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 9:57 a.m. CST


    by Dan

    Re-releases have been around since the 1930's at least... How do you think people saw movies more than once after they stopped playing the first time around.... MORON!

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Love to see all the older BOND films re-released...

    by Dan

    Fuck it, I'm gonig to buy an old movie theater and run nothing but classics, re-releases and cult flicks... The entire month of October run nothing but old horror classics, from the Universal monsters onward...

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Mike did get shot in the head...twice...

    by Darth Macchio

    At the end of Halloween 2, Loomis puts a bullet in each eye and, therefore, in Mike's head. And Loomis tried to get people to listen, the police, the Feds (if I recall correctly) and nobody did. They all thought Mike was a catatonic invalid - and...he actually was a catatonic invalid for something like 20 years in the institution. Think about that and you'll understand the type of "serial killer" that Myers actually was...he sat perfectly still, without any interaction from any stimuli, for decades...never making a peep, never moving of his own volition and then, one day, he gets up and leaves...being fully capable of not only moving but so much more. (like driving which a lot of people were iffy over, being very strong without moving for years at a time, etc, etc). And with being shot 6 times at almost point-blank range, the clear but delightfully ambiguous implication is that Michael Myers is not a serial killer at all but a supernatural force of nature, or evil, as Loomis put it so very often. I think what makes Myers so great is that you just don't know what he is. He's not visibly brought back to life with lightening, he's just quietly unstoppable. He doesn't have maggots falling off him, never runs, and you will never see his face. Personally, I've always LOVED that about this character, that it's never telegraphed or drawn out into explanation - no abusive parents, no sacrifices to the devil or pagan-samhain inspired rituals by an ancestor or anything. Just a boy who kills his sister and then spends the next 20 years in a state of almost perfect catatonia but then wakes up with the faculties of an adult and starts a methodical killing spree. That's not a "serial killer" - that's a force of nature..something dark and primordial. Not some guy mad because his mom's boyfriend beat him up or that he had a death fetish...Myers is something else entirely. It's what Zombie so clearly misunderstood when he did his remake. And yes, while some of the sequels had some ok moments, the true Halloween series ended at the end of part 2 with Loomis sacrificing himself to cleanse Haddenfield of Myers by burning him to death. and they show the slow burn on the shape's mask for a good portion of the end credits - the shape was fried chicken then and forever - altho part of me like the ending of the first Halloween if it had no sequels... he just gets up after being shot 6 times and falling from a second story awning and leaves and is still out there...somewhere... that's a perfect ending for a character like that...

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    @Mr darth macchio

    by albert comin

    It's a common misconception that we never see Michael Meyer's face, but we did so right in the first movie, when Nancy takes off his mask in a struggle. And the filmmakers of Halloween hired the most angel faced dude they could find to play unmasked Meyers. The fact meyers is a good looking fella actually akes his unmasking even more disturbing. It would be easy to reveal a ugly fucker, but Meyers was always revealed to be a very handsome man, first as a kid he was this angel faced little boy, and as a adult he still is an angel faced handsome dude. It's quite a nice inversion of the usual monster faced slasher killer, and the funny thing is that the inversion came from the originator of the genre itself.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    @Mr darth macchio

    by albert comin

    And another thing: Rob Zombie didn't repeat the supernatual nature of Meyers inhis remake because it would be mere repetition. If he ahd done that, he would had been accused of merely reapting and not have an idea of his own. So,he made his own vertsion of Mayers, and his was to propose what would create such a man like him, and he came up with the perfect psychopath, somebody who would had both internal, born with tendencies mixed with a fucked up upbringing that could drive most to murder. So, he was a psychopath from both internal and external motivations. Which is why later Loomnis in his conference he calls him the perfect psychopath. Rob Zombie went with his own take on Meyers. Give him at least that much. If he did right or you agree with his approach, that's another matter. If anthing, it seems Zombie does get Meyers as he is in Carpenter's movies, he just didn't repeat it, because if he did, what would be the point then?

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    And Meyers is shot 7 times in Carpenter's Halloween, not six

    by albert comin

    yeah, like, how can a six chamber revolver mannage to hold seven bullets? Well, let us say that before the 90s nobody really cared all that much about real weapon loading characteristics in movie making, with very rare exceptions.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Zombie's "takes" are so piss-awful....

    by Dan

    From the ground up they stink. I recall from the first flick where a character utters "FUCK" constantly... HIS Halloween 2 is the single worst movie I've seen in the last 5-6 years. So damn terrible. I turned it off in the middle of the first time, finished on the second go around after imbibing something good... it helped, but it was still eye rape. UGH And yes, Zombie missed the point entirely. I never understood why anyone would dare go up against Carp's movie; remake a perfect film, why? Foolhardy to say the least...

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    WHat I always loved about hte first two...

    by Dan

    Were the wide open shots, MM enters, stares at someone, leaves... The best, creepiest scene is when MM dresses up like the ghost, PJ think's it's Bob, stares at her...for the longest time. NO jittery editing, no quick cuts, just a creepy stare... Also, in Part II, enters the old ladie's house, grabs the knife, stares as if he considers stabbing her, leaves... THAT"S the shit that stays with me 30 plus years after I've seen the flicks! Not the gore, the Nu-metal shit soundtrack from the Zombie shitheaps, but the craftsmanship, the artistry, the inherently creepiness...Carp knew how to scare people with simple images and logical staging.

  • That way, Michael's murderous rampages were that much startling and out-of-the-blue, in stark contrast to the life he lived. His motives are left without a clear-cut explanation but postulated as an undefined "evil". But instead, we get a dysfunctional white trash Myers family with a stripper for a mom, a verbally-abusive stepdad, and a bitch on wheels for an older sister. And Michael is a long-haired brat who gets bullied and kills his pets for kicks. And we are NOT supposed to expect Michael to go off the deep end and start gutting people with kitchen knives? Nobody saw this coming? It's a wonder Illinois Social Services weren't paying the Myers house a visit on a regular basis.