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The first quarter century of the Halloween saga, from the 1978 original to 2002's Halloween: Resurrection, is thoroughly tracked in an 83-minute documentary on the subject. The impetus is a Halloween convention held in South Pasadena (site of the original filming), from which a considerable amount of footage is drawn. Let's be clear: this two-disc set is not a reissue of the first Halloween, but a new documentary with mucho extra features.

Halloween: 25 Years Later collects interview footage of many of the original's creators, including director John Carpenter, co-writer/producer Debra Hill, and star Jamie Lee Curtis. The very good-humored co-star P.J. Soles contributes the narration (and figures in the extra goodies shot at the convention). The film marches through the years, providing some fairly interesting behind-the-scenes material: the alternate versions of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (aka Halloween 6), and the controversy over differing Michael Myers masks in Halloween H2O. Proper due is paid to Carpenter's brilliant first film, but nobody ever really comes out and says how bad most of the sequels were--although studio interference is blamed for the inadequacies of some of the pictures. The doc isn't exactly deep, but there are some decent observations about how the elemental horror of "the Shape" in the first film was contained in the film's style. Horror directors Clive Barker, Rob Zombie, and Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) weigh in as well.

Most of the extras are culled from panel discussions and other interviews made during the convention. They will be absorbing for hardcore fans--and flattering to them, too, since the post-Internet faithful are lavishly credited with giving the series continued life. Sure, it's overkill--do we actually need a 25-minute panel discussion featuring the cast members of Halloween II?--but for anybody devoted to the Halloween franchise who kicked themselves for not getting to the anniversary convention, this will be almost exactly like being there. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • "Horror's Hallowed Ground" featurette
  • "Fans of Halloween" featurette
  • Halloween II and Halloween III extended interviews
  • Extended celebrity interviews
  • Halloween 5 On-Set Footage
  • Halloween Convention Montage
  • Halloween panel discussion
  • Halloween II panel discussion
  • Halloween 6 panel discussion
  • Ellie Cornell panel discussion
  • Dean Cundey panel discussion
  • Halloween producers panel discussion
  • Halloween location still gallery
  • Halloween Convention Behind-The-Scenes gallery
  • Original artwork gallery
  • Exclusive comic book inspired by the series

Product Details

  • Actors: Moustapha Akkad, Ana Alicia, Brian Andrews, Tom Atkins, Clive Barker
  • Directors: Stefan Hutchinson
  • Writers: Stefan Hutchinson, Anthony Masi
  • Producers: Stefan Hutchinson, Anthony Masi, Bret McCartney, Malek Akkad, Paul Swearingen
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FC2GA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,514 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Halloween: 25 Years of Terror" on IMDb

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Andy on July 28, 2006
Format: DVD
Certainly John Carpenter had no idea what sort of an impact he would be making when he created his masterpiece, "Halloween" in 1978. Not only did the movie go on to be the most successful independent feature of it's time, but it spawned seven sequels, which in turn gave birth to a large and loyal fanbase. "Halloween: 25 Years Of Terror," a two-disc DVD set, centered around an in-depth documentary, celebrates that. Captured at a 2003 convention to mark the 25th anniversary (hence the title), this set beautifully covers nearly every angle of all eight "Halloween" films, their effect on the industry, their successes, their failures, and so on and so forth.

The documentary itself, clocking it at the length of the average "Halloween" film, traces the history of the franchise, from the baby stages of the original film, to the ridiculous nature of the most recent installment, "Halloween: Resurrection." Nothing is really held back here. The producers, directors and castmembers are not shy about revealing certain problems encountered during production (especially on parts 2 and 6) but also don't treat the films as complete failures, or as cinematic scum, as some critics might label it. If you own access to the internet and have done enough research on the films, this information may not be any news to you, but it's nice to have all the wrinkles ironed out and to hear it straight from the source. We get interviews from the legends, such as Jamie Lee Curtis, John Carpenter and Danielle Harris, to the lesser-knowns like Sasha Jenson, Marianne Hagan and Pamela Susan Shoop, and are even treated to input from everyone from internet critic John Fallon (Arrow In The Head) to future "Halloween" director/reinventor himself, Rob Zombie.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Anton Tobias on May 17, 2007
Format: DVD
This DVD was definitely worth the excruciating wait. With the title floating around for years Anchor Bay took years to release this DVD. When it finally hit store shelves I had mine reserved and it was a good thing because they were all sold out once I got there. I guess that just goes to show how popular this series is.

This is a two DVD set, which I find suitable considering Anchor Bay had years to put this together. It contains interviews, fan footage, a lot of scenes filmed from the "Halloween Returns To Haddonfield" convention from 2003, and my personal favorite...filming locations presented by Sean Clark.

For those who are unaware this in NOT a new Halloween sequel nor is it a newly released version of the classic. It is a documentary on the Halloween film series. So if you are interested in the Halloween franchise or a fan of the genre this is a film that is sure to interest you.

For the truly dedicated fans of the original film who lust after seeing the actual filming locations but are having trouble finding the exact spot on the map I have listed the addresses below for you:

- The Myers House - located at 1000 Mission Street in South Pasadena, California

- Hardware Store - located at 966 Mission Street in South Pasadena, California

- Opening Shot Of Haddonfield - located at the intersection of Montrose Avenue and Oxley Street in South Pasadena, California

- The Strode House - located at 1115 Oxley Street In South Pasadena, California

- Haddonfield High School - located at 1401 Freemont Avenue in South Pasadena, California

- Haddonfield Elementary School - located at 110 West McLean Street in Alhambra, California

- "Isn't That Devon Graham?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By tbwcf on September 10, 2006
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Sad that they only seemed to interview the fans who are under the age of 26 or 27 and appear to have no intelligence or true insight about filmaking or storytelling, and only care about the violence or nudity. There really ARE older fans who care about the series for its style and suspense too.

I still don't quite understand the bashing that Halloween 5 is given on this disc, as, with the exception of perhaps H2O the film has an amazing amount of mood and suspense close to that of the original, despite the 80's clothing and hair and the goofy policemen.

It would have been nice to see more interviews, and longer interviews with some of the actors. Jamie Lee Curtis' involvement is simply a replay of interviews from the set of "H2O" that have been available before on other discs. If they're going to re-use the footage, give us more of it, or an unedited interview.

Tony Moran, who played Michael in some small parts in the original is making the convention rounds nowand yet is curiously absent here. To hear about how his involvement came about would have been interesting, as well as his take on the popularity, as he seems amazed when one meets him at conventions, as though he had no clue that Halloween was a watershed film.

The convention interviews are nice, but more up close personal interviews would have been better. PJ SOles, who narrated the documentaryt, is a fount of knowledge and stories, having spoken with her once. It would have been great to hear her speak more about the film and the experience as well as with her costar Loomis. For an big retrospective, its decidedly lacking considering so many of the original actors and the director are still more than alive and kickig.
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