Halloween (Blu-ray) (1978)
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|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!|
"Turn off the lights...Crank up the sound, and be scared witless by horror's greatest director. Chris Hewitt, Empire
"...almost perfect...[Carpenter's] style draws equally (and intelligently) from both Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock. Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Well made, with lots of scares... Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"...remains an original that continues to inspire a genre and probe middle America's fears... Mike Emery, Austin Chronicle
"...an absolutely merciless thriller...I would compare it to Psycho. Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...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. TV Guide
Editor's NotePerhaps 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.
Cast & Crew
|Jamie Lee Curtis|
|Charles Bornstein - Editor|
|Dean Cundey - Cinematographer|
|Debra Hill - Writer|
|Debra Hill - Producer|
|Irwin Yablans - Executive Producer|
|John Carpenter - Original Music By|
|John Carpenter - Director|
|John Carpenter - Writer|
|Tommy Lee Wallace - Editor|
|Tommy Lee Wallace - Production Designer|
Plot SummaryThe 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.
|"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)|