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Halloween (1978)

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On Halloween night of 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill.

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Storyline

The year is 1963, the night: Halloween. Police are called to 43 Lampkin Ln. only to discover that 15 year old Judith Myers has been stabbed to death, by her 6 year-old brother, Michael. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks out on the night before Halloween. No one knows, nor wants to find out, what will happen on October 31st 1978 besides Myers' psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis. He knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield, but by the time the town realizes it, it'll be too late for many people. Written by Massive Fan

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The trick was to stay alive. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Release Date:

25 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Halloween  »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$47,000,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Carpenter was a big fan of the original Canadian slasher film Black Christmas (1974) and asked Bob Clark if he could write a sequel to the film and received his permission. The script eventually evolved into a separate project inspired by the film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 5 mins) After Judith's boyfriend leaves, young Michael ascends the steps to his sister's bedroom with a kitchen knife in hand. Her clothes are balled up together in a pile on the floor at the top of the landing. After he picks up the clown mask from the ground and puts it on, the pile of clothes are now trailing piece by piece towards Judith's bedroom door and one of the articles, a pink sweater, is now openly lying flat. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Doyle: Laurie, what's the boogeyman?
Laurie: There's no such thing.
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Crazy Credits

The music for the film -- written and performed by John Carpenter -- is instead credited to "The Bowling Green Philharmonic Orchestra." Carpenter grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Psychos in Love (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Halloween Theme Main Title
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User Reviews

 
The Greatest of the Slasher Flicks
27 February 2005 | by (Stockport, England) – See all my reviews

John Carpenter's Halloween is quite frankly a horror masterpiece. It tells the immortal story of escaped mental patient Michael Myers, who returns to his hometown on Halloween night to stalk and kill a group of babysitters.

This was the first and without doubt the best in the Halloween franchise. Carpenter shows great restraint in pacing the story very slowly and building likable characters; unusual for a horror picture.

Even more unusual is the non-existence of blood and gore, and yet it remains the scariest Halloween to date.

Halloween marked the film debut of Jamie Lee Curtis and a defining point in the late great Donald Pleasence's career. A true classic.


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