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.


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4 August 1998 | TheMgnt
It *is* a classic
To begin, this is a twenty year old film. Few films remain as suspenseful today as they did when it came out. (see: Night of the Living Dead -- had people running from the theatres when released but is very tame today). Clearly a movie fan brought up on the standards of today's movies will fail to find enjoyment of such 'classic' films. But when watching Halloween today perhaps it helps to consider a few things: Halloween was a low budget film (read: bad acting, poor special effects) made for only $300,000. It was not a product of Hollywood but a bunch of 20 year olds. This was the first film to feature the Boogeyman that Wouldn't Die which has been ripped off time and time again in the Friday the 13th, Elm Street, Scream, etc. You're used to it now, but Halloween did it first. Even Scream ripped off the look of the villian in Halloween. The theme of teenagers being stalked by a madman has been ripped of numerous times as well (again, Halloween did it first) but what seperates Halloween from the imitators is that it plays on traditional fears: The Thing that Wouldn't Die; the Boogeyman coming to get you; being followed and stalked; the boyfriend returning to the room under a bedsheet -- and it's not really him; someone hiding in the car... all things that have made our skin crawl in real life at one time or another. Watching Halloween tonight again for the first time in years I found myself again on the edge of my seat. Classic? Hell, yes. Maybe not to a generation who feels Scream was a 'good' horror movie but a classic none the less.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Before Captain Kirk was chosen for the mask, other masks considered include Richard Nixon, Spock and Emmett Kelly.


Quotes

Tommy: I don't like that story anymore.
Laurie: I thought King Arthur was your favorite.
Tommy: Not anymore.
Laurie: Why do you keep them under there?
Tommy: Mom doesn't like me having them.
Laurie: Laser Man, Neutron Man. I can understand why. Tarantula Man...
Tommy: Laurie, what's the Boogeyman?


Goofs

(at around 41 mins) When Annie is on the phone with Laurie, the dog Lester comes into the kitchen. We hear him growl, yet by his face he is clearly merely panting. He then begins to bark sharply, yet his tail is wagging and he is clearly looking at the trainer coaching him.


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.


Alternate Versions

Additional scenes were shot by director John Carpenter for the 1981 Television Network premiere. These include:

  • a meeting between Dr. Loomis and two doctors from the mental (psychiatric) institution where Michael Myers is being kept
  • a scene where a nurse leads Dr. Loomis to Michael's room, telling him who was supposed to have been watching the patients. Once they arrive in Michael's room, she tells him he must have broken the window glass with his bare hands. They then glance over on the wall, and see that he has written in blood the word "sister".
  • a shot of Michael Myers sitting completely motionless in his cell
  • a scene where Lynda visits Laurie Strodes at home and borrows a blouse just as Annie calls trying to borrow the same blouse.


Soundtracks

Don't Fear the Reaper
Written by
Donald Roeser
Performed by Blue Öyster Cult
Courtesy of CBS Records

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Horror | Thriller

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