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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.


John Carpenter


John Carpenter (screenplay), Debra Hill (screenplay)
35 ( 22)
6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





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 ... Dr. Wynn
Tony Moran ... Michael Myers (age 23)


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

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Did You Know?


Debra Hill worked for no salary and a percentage of the profits. As the film grossed in excess of $70 million, this proved to be highly lucrative. See more »


(at around 14 mins) While in the company of Tommy Doyle, Laurie places the keys to the Myers' house under the mat at her father's request. Tommy says goodbye until later that night and Laurie starts singing to herself walking down the street. Michael Myers then watches her, breathing heavily but the motions of his chest and shoulders rising and falling do not match the sound. See more »


Tommy: What about the jack-o-lantern?
Laurie: After the movie.
Tommy: What about my comics?
Laurie: After the jack-o-lantern.
Tommy: What about the boogeyman?
Laurie: There's no such thing.
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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

For the 20th Anniversary restoration in 1998, new sounds were added to the film's audio track under John Carpenter's approval. New thunder sounds were added to the Loomis car scene. Wind sounds were added as well. The 1999 DVD release contains both the original unaltered mono sound and a Dolby Digital 5.1 option with the added sound effects. See more »


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Don't Fear the Reaper
Written by Donald Roeser
Performed by Blue Öyster Cult
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Childhood Nostalgia
3 November 1998 | by CajmereSee all my reviews

Oh the memories! I was 9 years old when I first saw this movie on HBO with my younger cousin and older brother....it was about 1980. It was so creepy. When the movie went off me and my cousin were too scaried to go to bed so we stayed up until the infamous "Night Tracks" went off on TBS (REMEMBER NIGHT TRACKS??). The 'Halloween' Movie Theme stayed with me for years. Everytime I hear the theme I think back to when I was a kid. I would often dread when my parents would go out on the weekends and let my older brother babysit me. I just knew that Micheal Myers would know that my parents were not home and kill me. In my opinion, a movie should stay with you long after the movie is over. That's what 'Halloween' did for me. Each Halloween night, I remember back to 1978, when 'Halloween' came out. I think of the young scared child that I was and how good the first 'Halloween'movie really was!

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Release Date:

27 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Halloween See more »


Box Office


$325,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


| (Extended TV Version)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Surround 7.1


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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