John Carpenter (1978)

18 Certificate


Our Score
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 in 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.


Homicidal madman Michael Myers escapes from a mental institution 15 years after murdering his sister, and goes on a killing spree in his home town. Although a psychiatrist is quickly on his trail in a bid to stop the loss of more lives, a shy teenage girl babysitting for her neighbour is unaware of the grisly fate in store for her. John Carpenter's horror, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Nick Castle and PJ Soles.

Cast & Crew

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
Director John Carpenter
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park Circus LimitedGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Oct 2012