Halloween [raymix]

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Original Release Date:
1978
Original Running Time:
91
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
87
Time Cut:
5
Time Added:
1
Subtitles Available?
Available in HD?
Brief Synopsis:
I've made extensive alterations in order to Shape my ideal version.
Many changes have been made to strengthen continuity, remove filler & improve pacing.
Intention:
My intention was to create a tighter version that injects new energy while retaining the original mood.
Additional Notes:
This is the first of 8 films in the Halloween [raymix] Series.
Other Sources:
SOURCES USED:
VIDEO-
-Halloween (Shout! Factory bluray, 2021)
ADDITIONAL AUDIO-
-Halloween 2007 (Lionsgate bluray, 2011)
-Halloween Soundtrack (Varèse Sarabande Records, 1983)
-I'm Your Boogie Man by K.C. & the Sunshine Band (from the album Part 3, 1976)
-Sound Effects (YouTube.com)
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I wanted the editing to feel more kinetic without any obvious changes.
This version has a quicker pulse than the original, but still feels like the '78 classic.
Cuts and Additions:
CHANGES:
PRODUCTION CREDITS-
-added the fanedit.org logo.
-added my production logo.
-scored the production credits with the track The Haunted House.
-new "a John Carpenter film" credit.
'63 FLASHBACK-
-moved the flashback scene to pre-opening credits.
-the new music fades-out as the trick 'r treaters sing.
-new screams for Judith Myers. (Hanna R. Hall from HALLOWEEN 2007)
-new sound effects (stabbing, slashing, chair falling, body hitting the floor)
-mixed the Main Theme in as the camera pulls away from young Michael.
TITLE CARD / OPENING CREDITS-
-moved the Donald Pleasance credit to after the credits for the named characters.
-removed the "in" from the Donald Pleasance credit.
-re-timed the pumpkin, John Carpenter credit & title to match the music.
-re-timed the pumpkin so that it doesn't jump around due to the new credits edit.
-Main Theme continues on longer, bridging into the next scene.
GOING TO THE SANITARIUM-
-shortened the duration of the "Smiths Grove, Ill" & "Oct. 30th" titles.
-fade-in on the shot of the car coming around the corner.
-Main Theme fades into the sound of the storm.
-adjusted the color of the two lightning flashes to look more natural.
-cut Loomis explaining that the driveway is just ahead.
-shortened the shot of the fence through the windshield.
-cut the shot of Marion saying "You're serious, aren't you?".
-Marion's "You're serious, aren't you?" is heard during a different shot.
-extended the shot of the Rabbit in Red matchbook.
-cut a shot of Marion & Loomis riding silently.
-adjusted the color of the other lightning flash.
LOOMIS FINDS THE SERVICE TRUCK-
-re-scored the scene with the track The Haunted House.
-looped the sound of the train signal.
-added footstep sounds.
WALKING HOME FROM SCHOOL-
-shortened Laurie & Lynda rounding the corner before Annie catches up.
-shortened a shot of Laurie, Lynda & Annie walking away from camera.
-shortened a shot of the girls walking on the sidewalk.
-shortened the shot of Laurie walking away after bumping into Sheriff Brakett.
-shortened the shot of Brakett walking across his lawn.
-cut Laurie saying "I thought you outgrew superstition" to herself.
LAURIE IN HER ROOM-
-cut Michael disappearing in front of Laurie's eyes.
-Laurie slams the window as soon as she sees Michael.
-new window slam sound effect.
-used the longer shot of the sheets, cut earlier, when Laurie looks back outside.
SMOKIN' & DRIVIN'-
-cut some silence after Annie's "I didn't know you thought about things like that."
-Annie's "You could ask someone..." begins earlier, during a different shot.'
-shortened a shot of Annie.
-adjusted brightness/contrast on the drive-by shot to better match the next shot.
ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING-
-shortened the shot of the dog going limp.
-theme from The Thing begins playing as the dog dies.
-cut the production logos from The Thing footage on TV.
-extended the shot of the laundry room as Annie calls for Lindsey.
--extended the music using the track Better Check the Kids.
-shortened the shot of Lindsey watching TV.
ANNIE FORGETS HER KEYS & MEETS HER END-
-cut the shot of Annie walking across the backyard on her way back inside.
-shortened the shot of Annie coming around from the side of the house.
-cut Annie stopping to fix her hair in the mirror before going back outside.
-patched in missing audio for a few frames before Michael attacks.
-shortened a few shots to make Michael's attack faster & more intense.
-removed the repeated audio from Annie's strangulation sounds.
-added a throat slash sound effect.
-cut away before Annie makes an unintentionally silly face.
-removed the car horn sounding after Annie dies.
-added a shot of the Wallace house.
LINDSEY & TOMMY WATCH TV-
-cut the first shot of the kids on the couch.
-cut the first shot of the TV.
-cut Tommy calling to Lindsey from behind the curtain.
-cut the shot of the TV.
LYNDA & BOB AT THE WALLACE HOUSE-
-added music coming from Bob's van. (I'm Your Boogie Man by KC & the Sunshine Band)
-added additional sound effects. (engine running, radio knob, engine stopping)
-cut Bob saying he's going to "rip Lindsey's clothes off."
-cut the "Totally" from Lynda's "This is totally silly!"
-shortened the shot of Bob opening the door to the Wallace house.
-cut the "Totally" from Lynda's "It's totally dark."
-shortened the shot of Bob turning off the light to match the outside shot.
-cut the shot of the Doyle house after the lights go out at the Wallace's.
A GHOSTLY ENCOUNTER-
-cut Lynda saying "Did you get my beer?" before "Cute, Bob."
-shortened a shot of Michael in the ghost costume.
-cut Lynda saying "What's the matter Bob? Can't I get your ghost?"
-cut a shot of Michael in the ghost costume.
-cut Lynda saying "Well, can't you answer me?"
-cut a quick shot of Michael in the ghost costume.
-edited & mixed Lynda's "Well, I'm gonna call Laurie" to sound more intelligible.
LAURIE GOES TO THE WALLACE HOUSE-
-cut a shot of Laurie walking.
-cut a shot of the Wallace house.
-extended a shot of the Wallace house.
-cut Laurie yelling "alright, you meatheads. Cut it out." ect.
-shortened the first shot of Annie so that Laurie reacts faster.
-replaced the second shot of Annie with a close-up, cut earlier.
LOOMIS FINDS MICHAEL-
-new sound effect when Michael hits the ground.
-cut Loomis trying to fire more shots from his spent revolver.
-shortened a shot of Loomis so he isn't still pointing his revolver.
-edited the end montage to flow logically to the Myers' house & to match rhythm.
END CREDITS-
-adjusted the credits so that the title appears in time with the music.
-added music credits to reflect this edits changes.
-text scrolls all the way up & off the screen instead of fading out at the end.
POST CREDITS-
-added a shot of the Myers house.
-extended the shot of the Myers house.
-added sound effects. (crickets, outside ambiance)
-added Michael appearing in Judith's window.
-added the sound of Michael breathing.
-added my production logo to the end.
-added a cue from the track Michael Kills Judith.

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Looking at the change list it is crazy how many there were in an edit that claims only 5 minutes cut. They all went completely unnoticed by me.

The new intro is inspired. It was absolutely chilling when the camera panned slowly to the opening theme that I can't believe it wasn't probably filmed that way. Such a fantastic opening and really set the tone for the film.

I loved the editing choices around the kills, making them tighter and more visceral. With older horror things tended to move at a slower pace that somehow felt weaker but here Michael felt strong and confident in his movements. Really added to the tension!

I really recommend watching this side-by-side with Ray's Halloween (2018) edit as the way to go! Great work!

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