105 min., 1978
Written by John Carpenter/Debra Hill
Directed by John Carpenter
My rating: ★★★★★
Do a few extra scenes really make this movie better?
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It’s October 31, 1963 and little six year old Michael Myers watches his sister, Judith, go upstairs with her boyfriend. Michael puts on his mask, grabs a kitchen knife and after Judith’s boyfriend leaves, goes upstairs and stabs Judith to death. It’s now 1978 and Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) is on the way to pick up Michael and bring him to court. He gets there and finds that Michael has broken out and is on the way to find his other sister, Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis). Laurie and her friends, Annie (Nancy Loomis) and Lynda (P.J. Soles) are walking home and Laurie starts seeing someone that seems to be following her. She starts getting ready for Halloween and her babysitting that is lined up for that night. The problem is that Michael is home and ready to start the family reunion.
There is very little that can be said about Halloween that hasn’t been said about a thousand times before. From the positives to the negatives everything has pretty much been brought up at one time or another. With this small review I’m going to be talking about the extended version of the movie. Well not so much the movie as the extra scenes and if they are really worth it. The story behind this version is that when Halloween was sold to be shown on TV, there was a bunch of stuff that was cut out and that the running time ended up being very short of what they needed to make it on TV. So John Carpenter and some of the cast from, the then being shot, Halloween II got together and shot some extra scenes. The version on the DVD is the whole thing. The normal version with the extra scenes put in.
The first scene is with Dr. Loomis and two doctors. Loomis trying to convince them that Michael should be put into a maximum-security institution. They say that Michael has been a perfect patient so it’s going to be a no.
The next is with Dr. Loomis seeing Michael’s room the day after he broke out. The place is trashed and there is some writing on the wall.
The last is with Laurie, Annie and Lynda. They are, for the most part, talking about clothes and boys.
Do these extra scenes make the movie better? Do they answer any more questions? Is it worth it to even watch this version compared to the original? The answer to all of these questions is NO! The scenes don’t help in any real way and they don’t really add anything new. In the end I wouldn’t bother watching this version. It doesn’t make the movie worse, but it doesn’t make it better in any way either. Just stick to the regular version.Have You Read...?