Thursday, September 20, 2012

John Carpenter's original 'Halloween' receives theatrical re-release

In the Autumn of 1978, a pioneering film changed the horror genre by introducing us to a hulking shape known as Michael Myers, and scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis. John Carpenter's low-budget gem Halloween shocked audiences yet stayed subtle by using minimal blood and left the viewer to use their own imagination. Little did those involved know that the movie they were making would become a classic - even classic enough for a re-release 34 years later.

According to the official press release:

"Screenvision, a national leader in cinema advertising sales, services and content distribution, has teamed up with Compass International Pictures and Trancas International Films to bring John Carpenter’s immortal 1978 classic, Halloween, back to the big screen. This nationwide release, beginning Oct. 25 with select showings through October 31 will be the widest distribution the film has seen since originally shocking audiences in 1978. This cinema scare classic will be presented in a striking, new HD transfer and 5.1 audio."

Viewers will also be treated to a short documentary called You Can't Kill the Bogeyman: 35 Years of Halloween which discusses how the film impacted not only the horror genre but also our culture. Malak Akkad, son of Halloween's late producer, Moustapha Akkad was quoted as saying, "We are thrilled to bring John Carpenter's original Halloween back to the screen after almost 35 years ... We are excited for fans from coast to coast to finally get the ultimate theatrical experience."

The complete list of participating theaters will be released soon. Will you be checking it out? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

-Larissa Mrykalo