Night of Samhain, The

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You don't really know much about Halloween
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Original Release Date:
1982 / 1995
Original Running Time:
193
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Fanedit Running Time:
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.
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Sophie Welch, BionicBob, Toodles and anyone who followed the "In the Works" thread on this site.
Release Information
MP4/M4V/MOV
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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This fan edit was really awesome!! I actually watched it several times since it was really enjoyable!! Hail to
LastSurvivor! This was really a wonderful edit!!!!

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This edit should not work.
On the surface, Halloween 3 and 6 are completely different movies in terms of tone, style and narration. I mean for gosh's sake, H3 has Evil Killer Robots!! LOL. A very different world from the dark slasher horror of Michael Myers. But when one goes deeper, there are many connective tissue elements -- both movies involve Cults, both revolve around an astronomical event, both have a character called "Blankenship" and of course, both take place on Halloween night.

In lesser hands, a hybrid edit of this sort could be over bloated or non-sensical. But this is Last Survivor. And he has evolved into a Master Storyteller. In his very capable hands, he has crafted a lean, economical and complimentary narrative.

Taking the already existing connective tissue and grafting additional elements such adding the Thorn Cult symbol to H3 footage and the Shamrock Commercial to H6, he creates a believable reality that this a shared universe. Plus, an nice background easter egg moment with Kara on one the Shamrock background monitors. This shared universe is further reinforced by Last Survivor's incredible sound replacement and new unifying (and terrifying) music soundtrack.

In essence, LS has taken the best elements of both movies, and created a really FUN popcorn flick. For me, this edit is more fun (Challis is certainly a more likeable character) than either original film.

Technically, LS's work is impressive. Colour Correction. New Aspect Ratio. Image Replacement and Masking. And of course, as already mentioned, extensive sound/music replacement. All masterfully done. Though I think the Curse of Thorn plagued this edit, as I know Last Survivor had serious render issues, thus maybe explaining a few brief moments of video quality issues.

Narratively, as I mentioned above, I like this edit better than either original, but it does have a few minor plot mysteries, though this is mostly due to the source material. For example, in H3 how does Challis know the Shamrock chips with cause all the robots/equipment to malfunction? How did a Cult Member walk right past Tommy but not see him? But the edit is so much fun and well paced, that one can easily miss or forgive this.

And then there is the Commentary. If you have not listened to this, then you have done yourself a great disservice. LS commentaries are always brilliant and often better than most "professional' ones. And this one is no exception, as it is loaded with Behind The Scenes info about both original movies and his editing process. A must listen!

All in all, a very entertaining romp.
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For me when I originally saw Season of the Witch I laughed and stuck with one and 2. but last Survivors edit makes it a much more enjoyable experience. I have watched some of his other edits and haven't been dissappointed. Looking to see what other title from him is next on my list

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This edit was highly anticipated by several people among my family and friends from the moment that LastSurvivor announced it's inception.

It was an amazing treat for all of us who watched it. Among the ten people who watched it in our home theatre, most were either Halloween fans or fans of LastSurvivor's Bond edits. My brother and I are huge Halloween fans. We thought that the glitches we're intentional. They certainly didn't distract from our enjoyment. We made it a game to track the shifts from film to film. I knew Halloween III but didn't remember much about VI. My brother and his wife knew both films well.

It's amazing the artistry that went into integrating two films that barely had a common denominator into a piece of art familiar and completely new at the same time. To find junctions to interpolate the two films into one of cohesive understanding and entertainment is ingenious. My brother and I were enthralled. We got my Blu-ray collectors edition of Halloween III and his Blu-ray Unrated edition of Halloween VI and watched them back to back with Night of Samhain again.

It's an almost perfect example of why we fanedit and what can be accomplished by one person's vision and passion.

I'm watching it again soon. As always, you don't disappoint.

Thanks for the heads up on the release. It was well worth the wait.

A very enthusiastic recommendation.

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All 10's across the board. I love all Halloween films to some degree. I've watched Resurrection several times, they're good comfort food for your eyes. That being said, I'm in agreement with the majority that believe most of the Halloween sequels were lacking real substance. Halloween 6 is my favorite of the Thorn trilogy, and Season of the Witch is one of my favorite Halloween-themed films ever, but to see them combined into a product that takes the best of both, merges their mythology, and still manages to make it narratively successful, despite the cast never crossing over?

I don't know how this was possible, but here it is. I may never go back to watching Season of the Witch again, this may actually become my preferred definitive version.

I cannot recommend this enough.
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