Watching just about everything in high definition is great, but there's still something magical about those days when you would sit down as close as possible to a TV set outfitted with rabbit ears and watch a horror movie late at night. It could be from a crummy local broadcast that your antenna never quite picked up, a battered VHS you snagged from your local video store, or an otherwise blank tape your friend recorded the film on and snuck to you so your parents wouldn't get suspicious. In every case, there was a sense you were watching something secret, magical, and perhaps even dangerous, and while media formats have changed, that feeling doesn't ever have to entirely go away.
Case in point: The trailer for Halloween, the new sequel/re-imagining of John Carpenter's horror classic from David Gordon Green and Danny McBride. The new footage was enough to stir some nostalgia in all of us by itself, conjuring up a time when Michael Myers was purely and simply evil and hadn't yet been diluted by years of exposure, sequels, and parody. Now, YouTuber Patrick J. Doody has taken that feeling even further with a new edit that merges footage from the new trailer with the look and feel of a Friday night movie TV spot from 1981.
According to the description of the video, the edit was inspired by a YouTube post from three years ago which preserves clips, spots, and bumpers from the October 30, 1981 television premiere of Halloween, which was broadcast to promote the release of Halloween II on the same night. Doody's recut uses the same voiceover from the original 1981 TV spot, as well as editing effects and old NBC graphics to make the footage look like you're viewing it from an old VHS recording. Check it out:
Obviously, when the final film is released later this year, we'll all want to watch Halloween on the big screen, with the best resolution possible, so we can capture every detail, but that doesn't mean there isn't beauty in seeing it this way. For so many horror fans it conjures memories of first discovering slasher films, monster flicks and other horrors late at night through a grainy picture, often with commercials for local car dealerships and carpet emporiums in between the scares. It's a warm, cozy, terrifying feeling, and it's nice to be able to revisit it now and again.
Halloween hits theaters October 19.