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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:
On Halloween night of 1963, six-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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Sure scared me back in 78 See more (1183 total) »

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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Language:
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:R18+ | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (British Columbia) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:18A (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14A (Ontario) (re-rating) (2007) | Canada:R (Manitoba) (re-rating) (2003) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (video rating) (1982) | 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 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:R (certificate #25373) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Carpenter was a big fan of the original Canadian slasher film Black Christmas (1974) and asked Bob Clark if he could write a sequel to the film and received his permission. The script eventually evolved into a separate project inspired by the film.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Annie moans about having to babysit at the Wallaces' house, and Laurie says she's babysitting at the Doyles' home which is three houses down. Later in the movie the Wallaces' house is shown to be across the street from the Doyles'.See more »
Quotes:
Lindsey Wallace:I'm scared!
Laurie:There's nothing to be scared of.
Tommy Doyle:Are you sure?
[Laurie nods]
Tommy Doyle:How?
Laurie:I killed him...
Tommy Doyle:[shouts] But you can't kill the boogie man!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Don't Fear The ReaperSee more »

98 out of 119 people found the following review useful.
Sure scared me back in 78, 30 December 1998
Author: Steve-280 from Washington DC

I was 20 back in 1978, and saw this on opening weekend. I knew nothing of it, and after growing up on the old Hammer films, followed by a period of almost nothing, this was quite a nice surprise. It really worked! Had me checking the back seat in cars, gave me a sinking feeling when I lost my keys, etc. The low death toll and relative lack of blood, as compared to subsequent slasher films, has me really admiring how effectively it created the atmosphere & suspense that kept me on edge, and made me jump at the right places. I certainly don't jump any more at it, but I do have fun remembering what it was like watching it when the now-cliches were fresh & new. I laugh at the 'horror' flicks of the 30s & 40s, but when they were new, I bet they were something. And I bet in another 20 years, today's toddlers will find Scream/IKWYDLS, et al, to be tame and passe too, at least compared to what they'll (& I'll) be watching then!

I'm surprised at the number of people half my age who wish they could've been around to see this film when it was brand new!

Looking back, Halloween probably scared me more when it was new, than other horror movies have,when they were new. Horror films are indebted to Halloween for breaking some new ground, and I can't wait for the next horror film that will do something on a similar scale.

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