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1978 | 91 MINUTES | 2.35:1


Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night in 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill once more.

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Cast & Characters

  • Donald Pleasence
    • as Dr. Sam Loomis
  • Jamie Lee Curtis
    • as Laurie Strode
  • Nancy Loomis
    • as Annie Brackett
  • P.J. Soles
    • as Lynda Van Der Klok
  • Charles Cyphers
    • as Sheriff Leigh Brackett
  • Kyle Richards
    • as Lindsey Wallace
  • Brian Andrews
    • as Tommy Doyle
  • John Michael Graham
    • as Bob Simms
  • Nancy Stephens
    • as Marion Chambers
  • Arthur Malet
    • as Graveyard Keeper
  • Mickey Yablans
    • as Richie
  • Brent Le Page
    • as Lonnie Elamb
  • Adam Hollander
    • as Keith
  • Robert Phalen
    • as Dr. Terrence Wynn
  • Tony Moran
    • as Michael Myers, Unmasked
  • Will Sandlin
    • as Michael Myers, aged 6
  • Sandy Johnson
    • as Judith Myers
  • David Kyle
    • as Judith’s Boyfriend
  • Peter Griffith
    • as Mr. Strode
  • Nick Castle
    • as The Shape


  • Directed by
    • John Carpenter
  • Written by
    • John Carpenter
    • Debra Hill
  • Executive Producers
    • Moustapha Akkad
    • Irwin Yablans
  • Produced by
    • John Carpenter
    • Debra Hill
  • Associate Producer
    • Kool Lusby
  • Composed by
    • John Carpenter
  • Edited by
    • Tommy Lee Wallace
    • Charles Bornstein
  • Director of Photography
    • Dean Cundey


In the opening scene, the clock above the stove reads 9:25 and the clock on the wall reads 9:40. Shortly afterward, the clock chimes ten times – indicating it’s now 10:00. When six-year-old Michael is walking down the stairs, the clock on the wall shows an even later time.

Laurie sees Michael at several points during the day – outside her classroom, her bedroom window, the brushes on the walk home from school, and when he drives past her, Annie and Lynda. In each shot, he is already wearing his white mask. However, later on in the film, Laurie and Annie drive past the pharmacy where Michael’s supplies and masks were stolen from, implying it’s a fairly recent ordeal.

The Doyle home’s door has the knob on the right side both on the inside and the outside of the home.

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Though he would later be known as the “Godfather of Halloween” owing to his involvement in the franchise up to his death, Moustapha Akkad originally had no interest in funding the film.

Though he’s in just eighteen minutes of the film, as the most well-known actor in the cast at the time, Donald Pleasance received top billing. He was only paid $20,000 for his work, and was on set for five days.

John Carpenter himself dismisses the notion that Halloween is a morality play, seeing it as merely a horror film. Both he and Debra Hill have stated many times over the years that they did not consciously set out to depict virginity as a way of defeating a rampaging killer.

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Release & Reception

  • Release Date: October 25, 1978
  • Budget: $325,000
    • Equivalent to $1,286,616 in 2020
  • Domestic Gross: $47,000,000
    • Equivalent to $186,064,493 in 2020
  • IMDb: 7.8/10
  • MetaCritic.com
    • MetaScore: 81/100
    • User Score: 8.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

Elliott’s Personal Ranking: 1/11

Home Video

4K UHD | BLU-RAY (2013) | BLU-RAY (2007) | DVD | DIGITAL

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  • Shooting Script
  • Written by John Carpenter & Debra Hill
  • Dated April 10, 1978
  • 93 Pages

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Alternate Versions

Halloween only has one alternate version. A television version was produced for NBC in 1981 broadcast edit, and was later re-worked into an extended edition for home video.