Halloween (Blu-ray)

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Product Overview

On a black and unholy Halloween night years ago, little Michael Myers brutally slaughtered his sister in cold blood. But for the last fifteen years, town residents have rested easy, knowing that he was safely locked away in a mental hospital...until tonight. Tonight, Michael returns to the same quiet neighborhood to relive his grisly murder again...and again...and again. For this is a night of evil. Tonight is Halloween!

Specifications

Studio Starz/sphe
SKU 205131772
UPC 013138300782
UPC 14 00013138300782
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/25/2011
Rating Rating
Keywords
Essential Cinema
Halloween
Horror Classic
Psychos
Recommended
Slasher
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note Perhaps the most influential and successful independent film ever made, HALLOWEEN is the movie that put director John Carpenter on the map as a viable filmmaker. An exercise in simple, pure horror, HALLOWEEN takes us into the world of a mad killer, Michael Myers, who at a very young age stabbed his older sister to death. Locked away for many years in a mental hospital Michael escapes one night and returns to his hometown to continue his killing spree. Jamie Lee Curtis, in her first role, plays the resourceful babysitter who is chased by the killer on Halloween night. Produced for very little money and a tight shooting schedule, HALLOWEEN was a stunning success when it was released. Written by John Carpenter and his longtime producer Debra Hill, the film set their careers on fire, with both of them working together many times over the next 25 years. The film also made a star out of Jamie Lee Curtis and turned the slasher movie into a viable, successful genre. HALLOWEEN has been copied, parodied and even turned into a franchise of its own, but the original is still considered the best of the bunch. HALLOWEEN was John Carpenter's first foray into horror, and remains the standard to which all other modern horror films are measured.
Plot Summary
Summary The film which ushered in the modern age of horror stands well above its many sequels and clones because John Carpenter's taut direction makes it truly scary. Jamie Lee Curtis, in her debut role, plays a babysitter who must protect herself from the deadly Michael Myers, a mental institution escapee who killed his sister on Halloween fifteen years earlier. Called "the most successful independent motion picture of all time," HALLOWEEN is also one of most frightening films ever made.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Was that the bogeyman?"--Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis), after Michael is shot off a balcony |"As a matter of fact...it was."--Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence)
Reviews
Sight and Sound "...Rarely have the remoter corners of the Panavision frame been used to such good effect, as shifting volumes of darkness and light reveal the ineluctable presence of a sinister something..." 03/01/1979 p.128
Variety "...Carpenter has a good feel for timing the thrills and occasionally adds an offbeat, almost perverse sense of humor, which works..." 10/25/1978
Entertainment Weekly "...Carpenter's slasher is the original teen-scream flick..." 01/11/2002 p.37
Total Film "...A seminal slasher that gets better with age....Terrifying..." 12/01/2003 p.126
Premiere "John Carpenter's perfectly faceted gem of a horror movie..." 12/01/2003 p.12
Directors
John Carpenter
Actors
Donald Pleasence
Jamie Lee Curtis
Cast & Crew
Charles Bornstein - Editor
Dean Cundey - Cinematographer
Debra Hill - Writer
Debra Hill - Producer
Donald Pleasence - Actor
Irwin Yablans - Executive Producer
Jamie Lee Curtis - Actor
John Carpenter - Original Music By
John Carpenter - Director
John Carpenter - Writer
Nancy Kyes - Actor
P.J. Soles - Actor
Tommy Lee Wallace - Editor
Tommy Lee Wallace - Production Designer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1978
Catalog ID 3007
UPC 00013138300782
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 91 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review 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 post-1970 release that comes close to it in terms of scaring the living hell out of a viewer. Halloween starts out in a creepy fashion with a brutal murder, and never lets up from there. Every frame drips with atmosphere...Halloween was the film that earned Jamie Lee Curtis the infamous title of "Scream Queen"...Curtis' capable interpretation of the gawky, awkward Laurie is frequently overlooked in analyses of the movie and its genre, but she effectively conveys the feelings and aspirations of a shy, insecure teenager...Despite being relatively simple and unsophisticated, Halloween's music is one of its strongest assets. Carpenter's dissonant, jarring themes provide the perfect backdrop for Michael's activity, proving that a film doesn't need a symphonic score by an A-line composer to be effective.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource FilmCritic.com
Review Considered by many to be a modern horror classic, Halloween succeeds through simplicity. This thriller -- a veritable kickoff for 25-plus years of slasher films -- works because director John Carpenter keeps the story neat and the presentation basic. It's an approach that gives Halloween an easy, no-frills realism, and a likable indie style that shines through even today...The experts and fans that name the same films over and over when listing fine 1970s independent movies should include Halloween. It's an inexpensive, efficient non-studio thriller made by a hungry group of young filmmakers. Many sequels, all terribly inferior, would follow, as would Jason, Freddy, and other unstoppable -- and often lazy -- mad slashers. Future horror filmmakers trashed story, going for extensive body counts and increasingly "creative" styles of murder. So many forgot to take a lesson from John Carpenter and his "psycho," Michael Myers -- keep it simple, stupid.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Norm Schrager
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Pleasence,Donald
Label Video Treasures
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Bruce Fretts, Entertainment Weekly Carpenter's brutally efficient exercise in tension and release.
Chris Hewitt, Empire Turn off the lights...Crank up the sound, and be scared witless by horror's greatest director.
Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader ...almost perfect...[Carpenter's] style draws equally (and intelligently) from both Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Well made, with lots of scares...
Mike Emery, Austin Chronicle ...remains an original that continues to inspire a genre and probe middle America's fears...
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...an absolutely merciless thriller...I would compare it to Psycho.
TV Guide ...nary a drop of blood on screen...but there is enough sheer cinematic ingenuity on display to coax screams out of the most jaded gorehound.
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