HalloweenDirector: John Carpenter
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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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|Donald Pleasence||Doctor Loomis|
|Jamie Lee Curtis||Laurie|
|John Michael Graham||Bob|
|Robert Phalen||Dr. Wynn|
|Nick Castle||The Shape|
|Tony Moran||Michael Myers, age 21|
|Arthur Malet||Graveyard Keeper|
|Sandy Johnson||Judith Myers|
|John Carpenter||Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter|
|Don Behrns||Production Manager|
|Thomas D. Causey||Sound/Sound Designer|
|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|
1. Start Program/Main Titles [2:04]
2. Halloween 1963 [4:55]
3. Wandering Around [4:07]
4. Drop Off the Key [3:21]
5. Strange Sightings [4:05]
6. Tracking Michael [1:18]
7. Nothing to Do Tonight [5:42]
8. Paranoia [2:28]
9. 4:20 Car Ride [5:17]
10. Going to Babysit [2:51]
11. Stakeout at the Myers [3:42]
12. Babysitter Talk [4:06]
13. Is the Boogey Man Real? [1:33]
14. Late Night Laundry [4:17]
15. Going to Get Paul [4:19]
16. A Boogey Man Spotting [2:02]
17. Haunted House [2:12]
18. Where's Annie? [3:47]
19. After Sex Surprise [3:47]
20. Shocking Phone Call [3:06]
21. Thinking About Annie [1:36]
22. Checking on Annie [7:03]
23. Running for Help [3:05]
24. Terror in the Closet [3:35]
25. It's All Over...? [4:07]
26. End Credits [2:25]
Halloween Unmasked 2000
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John Carpenter - Music Composer/Co-Writer/Director
Debra Hill - Co-Writer/Producer
Irwin Yablans - Executive Producer
Moustapha Akkad - Financier
Jamie Lee Curtis
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Best Horror Flick By John Carpenter Ever
John Carpenter was a mastermind at horror, and was creating movies ever since he was a child. Only in his late teens he created a movie so suspensful, it left audiencies screaming out of their minds, and that's what John Carpenter did. Debra Hill, Carpenter's then girlfriend, decided to make a film to die for. They came up with a movie titled HALLOWEEN, because there was no such movie with no such name. Jamie Lee Curtis was an unknown acctress in an unknown show, and really only known for being the mother of the famous Janet Leigh in PSYCHO. Carpenter was inspired by PSYCHO because of Jamie, and that's what made HALLOWEEN the classic it is today. Imagine being in a neighbor and suddenly somebody starts chasing after you, with a butcher knife, a hauntly white ghost mask, and a truck driver's suit, after he has killed all of your friends and is now out for you. And every time you kill him, he awakens and just gets madder. It's an evil entity that will never die, and somewhere inside HALLOWEEN, their is an evil entity.
From the memorable intro credits with that creepy lit pumpkin, tuned to the haunting piano playing and the creepy ending, Halloween is a horror film that doesn't rely on cheap scares every something minutes like most scary films nowadays. This however has great suspense, atmosphere and doesn't rely on gore. After escaping from a mental institution Michael Myers goes after Laurie Strode and her friends while they're babysitting on Halloween night. All the while Dr. Loomis goes after Myers as he tries warning the town of Myers return. Everyone was good in their roles especially Donald Plesance (RIP) as the memorable Dr. Loomis. Still a creepy yet great film years later. Recommend this for any horror nor non horror fan, a must for your movie collection.
I was scared to death, Jamie Lee is fantastic. Scary theme! Everything a classic horror movie needs.
Halloween may not have been the first slasher film (try the original Black Christmas), but it sure did popularize the genre and usher in a new era filled with loads of gore, frights, and downright fun from other such classic characters like Jason Voorhees (from Friday the 13th) and Freddy Krueger (from A Nightmare on Elm Street). The DVD itself is awesome, with a nice clean remastering of Halloween to keep the film's hackings and slashings looking as sharp (no pun intended) as ever. The bonus features are not that plentiful (although there is a wonderful documentary), but the sheer perfection of the terror that Halloween fills you with easily makes up for it. This DVD is a must-have for any movie-buffs collection--whether you like horror films or not, there is no denying "the one, the only, the classic, Halloween!"
This film is the best horror film there is (first best horror is of course the Exorcist). Michael Myers is creepy as he stalks the teens wearing some William Shatner type mask thing and his so called weapon of choice is the regualr and average sharp long kitchen knife. Unforgettable movie with Donald Pleseance and Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis who appears in the second and seventh Halloween movie in the series. Plus the piano part is the best in the whole film.
All of the Halloween movies are highly recomended. During Halloween season there is no other scary movie I'd rather watch.
It's especially fun to see John Carpenter's old school classic after seeing Rob Zombie's excellent prequel/remake/tribute. Compare. Contrast. Discuss.
I love this movie a lot. I rented this for when I had a sleepover at my friend's house. My friend and I watched it late at night. After I wnt to sleep, all I could think about was the movie. In my mind I was walking through a room with dorrs and every one I looked through there stood Mike with a knife in his hand. To make a long story short, I would definitely recommend this.
This movie rocks! Its hands down the best slasher film of all time. All the new movies really have to point, but this one, the story is plain and simple. An escaped mental patient comes back to his hometown Haddonfield to relive his grisly murders again and again. And with a shocking climax starting where Laurie Strode goes into her neighbours house and finds Michael Myers to where he chases her again and again and again. She thinks hes dead.. is he?
great movie. we will all enjoy it. it started it all, and there is no other movie in the horro genre as good as halloween.
Halloween was a good movie and how there was a surprise around every corner. But the new one was better.
I think this is by far the best horror movie ever. I don't think it needed sequels but I am still glad that they made more. I believe Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence did a awesome job.
I had a sleep over the other night with all my friends. We rented all of the Halloween movies. The first one was ok, but there wasn't all that much murdering. The second one was all right I guess, but it was a little fake (we had a few screams I might add ;-) ) the third one threw the sixth one was just down right gay. But H2O, that was a good one. The girl having her leg almost separating from her body.....nasty but awesome. Resurrection was not only scary but suspenseful, funny, and well nasty. So the newer ones are better, but I guess you still cant beat the originals!
man!! what can i say about this movie? i am still scared 2 watch it by myself. micheal anit no joke, and they still didn't kill him in the last halloween, so let's get ready 2 scream, holla, or whatever cause he will b bac
This is by far one of the best horror movies ever made. It's is simple horror and done on a shoestring budget but who cares! Next to the Exorcist it's hard to find a movie that is more bone chilling. I first saw this movie in 1983 back when movies came out on BETA like every 10 months unlike 3 months today. When it originally came out in the theater I was only 10 and my parents of course wouldn't let me go. I do remember the commercials that ran late at night and they scared the heck out of me back then. I recommend this movie to people who really enjoy quality movies that stand the test of time. I however DO NOT recommend Halloween 6 which is by far one of the worst horror movies ever made.
Everytime the music to this film comes on, I get scared and I already don't want to see this film. But I do anyway. This was the very first film that introduces us to the slasher movies. The film opens up with Michael Myers bruttaly murdering his sister. About ten or twelve years later he breaks out of a mental hospital to kill his other sister: Laurie Strode who's now adopted. On the pursuit of Michael is his doctor, Dr. Loomis. What makes Michael the scariest slasher in history is his breathing under that mask. Did Jason ever breath after wearing that hockey mask for so long? No. Michael breathes so scary it might even give Darth Vader a run for his money. But the doctor says something about Michael I will never forget. "See when I treated this boy. He had something different about him. When I searched inside of him and got to know him. I knew he couldn't be saved. And do you know why? With his pale, blank face and the darkest eyes... the devil's eyes." Scary isn't it? After this movie, it went all down hill from there. Horror movies today are just blood baths. The writer or the directors don't make you remember that killer or that victom. They make you throw up. I wanna see a movie where you sleep with the light on and pray for the light of dawn. Halloween does that. Michael isn't like Freddy Kruger or Jason Vorhees. He is someone believable and he makes you want to look at your neighbor's front door and see if he is dragging your neighbors body out to the bushes. I think we should pay less attention to Freddy or Jason and give Michael the credit. Without him they would not of become popular or started those stupid horror movies you people like today. Once you see this movie, you have officially seen a horror movie. If you don't want to be scared. Fine. Just go see that Texas Chainsaw Massacare and see if it's scary. I gaurentee you'll be regreting that Chinese food you had earlier.
If you want to be scared then this is the film for you! Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald pleasence are both brilliant and Michael Myers is scary as hell BUY! BUY! BUY!
this by far the greatest movie by jon carpenter with jamie lee making her best movie. micheal myers is the best pyscho killer ever when showing up in the dark while jamie lee is standing next to him
One cannot go thru Halloween night without watching Halloween itself. Every Halloween my sister and I must watch Halloween. Nothing makes Hallowenn with out having Michael Myers around.
I love to watch all of Michael Myers movies he is so cool he is my role model.
This is one of the greatest horror movies ever made. I mean today every scary movie has special effects but this one is just plain simple and makes you wonder...... The movie is about Michael Myers killing his sister Judith Myers on Halloween. Travel 15 year forward to 1978, Michael Myers escapes and goes back to his hometown, where it all started Haddonfield. With Michael's Doctor ( Dr. Loomis, played by Donald Pleasant) chasing him, Michael begins his regin of terror over the little town. I would recommond this movie to anyone who is a fan of Horror movies, and people who like thillers.