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Thursday, March 21, 2013

SCREAM FACTORY APPRECIATION MONTH: Halloween II (1981)



Only a few years ago I took a month and did one of those “30 Day Challenges” where you list out some of your favorite horror movies based on a few basic parameters.  Favorite Slasher Film: Halloween II. I could regurgitate what I said during the challenge but to sum it up, it’s one scary fucking movie. Michael Myers, unkillable, walking around a hospital and NO ONE KNOWS HE’S EVEN THERE! That’s the everyday living equivalent of having a spider under your goddamn toilet seat and everyone just binged on Taco Bell. The kills are fantastic. The music is superior to the music in the first film and there’s one set of miraculous boobies that makes having your face burned off in a spa bath a-okay.  While my favorite of any movie varies by the day.... or maybe the hour… consistently, Halloween II has been my favorite Halloween installment and favorite slasher film. Sleepaway Camp 2 peeks in sometim es. Nightmare on Elm Street 3 gives it a run for its money. I guess I DID regurgitate my previous 30 Day Challenge entry.
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Also check out my brief campaign to have Moustapha's name returned to its rightful place HERE.

Now the debacle. Remember when Universal put out the first Blu-ray of Halloween II and replaced, consciously, Moustapha Akkad’s name as the presenter. I posted a little something something about it at the time, still bought the disc because it’s my favorite damn Halloween and then was rejoiced when they remedied the situation with a recall. Vindication. Akkad Lives! Halloween II as released by Universal is a fine disc filled with extras not limited to but in-fucking-cluding Terror in the Aisles, the ultimate trailer reel/scene swap picture. The transfer is fantastic. There’s no reason to be ashamed if you own this release because it’s a damn fine one. That brings us to Scream Factory.


Scream Factory puts out their own release of Halloween II alongside Halloween III in 2012. Say what? How? Who let such a thing happen? It’s confusing to say the least, but I bought them both. I’m a completist. It’s like hording with a pretty name. Halloween II as released by Scream Factory features some beautiful original artwork and two, count ‘em two different full length versions of my favorite Halloween. There’s the theatrical release and the TV version. While the differences aren’t grounding breaking, it is a welcome addition. Combined with a still gallery, trailer, making of documentary that friggin’ rules and a Hallowed Grounds special featuring filming locations as they appear now, the Scream Factory release doesn’t seem to trump the Universal release, but rather compliments it nicely with a variety of alternate features. The transfer is also good, leaving just enough dust to make us feel appropriately grimy and 1980-ish.


Own them both. That’s my suggestion. On a budget and can’t own them both? Consider whether you really want the alternate TV version or the Terror in the Aisles movie. That might be a great way to decide. Maybe you can’t get over Universal’s preemptive mondo destructo of the presenter credit… go Scream Factory, keep your morals strong and you’ll never go wrong (thanks Angela Baker).  I mean I bough the Akkad-less addition because I’m first and foremost a lover not a fighter and because I thought it might be collectible some day. My morals… not so strong.  The Horror’s Hallowed Ground special is a must watch for fan boys like myself so that ultimately made the decision to buy the Scream Factory release easier.



It’s not a competition really, or at least it’s a competition for the distributors to worry about I suppose. Everyone makes their money and you get to be entertained. The nice part about having two different releases is that you actually have options. You can pick your cover art and your features and you’ll do it knowing that both transfers look amazing.


You can pick it up at DiabolkDVD HERE (supporting the little guy is important). Also make sure to "like" Scream Factory over on FaceBook and follow their releases. You can also stop by their website HERE to peruse more titles and get acquainted with their product line and upcoming releases of which there are many. Save your pennies. Start a swear jar. Start a masturbation jar.


Dr. TERROR

Note: I guess we’re all entitled to more than one good scare, eh Sheriff Brocket? You’re daughter was hot. Make sure to give my love to the Mrs. And by the by, Dr. Loomis was also the president of the United States and saved by Snake Plisskin. Respect the Loomis. Fear the Loomis. He won’t retire leaving Haddenfield to suffer the Myers curse year after year.


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