Michael T. Originals SHOT-FOR-SHOT presents John Carpenter’s “Halloween” will have its online premiere Friday, July 20, 2018. The independently shot “Halloween” tribute project is produced and directed by Michael T. Lombardi and Nils Toledo, Jr.
The short film project recreates five iconic scenes from John Carpenter’s 1978 horror film, with great care being taken to be as faithful to the original as possible. Local look-alike actors were cast, costumes were duplicated, and locations were chosen that allowed the filmmakers to capture the overall aesthetic of Carpenter’s classic. It should be noted, that the production had virtually no budget, and was a true labor of love for all involved.
Lombardi and Toledo, themselves big fans of the original film wanted to do something special to celebrate the 40th anniversary, and also to challenge themselves as filmmakers, with each scene being painstakingly shot to replicate the exact angles, lighting, and performances. “As huge horror fans, the original “Halloween” is our favorite film in the genre. It’s the perfect combination of great storytelling, solid production values, and an unforgettable performance by Jamie Lee Curtis. Our challenge has been to bring these five scenes back to life as accurately as possible and give the fans something to be excited about”, Lombardi said.
Prior to the premiere of the short film on July 20, “Halloween” fans can get a first look at the production with a Behind-the-Scenes “Making Of” Special on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, which will include footage from the production and interviews with the cast & crew.
The cast includes Natalie Osborne as Laurie Strode, Emily Santarsiero as Annie Brackett, Patrick D’Andrea as Sam Loomis, Paul Noonan as Sheriff Leigh Brackett, Devin Murphy as Lindsey Wallace, Eli Wald as Tommy Doyle, and Michael T. Lombardi as The Shape. Directed by Michael T. Lombardi & Nils Toledo, Jr. Director of Photography is Nils Toledo, Jr. Edited by Terese N. Toledo. Executive Producer is Michael T. Lombardi.