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Halloween
The Night HE Came Home!
( Horror / Thriller )


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MPAA Rating:
R

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
 


Cast:

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
Richie
 
Brent Le Page
Lonnie Elamb
Adam Hollander
Keith
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)
 
 

Crew:

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

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

 

Tech Info:

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

Quotes:

  • [After Michael falls off the balcony]
    Laurie: Was that the bogeyman?
    Dr. Loomis: As a matter of fact... it was!
     
  • [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.
     
  • [Referring to a partially eaten dog.]
    Sheriff Brackett: A man wouldn't do that.
    Dr. Loomis: This is not a man.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Tommy: Laurie, what's the bogeyman?
    Laurie: There's no such thing.
     

Trivia:

  • Halloween was shot in 21 days in the spring of 1978. Made on a budget of $300,000, it became the highest-grossing independent movie ever made at that time.
     
  • The performance of Halloween's musical score is credited to "The Bowling Green Philharmonic." There is no Philharmonic in Bowling Green. The "orchestra" is actually John Carpenter and assorted musical friends.
     
  • Donald Pleasence's role as Sam Loomis is named after a character of the same name in Psycho.
     
  • Since the movie was actually shot in spring, the crew had to buy paper leaves from a decorator and paint them in the desired autumn colors, then scatter them in the filming locations. To save money, after a scene was filmed, the leaves were collected and reused.
     
  • The opening shot appears to be a single, tracking, point of view shot, but there are actually three cuts. The first when the mask goes on, the second and third after the murder has taken place and the shape is exiting the room, this was done to make the point of view appear to move faster.
     

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