With the 35th Anniversary of John Carpenter's Halloween coming our way soon (more info on Anchor Bay's upcoming Blu-ray here), this should really fire up your nostalgia and curiosity for the horror classic. We were introduced to some amazing rare footage from behind the scenes of Halloween by Synapse Films' Don May, who wrote about it on the company's Facebook page.
'Billy Kirkus, who currently owns hundreds of rolls of rare 35mm Halloween footage – including some material cut from the actual production – recently posted one of those fragments, which documents a test of the Panaglide camera by Dean Cundey, the film's Oscar-winning Director of Photography. The test demonstrates the dreamlike tracking motion that was such a crucial element of the film, and offers a rare glimpse of Cundey at work.'
May revealed that there's an entire vault of material here that fans would love to see – for example, an unused take of young Michael Myers' opening-scene walk which does not include the addition of the clown mask over his face!
While the footage shown below is not cleaned up or color-corrected, May says that this and more previously-unseen material from Kirkus's Halloween collection has been fully restored. May did not clarify if or when all of the footage would make its way onto publicly-available format, but suggested it would make for an excellent documentary. Deals are apparently on the table with Kirkus, but nothing conclusive yet. We'll keep watch and let you know... but for now, check out what they've posted so far: