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Halloween: The Inside Story (2010)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary  |  25 October 2010 (USA)
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"Halloween: The Inside Story" takes a look at one of the most successful film franchises of all time as it goes behind the scenes of John Carpenter's "Halloween," the "frightfest" that redefined the horror genre in the late 1970s. Viewers will learn how writer and director John Carpenter made movie magic on a shoestring budget and how the costume department created one of the most iconic horror villains in movie history by spray-painting a mask of Captain Kirk. It's an inside look at Michael Myers and the Halloween terror he unleashes on the poor teenagers of Haddonfield, Ill. Written by Anonymous

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Another interesting documentary about the ultimate classic !
21 July 2011 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

"Halloween: The Inside Story" has the entire cast back together to discuss how they experienced this little movie which became one of the most successful horror movies in history.

For the fans who've already seen "Halloween: 25 Years of Terror" and "Halloween: A Cut Above the Rest" this new documentary shows mostly things and facts they already know. On the other hand, it's done very well and I've never seen the complete cast before in one of the others. Little Lindsay Wallace ? Tony Moran (the 'face' of Myers at the end)? I don't recall seeing interviews with them before. Carpenter once mentioned that he never saw Moran after the completion of Halloween back in 1978. They are a nice added bonus next to familiar interviews with Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles, John Carpenter etc.

"Inside Story" shows how "Halloween" was made with a limited budget of 325.000 dollars. (25.000 dollars was the fee for Donald Pleasance). And how this sleeper eventually became a hit.

You also get the reaction of Carpenter when Rob Zombie tells him he was doing a remake. Carpenter was hardly involved in any of the sequels and even turned down the opportunity to do "Halloween H20" (which I thought was an excellent movie, the best one since 1981's "Halloween II"). Personally, I also enjoyed Rob Zombie's "Halloween". Unfortunately, I can't say the same thing about his follow-up in 2009. But John Carpenter still receives money when another one is made. I liked it that they mentioned the people who passed away: Donald Pleasance in 1995 and Debra Hill and Moustapha Akkad in 2005.

Since so much is already said about this classic (and much information is already said before) I hoped we got some background stories regarding the sequels. Parts II and III (underrated classic) are mentioned briefly. H20 and Resurrection are mentioned briefly. They could have spent some more time on the other "Halloween" movies, especially since Pleasance was involved in most of them. As fans, we do not have much background stories regarding the other sequels. To be honest, Part V and VI were not that great (and that includes the Producer's Cut) but Halloween II, III, 4 and H20 were very well done.

In conclusion, If you're 'new' to this (you haven't seen the other Halloween documentaries) than Inside Story is a real treat for you. Because it's one of the finest documentaries, even if you're not a big fan of the classic. For the fans, it's also a treat, even if you know a lot of the facts already, this is a must-see (and a must-have I might add).

I'm glad I caught it on the internet, and many thanks for the one who put it up there ! Because at this time, no DVD is yet available of this show.


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