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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....

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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Special Features

Audio Commentary With Writer/Director John Carpenter, Actress Jamie Lee Curtis and Producer Debra Hill; Fast Film Facts; Halloween: a Cut Above the Rest Featurette; Trailer ; TV Spots; Radio Spots.

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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. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
8. Chapter 8
7. Chapter 7
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21


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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
A superb film in the art of suspense. As scary as when it first came out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Halloween is (in my opinion, at least) the scariest movie ever to come to the theatres. This movie was shot in 21 days at a budget of 320,000 dollars and has to date made over 50 million! The movie is about Michael Myers and his obsession to kill Laurie Strode. He is being followed by his psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis(Donald Pleasence) and the good doctor will stop at nothing until Michael is stopped. This film has some of the scariest music ever recorded and the scenery was nothing short of brilliant. This was also John Carpenter's second directorial effort,(his first being assault on precinct 13). It was so overwhelmingly popular that it spawned seven sequels (and the eighth one due out in march 2002). It is a must see for anbody who loves horror and loves halloween. In closing, Jamie Lee Curtis was nothing short of awesome playing Laurie Strode in this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scary plot, scary music, scary setting, scary Michael. More than 20 years after its original release Halloween is as bone-chilling as ever. A+++++++
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
still the scariest!!!! Michael Myers is still the king of all movie slashers.. he is by far the most composed (movie madman)of all time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hallween is one of the scarist movies i've ever seen. No matter what he will seek reveange, he will find you and he will kill you. DONT turn your back DONT turn off your lights AND DONT got outside when its dark or u may never see daylight again..... This triller of a lifetime that will haunt you for years to come is filled with bloodshead and screams of horror. Everyone who is in his path will be killed, untill he finds who he seeks in the dark moving slowly creeping around and out of nowhere he'll be standing there waiting.... wating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love halloween movies i i was to get all of them thank you
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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
I was scared to death, Jamie Lee is fantastic. Scary theme! Everything a classic horror movie needs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know how many times I watched all the haloween movies, but however many times that is I just can't get enough. It's the most scariest movie I have ever seen in my whole life. I've been watching it since I was a little kid and to this day I am 16 and i still get nightmares, and I can't watch it alone. I JUST LOVE MIKE!!!!!!!!!
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
Some years later, after a troubled boy brutally hacks his sister to death, he escapes from a mentall hospital to once again terrorize his hometown.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Halloween'' is the greatest horror film of all time. John Carpenters direction and screenplay coupled with the now famous film score makes gives ''Halloween'' an atmosphere of creepiness and pure terror. No horror film has supassed it since. Jamie Lee Curtis and the late Donald Pleasence turn in excellent perfomances. A true original.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Halloween & Halloween H20 are both the second best halloween movie right after Halloween Resurrection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, this movie was supposed to be the scariest movie of all time, and I, quite frankly, did not enjoy it. I am an avid movie goer, I love almost every type of movie, even art films. This just took way too long to get over with. Out of one hour and forty minutes, only 10 minutes had any killings in it, leaving the rest of the movie to ''leave us in suspense.'' The only thing I even liked about this movie, was the score, because it was the only frightening thing in the movie.
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
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
This movie will scare your socks off and I thought that I was going to be attacked the first time I watched it. So if your in for a scare watch Halloween...