Directed by: John Carpenter
Written by: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
Produced by: Debra Hill, John Carpenter
Cast Members: Donald Pleasence, Nancy Loomis, P J Soles, Charles Cyphers, Kyle Richards, Brian Andrews, John Michael Graham, Nancy Stephens
Released date: October 25, 1978
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.
• The trick was to stay alive.
• The Night he came home
• He’s come back
• The Night HE Came Home!
• HE came home for HALLOWEEN.
• Everyone is entitled to one good scare
• Trick or treat… or die
• Let’s celebrate the horror
• Happy Halloween!
• The Trick Is To Stay Alive!
→ John Carpenter considered the hiring of Jamie Lee Curtis as the ultimate tribute to Alfred Hitchcock who had given her mother, Janet Leigh, legendary status in Psycho (1960). During the same period, Universal studio producers and director Richard Franklin were trying to enroll Jamie Lee in the new production of Psycho 2.
→ Of the female leads (all the girls are supposed to be in high school), only Jamie Lee Curtis was actually a teenager at the time of shooting.
→ As the film was shot out of sequence, John Carpenter created a fear meter so that Jamie Lee Curtis would know what level of terror she should be exhibiting.
→ Jamie Lee Curtis admits she made up the “Just the two of us” song she sang to herself at the movie’s beginning when she was walking home from school.
→ Jamie Lee Curtis’ first feature film. She was paid a reported $8,000 for her efforts.
→ Jamie Lee Curtis didn’t see herself as the repressed virgin, and was surprised when she found out which of the three girls she would be playing. She notes she would have probably been better suited as the smart aleck of the group.
♦ It was the Boogeyman.
♦ Tommy, unlock the door! Come here, now you listen to me. I want you to go down the stairs, and out the front door. I want you to go down the street to the Mackenzie’s house. I want you to tell them to call the police and tell them to send them over here. Now, do you understand me? Go do as I say!
♦ It’s most definitely stopped being funny, now cut it out! You’ll be sorry.
♦ We’re getting nowhere. Look, the boogeyman can only come out on Halloween, right? Well, I’m here; I’m not about to let anything happen to you.