He explains, "The one girl who is the most sexually uptight just keeps stabbing this guy with a long knife. 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. However, Lockhart had commitments to several other film and television projects. It opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 22, 1978.Although it performed well with little advertising — relying mostly on word-of-mouth — many critics seemed uninterested or dismissive of the film.  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. comment. , Other feminist scholars such as Carol J. Clover argue that despite the violence against women, Halloween and other slasher films turned women into heroines. Unsurprised, he stares off into the night as Laurie begins to sob. ", Since Halloween's premiere, it has been released in several home video formats.  Much of the filming was completed using a Steadicam, a then-new camera that allowed the filmmakers to move around spaces smoothly.  Over the ensuing years, Anchor Bay re-released the film on DVD in various editions; among these were an "extended edition," released in 1999, which features the original theatrical release with the scenes that were shot for the broadcast TV version edited in at their proper places. Michael stalks her throughout the day, and she notices, but her friends Annie Brackett and Lynda Van der Klok dismiss her concerns.  Soles's then-husband, actor Dennis Quaid, was considered for the role of Bob Simms, Lynda's boyfriend, but was unable to perform the role due to prior work commitments.. The shot slowly moves closer and closer.  Moran was paid $250 for his appearance. Children would be checking their closet for William Shatner after Tommy got through with it. The film, directed by David Gordon Green, is a direct sequel to the original film while disregarding the previous sequels from canon, and retconning the ending of the first film. 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. Buy the album for $9.99. My idea was to do an old haunted house film.". " Soles was an actress known for her supporting role in Carrie (1976) and her minor part in The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976). Recording Engineer – Peter Bergren. , Many compared the film with the work of Alfred Hitchcock, although TV Guide calls comparisons made to Psycho "silly and groundless" and some critics in the late 1980s and early 1990s blamed the film for spawning the slasher subgenre, which they felt had rapidly descended into sadism and misogyny.  In an interview with Fangoria magazine, Yablans stated: "I was thinking what would make sense in the horror genre, and what I wanted to do was make a picture that had the same impact as The Exorcist. Written by Massive Fan ", Historian Nicholas Rogers notes that film critics contend that Carpenter's direction and camera work made Halloween a "resounding success. ", In 1983, Halloween was adapted as a video game for the Atari 2600 by Wizard Video. 2nd week of horror! Allen pointed out the stylistic similarities to Psycho and George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968). , Halloween spawned seven sequels.  Homage is paid to Alfred Hitchcock with two characters' names: Tommy Doyle is named after Lt. Det.  Critics, such as Pat Gill, see Halloween as a critique of American social values. Before Annie can leave, Michael, who hid in the back seat of her car, strangles her and slits her throat. " Carpenter's experience inspired the characterization that Loomis gave of Michael to Sheriff Brackett in the film.  Yablans subsequently suggested setting the movie on Halloween night and naming it Halloween instead, to which Carpenter agreed and developed a story. Players take on the role of a teenage babysitter who tries to save as many children from an unnamed, knife-wielding killer as possible. ... film opens with a brief opening title/credits sequence showing a Jack-o-Lantern accompanied by John Carpenter's famous theme music. Akkad agreed to put up $300,000 for the film's budget, which was considered low at the time (Carpenter's previous film, Assault on Precinct 13, had an estimated budget of $100,000).  According to Carpenter, critics "completely missed the point there". grupokappaovni 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. , In August 2006, Fangoria reported that Synapse Films had discovered boxes of negatives containing footage cut from the film. After the camera fully closes in, the jack-o'-lantern's light dims and goes out.  Tony Moran plays the unmasked Michael at the end of the film. We do not sell or trade your information with anyone. Songs start at $0.99. Although Samhain is not mentioned in the plot of the first film, Hill asserts that: ... the idea was that you couldn't kill evil, and that was how we came about the story. " 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. 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. Carpenter tried to keep the audience guessing as to who Michael Myers really is—he is gone, and everywhere at the same time; he is more than human; he may be supernatural, and no one knows how he got that way. The first scene of the young Michael's voyeurism is followed by the murder of Judith seen through the eye holes of Michael's clown costume mask. On October 31, 1963, on Halloween night in the fictional small town of Haddonfield, Illinois, six-year-old Michael Myers inexplicably stabs his older sister Judith to death with a kitchen knife in their home and is incarcerated at Smith's Grove sanitarium. 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.  Due to its popularity, Halloween became a blueprint for success that many other horror films, such as Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, followed, and that others like Scream satirized. plus-circle Add Review. In addition to the film's critical and commercial success, Carpenter's self-composed "Halloween Theme" became recognizable apart from the film.  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).  Critic James Berardinelli calls the score "relatively simple and unsophisticated", but admits that "Halloween's music is one of its strongest assets". Songs and music featured in Halloween Soundtrack. ", The Los Angeles Times deemed the film a "well-made but empty and morbid thriller," while Bill von Maurer of The Miami Times felt it was "surprisingly good," noting: "Taken on its own level, Halloween is a terrifying movie—if you are the right age and the right mood. A remake was released in 2007, directed by Rob Zombie, which itself was followed by a 2009 sequel.  In 2001, Halloween ranked #68 on the American Film Institute TV program 100 Years ... 100 Thrills. Michael's breathing is heard during a montage of locations he had recently been, indicating he could be anywhere. It has never been the theme in a film.  A 35th-anniversary Blu-ray was released in October 2013, featuring a new transfer supervised by cinematographer Dean Cundey. The camera slowly moves toward the jack-o'-lantern's left eye as the main title theme plays. You can also upload and share your favorite Halloween movie wallpapers. , Theatrical release poster by Robert Gleason. We build and maintain all our own systems, but we don’t charge for access, sell user information, or run ads. I had no idea who she was.  Two direct sequels will be released: Halloween Kills on October 15, 2021  and Halloween Ends on October 14, 2022. Once the editing for Halloween was complete, director John Carpenter went looking for feedback on his 1978 classic before releasing it to the general public. While the review gives no New York City premiere date or specific theater, a display advertisement on page 72 reads: "Held over! , On October 2, 2008, the film was released for the first time on Blu-ray by Anchor Bay. as an allegory on the virtue of sexual purity and the danger of casual sex, although Carpenter has explained that this was not his intent: "It has been suggested that I was making some kind of moral statement. He later got a call back and was told he had got the part. Fifteen years later, on October 30, 1978, Michael's psychiatrist, Dr. Samuel Loomis and his colleague, Marion Chambers, arrive at the sanitarium to escort Michael to court. I was through with horror, I didn't come into the business to do just horror.  At the time he had a job on Hollywood and Vine dressed up as Frankenstein.  The crew had difficulty finding pumpkins in the spring, and artificial fall leaves had to be reused for multiple scenes.  For example, when Castle asked what Myers' motivation was for a particular scene, Carpenter replied that his motivation was to walk from one set marker to another and "not act. ", 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. She uses all those phallic symbols on the guy.  Moran had the same agent as his sister, Erin, who played Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days. Michael escapes by stealing their car and returns to Haddonfield, killing a mechanic for his coveralls and stealing a white mask, a rope, and knives from a local hardware store.  The same year, Anchor Bay issued a two-disc limited edition, which featured both the theatrical and "extended editions," as well as lenticular cover art and lobby cards. " Carpenter's inspiration for the "evil" that Michael embodied came from a visit he had taken during college to a psychiatric institution in Kentucky. Release Date: August, 1979. 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? He liked Black Christmas and may have been influenced by it, but in no way did John Carpenter copy the idea.  Hill says of learning that Jamie Lee was the daughter of Psycho actress Janet Leigh: "I knew casting Jamie Lee would be great publicity for the film because her mother was in Psycho.  Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four and called it "a beautifully made thriller" that "works because director Carpenter knows how to shock while making us smile. 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.  Wallace created the trademark mask worn by Michael Myers throughout the film from a Captain Kirk mask purchased for $1.98 from a costume shop on Hollywood Boulevard. Right now we’re getting over 1.5 million daily unique visitors and storing more than 70 petabytes of data. Halloween features Jamie Lee Curtis's feature debut. She's the one that's killed him.  Carpenter stated in an interview, "I can play just about any keyboard, but I can't read or write a note. Suspicious, Laurie goes over to the Wallace house across the street and finds Annie, Bob, and Lynda's bodies, as well as Judith's headstone, in the upstairs bedroom. Film: Halloween. Meanwhile, Loomis discovers the stolen car and begins searching the streets.  This release earned a Saturn Award for Best Classic Film Release. Record Label: Columbia. " Ebert also selected it as one of his top 10 films of 1978. Sheriff Brackett is doubtful of Michael's danger but goes to patrol the streets, while Loomis waits at the house, expecting Michael to return. , Michael is thought by some to represent evil in the film. Be the first one to write a review. " Tom Allen of The Village Voice praised the film in his November 1978 review, noting it as sociologically irrelevant but ceding its Hitchcock-like technique as effective and "the most honest way to make a good schlock film". Michael then poses as Bob in a ghost costume and confronts Lynda, who teases him to no effect. 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). 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. , The ending scene of Michael being shot six times, and then disappearing after falling off the balcony, was meant to terrify the imagination of the audience.  In another effort to save money, most versions of the game did not even have a label on the cartridge. 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.  Yablans and Akkad ceded most of the creative control to writers Carpenter and Hill (whom Carpenter wanted as producer), but Yablans did offer several suggestions. " Hill adds that the "idea was to make him almost humorless, faceless—this sort of pale visage that could resemble a human or not. With Halloween, Carpenter knew he wanted something of a unique sound. , 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. " 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. Jamie Lee Curtis was initially interested in the … 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). She had different facial expressions and scream volumes for each level on the meter. Halloween THEME SONG - Original Cover by RW BIVINS published on 2012-10-31T15:44:28Z As a special treat to all my fans I am releasing my original cover of the Halloween Theme Song from the movie series on SC as a free download. " Film analysts have noted its delayed or withheld representations of violence, characterized as the "false startle" or "the old tap-on-the-shoulder routine" in which the stalkers, murderers, or monsters "lunge into our field of vision or creep up on a person. Later that night, Laurie babysits Tommy Doyle, while Annie babysits Lindsey Wallace across the street, unaware that Michael has followed them.  Among those patients was an adolescent boy, who possessed a blank, "schizophrenic stare. John Carpenter. Carpenter received $10,000 for directing, writing, and composing the music, retaining rights to 10 percent of the film's profits. Carpenter agreed to direct the film contingent on his having f…  None of the main characters in the game were named. " By Carpenter's account the only direction he gave Castle was during the murder sequence of Bob, in which he told Castle to tilt his head and examine the corpse as if it "were a butterfly collection. 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. Now that's sick.  In 2017, Complex magazine named Halloween the best slasher film of all time. There's always a house down the lane that somebody was killed in, or that somebody went crazy in. " By Hill's recollection, the script took three weeks to write, and much of the inspiration behind the plot came from Celtic traditions of Halloween such as the festival of Samhain. Clover believes that killers in slasher films are fueled by a "psychosexual fury" and that all the killings are sexual in nature. 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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. The music gets repetitive at times, but that's OK because it fills up the disc. Carpenter also provided uncredited voice work as Paul, Annie's boyfriend. Strode fights back against Myers and severely wounds him. An abandoned house owned by a church stood in as the Myers house. Soon after, Lynda and her boyfriend, Bob Simms, arrive at the Wallace house. Akkad worried over the tight, four-week schedule, low budget, and Carpenter's limited experience as a filmmaker, but told Fangoria: "Two things made me decide. An eleventh installment, which serves as a direct sequel to the original film that retcons all previous sequels, was released in 2018. In an interview with Fangoria magazine, Yablans stated: "I was thinking what would make sense in the horror genre, and what I wanted to do was make a picture that had the same impact as The Exorcist." These elements have become so established that many historians argue that Halloween is responsible for the new wave of horror that emerged during the 1980s. " 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. Fifteen years later, he escapes and returns to his hometown, where he stalks a female babysitter and her friends, while under pursuit by his psychiatrist. It's frightening. ", 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. At a Flagship Theatre near you".  The following year, Paste listed it the best slasher film of all time, while Michael Myers was ranked the greatest slasher villain of all time by LA Weekly.  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.. Halloween is a widely influential film within the horror genre; it was largely responsible for the popularization of slasher films in the 1980s and helped develop the slasher genre. , The film has often been cited[by whom?] 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). Two sequels to that installment, titled Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends, are scheduled for release on October 15, 2021 and October 14, 2022, respectively. Believe me, I'm not. Pauline Kael wrote a scathing review in The New Yorker suggesting that "Carpenter doesn't seem to have had any life outside the movies: one can trace almost every idea on the screen to directors such as Hitchcock and Brian De Palma and to the Val Lewton productions" and claiming that "Maybe when a horror film is stripped of everything but dumb scariness—when it isn't ashamed to revive the stalest device of the genre (the escaped lunatic)—it satisfies part of the audience in a more basic, childish way than sophisticated horror pictures do. Halloween (1978) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Halloween_1978_Theme 1 - Halloween 1978 Theme . Soles Country: USA Title design: Burke Mattsson, MGM "Here's about a 7, here's about a 6, and the scene we're going to shoot tonight is about a 91/2", remembered Curtis. She remarks that parental figures are almost entirely absent throughout the film, noting that when Laurie is attacked by Michael while babysitting, "No parents, either of the teenagers or of the children left in their charge, call to check on their children or arrive to keen over them. And when John came up with this fable of a town with a dark secret of someone who once lived there, and now that evil has come back, that's what made Halloween work.  Yablans then suggested Pleasence, who agreed to star because his daughter Lucy, a guitarist, had enjoyed Assault on Precinct 13 for Carpenter's score. It was simply a piece of tape with "Halloween" written in marker.  According to Soles, she was told after being cast that Carpenter had written the role with her in mind. Sort. The story on how we got the negative is a long one, but we'll save it for when we're able to showcase the materials in some way. " 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". , Halloween premiered on October 25, 1978, in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, at the AMC Empire theatre. " Some feminist critics, according to historian Nicholas Rogers, "have seen the slasher movies since Halloween as debasing women in as decisive a manner as hard-core pornography. 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. " On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 87 out of 100 based on 13 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". 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. 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.  Carpenter's direction for Castle in his role as Myers was minimal. " Along with the 1974 Canadian horror film Black Christmas, Halloween made use of seeing events through the killer's eyes.. Briefel further argues that these moments are masochistic in nature and give pleasure to men because they are willingly submitting themselves to the women of the film; they submit themselves temporarily because it will make their return to authority even more powerful. Halloween helped to popularize the final girl trope, the killing off of characters who are substance abusers or sexually promiscuous, and the use of a theme song for the killer. Loomis shoots Michael six times, knocking him off the balcony. But not me." HD wallpapers and background images  Rockoff considers the film "the blueprint for all slashers and the model against which all subsequent films are judged. , The film was released for the first time on DVD in the United States by Anchor Bay Entertainment on October 28, 1998. Halloween (1978) Directed by: John Carpenter Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis, P.J. To Carpenter, keeping the audience guessing was better than explaining away the character with "he's cursed by some...", Carpenter has described Halloween as: "True crass exploitation. The consensus reads: "Scary, suspenseful, and viscerally thrilling, Halloween set the standard for modern horror films. The film was released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment in an Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray edition for the film's 40th anniversary. ", Lacking a symphonic soundtrack, the film's score consists of a piano melody played in a 10/8 or "complex 5/4" time signature composed and performed by director Carpenter with Carpenter admitting that the music was inspired by both Dario Argento's Suspiria (which also influenced the film's slightly surreal color scheme) and William Friedkin's The Exorcist.  It was subsequently released on Compact Disc in 1985, re-released in 1990, and again in 2000. He knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield, but by the time the town realizes it, it'll be too late for many people. , In 1980, the television rights to Halloween were sold to the NBC for approximately $3 million. The major themes present in Halloween also became common in the slasher films it inspired. ", Another relatively unknown actress, Nancy Kyes (credited in the film as Nancy Loomis), was cast as Laurie's outspoken friend Annie Brackett, daughter of Haddonfield sheriff Leigh Brackett (Charles Cyphers). , 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. Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut.
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