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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:

  • Laurie: Lynda, if this is a joke, I'll kill you!
     
  • 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!
     
  • Tommy: Laurie, what's the bogeyman?
    Laurie: There's no such thing.
     
  • Sheriff Brackett: It's Halloween, everyone's entitled to one good scare.
     

Trivia:

  • Donald Pleasence's role as Sam Loomis is named after a character of the same name in Psycho.
     
  • All of the actors wore their own clothes, since there was no money for a costume department. Jamie Lee Curtis went to J.C. Penney for Laurie Strode's wardrobe. She spent less than a hundred dollars for the entire set.
     
  • Carpenter approached Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee to play the Sam Loomis role (that was eventually played by Donald Pleasence) but both turned him down.
     
  • half of the $300,000 budget was spent on the Panavision cameras so the film would have a 2:35:1 scope.
     
  • Tommy's Halloween costume is an Alphan uniform from "Space: 1999".
     

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