Halloween

  • 18
  • John Carpenter (1978)
  • US
  • 87 min
Halloween
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

John Carpenter practically patented the slasher genre with this simple but horribly effective low-budget suburban horror, in the process launching Jamie Lee Curtis - daughter of Psycho's Janet Leigh - as a new scream queen. Michael Myers is the six-year-old boy who murders his sister on Halloween and is institutionalised. Fifteen years later he escapes and returns to Haddonfield, Illinois, disguised by a white mask, to cause murderous mayhem, despite the intervention of his equally spooky psychiatrist (Donald Pleasence, in a career-reviving turn). The film is expertly plotted, beginning in broad daylight and building to a series of bloody crescendos as licentious babysitters and boyfriends are picked off. Can dateless Curtis avoid the killer's attentions? This genre classic's power to grip and jolt has never diminished, thanks in part to Carpenter's own pulsating score.

Plot Summary

Director John Carpenter's ground-breaking horror, starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis. Fifteen years after murdering his sister, Michael Myers escapes from a mental institution and returns to the small town of Haddonfield. Dr Sam Loomis, a psychiatrist who has been treating Michael, races to track him down before he kills again.

Cast and crew

Cast

Dr Sam Loomis
Donald Pleasence
Laurie Strode
Jamie Lee Curtis
Annie
Nancy Loomis
Lynda
P J Soles
Sheriff Leigh Brackett
Charles Cyphers
Lindsey
Kyle Richards
Tommy
Brian Andrews
Bob
John Michael Graham
Marion
Nancy Stephens
Graveyard keeper
Arthur Malet
Richie
Mickey Yablans
Lonnie
Brent Le Page
Michael, age 23
Tony Moran
Michael, age six
Will Sandin
The Shape
Nick Castle

Crew

Director
John Carpenter

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Park Circus Limited
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 26 Oct 2012
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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