The Night HE Came Home!
( Horror / Thriller )

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MPAA Rating:

US Runtime: 91 min

Premiere Date:
Oct 25, 1978   [USA]
Director: John Carpenter
Writers: John Carpenter   [screenplay]
Debra Hill   [screenplay]
Producers: Moustapha Akkad   [Executive Producer]
John Carpenter   [Producer]
Debra Hill   [Producer]
Kool Lusby   [Associate Producer]
Irwin Yablans   [Executive Producer]
Cinematography: Dean Cundey
Edited by: Tommy Lee Wallace
Production Companys: Compass International Pictures
Falcon Films


Donald Pleasence
Dr. Samuel 'Sam' Loomis
Jamie Lee Curtis
Laurie Strode
Nancy Kyes
Annie Brackett
P.J. Soles
Lynda Van Der Klok
Charles Cyphers
Sheriff Leigh Brackett
Kyle Richards
Lindsey Wallace
Brian Andrews
Tommy Doyle
John Michael Graham
Bob Simms
Nancy Stephens
Nurse Marion Chambers
Arthur Malet
Graveyard Keeper
Mickey Yablans
Brent Le Page
Lonnie Elamb
Adam Hollander
Robert Phalen
Dr. Terence Wynn
Tony Moran
Michael Myers (age 21)
Will Sandin
Michael Myers (age 6)
Sandy Johnson
Judith Myers
David Kyle
Judith's Boyfriend
Peter Griffith
Morgan Strode
Nick Castle
The Shape
Douglas Spencer
Clip from 'The Thing from Another World' (archive footage)
John Carpenter
Paul's Voice (uncredited)


Barry Bernardi
production assistant
Kim Gottlieb
still photographer
Walt Hill
Steve Mathis
best boy
Josh Miller
best boy
Douglas Olivares
assistant camera
Dylan Shephard
key grip
Raymond Stella
Raymond Stella
camera operator
Mark Walthour

Filming Locations: (Now With Clickable Links To Location On Google Maps)


Tech Info:

Color Info:
Color (Metrocolor)
Cinematographic Process:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1


  • Laurie: I saw Mr. Riddle in his backyard, he was watching me.
    Annie: Mr. Riddle was watching you? Laurie! Mr. Riddle is eighty-seven!
    Laurie: He can still watch.
    Annie: That's probably all he can do.
  • Lynda: I can't believe it! We have three new cheers to learn in the morning, I have to get my dress ready and my hair done in the afternoon, the game is at six, and the dance is at eight! I'll be totally wiped out!
    Laurie: [sarcastically] I don't think you have enough to do tomorrow.
    Lynda: Totally!
  • Nurse Chambers: Don't you think it would be better if you referred to "it" as "him"?
    Dr. Loomis: If you say so.
    Nurse Chambers: Your compassion's overwhelming, doctor.
  • Dr. Loomis: I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blind, pale, emotionless face and, the blackest eyes... the DEVIL'S eyes! I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up for I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... EVIL!
  • [After yelling a smart remark to Michael Myers]
    Annie: Geez, can't he take a joke?
    Laurie: You know what, Annie? One of these days you're going to get us all into deep trouble.


  • Inside Laurie's bedroom there is a poster of a painting by James Ensor (1860-1949). Ensor was a Belgian expressionist painter who used to portray human figures wearing grotesque masks.
  • Morgan Strode's black Fleetwood (seen in the driveway when he is talking to Laurie early in the movie) belonged to director John Carpenter, while the Phelps Garage truck was owned by the company that catered for the film.
  • half of the $300,000 budget was spent on the Panavision cameras so the film would have a 2:35:1 scope.
  • Due to its shoestring budget, the prop department had to use the cheapest mask that they could find in the costume store: a William Shatner mask, from the movie The Devil's Rain. They later spray-painted the face white, teased out the hair, and reshaped the eye holes.
  • One of the characters is named "Marion Chambers". Marion was the first name of the female protagonist of Psycho, and Chambers was the last name of the sheriff in that movie.


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