Halloween

Halloween

4.8 86
Director: John Carpenter

Cast: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis

     
 

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It was "The Night HE Came Home," warned the posters for John Carpenter's career-making horror smash. In Haddonfield, IL, on Halloween night 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers inexplicably slaughters his teenage sister. His psychiatrist Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) can't penetrate Michael's psyche after years of institutionalization, but he knows that, when Myers… See more details below

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It was "The Night HE Came Home," warned the posters for John Carpenter's career-making horror smash. In Haddonfield, IL, on Halloween night 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers inexplicably slaughters his teenage sister. His psychiatrist Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) can't penetrate Michael's psyche after years of institutionalization, but he knows that, when Myers escapes before Halloween in 1978, there is going to be hell to pay in Haddonfield. While Loomis heads to Haddonfield to alert police, Myers spots bookish teenager Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and follows her, constantly appearing and vanishing as Laurie and her looser friends Lynda (P.J. Soles) and Annie (Nancy Loomis) make their Halloween plans. By nightfall, the responsible Laurie is doing her own and Annie's babysitting jobs, while Annie and Lynda frolic in the parent-free house across the street. But Annie and Lynda are not answering the phone, and suspicious Laurie heads across the street to the darkened house to see what is going on....

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
Even after repeated viewings, John Carpenter's Halloween remains a genuinely terrifying cinematic experience. It introduces psychopathic killer Mike Myers, who, 15 years after murdering his own sister on Halloween, returns home to wreak mayhem on good-girl teen Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her fun-loving friends (Nancy Loomis and P. J. Soles). Curtis turned her success here into a brief reign as moviedom's "Scream Queen," and she is touchingly vulnerable in her breakthrough role. The likable supporting cast is strong overall, so the inevitable carnage is all the more unsettling. Best of all, Donald Pleasance turns in a delightfully unhinged performance as Dr. Sam Loomis, the obsessed psychiatrist determined to take Myers down. With its numerous pop-culture references and gleefully clichéd storytelling, Halloween is the original model for Scream and its companions. And although there is humor in the movie (particularly in Loomis's single-minded obliviousness), pure, visceral horror clearly rules here. Carpenter's self-penned, Bernard Herrmann-influenced score provides creepy counterpoint to his impeccably composed images. Through six sequels, a TV series, and dozens of imitators, it never got any better than this.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
With its almost blood-free frights, gutsy heroine, and peerless score, Halloween became the gold standard for the late '70s-'80s teen slasher cycle (as Scream cheekily acknowledged in 1996). Taking full advantage of the widescreen frame (and offscreen space), John Carpenter builds tension through the constant suggestion that something terrible lurks just out of Laurie's and the audience's view, whether it's behind a bush or in a passing car. Carpenter also shifts to the killer's point-of-view, leaving the audience with only the sight of the unaware victim and the sound of Michael's breathing. Evoking Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and Vertigo, as well as Howard Hawks' original The Thing, Carpenter and co-writer/producer Debra Hill render Myers an inhuman force that paradoxically points up the psychosexual anxieties under the surface of small-town life, especially in the wake of the late-'60s/early-'70s sexual revolution. Teens responded to Halloween's thrills, as the 325,000-dollar indie film went on to gross 47 million dollars, begetting six sequels and numerous imitators, like the Friday the 13th series.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2001
UPC:
0013131171136
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donald Pleasence Doctor Loomis
Jamie Lee Curtis Laurie
Nancy Loomis Annie
P.J. Soles Lynda
Charles Cyphers Brackett
Kyle Richards Lindsay
Brian Andrews Tommy
John Michael Graham Bob
Nancy Stephens Marion
Robert Phalen Dr. Wynn
Mickey Yablans Richie
Adam Holender Keith
Nick Castle The Shape
Tony Moran Michael Myers, age 21
Arthur Malet Graveyard Keeper
Sandy Johnson Judith Myers
David Kyle Boyfriend

Technical Credits
John Carpenter Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
Don Behrns Production Manager
Charles Burnstein Editor
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Debra Hill Producer,Screenwriter
Craig Stearns Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Rick Wallace Asst. Director
Tommy Lee Wallace Editor,Production Designer
Irwin Yablans Executive Producer

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