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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


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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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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Special Features

Widescreen presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 tvs; Full-frame presentation reformatted to fit 4x3 tvs; Original theatrical trailers; Television spots; Radio spots; Talent bios; Still and poster gallery; Behind-the-scenes still gallery; Halloween Unmasked 2000 produced and directed by Mark Cerulli

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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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Halloween
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]


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Halloween 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
joet37382013 More than 1 year ago
Best Horror Flick By John Carpenter Ever 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was scared to death, Jamie Lee is fantastic. Scary theme! Everything a classic horror movie needs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!"
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All of the Halloween movies are highly recomended. During Halloween season there is no other scary movie I'd rather watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's especially fun to see John Carpenter's old school classic after seeing Rob Zombie's excellent prequel/remake/tribute. Compare. Contrast. Discuss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Halloween was a good movie and how there was a surprise around every corner. But the new one was better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love to watch all of Michael Myers movies he is so cool he is my role model.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.