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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

True Die Hard fans of the Halloween Series will enjoy this well done documentary.

8/10
Author: Lucien Lessard from Canada
29 August 2006

This insightful, well made documentary is about the groundbreaking horror classic "Halloween" and its seven sequels. Which this feature has interesting interviews with several of the cast and crew of each "Halloween" movie, including Michael Myers less sequel "Halloween 3:Season of the Witch". This is a true story of what went great and the controversies, they had with these pictures. This DVD also has interviews with the die hard fans of the original like Rob Zombie (The Devil's Rejects), Clive Barker (Hellraiser) and Edgar Whight (Shaun of the Dead).

DVD has an sharp full frame (1.33:1) presentation and an fine-Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound. Beside the very good documentary, this 2-disc set is packed with extended interviews with the well respected sequel to "Halloween" and the oddball third film, extended celebrity interviews, several behind the scenes footage of the Halloween movies, terrific Panel discussions and a whole lot more.

What makes this DVD special is genuinely feel that this documentary is certainly made with care. It is also surprisingly funny to see the real fans of these movies (Which it was filmed in California at the "Return to Haddonfield Convention" back in 2003). Which makes you realize how special the Halloween movies are. DVD also included a collector's booklet and a bonus comic book. Since the late executive producer of the series:Moustapha Akkad (Who passed away in 2005) managed to succeed to keep the franchise alive and had every reason to be proud. Even from non-fans of the series will certainly enjoy it. (****/*****).

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

one for the freaks

8/10
Author: trashgang from Midian
5 January 2011

Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask will be solved with this DVD issue. It's in the same way as the documentary of Jason Voorhees but it's in some way better, I mean, when some actors refer to a scene you actually see the scene. Some interviews are a bit too deep in explaining things but I guess if you are really a Halloween geek you will love it. For me it was very interesting to hear why some editions failed and why for example part 6 has two different versions, one that's out on DVD and strangely a more bloodier part that is called the 'producer's cut'. Also nice to hear what happened to the original Myers house, you will see all the locations that still exist and others that are gone or completely changed. A must have for the Halloween geeks.

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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Excellently Crafted Documentary On A Classic Series.

Author: ultra_violent from New York City, New York, USA
31 July 2006

If you're a fan of the "Halloween" series, this is most definitely the ultimate Halloween documentary you've been waiting for. The 80 minute feature is an excellent compilation of interviews with all those involved with every film (so far) in the series, with extensive behind-the-scenes takes and very informative input from cast and crew, all excellently narrated by P.J. Soles (who played Lynda in the original "Halloween"). The documentary is topped off with footage from the "Return to Haddonfield" Halloween convention in Pasadena, California, which consisted of panel discussions and interviews with the cast and filmmakers of each of the movies, where fans could come together and meet those who were a part of creating some of their favorite movies.

Basically, if you are a fan of the series, this 2 disc DVD-released documentary is a must have. It's very informative and gives you a lot of great info on the making of the movies. It was nice to see all of the cast and filmmakers from all the films come together to compile such an interesting documentary. Very well done, every Halloween fan must see this. 10/10.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

The beginning of the horror franchise documentaries

9/10
Author: Quentin Stuckey from Canada
5 September 2010

As many horror fans now, a new sub-genre (if you will) has started in the horror genre.The retrospective documentary on famous horror franchises.There's been one for Friday The 13th,A Nightmare on Elm Street,Psycho and there's even one in production for Hellraiser.But it all started with Halloween:25 Years of Terror.Production for this documentary started back in October 2003 when the H25 convention was happening.It's great to have footage from the convention to go along with the documentary.P.J. Soles does a great job of narrating.She has a natural speaking voice that is nice to listen to.With this documentary you get tons of interviews with cast and crew from all 8 films.Even all the actors who played Michael Myers!! It's an entertaining and informative documentary that every Halloween fan should see.Even the hard core fans will find something new.As great as this documentary was, I think it should been way longer than 84 minutes.I also felt that they could have spent a little bit more time on Halloween 3 and 4.But besides that it's a fantastic documentary that lets you explore 25 years of Michael Myers and the Halloween movies!!

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Halloween: 25 Years of Terror

6/10
Author: Scarecrow-88 from United States
20 July 2015

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Decent documentary on the Halloween franchise up until right before Rob Zombie's two contributions to the story of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. It doesn't quite cover each film thematically in elaborate detail like the later Jason and Freddy docs would ultimately do, but it has a lot to say about Myers in pop culture, and what the groundwork for Myers accomplished thanks to Carpenter and company back in '78. It acknowledges what the films in the franchise did or didn't do right according to fan and critic reaction. Truthfully, this is one of those docs where it covers the films yet doesn't quite hit each of them in the kind of enlightening detail that others would later do.

Seeing various actors/actresses from the films showing up like Nancy Kyes and Tom Atkins along with makeup artists like Nicoterro and Buechler, and directors like Rosenthal and Tommy Lee Wallace does lend to some cool tidbits. Like the debate of the Myers mask in H20, the production dysfunction of Part 6, how Harris decided Part 6 wasn't respectful (and right she was) to her character, Clive Barker (much to my personal astonishment) rather open (maybe he was being sarcastic) to writing a film directed by John regarding Myers vs. Pinhead, reactions to the slasher themes set in motion (what happens if you are promiscuous), what elaborating on The Shape does to the enigma he once had in Carpenter's film (rather obliterated years later by the Thorne storyline), Pamela Stroop's reveal about having a closed set with a few people when she does shows her breasts and how members of the crew were supposed to strip too, and why men get it quick and rather less elaborate while women die in a lengthy and rather cruel way.

Kudos, though, to addressing the lingering bad taste regarding Busta Rhymes' karate chop to Myers, the return of Jamie Lee Curtis to the franchise because a lot of money was thrown at her, how the franchise often teetered in regards to what the emphasis should be on (violence or suspense), how the character of Myers should be treated over the long term (humanizing him or providing "too much" back story), and letting us see behind the scenes and how popular Halloween is.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Good Documentary.

7/10
Author: AaronCapenBanner from North America
12 September 2013

This documentary exhaustively examines the "Halloween" franchise, with interviews with creators John Carpenter & Debra Hill, along with actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Charles Cyphers, P.J. Soles, Tom Atkins, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, and archival footage with the late(and much missed) Donald Pleasance, among many other actors, directors, and writers involved. Takes a look at how and why the first film was made, following its production and release, where Carpenter thought it had failed, only to discover to his surprise that it was a big critical and commercial success. Also goes into the formation of the many sequels, the ups and downs of their production, and then the possible future of the franchise.

Made before the two(needless) remakes and tragic death of owner Moustapha Akkad, this film was quite an interesting look at the franchise, now 35 years, rather than 25!

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

The Night He Came Home!

10/10
Author: kylehaines96 from United States
28 October 2011

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Day 28 Of My 31 Days Of Horror.

Director Stefan Hutchison gives Halloween fans a well deserved Halloween Documentary titled Halloween 25 Years Of Terror. This has got to be the best documentary I have ever seen It is well made and every time I watch the film it just keeps getting better and better. The film is just basically the cast crew and fans of Halloween stating how much they love them. I definitely recommend this if you are a Halloween fan such as myself.

Not Rated.

1hr 24min/84min.

4 uses of the F-word.

****/****

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Awesome Documentary By Stefan Hutchinson

10/10
Author: donnaplus3-9-336104 from United States
24 March 2011

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This Is An Awesome Documentary About The Halloween Film Series Including Halloween (1978) Halloween 2 The Nightmare Isn't Over (1981) Halloween 3 Season Of The Witch (1982) (The Dumb Sequel) Halloween 4 The Return Of Michael Myers (1988) Halloween 5 The Revenge Of Michael Myers (1989) Halloween 6 The Curse Of Michael Myers (1995) Halloween 7 H20 20 Years Later (1998) And Halloween 8 Resurrection (2002) And It Stars Donald Pleasence John Carpenter Jamie Lee Curtis Debra Hill Moustapha Akkad Etc. And Of Course Also Stars Will Sandin Erik Preston A. Michael Lerner Brad Loree Chris Durand Don Shanks Dick Warlock Tony Moran Nick Castle And George P. Wilbur So Great Documentary A Must See And If You Miss It Well You Better Find A Way To Get It Because I Loved It From Brandon DeVore

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Awesome, a must own for any & all HALLOWEEN fans!

Author: Prolox from Canada
14 February 2009

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Awesome documentary chronicles the trials & tribulations gone through by Director John Carpenter & co, who back in the mid/late seventies when they had a hard time trying to get anyone to fund their horror film, some movie called HALLOWEEN (Back then called THE BABYSITTER MURDERS) that many producers & distributors said would never become anything & would be soon forgotten, only to have their predictions backfire, when the film winds up getting made ($300,000) & distributed, turning a huge profit at the box office & at the same time creating one of the most terrifying villains to ever be featured on the silver screen MICHAEL MYERS!, the documentary then covers the entire history of the sequels, from the truly terrifying first movie to what became (sadly) just another cut & dried series of slasher films. Featuring many interviews with fans both famous & no so famous, the cast & crew of the series, photos & behind the scenes footage, location re-visits & re-staged scenes from the original film, the documentary is priceless, informative & worth watching over & over again! The two disc set also comes with panel discussions with the cast & crew of the series, at conventions, as well as personal interviews with the likes of TOM ATKINS (HALLOWEEN 3) etc. Fan films, a music video & so much more! Highly recommended, don't dare call yourself a fan of HALLOWEEN if you don't have this in your video cabinet!

**** stars

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Lots Of Nostalgia, And Then Some.

10/10
Author: Phantasm01 from Somewhere
10 August 2006

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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. I was intrigued by the documentary, and was only disappointed when it ended.

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