Movie Review: HALLOWEEN KILLS Extended Cut

In a way it feels like I’m cheating, providing two reviews for the same movie, but there are significant differences between the theatrical release of HALLOWEEN KILLS and the extended cut. Both versions are available on the DVD I just purchased yesterday and watched today while trapped inside by a snowstorm. (Both *trapped* and *snowstorm* being relative terms here.) I honestly couldn’t think of any better movie to watch under such circumstances.

As much as I loved the theatrical release of the film, the extended cut is even better. There’s not a lot of difference in the run times for both movies, but sometimes a little bit of extra material, a single short added scene, can make a whole lot of difference. As is so often the case when you watch a “director’s cut” of a movie, you end up wondering why the excised material was left out in the first place. The biggest treat provided by the extended version is that final scene. Where Laurie tries to call Karen but Michael answers, and all you see is Laurie’s face and all you hear is Michael’s breathing. Soooo effective. What I would’ve loved to have seen is, after the scene cuts away from Laurie walking down the hospital hallway carrying the bloody knife, a quick flash back to Michael staring at his reflection in the window, then cut away to black and then the closing credits. That would have been perfect.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

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