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Halloween -- A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood escapes on a mindless rampage while his doctor chases him through the streets.

Overview

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Director:
Writers:
John Carpenter (screenplay) and
Debra Hill (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 October 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The trick was to stay alive. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
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Cast

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Directed by
John Carpenter 
 
Writing credits
John Carpenter (screenplay) and
Debra Hill (screenplay)

Produced by
Debra Hill .... producer
Kool Marder .... associate producer (as Kool Lusby)
Irwin Yablans .... executive producer
Moustapha Akkad .... executive producer (uncredited)
John Carpenter .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Carpenter 
 
Cinematography by
Dean Cundey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Bornstein 
Tommy Lee Wallace  (as Tommy Wallace)
 
Production Design by
Tommy Lee Wallace  (as Tommy Wallace)
 
Set Decoration by
Craig Stearns 
 
Makeup Department
Erica Ueland .... makeup artist (as Erica Ulland)
 
Production Management
Don Behrns .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack De Wolf .... second assistant director
Rick Wallace .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Dick Girod .... set painter (as Richard Girod)
Randy Moore .... assistant art director
Craig Stearns .... property master
 
Sound Department
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator (as Joe Brennan)
Thomas Causey .... sound mixer (as Tommy Causey)
William L. Stevenson .... supervising sound editor (as William Stevenson)
Tex Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Lee Strosnider .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Conrad Rothmann .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
James Winburn .... stunts (as Jim Windburn)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Reid Freeman .... electrician (as Reed Freeman)
Kim Gottlieb .... still photographer
Walt Hill .... grip
Steve Mathis .... best boy
Josh Miller .... best boy
Krishna Rao .... second assistant camera
Dylan Shephard .... key grip (as Dylan Shepard)
Raymond Stella .... camera operator (as Ray Stella)
Raymond Stella .... panaglide operator (as Ray Stella)
Fred Vickter .... assistant camera (as Fred Victar)
Mark Walthour .... gaffer
Douglas Olivares .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Beth Rodgers .... wardrobe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Peter Bergren .... music mixer
Peter Bergren .... music recordist
Bob Walters .... music coordinator
Dan Wyman .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Barry Bernardi .... production assistant
Paul Fox .... production assistant
Louise Jaffe .... script supervisor
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Carpenter's Halloween" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
91 min | USA:101 min (extended version)
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Stereo (Stereo Scream Sound)
Certification:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Brazil:16 | Canada:R | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:R (Manitoba) (re-rating) (2003) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (video rating) (1982) | Chile:18 | Chile:14 (DVD rating) | Denmark:15 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-18 | Finland:K-15 (DVD rating) (2001) | France:16 (original rating) | France:12 (re-rating) (1999) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2011) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (re-release: 1999) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/18 (original rating) | Portugal:M/16 (re-rating) | Singapore:PG (cut) | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Trivia:
From a budget of $300,000 the film went on to gross $47 million at the US box office. In 2008 takings that would be the equivalent of $150 million, making Halloween (1978) one of the most successful independent films of all time.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Laurie is trapped in the kitchen, she breaks away glass to move the rake. The shards of fake glass are clearly visible. However, when it cuts back to the shot, the shards of glass are gone.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...
Laurie:Listen, I want you to call Ben Traemer and tell him you were just fooling around.
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 consider talking to Ben Traemer in the morning. Deal?
[...]
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Soundtrack:
Don't Fear The ReaperSee more »

FAQ

Why can't Michael be killed?
Who taught Michael to drive?
What's the story behind Michael's mask?
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142 out of 174 people found the following review useful.
The Greatest of the Slasher Flicks, 27 February 2005
Author: Hotstar from Stockport, England

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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