40 Days of Halloween [RERUN DBL-SHOT] Pt 39: Halloween (1978) / Halloween 4 (1988)
Posted by invizweb on November 1, 2012
Halloween (1978) ~ Original Theatrical Version
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P. J. Soles, Nancy Loomis, and Nick Castle
Writers: John Carpenter, and Debra Hill
Producers: Debra Hill, John Carpenter, Kool Lusby, Irwin Yablans, and Moustapha Akkad
Studios: Compass International Pictures, and Falcon International Productions
Distributor: Compass International Pictures
Run Time: 1hr 31 min (91 minutes)
Halloween is the cornerstone of what all slasher films strive to be. It is not without its imperfections though. Maybe I am more used to the televised edit but the theatrical version seems to have an odd flow. However, that does not detract from the creepy atmosphere of the film punctuated by the lighting effects, camerawork, and of course the wonderful soundtrack. Nick Castle was also perfect in his role as Michael Myers with his ominous body language. This movie is worth re-watching in all of its versions and cuts, multiple times, especially by film students and aspiring movie makers.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
Director: Dwight H. Little
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, Michael Pataki, Sasha Jenson, and George P. Wilbur
Writers: Alan B. McElroy, Danny Lipsius, Larry Rattner, and Benjamin Ruffner
Producers: Moustapha Akkad, and Paul Freeman
Studio: Trancas International Films
Distributor: Galaxy International Releasing
Run Time: 1hr 28 min (88 minutes)
Halloween 4 is not as good as the original. Multiple rewatchings actually help punctuate the awkward moments in the script. However, now scream queen Danielle Harris began her career in this film which boasted one of the best child performances in a slasher film. Although some of the scenes were completely ripped off the first two films, this is fine as the movie was in some ways a celebration of the 10 years anniversary of Halloween. Some of the campiness in 4, such as the lynch mob, made the picture more fun. This is a somewhat decent film to rewatch every year.
And to address the gripe with Michael Myer’s hotwiring of cars: just because he is a spree killer does not mean he can’t perform daily functions. I have already come to the conclusion that he is not Freddy or Jason. He may in fact be the Bruce Wayne of his universe.