[131], Michael is thought by some to represent evil in the film. Second, he told me he didn't want to take any fees, and that showed he had confidence in the project". [80], Upon its initial release, Halloween performed well with little advertising—relying mostly on word-of-mouth, but many critics seemed uninterested or dismissive of the film. "[136] Carpenter's first-person point-of-view compositions were employed with steadicam; Telotte argues, "As a result of this shift in perspective from a disembodied, narrative camera to an actual character's eye ... we are forced into a deeper sense of participation in the ensuing action. Michael gets in and attacks her again, but she keeps him at bay by stabbing him with a knitting needle, a coat hanger, and his own knife, temporarily knocking him out each time, then tells Tommy and Lindsey to go to a neighbor's house down the street and have them call the police. A 1978 independent horror film directed by John Carpenter (who also wrote the screenplay with producer Debra Hill), Halloween serves as the Trope Codifier for the Slasher Movie formula.. Halloween night, 1963: In Haddonfield, Illinois, six-year-old Michael Myers kills his teenage sister Judith with a kitchen knife without explanation. Movies. Halloween is his movie and besides, the script came to him already titled anyway. The towns in Halloween don't exist, though they're (sort of) based on real places. So he used the uncommon 5/4 time beat for a bongo drum and transferred that to piano, which resulted in the melody of the iconic theme. He meets with Annie's father, Sheriff Leigh Brackett, and they both investigate Michael's house, where Loomis tells Sheriff Brackett of the danger Michael poses. Annoyed, Lynda calls Laurie, but Michael strangles her to death with the telephone cord just as Laurie picks up. One, Carpenter told me the story verbally and in a suspenseful way, almost frame for frame. It was simply a piece of tape with "Halloween" written in marker. [33] Christopher Lee was approached for the role; he too turned it down, although the actor later told Carpenter and Hill that declining the role was the biggest mistake he made during his career. "[40] Soles was an actress known for her supporting role in Carrie (1976) and her minor part in The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976). Loomis shoots Michael six times, knocking him off the balcony. Soles Country: USA Title design: Burke Mattsson, MGM When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, our bandwidth demand skyrocketed. "[87] Lou Cedrone of The Baltimore Evening Sun referred to it as "tediously familiar" and whose only notable element is "Jamie Lee Curtis, whose performance as the intended fourth victim, is well above the rest of the film. [79] He later claimed: "We just learned from Sean Clark, long time Halloween genius, that the footage found is just that: footage. On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. Sort. Claiming it encouraged audience identification with the killer, Martin and Porter pointed to the way "the camera moves in on the screaming, pleading, victim, 'looks down' at the knife, and then plunges it into chest, ear, or eyeball. [119] In 2017, Complex magazine named Halloween the best slasher film of all time. "[134], Historian Nicholas Rogers notes that film critics contend that Carpenter's direction and camera work made Halloween a "resounding success. [114] The film was #14 on Bravo's The 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004). After having sex, Bob goes downstairs to get a beer for Lynda, and Michael stabs him to death. Halloween (1978) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Halloween Theme - Main Title. The uncommon sounds of the film worked. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks out on the night before Halloween. "[84] Susan Stark of the Detroit Free Press branded Halloween a burgeoning cult film at the time of its release, describing it as "moody in the extreme" and praising its direction and music. The next day on Halloween, high school student Laurie Strode drops off a key at the still unoccupied and dilapidated Myers home her father is trying to sell. [148] In another effort to save money, most versions of the game did not even have a label on the cartridge. Soon after, Lynda and her boyfriend, Bob Simms, arrive at the Wallace house. According to Curtis, Carpenter created a "fear meter" because the film was shot out-of-sequence and she was not sure what her character's level of terror should be in certain scenes. "[130] Equating sex with violence is important in Halloween and the slasher genre according to Pat Gill, who made a note of this in her essay "The Monstrous Years: Teens, Slasher Films, and the Family". We went back to the old idea of Samhain, that Halloween was the night where all the souls are let out to wreak havoc on the living, and then came up with the story about the most evil kid who ever lived. HD wallpapers and background images Jamie Lee Curtis was initially interested in the … This alias information is actually presented in the end credits of the 1978 film. [159], Theatrical release poster by Robert Gleason. Preview, buy, and download songs from the album Halloween (Original 1978 Motion Picture Soundtrack), including "Halloween Theme - Main Title," "Laurie's Theme," "Shape Escapes," and many more. [28], In devising the backstory for the film's villain, Michael Myers, Carpenter drew on "haunted house" folklore that exists in many small American communities: "Most small towns have a kind of haunted house story of one kind or another," he stated. [78], In August 2006, Fangoria reported that Synapse Films had discovered boxes of negatives containing footage cut from the film. ", In 1983, Halloween was adapted as a video game for the Atari 2600 by Wizard Video. Menu. An eleventh installment was released in the United States in 2018. The new scene had Laurie's hair hidden by a towel, since Curtis was by then wearing a much shorter hairstyle than she had worn in 1978. It took approximately 10 days to write the screenplay. [132] Myers was raised in a suburban household and after he escapes the mental hospital he returns to his hometown to kill again; Myers is a product of the suburban environment. [143], There are slasher films that predated Halloween, such as Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and Black Christmas (1974) which contained prominent elements of the slasher genre; both involving a group of teenagers being murdered by a stranger as well as having the final girl trope. [122], The film has often been cited[by whom?] Film director Bob Clark suggested in an interview released in 2005[19] that Carpenter had asked him for his own ideas for a sequel to his 1974 film Black Christmas (written by Roy Moore) that featured an unseen and motiveless killer murdering students in a university sorority house. Kirkus should be commended for pretty much saving the Holy Grail of horror films". [60] Local families dressed their children in Halloween costumes for trick-or-treat scenes. "[128], The dangers of suburbia is another major theme that runs throughout the film and the slasher genre at large: Pat Gill states that slasher films "seem to mock white flight to gated communities, in particular the attempts of parents to shield their children from the dangerous influences represented by the city. Regional distribution in the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas was acquired by Aquarius Releasing. Before Annie can leave, Michael, who hid in the back seat of her car, strangles her and slits her throat. Recording Engineer – Peter Bergren. The newly filmed scenes include Dr. Loomis at a hospital board review of Michael Myers and Dr. Loomis talking to a then-6-year-old Michael at Smith's Grove, telling him, "You've fooled them, haven't you, Michael? A quick google search provides the reader with information stating that John Carpenter billed himself as the "Bowling Green Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra" for the purpose of the movie, which I repeat IS IN THE END CREDITS OF THE FILM (Just fast forward to the credits, it's there). Another extra scene features Dr. Loomis at Smith's Grove examining Michael's abandoned cell after his escape and seeing the word "Sister" scratched into the door. [111] In September 2014, Scream Factory teamed with Anchor Bay Entertainment to release the film as part of a Blu-ray boxed set featuring every film in the series (up to 2009's Halloween II), made available as in a standard and limited edition.[112]. [74][75], In 1980, the television rights to Halloween were sold to the NBC for approximately $3 million. Release Date: August, 1979. According to scholar Nicholas Rogers, Carpenter's "frequent use of the unmounted first-person camera to represent the killer's point of view ... invited [viewers] to adopt the murderer's assaultive gaze and to hear his heavy breathing and plodding footsteps as he stalked his prey. [77] To fill the two-hour time slot, Carpenter filmed twelve minutes of additional material during the production of Halloween II. Moran was a struggling actor before he got the role. She remarks that Laurie's friends "think of their babysitting jobs as opportunities to share drinks and beds with their boyfriends. Maybe you don't like movies that are really scary: Then don't see this one. Halloween was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Horror Film by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films in 1979, but lost to The Wicker Man (1973). Presumably, Carpenter imagines he's building up spine-tingling anticipation, but his techniques are so transparent and laborious that the result is attenuation rather than tension. Songs and music featured in Halloween Soundtrack.