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‘Halloween 5’: Original “Doctor Death” Opening Will Be Included on the Scream Factory Blu-Ray Release



'Halloween 5': Original "Doctor Death" Opening Will Be Included on the Scream Factory Blu-Ray Release

Thirsty-two years after the release of director Dominique Othenin-Girard‘s Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, the original opening sequence featuring the appearance of “Doctor Death” has finally been restored and added to the upcoming Scream Factory release of the film. The street date for the home video release is October 5th and can be pre-ordered RIGHT HERE!

We first heard about the efforts of trying to recover the alternate opening back in April of 2021 when Sean Decker, editor-in-chief of the official Halloween Movies website, announced that a hunt for the lost “Dr. Death” footage was taking place.

Details about the “Dr. Death” character via Halloween Movies: As originally scripted and shot, Michael Myers’ benefactor wasn’t “The Mountain Man” as seen in the theatrical release, but was instead “Doctor Death,” portrayed by Salt Lake City actor and comedian Theron Read (1964-2009). Most remembered for his role as “Mark Bojeekus” in the 1987 feature Three O’Clock High, Read’s turn in Halloween 5 as occultist “Doctor Death” deepens the “Cult of Thorn” mythology, which the series introduced in the 1989 film, and provides an explanation as to the resurrection of Michael Myers.

You can find all the details on Scream Factory’s release of Halloween 5 below.


  • NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
  • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
  • Audio Commentary With Actor Don Shanks And Author Justin Beahm
  • Audio Commentary With Director Dominique Othenin-Girard And Actors Danielle Harris And Jeffrey Landman


  • NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
  • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
  • Audio Commentary With Don Shanks And Justin Beahm
  • Audio Commentary With Dominique Othenin-Girard, Danielle Harris, And Jeffrey Landman
  • NEW Long-Lost Alternate Opening Sequence Featuring The Appearance Of Dr. Death
  • NEW Extra Snippets Of Gore Cut To Obtain An R-Rating
  • NEW “Of Darkness And Shadows – The Cinematography of Halloween 5” – An Interview With Cinematographer Robert Draper
  • “Inside Halloween 5”
  • “Dead Man’s Party – The Making Of Halloween 5” – A Two-part Featurette
  • “On The Set: Behind-The-Scenes Footage”
  • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – A Look At The Original Filming Locations
  • Halloween 5 Original Promo
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • NEW Newspaper Ad Still Gallery By Drive-In Asylum
  • Still Gallery

In a previous interview with the official Halloween Movies website, Michael Myers actor Don Shanks described the original “Dr. Death” opening:

(I was) placed on this stone altar, and all around (the set) were things that the production had gotten from witches, and people that sell you the occult. And there were scrolls and different chants and this and that. And (suspended from) the altar, right above me, was this rock that looked like a stalactite – it was on a string and it would circle. And Dr. Death was doing an incantation on me, and then he tattoos on me the Thorn rune, which is the sign of eternal life. And so he does all these incantations, and on Halloween Eve (one year later) I come back to life. So I put the mask on, and I grab Dr. Death by the throat and pick him up over my head and break his back, and then put him on the altar, and take the stalactite and I go through his chest with it. I thought it was one of my better kills. But (later) (producer Moustapha Akkad) thought it was too much of the occult type thing. So they decided to shoot it differently.

Shanks talks of Reads’ performance as Dr. Death:

It was eccentric,” offered Shanks, “and if you saw it you would just go, ‘Wow, that guy looks really weird.’ But it kind of gave the film a little more of an artistic and avant-garde (touch). I mean, it worked perfectly. For what we were doing and the way the (occult) set looked, you want something that isn’t the norm. And the old guy, when we re-shot the opening, Othenin-Girard wasn’t even there. We shot that the last day (of production). I think it was (line producer) Rick Nathanson that directed it. Or it might have been (first AD) Kelly Schroeder. But I’m pretty sure Dominique was not there.

Doctor Death H5 Opening

Red Shirt Pictures’ Michael Felsher was the person responsible for restoring the scene and revealed the following information on “Doctor Death’s” franchise debut:

Since it was formally announced today, I can mention that I was given the very enjoyable challenge of editing together the lost “Dr. Death” sequence from HALLOWEEN 5 that will be featured on the new Ultra HD package coming soon from Scream Factory. Basically I was delivered a series of raw takes scanned direct from the negative trims and using a shooting script, as well as some existing footage from the theatrical cut, I was able to put together what amounts to a new opening sequence for the film. Most H5 fans know that the existing Mountain Man character was a re-shoot added in to replace Dr. Death, and it was interesting to discover that a lot of shots used in the theatrical cut for his “lair” were just shots taken from the original Dr. Death shoot which I was able to repurpose for the restored scene. Another big challenge was that there was no audio for any of this. The production sound was either MIA or perhaps this scene was shot MOS at the time, I don’t know. So a big part of my job was to create an audio mix for this scene, so when you watch it, every sound you hear with Dr. Death on-screen was created here at my desk. We also found a workaround for the few lines of dialogue that the character had, but I’ll leave the answer to that for you to discover when the disc comes out. All in all it was a real treat to put this scene together, especially after hearing about it for so many years.

You can pre-order Halloween 5 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray from

Halloween 5 4K Scream Factory