The Halloween 4K Collection (1995-2002)
review by Bobby Blakey
There are a handful of iconic on screen killers with Michael Myers easily being at the top of the list. After his debut in John Carpenter’s 1978 classic it not only spawned a slew of sequels and remakes, but kick started the slasher genre as we know it. With final showdown between Laurie and Myers currently in theaters with Halloween Ends what better time to revisit some of the previous entries with The Halloween 4K Collection (1995-2002) from Scream Factory.
Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers follows six years after Michael Myers' last massacre in Haddonfield, Jamie Lloyd has a child, but is then killed by Michael. Michael is allied with the Cult of Thorn, who both protect him and gave him the Curse of Thorn, the reason he killed all of his family. The Strode Family also moved into the Myers' house and are stalked by Michael. Sam Loomis and Tommy Doyle, a boy Laurie babysat during Michael's first rampage, are now out to stop Michael and the cult.
This entry is the last to continue all of the films prior and really tried to play up the cult aspect to explain away Myers which was just its first flaw. It at least was
After the franchise was seemingly done it returned big with Jamie Lee Curtis back in the mix with Halloween: H20. The film follows twenty years after Michael Myers' massacre in Haddonfield, Laurie Strode faked her own death, traveled to California, and took on the identity Keri Tate. Michael discovers Laurie's new identity and travels to California to kill his sister. Laurie must now take on her brother with her son's life at stake.
This outing looked to not only bring back Strode, but attempt to take it back to its roots of terror. I really have a good time with this one, which is most likely due to the return of Curtis, but also the fresh young cast getting in on the chaos. At the time it served as a decent call back and finale to the franchise in a way that connected to all before it as well as creating its own timeline to ignore some of them if you prefer. The final moments marked a perfect ending to their feud, but alas it was not to be.
trying and offers up some good Myers Mayhem and of course Paul Rudd, but with the recasting of Harris the all over the place story it just failed to work as a whole. I still dig this film for what it is and what they were trying to do even if it is pretty silly in story alone.
After the success of H20 another installment hit with Halloween: Resurrection that follows Three years after he last terrorized his sister, Michael Myers confronts her again, before traveling to Haddonfield to deal with the cast and crew of a reality show which is being broadcast from his old home.
This is easily the weakest film in the entire franchise in my opinion. It was trying to capitalize on the modern reality show popularity that was growing at the time, but missed the mark almost entirely. Sure there are some good kills and it makes it fun to watch for that alone along with getting to see Busta Ryhmes go toe to toe with Myers, but that is about it. IT features a forced and disrespectful use of Curtis as Strode just to kill her off in a lame way. What followed was just a missed opportunity to reboot the franchise in anyway and almost killed it altogether.
Love them or hate them there is no denying how great all these films look in glorious 4K. The 8-Disc set contains 4 UHD™ discs and 4 Blu-ray™ discs, on which are new 4K scans of the films Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers, Halloween: H20, and Halloween: Resurrection, as well as both the theatrical cut and producer’s cut of Curse of Michael Myers in 4K UHD, and all of the previously released extras plus some brand-new surprises, including new commentaries and interviews.
Grab your copy of The Halloween 4K Collection (1995-2002) available now from Shout Factory as well as the previously released Halloween Collection (1978-1989).
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