Halloween

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Brand-new HD transfer from original elements approved by director John Carpenter & Director of Photography Dean Cundey
New-to-disc featurettes
All-new commentary track featuring Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter
Collectible limited edition book-style packaging featuring photos from the Trancas Pictures vault.
Widescreen Presentation 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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Editorial Reviews

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: 9/24/2013
  • UPC: 013132606330
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Anniversary Edition
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 25,060

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 Jr. 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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  • Posted October 16, 2013

    Best Horror Flick By John Carpenter EverĀ 

    Best Horror Flick By John Carpenter Ever 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2011

    A Little Terror in a Little Town

    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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  • Posted October 7, 2010

    If I had to pick my all favorite horror movie, this would be it.

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of the Cornerstones of the Horror Genre!!!

    1978 was a innocent time of unlocked doors, safe Halloween trick or treating, and teenage heavy petting, until a crazed ultimately evil killer escapes from an institution and heads home to continue where he left off. This movie is a jewel in the crown of the horror genre. It put John Carpenter on the map and moved horror from neck biting vampires, walking reanimates and mutant bugs to a new level of terror. Donald Pleasance plays a doctor trying to destroy the evil unleashed, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles and Nancy Loomis play wide eyed teenagers about to face a terror previously unthinkable. Your pulse races, your neck hair bristles, your muscles tense and you will never feel safe on Halloween Again!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    John Carpenter's Halloween

    Laurie Strode is your average baby-sitting teenager. On Halloween though, she sees a strange, masked figure standing outside her high school. He stalks Laurie and her friends during the day and at night he starts killing them one by one.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Classic Beyond Comparison!

    This movie is without a shadow of a doubt one of the greatest slasher movies of all time, if not the single greatest! This was probably the first of it's kind that I ever saw, and I still love it to this day. It sits amongst the collection pieces in my DVD collection. If you have never seen this film...where in the world have you been? Definitely give it a watch. Of course, I suppose that this generation would not probably view it the same, but it's still redefined horror as we knew it. A definite great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Halloween

    A genuine horror film. Still a favorite to watch on Halloween.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This is the one that started it all!

    After seeing this movie when it first came out, it made me into a very big horror fan. This is the classic that set the standard for the modern day slasher film along with my other favorite series, Friday the 13th (1980).

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The classic

    With any classic horror film, the plots normally revolve around some childhood trauma and involve alot of horomone crazed teenagers. Same goes for halloween the original version, but, like any horror film classic, its worth a watch. I wouldnt neccesarily buy it, I would catch it on AMC or Sci-Fi around Halloween. I have a guilty pleasure for these kind of films and if you arent into tastless killings dont bother with this film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    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!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I loved the original. It was the first horror movie I saw in the theater as a kid. It was scary fun! The Rob Zombie version expands on Micheal's upbringing & it is good! He did a great job with a classic!!! BUY IT if you love scary movies! I loved both!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    Halloween was a good movie and how there was a surprise around every corner. But the new one was better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Old School Classic

    It's especially fun to see John Carpenter's old school classic after seeing Rob Zombie's excellent prequel/remake/tribute. Compare. Contrast. Discuss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    One of the best,might be the best horror movies ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Carpenter is under-rated nowdays.

    He just doesn't do allot of projects anymore. Not because he's too old, but because nobody will take his screenplays anymore. It's like they all think he's a taletless bum who should've never made it in the film business. But in Hallowee, made in three-hundred-thousand dolars, proves that Carpenter is one of the most talented film makers that ever walked this earth. He shows almost no blood in the film, uses very little backlight, and he masterfully builds up the suspence and releases it when you least expect it. I have a copy of the original screenplay, and it is great. I want to be a writer when I get older, and I hope that I'll one day be able to impress as much as he did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite horror movie!

    Halloween is my favorite horror movie and nothing can top this horror!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Scariest Movie I Have Ever Seen!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Halloween 1

    This is the movie that introduces us to the killer Michael Myers who escapes from his confinement in search of a teen named Laurie, after taking care of 1st sister Judith. The next character we come to know is Dr. Loomis who tries to keep Meyers at bay. This is the one that got me into horror movies, and love the way the creepy piano music wcomes on, warning the audience that something's going to happen. That's just how a movie should be. A classic already in the making.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best horror films ever!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOT REALLY SCARY, BUT'S IT A SLASHER FILM!

    I love slasher films and this is one of the best. I love this series of films!

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