To celebrate forty years that have passed since the release of the seminal masterpiece, Bloody Flicks and Lightbeam Productions have marked the occasion with an interesting documentary with deep love for all things Halloween. I’m sure even the most devout of horror fans can learn a thing or two from the macabre minds who came together to celebrate the ingenuity of John Carpenter’s timeless creation. Here, documentary writer, director and producer Paul Downey cooks up a short and sweetly immersive re-dredging of the dread you felt the first time you heard that theme tune unravel as you looked into the blackest eyes to ever haunt the screen.
Weaved around the commentary is a cleverly put together fan-film featuring narrations from Troy Dennison and acting by Evan Tapper and Chris Johnson. The film utilises a few techniques from the classic to instil fear in this almost silently tentative retelling of Michael Myer’s predatory looming. Whilst the feature may not be the glitziest, flashiest documentary you’ve seen, the diverse array of horror pundits is more than enough to hold your attention as they explore the complexities behind the direction.
Sure, there are offerings of the fanaticism and love of Halloween, yet, the commentary from the indie film-makers will allude to just how influential Carpenter’s work has been. In the horror-buff world, it’s no longer just a matter of opinion that Halloween is one of the greatest franchises ever created. Yet, whether the 2018 retelling of Halloween, due for release in October this year, will stand up to the same unquestionable praise is another thing. Director David Gordon Green has a lot to live up to, it’s almost an unenviable task but we’ll still be watching.
For the Love of the Boogeyman: 40 Years of Halloween will be released just in time to get you into the festive spirit on October 12th, 2018.
You can catch the teaser trailer below and find out more: https://www.facebook.com/40yearsofHalloweendoc