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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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John Carpenter (screenplay) and
Debra Hill (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 October 1978 (USA) See more »
The trick was to stay alive. See more »
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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4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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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 .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Lee Strosnider .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Conrad Rothmann .... special effects (uncredited)
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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Also Known As:
"John Carpenter's Halloween" - USA (complete title)
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91 min | USA:101 min (extended version)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Stereo (Stereo Scream Sound)
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Debra Hill wrote most of the dialog for the female characters, while John Carpenter concentrated on Dr Loomis' speeches.See more »
Errors in geography: (at around 19 mins) You can clearly see the mountains in the background, when Dr. Loomis is on the phone and sees the Rabbit in Red matchbook. Since this movie takes place in Illinois that would be impossible.See more »
Mr. Peter Myers:Michael?
[Mr. Peter Myers takes off the clown mask]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Initiation (1984)See more »
Halloween Theme Main TitleSee more »


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158 out of 196 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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