Just in time for Halloween, Bloody-Disgusting has posted the original first take of John Carpenter’s classic Halloween opening. The long opening take is available below. The video is courtesy of Billy J. Kirkus. Kirkus informs us that if we want to see more “Unseen Halloween” we should contact Trancas International Films. Kirkus also wants to send a Special Thanks to James G. Chandler and of course the wonderful Don May, Jr and Synapse Films who gave us this Halloween treat.
Kirkus on take one:
“This is the first take of the opening to Halloween,” explains Kirkus further adding that “this was the first time they tried shooting it, without the cuts that they did in take number 2. They only shot this whole scene twice. Notice all of the blue in the picture…completely toned down for the recent release of the movie on Blu-ray.”
“I was amazed that we got that shot in just a few takes, two to be exact” said Carpenter in “Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen” by Jim Grove. “I thought it would be impossible; I thought we’d have a problem with every take, and that we’d have to do it over and over agin and that eventually we’d have to change the whole scene because there was only enough money left to do two or three takes of that scene.“
What do you think Maniacs?