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Six year old Michael Myers comes home from trick-or-treating one night, and stabs his sister to death... 15 years later, he escapes from the mental hospital, and sees a bookworm teenager, Laurie Strode. She and her friends, Lynda and Annie are making Halloween plans. Laurie is babysitting, while Annie and Lynda are fooling around in the house across the street. But the lights aren't on in the house, and Annie and Lynda aren't answering the phone. In curiosity, Laurie goes to the house to see what's going on...
The trick was to stay alive.
Also Known As:
John Carpenter's Halloween
The Babysitter Murders
Release Date: October 25, 1978
Runtime: 91 mins
All Genres: Horror, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 8.0
Buried.com Rating: 9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With H
MPAA Rating: R
Donald Pleasence ...Dr. Sam Loomis
Jamie Lee Curtis ...Laurie Strode
Nancy Kyes ...Annie Brackett (as Nancy Loomis)
P.J. Soles ...Lynda van der Klok
Charles Cyphers ...Sheriff Leigh Brackett
Kyle Richards ...Lindsey Wallace
Brian Andrews ...Tommy Doyle
John Michael Graham ...Bob Simms
Nancy Stephens ...Marion Chambers
Arthur Malet ...Graveyard Keeper
Mickey yablans ...Richie
Brent Le Page ...Lonnie Elamb
Adam Hollander ...Keith
Robert Phalen ...Dr. Terence Wynn
Tony Moran ...Michael Myers (age 23)
Will Sandin ...Michael Myers (age 6)
Sandy Johnson ...Judith Margaret Myers
David Kyle ...Judith's Boyfriend
Peter Griffith ...Morgan Strode
Nick Castle ...The Shape
Barry Bernardi ...Dead Mechanic
John Carpenter ...Paul, Annie's Boyfriend (voice)
George O'Hanlon Jr. ...Mr. Peter Myers
Darla Rae ...Student
Gwen Van Dam ...Sanitarium Nurse
Halloween Horror Film Trailer 1
"Don't Fear The Reaper"
More Movie Taglines:
- The trick was to stay alive.
- The Night HE Came Home!
- HE came home for HALLOWEEN.
- Everyone is entitled to one good scare
- Trick or treat... or die
- Let's celebrate the horror
- Happy Halloween!
- The Trick Is To Stay Alive!
- [referring to a partially eaten dog] Sheriff Leigh Brackett: A man wouldn't do that. Dr. Sam Loomis: This isn't a man.
Laurie: Lynda, if this is a joke, I'll kill you!
Dr. Sam Loomis: I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face and, the blackest eyes... the *devil's* eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... *evil*.
Sheriff Leigh Brackett: It's Halloween, everyone's entitled to one good scare.
Annie Brackett: [Michael Myers's car cruises by the girls walking home from school] Hey, jerk! SPEED KILLS! [the car screeches to a halt] Annie Brackett: God, can't he take a joke? Laurie: You know Annie some day you're going to get us all in deep trouble. Lynda: Totally. Annie Brackett: I HATE a guy with a car and no sense of humor.
- There are numerous references in John Carpenter's movies, particularly in this film, that are taken from the area surrounding the town he grew up in - Bowling Green, KY. The performance of the film's musical score is credited to "The Bowling Green Philharmonic." There is no Philharmonic in Bowling Green. The "orchestra" is actually Carpenter and assorted musical friends. In one scene the subtitle depicts the location as "Smiths Grove, IL." Smiths Grove is actually a small town of about 600 people located 15 miles north of Bowling Green on I-65. There are also numerous references in Halloween to street names that are major roads in the greater Bowling Green area.
As the movie was actually shot in early spring in southern California (as opposed to Illinois in late October), the crew had to buy paper leaves from a decorator and paint them in the desired autumn colors, then scatter them in the filming locations. To save money, after a scene was filmed, the leaves were collected and reused. However, as Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter note on the DVD audio commentary, the trees are quite full and green and even some palm trees can be seen, despite that in Illinois in October, the leaves would probably be mostly gone and there would be no palm trees.
Jamie Lee Curtis' first feature film.
Due to its shoestring budget, the prop department had to use the cheapest mask that they could find in the costume store: a Captain Kirk (William Shatner) mask. They later spray-painted the face white, teased out the hair, and reshaped the eye holes.
The kids watch the opening of The Thing from Another World (1951) on TV. Carpenter would later re-make this film himself in 1982 as The Thing (1982).
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