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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

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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  • October 30, 2009 RED SKULL
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    The Music made this movie it certainly was not the acting.

  • October 27, 2008 PRINCESS
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    I LOVE THE MOVIE HALLOWEEN FROM 1978 .......THE FOG IS ALSO GOOD & A FEW OTHERS , BUT THE ORIGINAL HALLOWEEN FROM 1978 JUST IS THE BEST ---AND THE AMAZING PART OF IT IS THEY SPENT ONLY 300,000 TO MAKE THE MOVIE --AND THE MOVIE TOOK ONLY 21 DAYS TO MAKE........IT WAS ALSO FILMED IN CALIFORNIA IN THE SPRING --(IF YOU LOOK VERY CLOSE IN THE MOVIE, AT TIMES, YOU WILL SEE PALM TREES IN THE DISTANCES).......IT WAS NOT FILMED IN ILLINOIS--AND , OF COURSE THERES NO SUCH TOWN AS HADDONFIELD--I THINK THEY SAID THEY GOT THE NAME "HADDONFIELD"-FROM ONE OF THE DIRECTOR'S HOMETOWN'S NAME WAS HADDONFIELD ......I HAVE DONE A LOT OF RESEARCH ON THIS MOVIE .......THEY SPENT A MERE 300,000 , MADE THE MOVIE IN 21 DAYS , AND THE MOVIE WENT ON TO MAKE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!.........THEY DID NOT EXPECT SUCH A HUGE SUCCESS......WHEN THEY SAW THEY WERE SITTING ON A GOLD MINE, THEY MADE MORE "HALLOWEEN" MOVIES .......OF COURSE THE ORIGINAL HALLOWEEN ONCE FROM 1978 IS THE BEST ............IM IN MY 40'S AND I REMEMBER WHEN IT CAME OUT -- IT WAS REALLY SCARY FOR ME THEN ......I HAD TO GO WITH AN OLDER PERSON TO THE MOVIE SHOWING......I HAVE BOUGHT THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THE ORIGINAL HALLOWEEN, AND ID LIKE TO BUY THE OTHERS TO ADD IT TO MY COLLECTION ........I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT "HALLOWEEN" WILL STAY THE NUMBER ONE SCARY MOVIE OF ALL TIME FOR A LONG, LONG TIME TO COME ........I LOVE MOVIES FROM THE 70s & EARLY-MID 80s ALSO....... TAKE CARE ALL & HAVE A GREAT HALLOWEEN !!!!!! :-))

  • July 17, 2008 Dac719
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    This movie beat "The Fog" (the old John Carpenter 1980 version), which before I saw this one, was my favorite horror film. I saw Halloween 4 and Halloween 5 first before I saw the original Halloween, but The Fog was still better than them. Then, I saw the original Halloween and it finally beat out The Fog. I know I'm ranting on and on, but I can't help it. It's more scary than it is gory. In fact, blood and gore is down to a minimum, which I can't figure out why this film received its R rating...that is, until I saw the uncensored DVD version, which depicts nudity and a sex scene that's quite graphic, though non-explicit. Still, the mood of the plot, the music, Michael Myers...it's my favorite horror movie. I just can't say that enough, lol. Okay, I'm done for now.

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