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Halloween

R| 1 hr. 33 min.

Plot Summary
On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith's Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.

Cast: Donald Pleasence , Jamie Lee Curtis , Nancy Loomis , P.J. Soles , Charles Cyphers , Kyle Richards , Brian Andrews , Arthur Malet

Director: John Carpenter

Genres: Horror, Thriller

Distributor: Compass International Pictures

Halloween (1978)

Release Date: October 25th, 1978|1 hr. 33 min.

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  • Halloween is an absolutely merciless thriller...I would compare it to "Psycho." show more

  • 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... A modern classic of the most horrific kind. show more

  • Don't see "Halloween" in an empty theater on a weekday afternoon. See it on a weekend night in a packed house. "Halloween" is a film to be enjoyed with a boisterous crowd; it's an "audience picture," a film designed to get specific reactions from an audience at specific moments. With "Halloween," the most often desired reaction is screaming. It's a beautifully made thriller -- more shocking than bloody -- that will have you screaming with regularity. "Halloween" was directed by John Carpenter, 30, a natural filmmaker and a name worth remembering. [22 Nov 1978] show more

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