The horror movie that is not a horror movie, the slasher movie that is not a slasher movie, and a monster movie that is not a monster movie.
And of course, the Halloween movie that is not a Halloween movie.
Where to Buy
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History of this Movie
Years ago, Bill Zebub wrote “Night of the Pumpkin” but he could not film what he wrote because he did not have the money. He decided to change the script for the filming of an alternate version – one that he could afford to make.
That movie was shot in five days. This was restrictive for any movie, but what made it worse was a series of aggravating events. The main location was a house. The city decided to jackhammer the street outside of that house, so actors had to wait for the construction workers to stop making noise before saying their lines.
Bill Zebub had people who tolerated the impediments, and problems were solved using creativity instead of money. It’s easy to provide more examples, but suffice it it state that filming was not as easy as the performances may lead you to believe. Yes, fun was had, but it is noteworthy that the cast went above and beyond.
Even if there were no problems, five days is not a lot of time, especially because Bill Zebub does not like to stress his cast by working 16-hour days. He owned his equipment so he did not need to milk as much time out of rentals as his peers do.
The original edit was called “Night of the Pumpkin” – it is going out of print, s-to-speak.
Bill Zebub was ambivalent about taking the movie out of circulation. It is an early work. It is also the campy version of what was supposed to be a horror-tragedy.
Bill Zebub had not watched the movie since it was released, so his memory of it was focused on the scenes that were fan-favorites. He forgot that the movie was supposed to be the snack before the main course – the version of the movie that was to be made with a proper budget.
He also forgot that the mastering of the disc had a gliche. Some DVD players stopped the playing of the movie at a certain spot and reverted to the start menu. Some viewers figured out that they could use chapter-skip to work around this problem, but it should not have existed in the first place. Also, the movie was shot in interlaced video. The person who mastered it got the field order wrong in some spots, and the result was that jagged artifacts appeared from time to time. Some viewers interpreted this as Bill Zebub’s nod to other things, but it really was just a mastering error.
These two problems contributed to Bill Zebub’s decision to take the movie out of circulation. Still, there was much adoration for a particular scene in this movie, so Bill Zebub announced a crowfunder for the re-edit. If enough people contributed, then he would devote the 2-4 weeks for the new cut.
Fans came to the rescue, and so the movie gets to live anew.
It’s not just a different arrangement of shots – Bill Zebub substituted 70% of the performances. Each shot was filmed at least two times, so whenever possible, Bill Zebub used alternate takes.
There are also completely new bloopers – never before seen.
Some material was cut out, but there is also new dialogue and action.
This movie is primarily meant to be seen by fans, whether they enjoyed the previous version, or if they want to see some of the earlier work of Bill Zebub.
It is not recommended as the first foray into the world of Bill Zebub, but this once was a first-time Bill Zebub experience for people. You decide.