Well, I think we all do, and since this is the first post in my second 31 Days of Halloween Blogfest, I don't see how we can choose anything but:
This always has been, and always will be, one of my very favorite scary movies of all time. I don't care how many sequels pop up, or reboots, or ripoffs. This is the Gold Standard. You should see it, or see it again.
LGOOH Halloween Blogfest Blowout Extras!
Here's the TV Guide ad for the World Television Premiere of Halloween on Friday, October 30th, 1981.
I'm not sure if I'd managed to rent Halloween - ON BETA - by this time - but even if home video had appeared in our house by this time, it was still a rare thing, so any chance to see a movie like this would have me glued to the TV. In addition, I'd somehow heard that they were adding new scenes to the television airing "to tie it in better with the sequel" but really to get the running time back up after cutting out the R rated stuff. That's right. Back in those days the network would pay money to add footage to a flick and have less commercials. Paging Ripley's!
Here is the opening minute of the NBC airing:
And here is one of the new scenes - these were all shot during production of Halloween II for inclusion in the network airing of Part 1 right around the same time as the sequel's release.
The other scenes included one between Dr. Loomis and an older young Michael; Michael's sanitarium room after his escape; and a scene with Laurie, Annie, and Linda involving a borrowed sweater and featuring Jamie Lee Curtis with her head wrapped in a towel because she'd cut her hair after the movie wrapped!
And so it begins! Until the next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!