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
According to Jamie Lee Curtis, the Myers' house was actually as decrepit as it is for most of the movie. The opening sequence was the last thing shot, and the entire crew spent an entire night washing it, furnishing it, and making it appear to be in use. She also mentions, since there weren't enough lights on set, the crew were working behind the scenes as the shot was being taken, moving lights from one room to another as the camera passed them. See more »
When Annie and Laurie are walking home after school, Laurie spies Michael Myers standing by a hedge - it is clear he is wearing his signature white Shatner mask. Later, Laurie gets home and looks out of her bedroom window to see Michael Myers near a clothes line in the back garden looking at her - it is clear that he has on his striking signature mask yet again. What is clearly at least an hour later (if not more), Annie picks Laurie up to take her to their babysitting jobs for the night and while they are on the road, they spy Annie's father (the sheriff) who is attending a hardware store robbery where a mask and some rope had just recently been stolen - the alarms are still going off as Annie parks nearby to talk with her father. This time line makes no sense as the robbery would had to have occurred at least an hour previously for Myers to have had time to follow Laurie and have the mask for her to see him wearing it so it would make no sense for the alarms to still be going off and for the police to have just arrived at the scene. See more »
How is our witch?
Yeah, our pumpkin?
Leave me alone!
He's gonna get you, He's gonna get you, He's gonna get you, He's gonna get you!
Boogeyman is coming!
Leave me alone!
He doesn't believe us.
Don't you know what happens on Halloween?
Yeah. We get candies.
Boogeyman, boogeyman, boogeyman!
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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 »
When aired on TV, the following scene was altered: When Sheriff Brackett and Loomis are talking, the sheriff names off what kids are doing, his line of "Getting high" was changed to "Acting sly." See more »
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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