Directed by: John Carpenter
Screenplay by: John Carpenter and Deborah Hill
Starring: Jaimie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Nancy Loomis, P.J. Soles, and The Shape
Background Info (from Wikipedia): Halloween is a 1978 American low budget independent slasher horror film directed, produced, and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut. The film was the first installment in what became the Halloween franchise. The plot is set in the fictional midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois. On Halloween night in 1963, a six year old Michael Myers murders his older sister by stabbing her with a kitchen knife. Fifteen years later, he escapes from a psychiatric hospital, returns home, and stalks teenager Laurie Strode and her friends. Michael’s psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis suspects Michael’s intentions, and follows him to Haddonfield to try to prevent him from killing.
Halloween was produced on a budget of $325,000 and grossed $47 million at the box office in the United States, and $70 million worldwide, equivalent to nearly $240 million as of 2012, becoming one of the most profitable independent films. Many critics credit the film as the first in a long line of slasher films inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960). Halloween had many imitators and originated several clichés found in low-budget horror films of the 1980s and 1990s. Unlike many of its imitators, Halloween contains little graphic violence and gore. In 2006, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
This week’s movie picks are:
They Live (1988)
Project X (1987)
Well, this brings the 2012 October Spooky Flix Fest to a close. We’re taking a week off. Then, we’ll be back on 11/14 and we’re remembering a childhood favorite, Back to the Future (1985)!
Special thanks to:
- Thanks to Midnight Syndicate for allowing us to use the track “Lullabye” in our opener heard in this episode. Be sure to check out their amazing (and wonderfully haunting) music by clicking on the banner above. You can also check out their Facebook page by clicking right here.
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