Night of Samhain, The

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Original Release Date:
1982 / 1995
Original Running Time:
193 minutes
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Fanedit Running Time:
118 minutes
Time Cut:
75 minutes
Synopsis:
Both Halloween III: Season of the Witch and Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers could be considered the black sheep of the Halloween franchise. Halloween III because it doesn’t feature Michael Myers at all and instead centres on the horrific intentions of a certain Conal Cochran to kill millions of children over America… Halloween 6 because it delves into the reasons why Michael Myers kills and we discover it’s all to do with some druid style cult operating under the evil influence of the ancient rune, Thorn. Whatever your thoughts on each film, there’s little denying that they stand out from the rest of the series. Now, for this Halloween, both films collide for a new experience in horror which finally sees Michael Myers enter the world of the Silver Shamrock!
Intention:
I’ve always loved Halloween III, even from the first time I saw it. For years however, I’ve always wondered how fun it would be to get Michael Myers into the film’s storyline. Thankfully, when the infamous Producer’s Cut of Halloween 6:The Curse of Michael Myers was officially released, the heavy concentration on the cult aspect of the story naturally lends itself to the similar cult which runs through Halloween III. Thus, the intention here is to fully embrace the cult storylines of both films to present one night of terror, when the events of HIII and H6 take place at the same time.
Special Thanks:
Sophie Welch, BionicBob, Toodles and anyone who followed the "In the Works" thread on this site.
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features:
Audio Commentary from Last Survivor
Cuts and Additions:
Too many scenes to breakdown separately… however, one of the key elements to know here is that 99% of the footage used from Halloween 6 is from the Producer’s Cut.

Emphasis is on driving the narrative forward to embrace and centre on the cult aspect from both movies. It’s very much about the celebration of Halloween, going back to the traditions of sacrifices etc. This does mean certain characters are completely cut out of this edit and it means some kills are also cut.

Halloween 6 has been colour graded to try and match Halloween III as much as possible

Sound replacement work in various scenes

New start and end credit sequences created
Trailer


The Art of Fanediting: Part 1


Video Diary 1 - August 2020


The Art of Fanediting: Part 2

Faneditor Name:
Genre:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1982 / 1995
Original Running Time:
193 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
118 minutes
Time Cut:
75 minutes
Synopsis:
Both Halloween III: Season of the Witch and Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers could be considered the black sheep of the Halloween franchise. Halloween III because it doesn’t feature Michael Myers at all and instead centres on the horrific intentions of a certain Conal Cochran to kill millions of children over America… Halloween 6 because it delves into the reasons why Michael Myers kills and we discover it’s all to do with some druid style cult operating under the evil influence of the ancient rune, Thorn. Whatever your thoughts on each film, there’s little denying that they stand out from the rest of the series. Now, for this Halloween, both films collide for a new experience in horror which finally sees Michael Myers enter the world of the Silver Shamrock!
Intention:
I’ve always loved Halloween III, even from the first time I saw it. For years however, I’ve always wondered how fun it would be to get Michael Myers into the film’s storyline. Thankfully, when the infamous Producer’s Cut of Halloween 6:The Curse of Michael Myers was officially released, the heavy concentration on the cult aspect of the story naturally lends itself to the similar cult which runs through Halloween III. Thus, the intention here is to fully embrace the cult storylines of both films to present one night of terror, when the events of HIII and H6 take place at the same time.
Special Thanks:
Sophie Welch, BionicBob, Toodles and anyone who followed the "In the Works" thread on this site.
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features:
Audio Commentary from Last Survivor
Cuts and Additions:
Too many scenes to breakdown separately… however, one of the key elements to know here is that 99% of the footage used from Halloween 6 is from the Producer’s Cut.

Emphasis is on driving the narrative forward to embrace and centre on the cult aspect from both movies. It’s very much about the celebration of Halloween, going back to the traditions of sacrifices etc. This does mean certain characters are completely cut out of this edit and it means some kills are also cut.

Halloween 6 has been colour graded to try and match Halloween III as much as possible

Sound replacement work in various scenes

New start and end credit sequences created
Trailer


The Art of Fanediting: Part 1


Video Diary 1 - August 2020


The Art of Fanediting: Part 2

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9.6
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9.7(3)
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9.7
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This is my favourite kind of fanedit - a creative and ambitious execution of a clever idea. The twin storyline strands never entirely converge, of course - the footage doesn't exist to allow characters from the two films to meet. Despite that constraint LastSurvivor has done excellent work here in weaving the two films together such that both storylines plausibly run alongside one another, with a lot of work on the audio side to complete the illusion. As many others have said, great work!
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9.5
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10.0
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10.0
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8.0
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9.0
A perfect way to enjoy the two scrappy underdogs of the Halloween franchise. As other reviewers have said, it does feel like a little like two movies running in parallel (the two different pronunciations of "Samhain" in each film is a giveaway, if nothing else), but by the end, it the two Celtic cult cataclysms dovetail intersect and it's a powerful feeling when the twin conspiracies seem to tie together. All in all a great edit -- an abbreviated, concentrated Halloween VI and a version of III that brings it closer to the fold of the rest of the Shape-centric franchise. Watching this will be an October tradition going forward in my house!

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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!!! :)
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What should have been an impossible edit was made into an amazing piece of art. A marvel if the modern fanedits. It’s difficult to see how these films could fit together, especially when they’re technically considered to take place in two different universes. LastSurvivor has made a high quality edit and ties together two stories in a way that just makes sense. The connection of Samhain and the occult weaves these two stories into one, when initially it seems as if they’re completely separate. The edits are high quality, the musical themes help keep it together, and the payoff is absolutely worth your time. Highly recommend!

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9.2
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This edit was a masterclass of editing and sound mixing. I think that a lot of passion went into this project and overall I did enjoy it. I Personally went into this edit thinking that there was going to be some bold narrative choices to make this kind of a one shot sequel to Halloween 2, I don't know why and a lot of my confusion and lack of enjoyment was due to that which is COMPLETELEY on me and NOT the edits fault. (I don't know why I thought I didn't need to rewatch the thorn trilogy to prepare for this), I love Halloween 3 and always wanted to see Michael kind of mixed into the lore of SAMHAIN and the PLANETS ALLIGINING and all that without loosing that classic Halloween feel. I think this edit kind of gave me my fill of that and I appreciate that. But its very hard to scavenge what was the mess that was Halloween 6, Its hard to care about the characters, Michael is turned into this "little boy victim" and just a lot of weird narrative decisions that came from the producer cut like Michael R4ping his niece? (Not that the theatrical cut is any better.) Anyways this review has pretty much turned into me rambling. Overall I think this edit was bold and I commend it for that, If your going into this thinking its going to create some epic new lore for Michael and fix Halloween 6 while bringing the amazing film that was 3 Into Michaels story you will be disappointed. I don't think that this edit was trying to do that though, I just think that its a passion project with stellar audio and video editing and some cool lore and narrative ideas to pull from, Watch this edit! Great job man.

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9.6
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I commend LastSurvivor on crafting such a unique take, combining parts 3 and 6 of the Halloween franchise to make something that was greater than the sum of its parts. While the two films gel in terms of tone and theme, the lack of narrative connections or characters between the two does make for some jarring moments, augmented by the clear difference in style between each film. I suggest the fan edit for the experience alone, but Halloween 3 on its own is on my preferred watchlist.

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This might very well be one of my favorite fan edits of all time! I absolutely LOVED this!

It's remarkable how well the two films parallel and compliment each other. From both starting on a rainy night, making the events feel so close together, to the ending infiltration of cult operated facilities. It's almost like they could cross over any second! And though they never meet, this still feels like one vast story! The pacing of this fanedit is really incredible. The custom made intro (and ending) credits set the stage for an epic story, and the use of music and expert sound mixing throughout the entire film make the transitions between scenes feel seamless. While it takes a little getting used to, it eventually doesn't feel like you're simply watching two movies playing simultaneously. The way LastSurvivor highlights the parallel story beats from each film is brilliant, and I think really elevate both individual stories. Danny watching the Silver Shamrock commercial is a beautiful touch that provides a satisfying cross over moment. As does the edited security monitors to show where the Cult of Thorne are in their progress.
It's a shame that we won't ever see a proper sequel to the producer's cut ending of Curse of Michael Myers. But somehow, by pairing it with the ending of Season of the Witch, the combined bleakness and loss of both somehow gives a stronger sense of finality.

Like many, I always make a point of watching something from the Halloween franchise around the holiday every year. This year, I watched a series of fan edits instead, to experience the franchise in a new way. I've always liked Season of the Witch, but have often skipped it in franchise rewatches, but that will likely never happen again thanks to this edit!
Recommended pairing: Ryantology's Halloween: 10 Years of Terror and Bobson Dugnutt's Halloween 5: The Haddonfield Harvest

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This is such a cool idea and well executed. Crosscutting between the two films is very smooth and well-paced, bringing out the best in both. Seeing scenes juxtaposed in new ways reveals connections between H3 and H6 that weren't as evident before. A fun way to revisit two of the more overlooked entries in the franchise. Great work!
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