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.
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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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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(Review was initially written on social media)

THE NIGHT OF SAMHAIN (2020, 1982/1995; Horror/Fanedit/Fanmix; Original Sources: HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH and HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS; Edited by LastSurvivor; Dir. by Tommy Lee Wallace, Joe Chappelle; Starring Donald Pleasence, Tom Atkins, Paul Rudd, Marianne Hagan, Stacey Nelkin, Mitchell Ryan, Dan O'Herlihy, J.C. Brandy, George P. Wilbur, Al Berry, et al.)
SYNOPSIS: The year is 1995 and it is the night before Halloween. Silver Shamrock masks are in. Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur), the holiday’s serial killer posterboy, is out. In fact, it has been quite some time since the notorious “Boogeyman” of Haddonfield, IL has been seen stalking the streets. Myers, along with his perennial target and niece Jamie Lloyd (J.C. Brandy), have seemingly vanished without a trace.
That all changes, however, when Jamie suddenly resurfaces after escaping a mysterious cult whose calling card is a strange runic symbol. Led by an enigmatic Man in Black figure, said cult has forced Jamie to bear a child and is somehow connected to Michael Myers, who it seems has returned for another round of killing this All Hallow’s Eve.
With Michael Myers back on the loose again and a mysterious cult now part of the mix, a now elderly Dr. Samuel Loomis (Donald Pleasence), Michael’s psychiatrist and arch-nemesis, prepares himself for yet another showdown with “The Boogeyman”. This time, however, he’s joined by his old colleague Dr. Terrence Wynn (Mitchell Ryan) of Smith’s Grove Sanitarium; Tommy Doyle (Paul Rudd), a childhood survivor of Myers’ 1978 killing spree; and Kara Strode (Marianne Hagan), whose young son is being plagued by visions of the Man in Black commanding him to commit violent acts.
Meanwhile, Dr. Daniel Challis (Tom Atkins) has an otherwise quiet night at his hospital interrupted by an injured and disoriented man who babbles mad words about forces trying to “kill us all” after seeing a commercial for Silver Shamrock masks. When the man is killed by what appears to be an inhumanly powerful assassin, who then self-immolates in a fiery explosion, Challis joins forces with the man’s daughter (Stacey Nelkin) in attempt to get to the bottom of what happened and uncover how it relates to the Silver Shamrock mask company led by successful Irish businessman Conal Cochran (Dan O'Herlihy).
When all is said and done both these stories will collide in a horrific way fitting for that old druid holiday… THE NIGHT OF SAMHAIN.
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The vast majority of fan edits, those passion projects by fans to re-edit films both much loved and much hated, are not of an overly ambitious variety. Sometimes they merely seek to, for example, reinsert a deleted ending that studio bigwigs removed from the final product. Other times they merely make a few tweaks and alterations to tighten up the pace or change the atmosphere.
Long-time fan editor LastSurvivor’s THE NIGHT OF SAMHAIN, however, is another beast altogether. It is one of those passion projects that, when unveiled to the fanedit community, no doubt sparks curiosity and eyebrows. It is an attempt to create an entirely new and different experience out of old materials.
Put simply, THE NIGHT OF SAMHAIN is LastSurvivor’s ambitious attempt to bring together HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS with the notorious Myers-less entry HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH.
For the uninitiated, HALLOWEEN III was an attempt to take the franchise away from the masked killer Michael Myers and into the realm of a yearly anthology film series premised on different stories related to the Halloween season. Although the film was largely derided by fans of the franchise upon its initial release, it has since developed a much deserved cult following for its own discreet charms.
The reason that LastSurvivor chose HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS, the 6th entry in the long-running slasher franchise, as the sequel with which he could potentially meld the Myers storyline with the SEASON OF THE WITCH storyline is fairly simple: a central element of both films is the involvement of an insidious cult. It also doesn’t hurt that both films make reference to a character named “Mrs Blankenship”.
As with all fan projects of this rather incredibly ambitious nature, THE NIGHT OF SAMHAIN could easily have been a disaster. For example, both film’s were made in extremely different times. HALLOWEEN 6 is from 1995. HALLOWEEN 3 is from 1982. This means they feature many technical differences, such as framing and color schemes. And, of course, the fashions displayed by the characters in the two stories are miles apart.
But, although LastSurvivor couldn’t do much about the fashion issue, this ambitious fan edit manages to match the two films through some relatively nifty tricks including a brilliant use of color correction. Even the framing issue is dealt with in an effective manner. The addition of some special effects and a rather stunning opening credits sequence featuring a synthwave remix of John Carpenter’s “The Shape Hunts Allyson” track from HALLOWEEN 2018 are just some of the most notable elements THE NIGHT OF SAMHAIN uses to make what feels like a strikingly professional edit and a rather special, inventive fan edit.
Additionally, the way THE NIGHT OF SAMHAIN cuts back and forth between the two stories is handled with great care. Specifically, the way in which the length of the scenes kept in the final cut (75 minutes in total are removed) are meant to match the pace of both stories’ pace( especially as it all nears a finale) proves to be quite impressive. Moreover, the fact that the two stories manage to be coherent and ultimately are able to ultimately coincide with each other in the film’s finale is also an impressive feat.
For fans of the franchise this one’s a real treat. But what’s even better is that one could easily show this to someone new to the series and they probably wouldn’t be able to tell that its a fanedit. In that sense, THE NIGHT OF SAMHAIN is, excuse the pun, both a trick and a treat.

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Very enjoyable, both stories intertwined with great editing.
The tone and pacing was consistent, throughout the runtime.
Always had a soft spot for part 3. And to weave the shape into
the narrative, was quite an achievement.
Thank you.

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It was unique to see two movies split into two story arcs that all comes together slowly at the end. The additional editing with the thorn symbol and the silver shamrock details appearing here and there was excellent. There were maybe a few audio hiccups due to some trims but otherwise it wasn't distracting. This fan edit to me strenghtens both films into a one big over the top horror fest.

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