Night of Samhain, The

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Original Release Date:
1982 / 1995
Original Running Time:
193
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118
Time Cut:
75
Brief Synopsis:
Both Halloween III: Season of the Witch and Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers could be considered the black sheep of the Halloween franchise. Halloween III because it doesn’t feature Michael Myers at all and instead centres on the horrific intentions of a certain Conal Cochran to kill millions of children over America… Halloween 6 because it delves into the reasons why Michael Myers kills and we discover it’s all to do with some druid style cult operating under the evil influence of the ancient rune, Thorn. Whatever your thoughts on each film, there’s little denying that they stand out from the rest of the series. Now, for this Halloween, both films collide for a new experience in horror which finally sees Michael Myers enter the world of the Silver Shamrock!
Intention:
I’ve always loved Halloween III, even from the first time I saw it. For years however, I’ve always wondered how fun it would be to get Michael Myers into the film’s storyline. Thankfully, when the infamous Producer’s Cut of Halloween 6:The Curse of Michael Myers was officially released, the heavy concentration on the cult aspect of the story naturally lends itself to the similar cult which runs through Halloween III. Thus, the intention here is to fully embrace the cult storylines of both films to present one night of terror, when the events of HIII and H6 take place at the same time.
Special Thanks:
Sophie Welch, BionicBob, Toodles and anyone who followed the "In the Works" thread on this site.
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
Audio Commentary from Last Survivor
Cuts and Additions:
Too many scenes to breakdown separately… however, one of the key elements to know here is that 99% of the footage used from Halloween 6 is from the Producer’s Cut.

Emphasis is on driving the narrative forward to embrace and centre on the cult aspect from both movies. It’s very much about the celebration of Halloween, going back to the traditions of sacrifices etc. This does mean certain characters are completely cut out of this edit and it means some kills are also cut.

Halloween 6 has been colour graded to try and match Halloween III as much as possible

Sound replacement work in various scenes

New start and end credit sequences created
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I commend LastSurvivor on crafting such a unique take, combining parts 3 and 6 of the Halloween franchise to make something that was greater than the sum of its parts. While the two films gel in terms of tone and theme, the lack of narrative connections or characters between the two does make for some jarring moments, augmented by the clear difference in style between each film. I suggest the fan edit for the experience alone, but Halloween 3 on its own is on my preferred watchlist.

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This might very well be one of my favorite fan edits of all time! I absolutely LOVED this!

It's remarkable how well the two films parallel and compliment each other. From both starting on a rainy night, making the events feel so close together, to the ending infiltration of cult operated facilities. It's almost like they could cross over any second! And though they never meet, this still feels like one vast story! The pacing of this fanedit is really incredible. The custom made intro (and ending) credits set the stage for an epic story, and the use of music and expert sound mixing throughout the entire film make the transitions between scenes feel seamless. While it takes a little getting used to, it eventually doesn't feel like you're simply watching two movies playing simultaneously. The way LastSurvivor highlights the parallel story beats from each film is brilliant, and I think really elevate both individual stories. Danny watching the Silver Shamrock commercial is a beautiful touch that provides a satisfying cross over moment. As does the edited security monitors to show where the Cult of Thorne are in their progress.
It's a shame that we won't ever see a proper sequel to the producer's cut ending of Curse of Michael Myers. But somehow, by pairing it with the ending of Season of the Witch, the combined bleakness and loss of both somehow gives a stronger sense of finality.

Like many, I always make a point of watching something from the Halloween franchise around the holiday every year. This year, I watched a series of fan edits instead, to experience the franchise in a new way. I've always liked Season of the Witch, but have often skipped it in franchise rewatches, but that will likely never happen again thanks to this edit!
Recommended pairing: Ryantology's Halloween: 10 Years of Terror and Bobson Dugnutt's Halloween 5: The Haddonfield Harvest

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This is my favourite kind of fanedit - a creative and ambitious execution of a clever idea. The twin storyline strands never entirely converge, of course - the footage doesn't exist to allow characters from the two films to meet. Despite that constraint LastSurvivor has done excellent work here in weaving the two films together such that both storylines plausibly run alongside one another, with a lot of work on the audio side to complete the illusion. As many others have said, great work!
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This is such a cool idea and well executed. Crosscutting between the two films is very smooth and well-paced, bringing out the best in both. Seeing scenes juxtaposed in new ways reveals connections between H3 and H6 that weren't as evident before. A fun way to revisit two of the more overlooked entries in the franchise. Great work!
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I have to say, this edit took the most guts of any Halloween edit. It’s not a simple idea and not one may immediately think of. This took creative to think of and ultimately construct. The cuts are flawless. Video and audio quality and editing is top notch. This is clearly a professional editor who understands the software. The story was told the best that it could be. I appreciated the favoritism of Halloween 6 producers cut versus the theatrical. My issue with the edit is that at the end of the day, these are two different films and they just don’t cross, as much as the editor made it close to possible. Knowing the two films individually I knew that and the outcome sort of happened as expected. It’s just two different films playing side by side sharing music. Overall I enjoyed it and recommend checking this out for a very fresh take on the series and professional editing.

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