Halloween: The Doctor’s Cut

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The focused story of doctor and patient.
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Original Release Date:
1978
Original Running Time:
102 & 92
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
139
Time Cut:
55
Time Added:
10
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Brief Synopsis:
It is Halloween 1, Halloween 1 Extended Edition & Halloween 2 mixed into one movie, the entire night he came home. The twist is that it focuses more on the relationship between Dr. Loomis and Michael rather than Laurie and Michael.
Intention:
To make the night he came home one long night with the primary focus being on Loomis and Michael with less focus on Laurie. More tension and suspense was meant to be created as well.
Special Thanks:
ArtIsDead, Ryantology & INIGHTMARES

All three of them helped me in their own ways. As a new editor, I was thankful to have their help assisting me with technical things and overall guidance. Thank you guys!
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I tried to eliminate Laurie as much as realistically possible. In earlier drafts, I went a little overboard and did too much trimming. I’ve since allowed the film and characters to pace themselves better for a smoother movie. I’ve added lots of music throughout and restructured the beginning completely. Some characters completely removed and an overall streamlined story of the complete night he came home. With the exception of one short scene, Loomis isn’t cut at all for this edit.
Cuts and Additions:
All changes noted are roughly within a second or two.

Halloween 1978 removed:
0:00-3:34 - The opening credits/part of the opening scene of Michael watching his sister and boyfriend
6:00-7:00 - Michael walking outside after killing sister
14:29-16:25 - Loomis talking to Wynn and Laurie in class
25:37-28:06 - Laurie seeing Michael outside, talking on the phone with Linda
44:05-49:56 - Tommy talking about the boogeyman, Annie getting stuck in the laundry room
54:19-56:18 - Tommy seeing Annie being carried by Michael
1:07:44-1:07:50 - Linda being strangled on the phone, removed Laurie referencing her "famous chewing"
1:13:38-1:14:22 - Trimmed Laurie looking for Paul and Linda in the house
1:27:36-1:30:56 - Cut after Loomis says "as a matter of fact, that was" and then walks by Laurie. This transitions into the 2nd film

Halloween 1978 added:
-Beginning scene of Michael stalking Judith is now black and white with "Don't Fear The Reaper" playing. Judith can be heard saying Michael and stab effects are included until the scene eventually fades out to black.
-Scene from the Extended Edition added where Loomis is at the panel discussing Michaels future. Also includes Loomis walking back into Michael's room and telling him that he "fooled them". Opening credits and title are added and included in this scene. Two additional scores are added to this scene and Halloween theme fades out during 15 years later scene of Loomis and Marion in the car driving in the rain, signaling the end of the new intro.
-Extended Edition scene added of Loomis seeing Michael's room where he wrote "sister"
-Additional score begins in the scene of Loomis yelling at Lonnie and eventually talks to Brackett.
-New titles added featuring the dates and location early in the film. These replaced the ones from the original film that were in place.

Halloween 2 1981 removed:
0:00-3:05 - Opening recap removed. First film transitions into Loomis running outside to see Michael not in the grass
3:33-7:28 - Loomis not seen standing up after touching grass, opening title removed
8:30-12:27 - Michael not seeing stealing knife, killing neighbor girl, siren of police car removed during scene of EMS picking up Laurie.
14:17-16:02 - Laurie in ambulance trimmed to quicker arrival at hospital, boy with blade in his mouth removed entirely
19:59-22:02 - More of boy with blade in mouth removed, Jimmy visiting Laurie removed
24:29-27:55 - Karen heading to work removed, Michael being seen walking towards hospital removed, Bud and crew watching news about Michael removed
28:22 -32:16 - Garrett not seen letting Karen in, more of Bud and crew in break room watching news removed, Michael not seen walking down stairs, Karen talking with Mrs. Alves removed
44:22-52:35 - All of Bud and Karen removed. Laurie's dream sequence removed.

Halloween 2 1981 added:
-Halloween main theme begins when Loomis is visualized stepping outside to see Michael not in the grass. It plays through until scene of EMS picking up Laurie and fades out at the beginning of said scene.
-Additional score included when Hunt tells Bracket that he believes they found Annie dead. Scene plays through Brackett actually seeing her, Loomis and Hunt discussing things and finally fades out at the very beginning of Garrett missing Michael on the camera at the hospital scene.
-Additional score during the Samhain scene at the school
-Additional score after Loomis points gun at officer shouting "those orders have changed!" and plays through after Laurie seeing Loomis and crew entering hospital
-Don't Fear The Reaper cover fades in and plays when ambulance drives away with Laurie and plays through the newly constructed end credits.
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User reviews

4 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.9
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(4)
Visual Editing
 
9.8(4)
Audio Editing
 
9.8(4)
Narrative
 
9.8(4)
Enjoyment
 
10.0(4)
(Updated: August 09, 2022)
Overall rating
 
9.8
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
Halloween has always held a special place in my movie lover's heart. It was the first movie that really scared me. I saw others later that did, as well, like Alien and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original).

I never really got into the Friday The 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street movies (sorry ray). I was unable to suspend logical disbelief long enough to enjoy them.

There is something special about the idea that Michael could be superhuman just by the power of his own will. Several effervescent self help gurus have proclaimed that you can do almost anything if you put your mind to it. This very ideology puts Michael on a different level.

We get to see Michael's madness intimately and it looks a little different than a mindless serial slasher like Jason or Freddy. Michael seems to be called by a power greater than himself. That's extremely chilling.

JNisch travels a much different path than the editors before him with this edit. The idea of focusing on the dichotomy of Michael and his relationship with Dr. Loomis instead of Michael slash, slash, slashing his way to Laurie Strode is genius. There is a tumultuous even symbiotic relationship there. You can't help but think that Dr. Loomis almost admires the purity of Michael's single-minded murderous rampage. That is brought out magnificently by JNisch in this edit.

JNisch only excised what was necessary to drive his intended narrative. The segue from the first movie to the second was so well disguised that we had to watch it several times to determine where it was. And it works perfectly.

Using "Don't Fear The Reaper" in the beginning segment which is a black & white memory of Michael's first kill was downright unnerving. I kept restarting it so that we could feel the chill run up our backs and watch the hair on our arms stand up. It sets the perfect tone for what's to come. Right out the gate we experienced how intensely Dr. Loomis recognizes the evil that is Michael Myers.

The edit fired on all cylinders from that moment on literally leaving us breathless. By the time we got to the end and that very haunting cover of "Don't Fear The Reaper" by Keep Shelly in Athens, we felt like some sort of transcendent moment had taken place (and we were sober). This is our definitive replacement for the first two Halloween movies.

I've seen so many edits of the many iterations of Halloween. Most were very good. One was absolutely chilling. None were quite like this one. I have watched it over and over again trying to figure out why this one had such an effect on me. I may never know. I do know that this feeling is the very reason that I love fanedits and put so much time into helping faneditors.

It's not a perfect edit and it won't be for everyone. Those of you who are like us are in for a rare treat.

I will let others pick it apart technically. I've already done that numerous times. I loved it too much to even consider doing it again myself. I gave it an arbitrary 9 in both categories for that reason.

Two very very enthusiastic thumbs up!

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Yes
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Overall rating
 
9.8
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
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10.0
A very good 2-in-1 edit. Starting and ending the movie with (Don't Fear) The Reaper was a great idea, but I think I would have preferred that Michael killing his sister had been muted behind the music also. No jarring cuts, but I did "stumble" when Laurie said she saw someone standing in Mr. Riddle's back yard and Annie saying she got stuck because neither scene was shown earlier. It seemed like it was over in no time even though the runtime is over 2 hours... so a very enjoyable watch!

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10.0
Im a huge fan of the original Halloween. This cut kicks it up as a complete night and keeps a smooth pace throughout the film. I got to see a sneak peek of this and was really wild about it. This last release made a nicely polished movie shine. Its a great add on for Halloween collector.

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(Updated: July 12, 2022)
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
The opening scene with the Fear the Reaper song was a perfect fit, since the track plays diegetically within the film later on. I enjoyed how the new location & day titlecards displayed alongside the music, flowing from one scene to the next as we follow Doctor Loomis and his relationship with Michael immediately.

The plot is easy to follow. And with how the scenes in the opening are arranged, all the tension throughout is retained. This version of the first two films is well worth anyone's time if they are fans of the series. But even more than that, it is great for people like me that think the first film is a little slow. Since we follow Doctor Loomis from the beginning it keeps things feeling fresh and intriguing. The full runtime is 2hr.18min. and we get to see how truly relentless Michael really is throughout that time.

Jnisch has done a great job of having seamless edits. First time editor too! This version will be my shelf replacer for films 1 & 2 of the franchise. This edit is great and ready for everyone to enjoy.

Strap in, the tension won't let you go!

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