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Halloween (1978)

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Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

Director:

John Carpenter

Writers:

John Carpenter (screenplay), Debra Hill (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Pleasence ... Loomis
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Laurie
Nancy Kyes ... Annie (as Nancy Loomis)
P.J. Soles ... Lynda
Charles Cyphers ... Brackett
Kyle Richards ... Lindsey
Brian Andrews ... Tommy
John Michael Graham ... Bob
Nancy Stephens ... Marion
Arthur Malet ... Graveyard Keeper
Mickey Yablans Mickey Yablans ... Richie
Brent Le Page Brent Le Page ... Lonnie
Adam Hollander Adam Hollander ... Keith
Robert Phalen Robert Phalen ... Dr. Wynn
Tony Moran ... Michael Myers (age 23)
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Storyline

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 Massive Fan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Trick Is To Stay Alive! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Halloween See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$325,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$47,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,000,000
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Extended TV Version)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

'Halloween' wasn't the first script that John Carpenter wrote which had a mysterious killer stalking and killing specific group of people. Around 1977, Carpenter wrote the script called Meltdown which was about a group of scientists exploring a nuclear plant when one night all of the workers in it disappear. Later in the script, it's revealed that they were killed by some psychopath who sneaked into the plant long time ago and who believes that he is sent by God to destroy the plant. Most of the script was just this killer stalking and killing all the scientists in various ways, using traps and weapons such as a flamethrower and a circular saw. The ending of this script was very dark, with only two people surviving and escaping from the plant before it explodes and creates a huge disaster which leaves most of the California infected with so much radiation that nothing will live there for half a million years. And just like Halloween had the song "Don't Fear the Reaper" as sort of a foreboding sign that something bad will happen, Carpenter's Meltdown script had the song "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum playing at one part when the bodies of the plant workers are found by the main characters and they realize the killer's plans, and also at the ending after the plant explodes.

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Goofs

In a close up on the phone before Lindsay answers it, someone's shadow moves into the light. See more »

Quotes

Lynda: You want a beer?
Bob: Yeah.
Lynda: Is that all you can say?
Bob: Yeah.
Lynda: Go get me a beer!
Bob: I thought you were gonna get me one?
Lynda: Yeah?
Bob: I'll be right back. Don't get dressed!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

Additional scenes were shot by director John Carpenter for the 1981 Television Network premiere. These include:
  • a meeting between Dr. Loomis and two doctors from the mental (psychiatric) institution where Michael Myers is being kept
  • a scene where a nurse leads Dr. Loomis to Michael's room, telling him who was supposed to have been watching the patients. Once they arrive in Michael's room, she tells him he must have broken the window glass with his bare hands. They then glance over on the wall, and see that he has written in blood the word "sister".
  • a shot of Michael Myers sitting completely motionless in his cell
  • a scene where Lynda visits Laurie Strodes at home and borrows a blouse just as Annie calls trying to borrow the same blouse.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Halloween Theme Main Title
Written by John Carpenter
Performed by The Bowling Green Philharmonic Orchestra
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User Reviews

Outstanding
23 February 2005 | by boomcar61See all my reviews

Halloween(1978)stars a very young Jamie Lee Curtis, the late Donald Pleasance, and, among others, P.J. Soles(the cap-brat from Carrie). The story centers around the demented/catatonic-schizophrenic Michael Myers and the brutal, cold-blooded murder of his oldest sister in 1963(done by him). Now it is fifteen years later and Michael has escaped the sanitarium and is headed for Haddonfield, Illinois, home of Laurie Strode(Curtis), his sister who was adopted shortly after the 1963 murder. Laurie has no idea about her past and wanders around with her friends, seemingly free of worry, and unaware that her every step is under careful watch from hiding eyes.

In the long run I am at a loss for words. Everything is here. And it's even terrifying...and a slasher movie, what a combination. Slasher movies, to me, usually aren't scary. But Halloween is. Seriously, if you haven't seen it yet you are really missing out. It's a rare achievement in film history and is one of the best horror movies ever made. It's a perfect 10/10 all the way!!!


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