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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 by), Debra Hill (screenplay by)
1,533 ( 329)
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 (as P J Soles)
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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Trick or treat... or die See more »


Horror | Thriller


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Did You Know?


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


(at around 1h 14 mins) When Laurie goes into the living room of the Wallace house, you can see the arm of a crew member protruding from the left wall. See more »


Lynda: [concerning Annie] The only reason she babysits is to have a place for...
Laurie: [realizing she had forgot something] Shit.
Annie: I have a place for *that*!
Laurie: I forgot my chemistry book.
Lynda: So, who cares? I always forget my chemistry book and my math book, and my English book, and my, let's see, my French book, and... well, who needs books anyway? I don't need books. I always forget all my books. I mean, it doesn't really matter if you have your books or not... Hey, isn't that Devon Graham?
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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

In 2000, a 'Limited Edition' DVD of "Halloween" was released from Anchor Bay. This was the Television Extended-Version which includes 12 minutes of extra-footage shot in 1981 while filming "Halloween II" and was available as a stand-alone or a two-disc (along with the theatrical cut). Later, in 2001 commemorating the 25th Anniversary DVD, Anchor Bay released yet another DVD of the theatrical cut. This DVD contains new special features, giving a brief look at the incredible "Halloween" Cast Re-union filmed on October 2000. It also had a new transfer approved by John Carpenter,which caused some controversy amongst fans, as he apparently adjusted the color quite severely, a radical departure from the previous transfer supervised by D.P. Dean Cundey. See more »


Referenced in 100 höjdare: Världens roligaste ögonblick 90-81 (2005) See more »


Don't Fear the Reaper
Written by Donald Roeser
Performed by Blue Öyster Cult
Courtesy of CBS Records
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They don't make movies like this anymore!
20 May 2020 | by Darkside-ReviewerSee all my reviews

Halloween is one of the most influential Horror/Slasher movies ever made while there were certainly other influential horror movies that came before it such as Peeping Tom (1960) and Psycho (1960) which both greatly influenced this movie and many other horror movies but it was Halloween that started the Horror/Slasher movie craze that dominated the 1980s.

Halloween is a genuinely creepy and unnerving movie from the very start when you first hear the now classic Halloween theme play during the movies opening credits watching as the camera slowly zooms in on the smiling lit pumpkin you feel a tingle down your spine from there the movie takes it time building tension. During every scene your attention is not focused on what's going on in the scene instead your eyes are drawn to the movies background seeking out the masked shaped figure who has been stalking our main characters as they are "Totally!" oblivious of what's to come we know what will happen it's fate but the fun is in the hunt not a jumpscare which is something modern day horror movies have yet to learn.

The beauty of this movie is in it's soundtrack and the atmosphere it creates during key moments of the movie the sound of the sharp and low tones of the piano make the hairs on the back your neck stand up making you fear what maybe waiting in the dark.

Halloween also introduced (Jamie Lee Curtis) who plays the main character Laurie who thanks to the massive success of Halloween Curtis made a name for herself and became the original scream queen for her role in Halloween and many other Horror/Slasher movies.

Halloweens main star was veteran actor (Donald Pleasence) who played Doctor Samuel Loomis and who's performance is definitely the best part of the movie so much so that (Donald Pleasence) took part in four Halloween sequels and after Halloween II he became the only memorable thing about the sequels and the only reason anyone went to see them was because of his amazing performance as Doctor Loomis.

Halloween was made by then unknown director and writers (John Carpenter) and (Debra Hill) and it wasn't common for such veteran actors like (Donald Pleasance) to take a role in such a low budget, independent movie but after reading the script and getting to know both Carpenter and Hill and seeing the unique vision they had for this movie he signed on and his part as character Doctor Samuel Loomis would become one of the most memorable of his career.

I highly recommend watching this movie if your a horror/slasher movie fan and if by some miracle you haven't already seen this classic movie do yourself a favour and watch it if your of a new generation who hasn't seen the original Halloween movie yet I recommend watching it properly not just a casual viewing.

As a quick side note I reviewed Halloween after watching the 35th Anniversary edition on Blu Ray which is a fairly decent transfer the lighting is a little better the sound is a little clearer other than that it's pretty much the same as the DVD version of the movie although the special features are decent and includes an over 50 minute featurete entitled "The Night SHE! Came Home" which follows Jamie Lee Curtis stepping back into the spotlight in horror movie conventions after many, many years an interesting watch also in the special features is footage that was included in the cut for TV edition of the movie which are nothing special but do give us a look at a young Michael Myers in Doctor Loomis care and a scene that shows Loomis meeting the hospital board trying to get Michael put away for life. Having never seen the TV cut version myself I liked that this additional footage was added as a bonus feature.

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Release Date:

27 October 1978 (USA) See more »

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$325,000 (estimated)

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| (Extended TV Version)

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Mono | Dolby Surround 7.1


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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