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Halloween (1978)

 -  Horror  -  25 October 1978 (USA)
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A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish adolescent girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.

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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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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

On the 25th anniversary disc, John Carpenter states that the original title sequence was to show a long shot of a sidewalk ending with a Halloween mask on the floor. The idea was dropped and the more iconic title sequence of the Jack O'Lantern was used. See more »

Goofs

When The Shape attacks Laurie while she is hiding in the closet, the position of the clothes, as well as the types of clothing hanging in there, change frequently, and in every shot of the closet afterwards. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Sam Loomis: I'm not responsible, Sam.
Dr. Sam Loomis: Oh, no.
Dr. Terence Wynn: I told them how dangerous he was.
Dr. Sam Loomis: You couldn't have, two roadblocks and an all points bulletin wouldn't stop a five year old.
Dr. Terence Wynn: Well, he's your patient, if you knew that the precautions weren't strong enough, you should have told somebody.
Dr. Sam Loomis: I told everybody! Nobody listened.
Dr. Terence Wynn: There's nothing else I can do.
Dr. Sam Loomis: You can get back in there and get back on that telephone and tell them exactly who walked out of here last night and tell them exactly where he's going.
Dr. Terence Wynn: Where ...
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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 Saved by the Bell: The Bayside Triangle (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Fear The Reaper
Written by Donald Roeser
Performed by Blue Öyster Cult
Courtesy C.B.S. Records
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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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