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
When they were shooting the scenes for the start of the film (all the ones seen from Michael's point of view) they couldn't get the six-year old child actor until the last day, so the movie's producer, Debra Hill, volunteered to be Michael for any scenes where his hands come into view. This is why the nails on young Michael's hands look so well manicured and varnished. See more »
(at around 23 mins) After Lynda says goodbye, Laurie and Annie continue to walk home from classes together and the following scenes show that the takes were combined from different periods of the day. When Laurie sees the Shape peering at them behind the bushes, the Sun is setting behind the houses to their left. In the very next scene when she tries get Annie's attention, the Sun is shining on them from directly above. When Annie rushes to confront the Shape the Sun is still setting but once Annie departs, it shines completely overhead again as Laurie is frightened by Sheriff Brackett. See more »
[Tommy's scared of the boogeyman]
We're getting nowhere. Look, the boogeyman can only come out on Halloween, right? Well, I'm here; I'm not about to let anything happen to you.
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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 »
Also, the network version replaces 12 minutes of violent footage with less gory scenes. These scenes were shot simultaneously with "Halloween II" in 1981, and can be found in the LaserDisc version of the original film. See more »
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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