Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Halloween (1978) - Extra Scenes
Does anyone else out there remember several years ago when they would show Halloween on TV with the extra scenes in the beginning, the first one being where Dr. Loomis is trying to convince the doctors to move Michael into a more secure facility (I think, it’s been a while since I saw these extra scenes), and then the second one being the scene after Michael escapes and they find the word SISTER carved into the door? What did you think of these scenes? The first time I ever saw the movie was on TV in the mid 90’s so they were still including them, which, of course, led me to be a bit confused when I finally saw the film on VHS (I had bought the VHS tape used from Blockbuster and thought maybe the reason it had been $1.99 was due to the missing footage -- I was still pretty young). Later, however, I learned that these scenes had actually been shot during the filming of the second movie because everyone knew the original Halloween would need to be heavily edited for 80’s era TV audiences, and since they had just come up with the ‘Laurie is Michael’s sister’ idea they decided to include that in the new footage.
Normally I don’t like it when films are changed from the original vision of the director, but with this movie, since my first several viewings were with these scenes, I kind of associated them with the original version even though they aren’t and sometimes wish they were still there, the sudden jump from Michael standing outside with his parents in a clown costume holding a knife to the one with Dr. Loomis and the nurse heading to the mental institution in the rain catching me off guard. I also kind of like it that extra footage would be added rather than just cutting out a scene and filling the void with commercials to keep the time frame right, which is what most studios seem to do now, almost as if they don’t care how the movie is presented just as long as it is presented.
Anyway, anyone else like the movie with this footage added in? If so was it because you first saw the movie with this footage and thought it was part of the original film like me, or do you think it just adds another element to the story, one that isn’t really necessary, but still somewhat frightening -- seeing Michael just staring at the wall as a kid creeps me out for some reason.