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Halloween (1978)

 -  Horror  -  25 October 1978 (USA)
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Exactly 16 years after he gets arrested and moved to a bedlam because of murdering her sister on the Halloween night, a demented young man escapes from the asylum and runs into a young, shy girl's family Halloween party.

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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 Is To Stay Alive! See more »

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25 October 1978 (USA)  »

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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

In a 2010 documentary, it was revealed that five different people dressed as The Shape: Nick Castle (throughout the movie), Tony Moran (during the unmasking by Laurie Strode), stuntman James "Jim" Winburn, production designer Tommy Lee Wallace (due to his knowledge of how much force would be needed to break things during action shots in a single take), and co-writer/co-producer Debra Hill (in the external wide shot when Tommy sees The Shape for the first time). Tony stated that no one told him until he arrived on set that he would be wearing a mask; Debra explained that she happened to bring the costume with her that day and no one else was available for the shot. See more »

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In one scene, Lindsay is alone watching television. The sounds coming from the movie indicate that she's watching a later scene from Howard Hawk's "The Thing." Several scenes later, just before Lindsay is dropped off to Laurie Strode's house by Annie, Laurie and Tommy are watching television and "The Thing" is just coming on. See more »

Quotes

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THE perfect horror film!
28 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Halloween is one of the best examples of independent film. It's very well made and has more psychological elements to it than you might realize at first glance. It is a simple movie told very well. The music is perfect and is one of the most haunting scores... If you haven't seen this movie yet, you must check it out. The cast is all terrific. I wish they had never made sequel after sequel. The first one was by far the best and should have ended like it did without having a sequel. It was fun to see Jamie Lee Curtis in the movie. She hasn't seemed to age (she's just as gorgeous today, without the hairdo and seventies clothes). The scenes through the mask are one of the scariest things ever!


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