A fully restored and remastered version of the cult horror film will screen in selected theatres all through October.
Halloween is approaching, and it's time to break out those horror movie DVDs. But wouldn't it be so much better if you could watch your absolute favorites on the big screen? Well, now you can - at least one of them, anyway. Cinelife Entertainment is bringing back the original 1978 Halloween to the silver screen — fully remastered. "Halloween premiered in cinemas and on drive-in screens on October 25, 1978, changing the landscape of horror cinema," says a press release by the company. "It stunned audiences worldwide and has since inspired countless films in the genre. In 2006, it was selected by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the U.S. National Film Registry for its cultural significance." Directed by John Carpenter, the film revolves around the antagonist Michael Myers who escapes from a sanatorium after 15 years of imprisonment and returns home to Haddonfield, where he proceeds to wreak havoc on the lives of three young women, including Laurie Strode—played by Jamie Lee Curtis.
The remastered version of the film was supervised by Dean Cundey, who was the original cinematographer for the 1978 film. The restoration will see new and better lighting and effects in the film and will pave the way for the upcoming sequels due to release in 2020 and 2021. Actor Nick Castle, who played Myers in the 1978 film, commented on the remastering, saying that he had spoken to Carpenter about it. “He was impressed with the sharpness," Castle told Bloody Disgusting, adding that he had only one concern about the improved quality of the remastered version. "My question would be there is one scene that Dean Cundey had a great idea. Near the end, where Michael Myers is in the shadows, he actually dials up the light very, very slowly so that he starts to appear behind actress Jamie [Lee Curtis]. It’s right before he tries to either stab her or choke her. And I just wonder if that will be seen too early. That’s, I guess, my one concern, other than the fact that I’d love to see it in this format.”
This #Halloween, the newly restored and remastered digital print of the original HALLOWEEN is coming to both Nitehawk locations.— Nitehawk Cinema (@nitehawkcinema) September 10, 2019
Prospect Park on 10/31: https://t.co/eYlrfnmxw2
Williamsburg 10/25 & 10/26 at midnite: https://t.co/daxNjydT5q pic.twitter.com/xKQAI6EMTU
The remastered version of Halloween will be screened at select theatres across the country starting September 27, all the way through October. You can find a screening in your area on the Cinelife Entertainment website.