LastSurvivor has really created something unique and special here. I truly didn't expect this edit to work as well as it did. I personally have a ridiculous amount of love for Halloween III so much so that I have a shirt that says "Halloween III is a good movie" to wear to Halloween Horror Nights so people know the truth. For all its flaws, and there are many, there are a lot of things to like about Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, specifically the Producer's cut. The mask and score are great and the cinematography give us some really interesting shots. LastSurvivor had decent source material to pull from and definitely pulled the best out of it.
I expected to be distracted by film quality considering one movie was early 80's and one was mid 90's but this was never really an issue at all for me. They actually did fit together nicely. This easily gives a 10 for A/V quality.
Audio editing and score replacements all worked. LOVE the use of "The Shape Hunts Allyson" remix for the opening credits. That song is the best piece of music ever written for a Halloween film outside of the Main Theme and this remixed version fits the opening credits perfectly. The visual editing truly was great and there weren't any noticeable cuts. There were two things keeping in from a perfect 10 for me. I can understand that many things had to be cut to keep this at a good length but it did lead to a bit of an odd scene. Cutting the breakfast table scene from Halloween 6 makes sense because you really won't be dealing with Kara's parents. My issue with this is it leaves us only seeing the aftermath of Kara's father hitting her. We see her beaten with a bloody nose but we don't have the context to why that happened. Just made the scene stick out. Also, I loved that LastSurvivor used footage from Halloween 6 as security cam footage on the monitors from Halloween III. My only minor gripe with this is that the "security footage" cuts to different angles which makes it feel like you're just watching the movie itself. Don't let those things take away from the great work that was done here.
The narrative was really put together incredibly well. The only minor issue I have with it is that the first hour feels disjointed. It feels like you're watching two movies cut together. The second hour makes you feel like you're truly watching one movie. Plot threads just come together much neater in that second hour. The inclusion of the Thorn symbol in the Stonehenge stone prior to its destruction as well as in the final fateful commercial was seamless and very smart.
Enjoyment is an absolute 10 out of 10. Every single Halloween fan should have a copy of this. Will easily be added to my rotation every October. As a massive Halloween fan I've watched many a fanedit. This one sits at the top. All the props to LastSurvivor!
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.
Thumbs Up!!! :)
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
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.