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

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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 teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Scary as hell. See more (1138 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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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:
Donald Pleasence did all of his scenes in only 5 days of shooting. The total duration of his scenes is just over 18 minutes.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Michael breaks the car window behind the nurse's head you can see a wrench tied to his hand.See more »
Quotes:
Lynda:So Annie, are we still on for tonight?
Annie Brackett:I wouldn't want to get you in deep trouble, Lynda!
Lynda:Oh come on Annie! Bob and I have been planning it for weeks.
Annie Brackett:All right, the Wallaces leave at seven.
Laurie:I'm babysitting the Doyles, it's two houses down. We can keep each other company!
Annie Brackett:Oh terrific, I've got three choices: Watch the kid sleep, listen to Lynda screw around or talk to you!
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Don't Fear The ReaperSee more »

FAQ

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127 out of 153 people found the following review useful.
Scary as hell., 9 April 2005
Author: ZombieKilla81 from Hawaii, USA

My personal favorite horror film. From the lengthy first tracking shot to the final story twist, this is Carpenter's masterpiece.

Halloween night 1963, little Michael Meyers murders his older sister. All-hallows-eve 1978, Michael escapes from Smith's Grove sanitarium. Halloween night, Michael has come home to murder again.

The story is perfectly simple, Michael stalks and kills babysitters. No bells or whistles, just the basics. It's Carpenter's almost over-powering atmosphere of dread that generates the tension. Like any great horror film, events are telegraphed long in advance, yet they still seem to occur at random, never allowing the audience to the chance to second guess the film.

The dark lighting, the long steady-cam shots, and (most importantly) that damn eerie music create the most claustrophobic and uncomfortable scenes I have yet to see in film. There is a body count, but compared to the slew of slashers after this it's fairly small. That and most of the murders are nearly bloodless. The fear is not in death, but in not knowing.

The acting is roundelay good. PJ Soles provides much of the films limited humor (and one of the best deaths), Nancy Loomis turns in a decent performance and then there is the young (at the time) Jamie Leigh-Curtis. Her performance at first seems shy and un-assured, yet you quickly realize that it is perfect for the character, who is herself shy and un-assured and not at all prepared for what she is to face. And of course there is the perfectly cast Donald Pleasence as the determined (perhaps a little unstable) Dr. Sam Loomis. Rest in peace Mr. Pleasence.

If the film has a detrimental flaw, it would be the passage of time. Since the release of this film so many years ago nearly countless clones, copies, rip-offs, and imitators have come along and stolen (usually badly) the films best bits until nearly everything about it has become familiar. Combined with the changes for audience expectations and appetites, one finds much of the films raw power diluted. To truly appreciate it in this day and age, it must be viewed as it once was, as something unique.

Never the less, I have no reservation with highly recommending this film to anyone looking for a good, scary time. Highest Reguards.

10/10

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