This is one of those movies that is underrated and deserves more credit, than it received in 1982, much less in recent years. The entire production and suspense are a notch above the rest. Poor marketing was the problem with this release.
Most are aware that the 'Myers' character is no where present in this movie, much less, shouldn't have been. But, Universal Studios needed something to get the audiences into the cinemas, which worked, probably for opening weekend, but sagged, due to the tragic missed opportunity with this release.
I found, after all these years, the film remains suspenseful, gory, disturbing, with some shock factor due to the plot line. Yes, there are some weak spots, which is common with most movies released during the 80's. But, it's not a 'slasher' film, which Producers John Carpenter and Debra Hill, were attempting to distance themselves from. To a certain degree, they were successful.
Had it been released as a stand alone title, it may have been a little more successful. But, look what also happened to 1982's 'The Thing'. This also flopped at the time, now it is a respectable classic!!
Shout (Scream) Factory, has done an impeccable job with the video/audio mastering. Framed at 2:40:1 aspect ratio and in it's original mono soundtrack, now presented in DTS Master HD, the film does have a solid presentation that the previous Universal release was lacking. The special features are also plentiful and includes a very non biased documentary!!! Too bad a 5.1 DTS Master HD remix track was not included.
The movie is great to watch during the Halloween season and will be an annual watch for me, along with the original two 'Halloween' movies...
Enjoy and it is not recommended for children; but, what do I know... I think I was 12 when I first saw this one... :)
Movie: 4; Video Presentation: 3.5; Sound: 3.5.