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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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Horror

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25 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Halloween  »

Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$47,000,000 (USA)
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| (Stereo Scream Sound)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was released theatrically with the short Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders (2009) in some theaters during Hallowe'en 2009. See more »

Goofs

The scene that shows Laurie, Annie and Lynda walking home from school starts with them walking from a school with outside lockers, schools with inclement weather, such as Illinois, do not have outside lockers. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Sam Loomis: Ever done anything like this before?
Marion Chambers: Only minimum security.
Dr. Sam Loomis: I see.
Marion Chambers: The only thing I can't stand is their gibberish... how they keep ranting on and on.
Dr. Sam Loomis: You haven't anything to worry about. He hasn't spoken a word in 15 years.
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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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