Halloween

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Halloween

Halloween

Halloween Description
Perhaps the most influential and successful independent film ever made, HALLOWEEN is the movie that put director John Carpenter on the map as a viable filmmaker. An exercise in simple, pure horror, HALLOWEEN takes us into the world of a mad killer, Michael Myers, who at a very young age stabbed his older sister to death. Locked away for many years in a mental hospital Michael escapes one night and returns to his home to continue his killing spree. Jamie Lee Curtis, in her first role, plays the resourceful babysitter who is chased by the killer on Halloween night. Produced for very little money and a tight shooting schedule, HALLOWEEN was a stunning success when it was released. Written by John Carpenter and his longtime producer Debra Hill, the film set both their careers on fire, with both of them working together many times over the next 25 years. The film also made a star out of Jamie Lee Curtis and turned the slasher movie into a viable, successful genre. HALLOWEEN has been copied, parodied and even turned into a franchise of its own, but the original is still considered the best of the bunch. HALLOWEEN was John Carpenter's first foray into horror, and remains the standard to which all other modern horror films are measured.

Theatrical release: October 25, 1978.

HALLOWEEN was the film debut for actress Jamie Lee Curtis, daughter of Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis.

HALLOWEEN includes a clip of the Howard Hawks-Christian Nyby classic, THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD. Years later, director John Carpenter would remake that film as THE THING.

Sam Loomis, the character played by Donald Pleasence, is also the name of Janet Leigh's boyfriend in PSYCHO.

The film was shot in spring, when the leaves were not in color, so fake leaves were used and, to accommodate the meager budget, reused.

The mask that Michael Myers wears is a William Shatner mask, only sprayed white to make it look more creepy.

The film's score is credited to "The Bowling Green Philharmonic," which was actually John Carpenter and a group of musician friends. Carpenter would go on to compose the music, usually keyboard-based, for most of his other films.

"...Rarely have the remoter corners of the Panavision frame been used to such good effect, as shifting volumes of darkness and light reveal the ineluctable presence of a sinister something..."

The film which ushered in the modern age of horror stands well above its many sequels and clones because John Carpenter's taut direction makes it truly scary. Jamie Lee Curtis, in her debut role, plays a babysitter who must protect herself from the deadly Michael Myers, a mental institution escapee who killed his sister on Halloween fifteen years earlier. Called "the most successful independent motion picture of all time," HALLOWEEN is also one of most frightening films ever made.

"Was that the bogeyman?"--Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis), after Michael is shot off a balcony
"As a matter of fact...it was."--Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence)

The night HE came home.

"...Carpenter has a good feel for timing the thrills and occasionally adds an offbeat, almost perverse sense of humor, which works..."

"...Carpenter's slasher is the original teen-scream flick..."

DVD Features:
Region 1
2-Disc Set

Disc #1: Theatrical Version
Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
Audio:
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Additional Release Material:
Audio Commentary -
1. John Carpenter - Director, Jamie Lee Curtis - Star, and Debra Hill - Producer
Interactive Features:
Scene Access
Interactive Menus

Disc #2: Supplementary Material
Additional Release Material:
Featurette -
1. ON LOCATION: 25 YEARS LATER
Documentary -
1. HALLOWEEN: A CUT ABOVE THE REST (87 min.)
Trailer -
1. Original Theatrical Trailer
2. TV Spots
3. Radio Spots
Interactive Features:
Scene Access
Interactive Menus
Text/Photo Galleries:
Stills/Photos
Poster Art
Biographies
DVD-ROM Features:
Screenplay
Screen Savers

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