Halloween is a 1978 USA horror by John Carpenter. Starring Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis and Tony Moran.
Always uncut in the UK and US. Always surprisingly 18 rated in the UK until a 15 rated cinema release in 2018. There is also an Extended TV cut.
It was 18 rated until 2018, when it was passed 15 for a cinema release. The film has
not yet been submitted for reconsideration on video, so is still nominally 18 rated for 2018 home video releases. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
Halloween II is a 1981 US horror film by Rick Rosenthal. With Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence and Charles Cyphers.
Uncut for UK cinema release, and DVDs after 2002, but was cut by the BBFC
for 1990 VHS. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
Summary Review: Successful exercise in terror
It is rare that horror sequels (or any film sequels) manage to capture the tone and feel of their
predecessor. However Halloween 2, made 3 years after John Carpenter's original, is a successful exercise in terror.
However, expect more violence than the almost entirely blood-free first outing.
A very worthwhile film for lovers of the horror genre.
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UK: Passed 18 uncut with previous cuts waived for:
Thanks to Vincenzo. The BBFC cuts were to the scene where Michael dunks a nurse into a boiling Jacuzzi:
At 49 mins - Reduce scalding to death of nurse in overheated jacuzzi by removing 3rd and 5th times her head is lowered into water, cutting away after 1st shot of temperature gauge which follows 2nd dunk, and resuming after 2nd
shot of gauge to see her head raised for what was originally 3rd time and then lowered and raised again. Also reduce sight of bare-breasted body before she falls to floor, cutting away after she is raised again to remove last immersion and resuming on
long shot of her upright body just before it falls to floor.
cut TV Version
US: TV version cut to remove nearly all the violence but then padded out with alternative and additional material not used for the Theatrical Version.
Halloween 3: Season of the Witch is a 1983 horror by Tommy Lee Wallace. With Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin and Dan O'Herlihy.
Apart from a rare uncut version, UK releases have usually been plagued by versions pre-cut for violence. The R rated version is uncut in the US.
Summary Review: Brilliant and scary
This has to be the most scary, mysterious, weird, Halloween film of the series, and it has NO Michael Myers!
film takes a break from Michael and lets just say if you haven't seen the film don't judge it! It has everything from suspense and action, to horror and romance. I would have to say that I was on the edge of my seat the ending was particularly brilliant
UK: A pre-cut version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
UK High Fliers (as sold at Poundland) R2 DVD
2011 Scanbox R2 DVD
2002 Sanctuary R2 DVD
It is missing most of the gore!
the bit in the hospital where the bloke gets his face pulled apart
the insects crawling out of that woman's mouth after she fiddled with the badge
UK: A pre-cut version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
1986 Warner VHS
One scene that seems to come and go depending upon the version is a close up of a woman's face who's just been blasted in the mouth by an blue energy beam. The next thing we see is a bug crawling out of a large hole in her rather molten looking
face. Other versions fade to black before the camera can close in on her face.
The love scene between the two main characters has been slightly trimmed
When the old man is killed in the junkyard, you loose the footage of his head being
pulled off and the resultant fountain of blood.
In the scene were the robot man attacks the woman in the laborotory, he reaches for a drill, it starts to spin and in the video version it cuts off. In a showing on Sky we see a shot of the woman
being drilled with the head obscured by a hospital trolley, but you can hear the sound of her being drilled and see her legs shaking.
There are missing scenes during the death of Harry Grimbridge, these are three shots of the assassins fingers
in his eyes, the wrenching of the skull and his feet thrashing about.
Halloween 4 is a 1988 USA horror thriller by Dwight H Little. Starring Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris.
Uncut in the UK and US
Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?
After the failure that was the 3rd Halloween sequel,
the writers knew that was mainly due to the absence of Michael Myers. So what did they do? They invited Michael back in for the 4th sequel and back into the story of Halloween.
Halloween 4 is a good sequel, it's not the strongest in the series, but
it's one of the better stories of the franchise.
Halloween 5 is a 1989 USA horror thriller by Dominique
Othenin-Girard (as Dominique Otherin-Girard). Starring Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris and Ellie Cornell.
Cut in the US to obtain an MPAA R rating. The same cut version was passed 18 for all UK releases since.
It's one year later after the events of Halloween 4. Michael
survives the shootings and on October 31st he returns with a vengeance. Lurking and stalking, Jamie, Rachel, and Rachel's friends, Michael forms a plan to lure Jamie out of the children's hospital where events lead up to the confrontation at the Myers
house. Halloween 5 is a dark, thrill ride that will scare the heck out of you!
This is the best available version. From IMDb. Some dialogue and gore was cut from the U.S. release to obtain an "R" rating:
The scene in which the cop (Fenton Quinn) is killed outside of the Myers' house was shortened considerably. In the original version, as Michael is bashing his head into the glass on the windshield, there was a shot where you could see
the glass embedded into his face.
The shot of Mikey (Jonathan Chapin) quivering on the ground was shortened to avoid an "X" rating. You can still notice the abrupt jump in the shot before he is dragged away by
In the documentary Inside Halloween 5 a cut scene is shown of a man removing Michaels mask and looking at it weirdly. Another scene cut was removed because it was considered too graphic. As Jamie is trying
to climb back up in the laundry chute Michael stabs Jamie through her ankle. When Jamie emerges from the laundry chute you can see her ankle wounded and bleeding.
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is a 1995 USA horror thriller by Joe Chappelle. With Donald Pleasence, Paul Rudd and Marianne Hagan.
Not cut in the UK or US but exists in a Theatrical Version and a
Six years ago, Michael Myers terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois. He and his niece, Jamie Lloyd, have disappeared. Jamie was kidnapped by a bunch of evil druids who
protect Michael Myers. And now, six years later, Jamie has escaped after giving birth to Michael's child. She runs to Haddonfield to get Dr. Loomis to help her again. Meanwhile, the family that adopted Laurie Strode is living in the Myers house and are
being stalked by Myers. It's the curse of Thorn that Michael is possessed by that makes him kill his family. And it's up to Tommy Doyle, the boy from Halloween, and Dr. Loomis, to stop them all.
UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 18 uncut for:
US: The Producer's Cut is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
2014 Anchor Bay Halloween Complete Collection [Theatrical + Producers Cut] (RA) Blu-ray at US
There Producers cut was given a festival screening in November 2013. It is the original version prepared by the film makers. It was substantially reworked into the Theatrical Version as a result of feedback from preview audiences.
Things missing from the producer's cut are a lot of extra gore scenes like the head explosion of Mr. Strode and the bone protruding from the snapped neck of a victim. Pretty much the entire finale was re shot so you
don't have the operating room massacre or Michael being injected with a syringe full of nitric acid, but what you gain with the Cult of Thorn mythology makes for a more complete story. This cut of the film is just more enjoyable with more atmosphere and
is not as disjointed.
Dr Loomis' exit in the producer's cut - while not perfect - is way better than the chopped finale is the theatrical version.
There is also a work
print or Rough Cut which is an unfinished version of the Producers Cut
Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later is a 1998 USA horror thriller by Steve Miner. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett and Adam Arkin.
Uncut in the UK and US
On Halloween in 1963, Michael Myers murdered his sister, Judith. In 1978, he broke out to kill his other sister, Laurie Strode. He killed all of her friends, but she escaped. A few years later, she faked her death so he couldn't find
her. But now, in 1998, Michael has returned and found all the papers he needs to find her. He tracks her down to a private school where she has gone under a new name with her son, John. And now, Laurie must do what she should have done a long time ago
and finally decided to hunt down the evil one last time.
Resurrection is a 2002 USA horror thriller by Rick Rosenthal. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Busta Rhymes and Brad Loree.
Uncut in the UK and US
Serial Killer Michael Myers is not finished with Laurie Strode, and their rivalry finally comes to an end. But is this the last we see of Myers? Freddie Harris and Nora Winston are reality programmers at DangerTainment, and are
planning to send a group of 6 thrill-seeking teenagers into the childhood home of Myers. Cameras are placed all over the house and no one can get out of the house... and then Michael arrives home!
Halloween is a 2007 USA horror by Rob Zombie. With Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell and Tyler Mane.
Cut in the US for an R rating. This was passed without further cuts for UK
cinema release. Home video releases in the US and UK feature the uncut Director's Cut
After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes
from the mental institution (where he was committed as a 10 year old) and he immediately returns to Haddonfield, where he wants to find his baby sister, Laurie. Anyone who crosses his path is in mortal danger.
UK: The Director's Cut was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence and horror for:
Halloween II is a 2009 USA horror by Rob Zombie. Starring Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane and Malcolm McDowell.
Not cut in the UK or US. The Director's Cut is a far more bleak take on the
tale compared with the Theatrical Version.
Michael Myers is still at large and no less dangerous than ever. After a failed reunion to reach his baby sister at their old home, Laurie Strode
is immediately taken to a hospital to be treated by the wounds that had been afflicted by her brother a few hours ago. However, Michael isn't too far off and will continue his murdering 'Halloween' rampage until he gets his sister all to himself.
119:03s = 114:17s
US: The Director's Cut is MPAA Unrated for its US release:
2014 Anchor Bay Halloween Complete Collection [Theatrical + Director's Cut] (RA) Blu-ray at US
From IMDb. The Director's Cut is a significantly new take on the story with the Laurie Strode character have for more bleak time of it. The Director's Cut does not contain any additional sex and violence though.
The opening scene with Laurie walking and Loomis being placed into the ambulance is longer.
The hospital dream scene has an extra sequence of Laurie attempting to cross over a pile of bodies.
An on screen title that said "One
Year Later" in the Theatrical Cut now says "Two Years Later."
During the breakfast scene, Laurie and Annie now argue about going to the psychiatrist.
More dialogue with Laurie and the psychiatrist. Laurie looks at a
framed inkblot on a wall and says it looks like two white horses with a ghostly figure between them.
Loomis' press conference is expanded. Loomis discusses Michael's Oedipal complex, as well as the idea that Michael perhaps saw Loomis as a
Added sequence where Laurie runs a bath and begins to freak out.
Laurie stopping to play with a pig on her way to work is removed. She instead goes to the psychiatrist and tells her about playing with the pig (we see a
few seconds of it, now in flashback), and how it triggered a nervous breakdown of sorts. When the shrink denies her more pills, Laurie freaks out and swears.
The scene where Annie finds Laurie drinking a beer in her room has been expanded: They
have another fight.
A non-masked Michael (along with Young Michael and his mother) angrily looks at a billboard that advertises Loomis' book.
When Laurie and Maya come home from the party, there is a short added sequence of them making
tea in the kitchen prior to going upstairs. There's also an added shot of Michael apparently walking out of the house.
Brackett's reaction to finding Annie's body is longer, containing video flashbacks of real-life actress Danielle Harris as a
The ending is significantly different: After Loomis enters the cabin, Michael throws him through a wall, and the two of them wind up outside. Michael then removes his mask, yells "DIE!", and stabs Loomis. The cops then open fire
and kill Michael. Laurie then comes out, takes Michael's knife, and approaches Loomis with it, implying that she may stab him. The cops then open fire on her and seemingly kill her. We then fade to the same hospital footage seen at the end of the
theatrical cut as a cover of "Love Hurts" plays on the soundtrack.
UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 18 without cuts for:
The distributor first submitted the film to us for advice ahead of its formal classification and requested a 15. We advised, however, that the company should
make cuts to moments of strong bloody violence and gore to secure this rating. These included a man being bludgeoned to death in a sadistic manner and a man's head being crushed, with resulting graphic detail. In the end, the distributor chose to leave
the film uncut and Halloween is therefore classified 18.
US: Uncut and rated R for horror violence and bloody images, language, brief drug use and nudity:
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