Scary Movie Countdown: Halloween (1978)

Posted by Barry | Monday, October 31st 2011

‘Halloween’ (1978)

The final film in our Scary Movie Countdown on Hark is the one film that is the absolute grand-daddy of all slasher flicks, the original 1978 John Carpenter directed ‘Halloween‘ with Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence. Until recent years it was the most successful independent film of all time, filmed on a budget of a mere $300,000.  The score to the film has become one of the most recognizable and popular theme songs of all time.

When a young Michael Myers brutally stabs his sister to death on Halloween night, 1963, he is locked up in an institution without uttering a single word.  His doctor, Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence), comes to the conclusion that this child is absolute evil, and vows to never let him be set free for fear of the consequences.  Then one stormy night in 1978 Michael escapes and heads home, to Haddonfield, with nothing but death in his path.  Dr. Loomis is hot on his trail, trying in vain to reach the local authorities before Michael can strike again.

This film was the starting point for Jamie Lee Curtis‘ career, as well as the first entry in the ‘Halloween‘ franchise that continues to this day.  Legendary film critic Roger Ebert gives ‘Halloween‘ four stars, citing it as “an absolutely merciless thriller, a movie so violent and scary that, yes, I would compare it to ‘Psycho’”.  What else needs to be said?  We are proud to announce our ‘Halloween’ Sound Quote Collection page and hope you will enjoy it, too.  Experience the night HE came home, all over again.


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