Halloween is one of my favorite scary movies and I’ve probably seen it at least 20 times. (Seriously.) But I’d never seen this version before, primarily because while it’s called the “extended edition,” it’s really the “TV version.”
Basically what happened is when they sold the rights to air Halloween on TV, the censors wanted a bunch of edits made but that would make it a little too short to run on TV for two hours. So John Carpenter shot a few extra scenes, mostly of Michael’s time in the asylum. It’s definitely interesting, but I prefer the real version.
I mentioned earlier this month that I prefer Freddy to Jason. I also prefer Michael Myers to Jason, and that’s a little more unusual because they’re not really that different. Both wear masks and both are fond of silence. But Michael has a bit more of a personality (I am a huge fan of his head tilt) and the things that I love about the Elm Street series are true of this one, too: the characters are better. Granted, I don’t know much about Michael Myers, but I love Laurie Strode and Jamie Lloyd and Jamie’s cousin Rachel. (And I LOVE Dr. Loomis, especially when he gets a ridiculous amount of joy from scaring little kids.)
I love this movie and the series.