LOS ANGELES – Horror-film fans with a taste for '70s-style slasher antics can indulge themselves next week when the original "Halloween" movie returns to theaters for the first time in 27 years.
A digitally remastered, high-definition version of the 1978 film, which turned Jamie Lee Curtis into a star, will play at 8 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31 in 150 movie houses.
A new 20-minute featurette about "Halloween," including interviews with original cast members and a look at the movie's impact on pop culture, will precede the screening.
"Halloween," which spurred a spate of multi-sequel slasher films, tells the story of an escapee from a mental institution, Michael Myers, who goes on a murderous spree on Halloween night.
Seven sequels have followed. The eighth is on the way, to be written and directed by aptly named rocker Rob Zombie. "Halloween 9" is slated for release on Oct. 19, 2007.
"I take the original film very seriously, and I want to make it terrifying again," said Zombie.