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Halloween [1978] (1 disc)

Director:John Carpenter
Writer:Debra Hill
John Carpenter
Composer:John Carpenter
Length:91 minutes
(1 hour 31 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
Sorting Tub:Alpha
IMDB Rating:7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:93%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood escapes on a mindless rampage while his doctor chases him through the streets.

Reaction: Well made and tense. Not exactly my favorite kind of scary movie, but still well made.

Personal Rating: 8/10

John Carpenter => Director / Writer / Composer / Paul, Annie's Boyfriend (voice) (uncredited)
Debra Hill => Writer
Adam Hollander => Keith
Arthur Malet => Graveyard Keeper
Brent Le Page => Lonnie Elamb
Brian Andrews => Tommy Doyle
Charles Cyphers => Sheriff Leigh Brackett
Donald Pleasence => Dr. Sam Loomis
George O'Hanlon Jr. => Mr. Peter Myers (uncredited)
Jamie Lee Curtis => Laurie Strode
John Michael Graham => Bob Simms
Kyle Richards => Lindsey Wallace
Mickey Yablans => Richie
Nancy Kyes => Annie Brackett (as Nancy Loomis)
Nancy Stephens => Marion Chambers
Nick Castle => The Shape
P.J. Soles => Lynda van der Klok
Robert Phalen => Dr. Terence Wynn
Sandy Johnson => Judith Margaret Myers
Tony Moran => Michael Myers (age 23)
Will Sandin => Michael Myers (age 6)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Jamie Lee Curtis' first feature film. She was paid a reported $8,000 for her efforts.Half of the $320,000 budget was spent on the Panavison cameras so the film would have a 2:35:1 scope. Donald Pleasence was paid $20,000 for 5 days work.
  • The Halloween theme is written in the rare 5/4 time signature. John Carpenter learned this rhythm from his father.
  • Before [?] Don Post became involved, Michael was going to wear a clown mask. Due to its shoestring budget, the prop department had to use the cheapest mask that they could find in the costume store: a [Star Trek] William Shatner mask. They later spray-painted the face white, teased out the hair, and reshaped the eye holes. Shatner admitted that for years he had no idea his likeness was used for this film. It was only during an interview that someone mentioned his mask was being used. He has since stated that he is honored by this gesture.
  • Halloween was shot in 21 days in April of 1978. Made on a budget of $320,000, it became the highest-grossing independent movie ever made at that time. Donald Pleasence did all of his scenes in only 5 days of shooting. The total duration of his scenes is just over 18 minutes.
  • Kyle Richards, who plays Lindsey Wallace, is the sister of Kim Richards, who appeared in John Carpenter's previous film, Assault on Precinct 13.
  • All of the actors wore their own clothes, since there was no money for a costume department. Jamie Lee Curtis went to J.C. Penney for Laurie Strode's wardrobe. She spent less than a hundred dollars for the entire set. She shot the film while on hiatus from the sitcom Operation Petticoat.
  • This was voted the fifth scariest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
  • Carpenter approached Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee to play the Sam Loomis role (that was eventually played by Donald Pleasence) but both turned him down. Lee later said it was the biggest mistake he had ever made in his career.
  • P.J. Soles was dating Dennis Quaid at the time of filming, so John Carpenter and Debra Hill wanted to cast him in the role of Bob. Unfortunately, Quaid was busy working on another project and John Michael Graham was cast in the role instead.
  • John Carpenter was quite intimidated by Donald Pleasence, of whom he was a big fan and who was easily the oldest and most experienced person on set. Although Pleasance asked Carpenter difficult questions about his character, Pleasance turned out to be a good-humored, big-hearted individual and the two became great friends.