Film director Bob Clark suggested in an interview released in 2005 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. In 2020 the Internet Archive has seen unprecedented use—and we need your help. This idea is demonstrated in the film when Dr. Loomis discusses Michael's history with the sheriff. Michael's breathing is heard during a montage of locations he had recently been, indicating he could be anywhere. 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. on September 15, 2010. When Annie's boyfriend, Paul, calls her to come and pick him up, she takes Lindsey over to the Doyle house to spend the night with Laurie and Tommy. Carpenter is uncannily skilled, for example, at the use of foregrounds in his compositions, and everyone who likes thrillers knows that foregrounds are crucial .  He later claimed: "We just learned from Sean Clark, long time Halloween genius, that the footage found is just that: footage. It was released in Japan in 1979 through Columbia Records and in the USA in 1983 through Varèse Sarabande. Not because she's a virgin but because all that sexually repressed energy starts coming out.  In another effort to save money, most versions of the game did not even have a label on the cartridge. 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.  Once-dismissive critics became impressed by Carpenter's choice of camera angles and simple music, and surprised by the lack of blood and graphic violence. , Carpenter himself dismisses the notion that Halloween is a morality play, regarding it as merely a horror film. , —Loomis' description of a young Michael was inspired by John Carpenter's experience with a real life mental patient, Hill, who had worked as a babysitter during her teenage years, wrote most of the female characters' dialogue, while Carpenter drafted Loomis' speeches on the soullessness of Michael Myers. 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). Carpenter did not direct any of the subsequent films in the Halloween series, although he did produce Halloween III: Season of the Witch, the plot of which is unrelated to the other films in the series due to the absence of Michael Myers. " Critics such as John Kenneth Muir state that female characters such as Laurie Strode survive not because of "any good planning" or their own resourcefulness, but sheer luck. 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. Release Date: August, 1979.  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.  Scholars such as Adam Rockoff dispute the recurring descriptions of Halloween as overtly violent or gory, commenting that the film is in fact "one of the most restrained horror films," showing very little onscreen violence. I said it would be the next year and the guy would have actually been caught, escape from a mental institution, go back to the house and they would start all over again.  Local families dressed their children in Halloween costumes for trick-or-treat scenes. In Halloween, I viewed the characters as simply normal teenagers. After viewing Carpenter's film Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) at the Milan Film Festival, independent film producer Irwin Yablans and financier Moustapha Akkad sought out Carpenter to direct a film for them about a psychotic killer that stalked babysitters.  In 2010, Total Film selected the film as one of The 100 Greatest Movies of All Time. At a Flagship Theatre near you". My idea was to do an old haunted house film.". We do not sell or trade your information with anyone. It is also available online for computer and other devices viewing (streaming rentals) and downloadable files through Amazon.com, Apple's iTunes Store download application and Vudu.com computer servers. Siskel, Gene (November 22, 1978).  Debra Hill has stated the scene where Michael kills the Wallaces' German Shepherd was done to illustrate how he is "really evil and deadly". , The soundtrack was first released in the United States in October 1983, by Varèse Sarabande/MCA. In addition to the film's critical and commercial success, Carpenter's self-composed "Halloween Theme" became recognizable apart from the film. Record Label: Columbia. " On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 87 out of 100 based on 13 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". The major themes present in Halloween also became common in the slasher films it inspired. Halloween premiered on October 25, 1978 in Kansas City (whether Kansas City, Missouri or Kansas City, Kansas, is unclear) and sometime afterward in Chicago, Illinois, and in New York City.  In 2003, Anchor Bay released a two-disc "25th Anniversary edition" with improved DiviMax picture and audio, along with an audio commentary by Carpenter, Curtis and Hill, among other features. Michael also kills the Wallaces' dog. 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Songs start at $0.99. ", 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. The novelization adds aspects not featured in the film, such as the origins of the curse of Samhain and Michael Myers' life in Smith's Grove Sanatorium, which contradict its source material. , Some songs can be heard in the film, one being an untitled song performed by Carpenter and a group of his friends who formed a band called The Coupe De Villes. The consensus reads: "Scary, suspenseful, and viscerally thrilling, Halloween set the standard for modern horror films. Fifteen other people at that time had thought to do a movie called Halloween but the script came to John with that title on it. And I would call it Halloween. " 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". She reinforces this idea by saying that "guns have no place in slasher films" and when examining the film I Spit on Your Grave she notes that "a hands-on killing answers a hands-on rape in a way that a shooting, even a shooting preceded by a humiliation, does not. A remake was released in 2007, which was followed by a sequel in 2009. 2nd week of horror! Filming took place in Southern California in May 1978, before premiering in October, where it grossed $70 million, becoming one of the most profitable independent films of all time. It took approximately 10 days to write the screenplay. , Carpenter worked with the cast to create the desired effect of terror and suspense. Allen pointed out the stylistic similarities to Psycho and George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968).  The low budget limited the number of big names that Carpenter could attract, and most of the actors received very little compensation for their roles. The film and our analysis flash forward fifteen years to October 30th, 1978, the night before Halloween in Smiths Grove, Illinois, some 150 miles away from Haddonfield. Instead, we rely on individual generosity to fund our infrastructure; we're powered by donations averaging $32.  After a debate among Carpenter, Hill and NBC's Standards and Practices over censoring of certain scenes, Halloween appeared on television for the first time in October 1981. The horror master delves deep into the iconic 1978 soundtrack, and tells us how he gave it a contemporary reboot for David Gordon Green’s new sequel.  This release earned a Saturn Award for Best Classic Film Release.  On the film's 40th anniversary, coinciding with the release of Anthology: Movie Themes 1974–1998, a cover of the theme by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross was released. " Halloween and slasher films, generally, represent the underside of suburbia. , In an interview, Carpenter admits that "Jamie Lee wasn't the first choice for Laurie. , Because of the low budget, wardrobe and props were often crafted from items on hand or that could be purchased inexpensively.  Moran was paid $250 for his appearance. She was 19 and in a TV show at the time, but I didn't watch TV." , The following month, Voice lead critic Andrew Sarris wrote a follow-up feature on cult films, citing Allen's appraisal of Halloween and writing in the lead sentence that the film "bids fair to become the cult discovery of 1978. Kirkus should be commended for pretty much saving the Holy Grail of horror films".  Had Myers been a normal man, Strode's attacks would have killed him; even Loomis, the male hero of the story, who shoots Michael repeatedly with a revolver, cannot kill him.  Rockoff notes that it is "difficult to overestimate the importance of Halloween," noting its pioneering use of the final girl character, subjective point-of-view shots, and holiday setting. According to a Fangoria interview with Hill, "Yablans wanted the script written like a radio show, with 'boos' every 10 minutes. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks out on the night before Halloween. Halloween is …  Similarly, the Chicago Film Critics Association named it the 3rd scariest film ever made. Songs and music featured in Halloween Soundtrack. " Carpenter's experience inspired the characterization that Loomis gave of Michael to Sheriff Brackett in the film. Donald Pleasence as Doctor Samuel LoomisJamie Lee Curtis as Laurie StrodeNancy Loomis as Annie BrackettP. , In 1980, the television rights to Halloween were sold to the NBC for approximately $3 million. " Roger Ebert remarks, "It's easy to create violence on the screen, but it's hard to do it well.  According to Soles, she was told after being cast that Carpenter had written the role with her in mind. Halloween (1978) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Additionally, a novelization, a video game and comic book series have been based on the film.  Carpenter stated in an interview, "I can play just about any keyboard, but I can't read or write a note. 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? 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. To get a … A new documentary was screened before the film at all locations, titled You Can't Kill the Boogeyman: 35 Years of Halloween, written and directed by HalloweenMovies.com webmaster Justin Beahm.  There, he visited a ward with his psychology classmates where "the most serious, mentally ill patients" were held. " 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 film has often been cited[by whom?] "'Halloween': Some tricks, a lot of treats". Pleasence was paid the highest amount at $20,000, Curtis received $8,000, and Nick Castle earned $25 a day. ", A mass market paperback novelization of the same name, written by Curtis Richards (a pseudonym that was used by author Richard Curtis), was published by Bantam Books in 1979.  Among those patients was an adolescent boy, who possessed a blank, "schizophrenic stare.  Laurie Strode was allegedly the name of one of Carpenter's old girlfriends, while Michael Myers was the name of an English producer who had previously entered, with Yablans, Assault on Precinct 13 in various European film festivals.  After Halloween, Castle became a director, taking the helm of films such as The Last Starfighter (1984), The Boy Who Could Fly (1986), Dennis the Menace (1993), and Major Payne (1995). The best tracks on this soundtrack are the Halloween Theme, Laurie's Theme, Michael Kills Judith, The Haunted House, The Shape Lurks, and The Shape Stalks. Although she manages to repel the killer several times, in the end, Strode is rescued in Halloween and Halloween II only when Dr. Loomis arrives to shoot Myers.  On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, Halloween holds a 96% approval rating based on 72 critic reviews, with an average rating of 8.63/10. For example, the novel's version of Michael speaks during his time at the sanitarium; in the film, Dr. Loomis states, "He hasn't spoken a word in fifteen years. , Other feminist scholars such as Carol J. Clover argue that despite the violence against women, Halloween and other slasher films turned women into heroines. " Carpenter agreed to direct the film contingent on his having full creative control, and was paid $10,000 for his work, which included writing, directing, and scoring the film. Regional distribution in the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas was acquired by Aquarius Releasing. The music gets repetitive at times, but that's OK because it fills up the disc. Primarily praised for Carpenter's direction and score and Curtis's performance, many credit the film as the first in a long line of slasher films inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) and Bob Clark's Black Christmas (1974). " In 2008, the film was selected by Empire magazine as one of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time. Per the movie listings on pages 82, 84 and 85, respectively, it played at four since-defunct theaters: the Essex, located at 375 Grand Street in Chinatown, per, Audio commentary by John Carpenter and Debra Hill in. Even without considering the third film, the Halloween series contains continuity issues, which some sources attribute to the different writers and directors involved in each film..