Fanedit of Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, A
Although H20 was a very worthy entry that featured a perfect ending, I think it lacked some elements that could have easily made it better.
Halloween-25th Anniversary DVD (Anchor Bay)
Halloween II DVD (Universal)
Halloween: Resurrection DVD (Miramax)
Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later- Television Cut (FX)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer- Season Four, “Fear Itself”) DVD (20th Century Fox)
Plan 9 From Outer Space DVD (Legend Films)
Halloween Soundtrack by John Carpenter
Portrait of Terror (Halloween H20) by John Ottman
Halloween (2007) Soundtrack by Tyler Bates
- replacing most of the recycled Scream music with John Ottman’s original score, John Carpenter’s classic Halloween themes or Tyler Bates’ score for the 2007 remake
- adding some deleted scenes from the TV version to build tension and pacing
- adding scenes with a certain holiday atmosphere to compensate for the lack of it
- removing silly things like Ronnie surviving a bullet to the head, the CGI mask, etc.
- adding various call-backs to the original Halloween (actual Donald Pleasence monologue, Laurie hearing Don’t Fear The Reaper, The Thing playing on TV, hearing The Shape’s breathing, etc.)
- Added TV cut footage. (Jimmy looks around the living room)
- Added TV cut footage. (Jimmy walks in hallway)
- Added TV cut footage. (Marion’s ransacked office)
- Added musical cue from Halloween (The Shape appears)
- Added TV cut footage. (Marion looking for Jimmy)
- Added TV cut footage. (Marion tries to escape)
- Added TV cut footage. (Shape stalks Marion)
- Replaced Dr. Loomis soundalike with actual monologue from Halloween
- Removed white flash after opening credits.
- Extended Laurie’s dream with scenes from Halloween and Halloween II
- Added TV cut footage. (Shape watches mom and girl)
- Added breathing sound effect to Shape’s POV. (Shape watching mom and girl)
- Replaced score with Tyler Bates’ music. (Laurie goes to lunch)
- Added scene from Halloween: Resurrection.
- Replaced “Mr. Sandman” on radio with “Don’t Fear The Reaper”.
- Added John Ottman’s music to the score. (Shape at the gate)
- Added breathing sound effect to Shape’s POV. (Shape at the gate)
- Added John Ottman’s music to the score. (Molly’s search)
- Added musical cue from Halloween. (Molly sees Shape)
- Replaced score with John Ottman’s music. (Buses leave)
- Added scene from Halloween: Resurrection.
- Added scene from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Fear Itself.
- Replaced score with John Carpenter’s music. (Ronnie investigates)
- Replaced score with John Ottman’s music. (Laurie hallucinates?)
- Replaced footage of “Scream 2” on TV with 1982 “The Thing”.
- Removed “date-rape evening/nipples pierced” exchange.
- Added breathing sound effect to Shape POV. (Shape watches John)
- Added TV cut footage. (Will carving a pumpkin)
- Replaced score with John Carpenter’s music. (Laurie opens up)
- Removed Will’s line “Well, that’s…sucky!”.
- Added TV cut footage. (Shape stalks Charlie)
- Added breathing sound effect to Shape POV. (Shape stalks Charlie)
- Removed shot of CGI mask.
- Removed Charlie’s “Hi!” to The Shape.
- Replaced score with John Ottman’s music (Charlie face to face with Shape)
- Added John Ottman’s music to the score. (Shape behind curtain)
- Fixed the continuity error with Charlie’s head.
- Replaced score with John Ottman’s music. (Sarah chase)
- Added TV cut footage. (The Shape going after John and Molly)
- Replaced score with John Ottman’s music. (John and Molly chase)
- Added TV cut footage. (The Shape keeps going)
- Added TV cut footage. (The Shape goes up the stairs)
- Replaced score with John Ottman’s music. (Kids at the gate, Laurie face to face)
- Removed frames where it’s obvious that Ronnie is shot.
- Replaced score with John Carpenter’s music. (Ronnie’s body)
- Replaced score with John Ottman’s music. (Shape in pursuit)
- Added a montage of different locations before Laurie walks into the school.
- Added TV cut footage. (Laurie looks for The Shape)
- Replaced score with John Ottman’s music. (Laurie hides, Shape turns tables)
- Replaced score with John Ottman’s music. (Laurie throws knives)
- Added musical cue from Halloween. (Laurie stabbed Shape)
- Fixed the continuity error of Laurie pulling the knife out of The Shape.
- Removed Ronnie from ending.
- Added John Ottman’s music. (Laurie stabs the Shape)
- Replaced score with John Ottman’s music. (Laurie takes Shape for a ride)
- Replaced score with John Ottman’s music. (Shape gets up)
- Removed a comical shot of The Shape getting hit by the ambulance.
- Removed a shot of The Shape frantically grabbing his head.
- Moved dedication to Donald Pleasence to the start of the credits.
- “Pleasence” is spelled correctly.
- Removed the Creed song during the credits, replaced by “Don’t Fear The Reaper”.
Halloween has always been my favorite horror franchise, and frankly, H20 is probably my favorite in the series (behind the first film). That being said, I have always had some issues with it, thanks to the mostly temp track score and lack of halloween "mood". Thankfully, The Butcher has fixed both of these issues. By inserting some halloween-themed shots from other films and giving the film a more autumnal color grade. The Ottman score is a massive improvement over the Beltrami mash-up in the theatrical version, but it is certainly a "big" score so be aware. Another really cool addition is the selection of deleted scenes, there are some nice tension building moments as well as great character ones. Overall, I highly recommend this edit to fans of Halloween. I'm looking forward to the HD version on the horizon.
this was an awesome edit of a good movie
i love the new score and and al the newly added tv footage
there is not much more i can say yes the tv footage was lower quality but it was never destracting,
it just showed how well he edited them in to the movie and the music makes it more menacing
i highly recommended it
Halloween H20 was a surprisingly solid slasher for an era, the late 90s, in which the genre was at its lowest ever, dominated by juvenile Scream knock-offs. Still, there was room for improvement, and improvement is what's provided by The Butcher's edit. This version is more suspenseful and has more character development, my favorite added bit being Will telling Laurie about his past, which adds warmth to him and makes it more smooth and believable when she subsequently opens up to him about her true self.
Editing itself is very well done. The TV scenes are of way lower quality, but that's unavoidable. The only thing that bothers me a bit is that the TV scenes show some ghosting, like they come from an interlaced source that was badly removed with a filter. Not having seen ThrowgnCpr's preservation, I don't know if the problem was avoidable or not, though. Audio editing was fine, and the new score was phenomenal.
Cut-wise, I agree with other reviewers about Laurie stabbing Michael, it felt "huh?" and I would have preferred the solution proposed by roswell422. I might have also removed a couple of distracting things like Laurie's way too wink-wink-nudge-nudge "Oh, f..." when opening the closet's door, and her later kicking Michael in the balls and him making a cross-eyed face for a moment.
Also I shall point out, while audio/video quality was fine as far as the TV footage allows, I feel a 5.47GB DVD9 was not needed for an edit that's 91 minutes long and would perfectly fit on a DVD5 with fine quality.
A great ending for the "Laurie Strode trilogy" overall, and one I'd recommend to any horror fan.
H20 is one of the best Halloween movies IMO. It was also the very first one I saw, I was 12 years old. And when Michael was laying on the broken table after Ronny had dragged Laurie away, I was like "please don't cut to credits, please don't cut to credits" that would have meant that Michael could still be out there and he could find me...
The fanedit is very solid with a few surprises. I only have one things to really complain about, and that is the weird stabbing-Michael-when-he-is-lying-on-the-table that other reviewers have mentioned. Just cutting to the crane shot would have worked just fine.
Being nick-picky I don't think the added footage of Michael at the rest-stop helped. It's more suspenseful as it was originally. Just seeing the car that Michael drove earlier but not knowing were he is. Also one more thing; getting to know about Will's past is great from a hardcore fan's point of view but from a story perspective I think it was good that they cut it out originally. Will opening up to Laurie so that she might do the same only to minutes later only think about sex and Laurie having to remind him "you promised you'd listen" doesn't make much sense but I'm glad The Butcher added that scene here (I haven't seen the TV version) but I prefer the original cut.
I give Audio/Video quality 10 out of 10. The footage from the TV-version doesn't have the same quality as the dvd footage but that's the source material, The Butcher didn't f**k it up, so therefore 10 out of 10.
I don't know if I think this is a better version of the original cut but it's like some theatrical/director's/extended cuts of certain films; I got to have them all...and I'm glad I have this one.
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First of all i must say that i'm really picky with fan edits, specially an edit about a movie that i already like. Most of the edits that try to fix something by cutting scenes or mixing something to change the plot in some way, i don't enjoy very much, i prefer an edit that adds stuff and that makes me feel that i'm seeing that movie for the first time. And the edit of The Butcher made me feel like that.
The extra scenes from the TV version made the film more suspenseful, also the adding of the holliday scenes make us more into the halloween spirit which i enjoyed very much. But the crown jewel for me was the music score, flawless, the best compliment that i can make, is that it felt right, like it was the original score of the movie.
So many thanks for this one The Butcher, for me it has become the version to see of H20, i'll be looking foward for some new stuff from you in the future my friend ;)