Halloween

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Released 1978

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Halloween

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Director:
John Carpenter
Released:
1978
Rating:
R
Halloween is the 1978 horror film directed, produced and written by the acclaimed John Carpenter. Halloween is the tale of Michael Myers (Nick Castle), a twenty-one year old man institutionalized at Smith's Grove Warren County Sanitarium under the care of Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasance) since October 31, 1963, the day he stabbed his sister to death with a kitchen knife. On October 30, 1978 Michael escapes custody and flees to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois just in time for Halloween. Dr. Loomis knows the dark plans Michael has for the people of Haddonfield and races to put a halt to the murderous rampage. Babysitter Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis in her first film role) is the focus of Michael's madness and dressed in his now iconic coveralls and white mask, he stalks Laurie and her friends, killing the friends one by one until only Laurie remains. It's up to Dr. Loomis to save the babysitter as Laurie falls into the grasp of the madman. A classic in the slasher film genre, Halloween features plenty of sex and gore.moreless

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  • 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    From a shock-and-suspense point-of-view, Halloween is the rival of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." With only a few arguable exceptions (such as "The Exorcist"), there isn't another po...

  • 75

    Entertainment Weekly Bruce Fretts

    Carpenter's brutally efficient exercise in tension and release.

  • 50

    Variety

    After a promising opening, Halloween becomes just another maniac-on-the-loose suspenser. However, despite the prosaic plot, director John Carpenter has timed the film's gore so tha...

Donald Pleasence

Donald Pleasence

Dr. Sam Loomis

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis

Laurie Strode

Arthur Malet

Arthur Malet

Graveyard Caretaker

John Carpenter

John Carpenter

Paul, Annie's Boyfriend (voice) uncredited

Charles Cyphers

Charles Cyphers

Sheriff Leigh Brackett

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Horror, Suspense

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Cult, Teen Terror, Slashers, Classics, Horror Masters