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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 Great Look at Carpenter's Classic
18 October 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Halloween: The Inside Story (2010)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Documentary about the making of John Carpenter's classic HALLOWEEN features the majority of the main cast and crew returning to discuss the production of this now legendary film. There's no doubt that HALLOWEEN: THE INSIDE STORY is a very well-made documentary but there's also no denying the fact that this one little, $300,000 film has been the center of countless other documentaries. If you're a fan of this series then it's probably going to be a fact that you've already seen countless other movies about the making of this film so it's doubtful that you're going to see or hear anything new here. If you're unfamiliar with the history of the Carpenter film or what all history it actually made then there's no doubt that this film does a good job at explaining the history and helps you understand what made the movie so special. Of course the making of the film is discussed as Carpenter talks about his influences, what he wanted out of this picture and we get to other items like the casting of Jamie Lee Curtis, the now legendary opening shot and the various influences it has had. The fact that the film got some pretty negative reviews at first is discussed and it's also talked about what turned the film and made it a box office hit. Carpenter, Curtis, PJ Soles, Nick Castle, Dean Cundey, Charles Cyphers, Nancy Kyes, Tommy Lee Wallace and just about everyone else is interviewed here and all of them share the sames stories as most fans have already heard. The notable missing people are Debra Hill and Moustapha Akkad who both died in 2005. Rob Zombie is also on hand to discuss why he felt the need to remake HALLOWEEN and he also shares the phone conversation he had with Carpenter when he called to let the director know he was remaking the film. If you new to the entire franchise then there's no question that this will tell you just about everything you need to know. If you're a die-hard fan such as myself then it's doubtful you'll learn anything new but then again, it's always fun hearing these stories.


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