Overall Rank: 160
Average Rating: 3.2/4
# of Ratings: 649
Theatrical Release Date: 10/17/1978
MPAA Rating: R
Director: John Carpenter
Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles, Kyle Richards, Charles Cyphers
Plot: Institutionalized after killing his sister, a maniac returns to his home town on Halloween night.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/10/2019
Giving birth to the slasher film, John Carpenter's 1978 original is the only film in the "Halloween" franchise that deserves to be called great.
Matthew Brady - wrote on 01/04/2014
The night he came home for Halloween. Halloween 1978. this movie is a horror classic from John carpenter I mean the score is brilliant.and this movie will get a 5/5 star's "best horror movie of 1978".
Kyle(The Rebel) - wrote on 08/27/2012
Outstanding low budget shocker, expertly directed by Carpenter. Relies more on scares than on gore (there is none). You feel this movie more than you see it. Jamie Lee Curtis gives a memorable performance as Laurie.
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PandaMonium - wrote on 10/30/2012
HALLOWEEN is a classic and with good reason - it completely changed the face of the genre upon its release and set us up for a parade of copycats that continues to this day. It's a film that understands the subtleties of lighting, the effect of music, and the terror of a methodical, unreasoning killer, and the result is terror that remains potent to this day. Perhaps some of the performances are a little wooden and the outdoor scenes look very much like sunny California covered in fake autumn leaves, but those are just side-effects of the microscopic budget HALLOWEEN was made on. What's truly impressive is that, with just over $300 000, director John Carpenter managed to create a surprisingly simple but ruthlessly effective nightmare that continues to terrify more than thirty years …
Yojimbo - wrote on 04/19/2012
Michael Myers became an icon after the release of Halloween, which is still considered THE slasher movie. I think the reason Myers struck such a chord is because he was not some supernatural, super-powered demon from hell; just an institutionalised sociopath with absolutely no concept of right or wrong. When he kills his victims, it is not with gleeful malevolence, hacking them to bits with violent fervor; he's more like a little boy pulling the wings off an insect. But it's Donald Pleasence (who is really the only "proper" actor on display) as Dr. Loomis that makes the film. A criminal psychiatrist who is clearly terrified of his charge is a powerful image. It's very difficult to take slasher movies seriously these days, and it has dated rather badly. The vast number of imitators, …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/19/2011
In 1963 a 6-year old Michael Myers (Will Sandin) murders his 15 year old sister Judith (Sandy Johnson). Dr. Samuel Loomis (Donald Pleasance) sees after Michael. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) looks after Tommy Doyle (Brian Andrews) while Annie babysits Lindsay (Kyle Richards) and encounters her friends corpses. Only reservations this reviewer has was the lack of depth in the plot, likable characters and better dialogues. The popular spooky score, creative camerawork and the performance of Jamie Lee Curtis makes this a classic. Its rare to see a horror film with less blood and yet you feel the fear of the presence of the antagonist when he appears onscreen. Halloween spawned numerous sequels, remakes, novelization and influenced countless horror films to be produced. Definitely …
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