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Halloween (1978)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  25 October 1978 (USA)
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On Halloween night of 1963, 6-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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Horror | Thriller

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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

As the film was made in spring, the crew had huge difficulty in procuring pumpkins. See more »

Goofs

After Lynda says goodbye, Laurie and Annie continue to walk home from classes together and the following scenes show that the takes were combined from different periods of the day. When Laurie sees the Shape peering at them behind the bushes, the Sun is setting behind the houses to their left. In the very next scene when she tries get Annie's attention, the Sun is shining on them from directly above. When Annie rushes to confront the Shape the Sun is still setting but once Annie departs, it shines completely overhead again as Laurie is frightened by Sheriff Brackett. See more »

Quotes

Laurie: [sees Annie wearing a shirt because her clothes are in the laundry] Oh, fancy!
Annie Brackett: This has not been my night. I spilled butter all over my clothes, they're in the wash. I got stuck in the laundry room...
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Annie Brackett: I can't.
Laurie: Yes, you can.
Annie Brackett: No, I can't. He went drinking with Mike Godfrey and won't be home until late. You'll have to call him tomorrow. Besides, I'm on my way to pick up Paul.
Laurie: Wait a minute...
Annie Brackett: If you watch her, I'll ...
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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 »

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Soundtracks

Don't Fear The Reaper
Written by Donald Roeser
Performed by Blue Öyster Cult
Courtesy C.B.S. Records
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It *is* a classic
4 August 1998 | by (Irvine, CA) – See all my reviews

To begin, this is a twenty year old film. Few films remain as suspenseful today as they did when it came out. (see: Night of the Living Dead -- had people running from the theatres when released but is very tame today). Clearly a movie fan brought up on the standards of today's movies will fail to find enjoyment of such 'classic' films. But when watching Halloween today perhaps it helps to consider a few things: Halloween was a low budget film (read: bad acting, poor special effects) made for only $300,000. It was not a product of Hollywood but a bunch of 20 year olds. This was the first film to feature the Boogeyman that Wouldn't Die which has been ripped off time and time again in the Friday the 13th, Elm Street, Scream, etc. You're used to it now, but Halloween did it first. Even Scream ripped off the look of the villian in Halloween. The theme of teenagers being stalked by a madman has been ripped of numerous times as well (again, Halloween did it first) but what seperates Halloween from the imitators is that it plays on traditional fears: The Thing that Wouldn't Die; the Boogeyman coming to get you; being followed and stalked; the boyfriend returning to the room under a bedsheet -- and it's not really him; someone hiding in the car... all things that have made our skin crawl in real life at one time or another. Watching Halloween tonight again for the first time in years I found myself again on the edge of my seat. Classic? Hell, yes. Maybe not to a generation who feels Scream was a 'good' horror movie but a classic none the less.


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