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  • Donald Pleasence did all of his scenes in only five days of shooting. The total duration of his scenes is just over 18 minutes.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis' first feature film. She was paid a reported $8,000 for her efforts.
  • As the movie was actually shot in early spring in southern California (as opposed to Illinois in late October), the crew had to buy paper leaves from a decorator and paint them in the desired autumn colors, then scatter them in the filming locations. To save money, after a scene was filmed, the leaves were collected and reused. However, as Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter note on the DVD audio commentary, the trees are quite full and green and even some palm trees can be seen, despite that in Illinois in October, the leaves would probably be mostly gone and there would be no palm trees due to Illinois' cold climate - the state is mostly full of deciduous trees.
  • According to screenwriter/producer Debra Hill, the character Laurie Strode was named after John Carpenter's first girlfriend.
  • John Carpenter's intent with the character of Michael Myers was that the audience should never be able to relate to him.
  • Anne Lockhart was John Carpenter's first choice for the role of Laurie Strode.
  • This was voted the fifth scariest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
  • Laurie Strode remarks that she would rather go out with unseen character Ben Tramer. The name came from Bennett Tramer, an old college friend of director John Carpenter.
  • For its first airing on television, extra scenes had to be added to make it fit the desired time slot. John Carpenter filmed these during the production of Halloween II (1981) against his better judgment.
  • John Carpenter wrote the role of Lynda for P.J. Soles after seeing her performance in Brian De Palma's Carrie (1976).
  • According to Don Post Jr., President of Don Post Studios, the famous California mask making company, the filmmakers originally approached his firm about custom making an original mask for use in the film. The filmmakers explained that they could not afford the numerous costs involved in creating a mask from scratch, but would offer Post points in the movie as payment for his services. Post declined their offer, as he received many such proposals from numerous unknown filmmakers all the time.
  • Morgan Strode's black Fleetwood (seen in the driveway when he is talking to Laurie early in the movie) belonged to John Carpenter, while the Phelps Garage truck was owned by the company that catered for the film.
  • John Carpenter composed the score in four days.
  • The wealthy film producer Moustapha Akkad had admittedly little interest in this film and helped make it primarily due to the enthusiasm of John Carpenter and Irwin Yablans. However, when the film turned out to be a huge box-office smash, Akkad saw an opportunity and facilitated every 'Halloween' sequel. This does not include the two remakes, which were produced after his death in 2005.
  • John Carpenter considered the hiring of Jamie Lee Curtis as the ultimate tribute to Alfred Hitchcock who had given her mother, Janet Leigh, legendary status in Psycho (1960).
  • John Carpenter was a huge fan of the original Canadian slasher film Black Christmas (1974) and asked Bob Clark if he could write a sequel to the film and received his permission. The script eventually evolved into a separate project inspired by the film.
  • Prior to the movie, a book was written by Curtis Richards, and reveals more of the story behind Michael Myers' rage, thoughts and motives. However, the book is very rare.
  • Inside Laurie Strode's bedroom there is a poster of a painting by James Ensor (1860-1949). Ensor was a Belgian expressionist painter who used to portray human figures wearing grotesque masks.
  • (Director Cameo) John Carpenter: the voice of Annie's boyfriend, Paul, whom we hear on the phone talking to Lindsey and, a minute later, to Annie.
  • John Carpenter 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. The reason why the horny teens all die is simply that they are so preoccupied with getting laid that they don't notice that there is a killer at large. On the other hand, Laurie Strode spends a lot of time on her own and is therefore more alert.
  • Although John Carpenter had originally hoped to get either Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee to play Dr. Sam Loomis, he was thrilled when Donald Pleasence accepted, of whom he was a huge fan. Pleasence was easily the oldest and most experienced person on the production, so understandably, Carpenter was quite intimidated when they met for the first time. Pleasence actually started by saying "I don't know why I'm in this movie, and I don't know who my character is. The only reason I'm doing this movie is because I have alimony to pay, and my daughter in England is in a rock 'n' roll group and she said the music that you did for Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) is cool." Although Pleasence asked Carpenter difficult questions about his character, he turned out to be a good-humored, big-hearted individual, and the two became great friends. Pleasence went on to appear in two other Carpenter films.
  • The film takes place primarily in the fictitious town of Haddonfield, Illinois. Haddonfield, New Jersey is the hometown of screenwriter Debra Hill.
  • The opening POV sequence took two days to film.
  • The Myers house was a locale found in South Pasadena that was largely the decrepit, abandoned place seen in the majority of the film. However, as the house had to look ordinary (and furnished) for the early scenes with the young Michael Myers, almost the whole cast and crew worked together to clean the place, move in furniture, put up wallpaper, and set up running water and electricity, and then take it all out when they were through.
  • Due to its shoestring budget, the prop department had to use the cheapest $2 mask that they could find in the costume store: a Star Trek (1966) William Shatner mask. They later spray-painted the face white, teased out the hair, and reshaped the eye holes. Shatner admitted that for years he had no idea his likeness was used for this film. It was only during an interview that someone mentioned his mask was being used. He has since stated that he is honored by this gesture.
  • All of the actors wore their own clothes, since there was no money for a costume department. Jamie Lee Curtis went to J.C. Penney for Laurie Strode's wardrobe. She spent less than one hundred dollars for the entire set. She shot the film while on hiatus from the sitcom Operation Petticoat (1977).
  • The opening shot appears to be a single, tracking, point of view shot, but there are actually three cuts. The first when the mask goes on, and the second and third after the murder has taken place and the shape is exiting the room. This was done to make the point of view appear to move faster.
  • Kyle Richards, who plays Lindsey Wallace, is the sister of Kim Richards, who appeared in John Carpenter's previous film, Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). Both of these women would go on to star in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (2010).
  • Of the female leads (all the girls are supposed to be in high school), only Jamie Lee Curtis was actually a teenager at the time of shooting.
  • Donald Pleasence confessed to John Carpenter that the main reason why he took the role of Dr. Sam Loomis was because his daughter Lucy (who was a musician) had loved Carpenter's musical score for his previous movie Assault on Precinct 13 (1976).
  • A young Jamie Lee Curtis was so disappointed with her performance that she became convinced she would be fired after only the first day of filming. When her phone rang that night and it was John Carpenter on the phone, Curtis was certain it was the end of her movie career. Instead, Carpenter called to congratulate her and tell her he was very happy with the way things had gone. The fact that she was Janet Leigh's daughter probably didn't hurt. According to Hill, Curtis wasn't Carpenter's first choice. She says he wanted the daughter of the person on Lassie.
  • The original script, titled "The Babysitter Murders", had the events take place over the space of several days. It was a budgetary decision to change the script to have everything happen on the same day (doing this reduced the number of costume changes and locations required) and it was decided that Halloween, the scariest night of the year, was the perfect night for this to happen.
  • Half of the $300,000 budget was spent on the Panavision cameras so the film would have a 2.35:1 scope. Donald Pleasence was paid $20,000 for five days work.
  • When Dr. Loomis is talking to the doctors in the empty classroom, Dr. Loomis is sitting in seat #37.
  • As the film was shot out of sequence, John Carpenter created a fear meter so that Jamie Lee Curtis would know what level of terror she should be exhibiting.
  • As the film was made in spring, the crew had huge difficulty in procuring pumpkins.
  • The character Michael Myers was named after the European distributor of Carpenter's previous film, Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) as a kind of weird "thank you" for the film's overseas success.
  • In the documentary short, 'Halloween' Unmasked 2000 (1999), it was revealed that the crew had chosen two masks for Michael Myers to decide on. The first was a Don Post Emmett Kelly smiling clown mask that they put frizzy red hair on. This was an homage to how he killed his sister, Judith, in a clown costume. They tested it out and it appeared very demented and creepy. The other mask was a 1975 Captain James T. Kirk mask that was purchased for around a dollar. It had the eyebrows and sideburns ripped off, the face was painted fish belly white, and the hair was spray painted brown, and the eyes were opened up more. They tested out the Kirk mask and the crew decided that it was much more creepy because it was emotionless. This became the Michael Myers mask.
  • Much credit for the concept must go to its producer Irwin Yablans, who had the concept originally for a horror film called "The Babysitter Murders". Upon further research, Yablans discovered to his surprise that no previous film had been titled "Halloween" and thought it would be a great concept to set these "babysitter murders" on the holiday. With these ideas, Yablans convinced an excited John Carpenter to write and direct a film around them.
  • The Halloween theme is written in the rare 5/4 time signature. John Carpenter learned this rhythm from his father.
  • None of the big studios at the time were interested in distributing the movie, so executive producer Irwin Yablans decided to distribute the film via his own company (Compass International). MCA/Universal produced and distributed the next two sequels in the early 1980s.
  • Halloween was shot in 20 days in the spring of 1978. Made on a budget of $300,000, it became the highest-grossing independent movie ever made at that time.
  • The scene where The Shape seems to appear out of the darkness behind Laurie was accomplished by using a simple dimmer switch on the light that slowly illuminated the mask.
  • John Carpenter approached Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee to play the role of Dr. Sam Loomis (that was eventually played by Donald Pleasence), but both turned him down due to the low pay. Lee later said it was the biggest mistake he had ever made in his career.
  • From a budget of $300,000, the film went on to gross $47 million at the US box office. In 2008, takings that would be the equivalent of $150 million, making 'Halloween' one of the most successful independent films of all time.
  • That Michael Myers could drive a car despite having been committed to an asylum at the age of six inspired many guffaws. The first movie novelization came up with a simple but effective explanation: when Doctor Loomis drove Michael to sanity hearings over the years, Michael simply watched very closely and carefully as Doctor Loomis operated the car. Remember, even if Michael sat in the back seat and there was a screen of bulletproof glass partition, Michael could still look over the Doctor's shoulder without Loomis realizing the significance. Alternatively Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) provides a retroactive explanation to this question.
  • P.J. Soles was married to Dennis Quaid at the time of filming, so John Carpenter and Debra Hill wanted to cast him in the role of Bob Simms. Unfortunately, Quaid was busy working on another project and John Michael Graham was cast in the role instead.
  • Director Trademark: [Bowling Green] There are numerous references to Carpenter's childhood hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky. The performance of the film's musical score is credited to "The Bowling Green Philharmonic". There is no Philharmonic in Bowling Green. The "orchestra" is actually Carpenter and assorted musical friends. In one scene the subtitle depicts the location as "Smiths Grove, Illinois". Smiths Grove is actually a small town of about 600 people located 15 miles north of Bowling Green on I-65. There are also numerous references in Halloween to street names that are major roads in the greater Bowling Green area.
  • Debra Hill wrote most of the dialog for the female characters, while John Carpenter concentrated on Dr. Loomis' speeches.
  • When they were shooting the scenes for the start of the film (all the ones seen from Michael's point of view) they couldn't get the six-year old child actor until the last day, so the movie's producer, Debra Hill, volunteered to be Michael for any scenes where his hands come into view. This is why the nails on young Michael's hands look so well manicured and varnished.
  • P.J. Soles went to a screening of the movie after it was released, sitting in the fourth row of a regular audience. She was very amused when during her nude scene and line of "see anything you like?", a male audience member in front shouted out "Hell yes I do!", unaware she was right behind him. Dennis Quaid, who Soles was dating at the time, asked her if she wanted him to confront the man, but she declined, too amused from the experience. Quaid was originally supposed to play Lynda's boyfriend, Bob Simms, but scheduling conflicts prevented this.
  • On the 25th anniversary disc, John Carpenter states that the original title sequence was to show a long shot of a sidewalk ending with a Halloween mask on the floor. The idea was dropped and the more iconic title sequence of the Jack O'Lantern was used.
  • Was released theatrically with the short Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders (2009) in some theaters during Halloween 2009.
  • John Carpenter told production designer Tommy Lee Wallace to go out and find a "government-looking" car to be used by Dr. Loomis and Marion in the opening scenes, which Michael Myers ultimately steals and uses throughout the film. Wallace went to the nearest car-rental agency and a 1976 Ford LTD station wagon was the only car there that looked the part. Wallace hired it for two weeks, installing a wire-mesh divider between the front and rear seats, and slapping Illinois state decals on the front doors. Carpenter loved it, and the car-rental agency had no idea of the LTD's use in the film.
  • Originally, Nick Castle was on set just to watch the movie be filmed. It was at the suggestion of John Carpenter that he took up the role of Michael Myers.
  • As Annie and Laurie are frantically trying to put out the joint in the car and they drive up to Sheriff Brackett and the burglarised hardware store, the sign on the light pole says Mission Street. The street exists both in South Pasadena, California (where the movie was filmed) and in Carol Stream, Illinois - the latter being the state the movie setting was taking place.
  • None of the comic books ("Neutron Man", "Tarantula Man", etc.) in Tommy's collection are real. Copies of Howard the Duck comics stood-in for the fictional titles.
  • In an interview, Moustapha Akkad said that John Carpenter had envisioned making the movie for around $300,000. Coincidentally, Akkad said he was producing and filming a major motion picture at the same time starring Laurence Olivier which was costing his company roughly around $300,000 a day. When Carpenter told him the fixed price of his movie, he immediately funded it.
  • Dr. Sam Loomis is Michael Myers' psychiatrist. Sam Loomis is also the name of Marion Crane's secret lover in Psycho (1960). Coincidentally, Marion Crane was played by Jamie Lee Curtis's mother, Janet Leigh, and Annie is played by actress Nancy Kyes, who was credited as Nancy Loomis. The name Loomis was also used in Scream (1996).
  • Peter O'Toole, Mel Brooks, Steven Hill, Walter Matthau, Jerry Van Dyke, Lawrence Tierney, Kirk Douglas, John Belushi, Lloyd Bridges, Abe Vigoda, Kris Kristofferson, Sterling Hayden, David Carradine, Dennis Hopper, Charles Napier, Yul Brynner and Edward Bunker were considered for the role of Dr. Sam Loomis.
  • When Laurie Strode and Annie Brackett are driving in the car, they are listening to "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult. This is on while Michael Myers is driving behind them...
  • Features groundbreaking use of Panavision's recent panaglide camera system as operated by Raymond Stella.
  • As has been noted, the killer is referred to as The Shape in the script and credits for this film. The word "shape" was used by the Salem Witch Trials judges to describe specters (or spirits) of the accused doing mischief or harming another person.
  • When Dr. Loomis is fuming at Dr. Wynn about Michael Myers' escape from the sanitarium the night before, there is a glimpse of the real-life place that stood in for Smith's Grove: La Viña Hospital and Sanitarium in Altadena, California. The institution name is prominently displayed on the welcome mat as they exit the facility.
  • In a 2010 documentary, it was revealed that five different people dressed as The Shape: Nick Castle (throughout the movie), Tony Moran (during the unmasking by Laurie Strode), stuntman James Winburn, production designer Tommy Lee Wallace (due to his knowledge of how much force would be needed to break props during action shots in a single take), and co-writer/co-producer Debra Hill (in the external wide shot when Tommy sees The Shape for the first time). Tony stated that no one told him until he arrived on set that he would be wearing a mask; Debra explained that she happened to bring the costume with her that day and no one else was available for the shot.
  • The audio of the bullies telling Tommy, "He's gonna get you! The Boogieman is coming!" is sampled in the beginning of White Zombie's cover of "I'm Your Boogie Man" sung by Rob Zombie who would later go on to direct Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009).
  • Although Don Post Studios turned down an offer by the filmmakers to receive points in the movie in exchange for an original mask it was the company's own 1975 Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) Captain Kirk mask of actor William Shatner, after alteration, that epitomized the face of Michael Myers. However, they would agree four years later to provide the Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982).
  • The title of the movie was originally going to be called "The Babysitter Murders", but the producer, Irwin Yablans, suggested the story would be significant if it revolved around a holiday, resulting in the name "Halloween".
  • The film takes place on October 31, 1963 and from October 30 to October 31, 1978. They also spell it Oktober instead of October
  • The first of two films in the series where anyone refers to Michael Myers as the boogeyman. The second is Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988).
  • Before Captain Kirk was chosen for the mask, other masks considered include Richard Nixon, Spock and Emmett Kelly.
  • Aside from the trick-or-treaters and pumpkins the only other indication of Fall in the movie are the painted and recycled leaves created for use in the film. They are featured in many scenes - the Myers house intro at night 1963, Haddonfield/Halloween 1978 intro, Laurie leaves for school, "speed kills" street , Michael behind the hedge, Laurie arrives home from school, Laurie sits on corner with pumpkin, Tommy sees Michael standing in Lindsey's yard, Annie walks to laundry building, Annie walks to garage "no keys, but please", Michael carries Annie into house as leaves blow down the street, leaves blow over stolen car roof when Loomis locates it, leaves blow down street as Laurie crosses to Lindsey's house, Laurie falls as she tries to get help from neighbor's house "can't you hear me?!", leaves blow by as Michael crosses street after Laurie, Loomis walks up street looking for Michael and Brackett pulls up behind him, etc.
  • The Wallaces' German Shepherd, Lester, was "killed" by his animal trainer.
  • John Carpenter's iconic score for the movie manifested from a female critic's negative review after screening the film: that it wasn't scary. At the time, there was no music in the film whatsoever. Carpenter then composed the fully-improvised score in three days.
  • Nancy Kyes (nee' Loomis) would go on to play Linda Challis in Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982). At the time she was married to that film's director, Tommy Lee Wallace, whom she met when he served as the production designer on this film.
  • Dr. Sam Loomis' revolver is a Smith & Wesson model 15 combat masterpiece .38.
  • Was selected in 2006 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
  • Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
  • The first showing of the film during its theatrical run was on October 25, 1978 in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • The movie that Tommy and Laurie are watching is The Thing from Another World (1951). John Carpenter went on to direct The Thing (1982).
  • The scene where Laurie and Annie are discussing who should Laura take to the prom. Annie suggests that Laurie should go with Dick Baxter. Dick Baxter is the name of the first three victims who killed by the ghosts in The Fog (1980) Nancy Kyes who plays Annie is also in that film. Both movies are directed by John Carpenter.
  • A rare slasher movie where we see the killer driving.
  • Producer Irwin Yablans suggested the title "Halloween". John Carpenter admits that's when the story started taking shape for him.
  • In the scene where Laurie and Annie are walking home and Laurie thinks she sees Michael hiding behind a bush, you can see the smoke from John Carpenter's cigarette coming up from behind the bush.
  • The movie is supposed to take place in town called Haddonfield, Illinois, which doesn't exist. However, there is a Haddonfield, New Jersey. The movie was actually filmed in Los Angeles, and if you look closely in certain shots you can see palm trees in the background.
  • John Carpenter purposely took a more restrained, suggestive approach with the gore in this movie. He learned his lesson with his last movie Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) when he killed off Kim Richards' character and the audience wound up hating him. Because of this he purposely took a more discreet approach to the bloodshed, ala Psycho (1960), as opposed to an over-the-top gorefest ala A Bay of Blood (1971).
  • Tommy Lee Wallace had worked second unit for John Carpenter on this film and was originally chosen by Carpenter and the producers to direct Halloween II (1981). His approach was more of a Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) approach, where it's five years later and Laurie was in graduate school when Michael resurfaces. But Carpenter insisted this had to be a very next day kind of sequel, and the studio and producers were insisting on a lot more blood due to the success of Friday the 13th (1980). Because of all this, Wallace decided he wasn't comfortable with the sequel, and he declined. However, he did direct Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982).
  • Will Sandin (Young Michael Myers) became a police officer in Los Angeles.
  • The Myers house is actually an abandoned building the filmmakers found in South Pasadena, California. It became a chiropractor's office.
  • Ironically, Jamie Lee Curtis admitted, "I loathe horror movies. I don't like to be surprised."
  • The writers' goal was to write the film like a radio play, with scares every ten minutes.
  • Originally, Dr. Loomis was supposed to have a phone conversation with his wife. Donald Pleasence didn't do it, saying he thought the character shouldn't have a family or a past.
  • The story is based on an experience John Carpenter had in college touring a psychiatric hospital. Carpenter met a child who stared at him "with a look of evil, and it terrified me."
  • The dark lighting comes from necessity: the crew didn't have enough money for more lights.
  • John Carpenter's direction for Nick Castle in his role as Myers was minimal. For example, when Castle asked what Myers' motivation was for a particular scene, Carpenter replied that his motivation was to walk from one set marker to another. Carpenter also instructed Castle to tilt his head a couple of times as if he was observing the corpse, particularly in the scene when Myers impaled one of his victims against a wall.
  • John Carpenter himself dismisses the notion that Halloween is a morality play, regarding it as merely a horror movie. According to Carpenter, critics "completely missed the point there". He explains, "The one girl who is the most sexually uptight just keeps stabbing this guy with a long knife. She's the most sexually frustrated. She's the one that's killed him. Not because she's a virgin but because all that sexually repressed energy starts coming out. She uses all those phallic symbols on the guy."
  • The stabbing sound effect is actually a knife stabbing a watermelon.
  • 'Halloween' wasn't the first script that John Carpenter wrote which had a mysterious killer stalking and killing specific group of people. Around 1977, Carpenter wrote the script called Meltdown which was about a group of scientists exploring a nuclear plant when one night all of the workers in it disappear. Later in the script, it's revealed that they were killed by some psychopath who sneaked into the plant long time ago and who believes that he is sent by God to destroy the plant. Most of the script was just this killer stalking and killing all the scientists in various ways, using traps and weapons such as a flamethrower and a circular saw. The ending of this script was very dark, with only two people surviving and escaping from the plant before it explodes and creates a huge disaster which leaves most of the California infected with so much radiation that nothing will live there for half a million years. And just like Halloween had the song "Don't Fear the Reaper" as sort of a foreboding sign that something bad will happen, Carpenter's Meltdown script had the song "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum playing at one part when the bodies of the plant workers are found by the main characters and they realize the killer's plans, and also at the ending after the plant explodes. Meltdown was later rewritten in the mid-1990s and turned into a "Die Hard (1988) in a nuclear plant" type of thriller which was going to star Dolph Lundgren in a very dark role, but eventually production of that film was cancelled.
  • The pro wrestler Eddie Gilbert competed for the Japanese hardcore wrestling promotion Wrestling International New Generation (W*ING) in 1993 under a mask using the name/gimmick Michael Myers. His brother Doug Gilbert was there as Freddy Krueger (from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)), a gimmick first used in Memphis by their father, Tommy Gilbert.
  • John Carpenter has mentioned in the past that he based Michael Myers on Yul Brynners robotic assassin character from Westworld (1973), written and directed by best-selling author Michael Crichton. Interestingly, Carpenter would work with the late author's now-fourth ex-wife, actress Anne Marie Martin, in Halloween II (1981). She is uncredited as Nurse Karen's friend, Darcy Essmont.
  • Before shooting the film, John Carpenter cinematographer Dean Cundey viewed Chinatown (1974). They were so impressed by the movie's cinematography that they decided to duplicate the color palette (burnt orange for the day shots coupled with blue back-lighting for the night shots) and use of lighting for the fictitious town of Haddonfield and the over-all look of the film.
  • The name of the character Sheriff Leigh Brackett, played by Charles Cyphers, is a direct reference to the screenwriter of Rio Bravo (1959), Leigh Brackett. One of John Carpenter's favorite movies. He used the name in Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) and Someone's Watching Me! (1978).
  • Nurse Chambers was smoking Parliament cigarettes during the drive with Dr. Loomis to retrieve Michael Myers on the day before Halloween.
  • As seen during Dr. Loomis's telephone call in the phone booth, the license plate number to his car is B4J 207.
  • To ensure Michael Myers would break the window of the station wagon as Dr. Loomis approaches the insane asylum, a wrench was adhered to his forearm and hand. It was then painted flesh colored to hide from the camera.
  • At 3 minutes and 54 seconds into the film, the lights go off upstairs where Michael's sister and her boyfriend are. The boyfriend is heard saying goodnight to her from the stairs at the 5 minute mark, leaving only 1 minute and 6 seconds for them to have slept together.
  • In the scene where Laurie and Annie smoke a joint on the way to their destination, "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult can be heard on Annie's car radio. A cover version of the song plays in Scream (1996), a horror film that features teens watching and referencing this film as well as other horror classics.
  • October 31, 1978 was a Tuesday.
  • In an interview, Tony Moran claimed that the reason why Michael Myers was played by more than one actor, was because they could only use those who were available on each day of filming. He also added that Michael Myers was actually played by six actors in total (including himself, Nick Castle and John Carpenter).
  • When Terry Gross interviewed Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel live in front of an audience for a fundraiser for radio station WBEZ in Chicago in 1996, Terry asked them about the scariest movie they have seen. Roger mentioned how the first "Halloween" movie was extremely scary and then recounted how when Gene saw it at a local movie theater, he was so scared, he took a cab home, even though he only lived two blocks from the movie theater. Gene then recounted how when he got home, he went to the shower and pulled the curtain back to see if anyone was in there.
  • Halloween is one of the only horror movies that made the most, that people have made home-made films or sequels to.
  • When 2009 Rob Zombies Halloween 2 Angel Myers) it was the longest horror film franchise to still be running (1978-2009).
  • According to John Carpenter, the look of 'Halloween' was patterned after the movie Chinatown (1974).
  • Dr. Sam Loomis' automobile is a 1977 BMW 320i [E21].
  • The automobile which Michael Myers stole at the beginning which he drives through the movie is a 1978 Ford LTD wagon.
  • only 95.67% of the movie actually takes place on halloween. the remaining 4.33% takes place on october 30.
  • It introduced the feast of Halloween to Spain, totally unknown at those times.
  • Michael Myers never runs nor speaks.
  • Michael Myers never speaks.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis admits she made up the "Just the two of us" song she sang to herself at the movie's beginning when she was walking home from school.
  • Nick Castle admitted that the only reason he accepted the opportunity was for a chance to witness what goes into directing a film. "My only reason for being on the set was to kind of demystify the directing experience for me, because [director] John [Carpenter] was a pal, they were shooting the majority of this near my house, really, and he said, 'Well, why don't you just be the guy walking around in the mask and you'll be here the whole time?'"
  • Jamie Lee Curtis has played Laurie Strode in films released in five different decades from the 1970s to the 2010s: This film, Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Halloween: Resurrection (2002) and Halloween (2018).
  • The initial budget of $300,000 was increased to $325,000. The added $25,000 was Donald Pleasence's salary for only five days of shooting.
  • Though the film credits The Bowling Green Philharmonic Orchestra for performing the soundtrack, in reality most of the score was simply performed by director John Carpenter using a piano he had at his home, with Dan Wyman later making some additions to Carpenter's music with a primitive synthesizer.
  • John Carpenter told broadcaster Fox 5 DC during promotion for Halloween (2018) that the opening shot of the original film had only five takes. The eye holes of the mask were added in post-production by MGM's optical department.
  • Seven different people portrayed Michael Myers in this film: Debra Hill played his hands, reaching for various objects in the prologue; Will Sandin played 6-year-old Michael unmasked immediately after killing his sister; Nick Castle played 21-year-old Michael for the bulk of the film; Tommy Lee Wallace played Michael speeding the station wagon past the trio of girls and breaking into the closet to attack Laurie Strode; a key grip played Michael skulking behind a hedge; Tony Moran played the 21-year-old Michael unmasked by Laurie Strode near the film's ending; and James Winburn was the stuntman who played Michael getting shot by Dr. Sam Loomis and falling over the balcony at the film's ending.
  • Robert Englund of the A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) film series revealed in an interview that John Carpenter had him throw bags of dead leaves on set for one day.
  • Throughout the film, the 1951 film The Thing from Another World (1951) plays on the TV. "Halloween" director John Carpenter would go on to direct an adaptation of this film in 1982 called The Thing (1982). Coincidentally, Carpenter was approached to direct "The Thing" after the studio was unhappy with the concept provided by Tobe Hooper, director of 1974's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), which also launched a series of Horror/Slasher films with an iconic villain (Leatherface).
  • The mask Michael Myers wears in the movie was modeled after actor William Shatner.
  • Early in the film when Dr. Loomis and Nurse Chambers are driving in a car together, there is a close-up of the nurse's Parliment cigarettes with a matchbook on top that reads 'Rabbit in Red Lounge'. In the Rob Zombie remake Deborah Myers, mother of Michael, works at a strip club named the Rabbit in Red Lounge.
  • Both Carpenter and Hill felt that Loomis should be played by a "classy" British actor with star power. Both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee were approached but both declined due to the low salary of 25K. Several other high profile actors, both British and American, declined as well. According to Carpenter, in a phone conversation with Debra Hill, Cushing's agent told her that since the success of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) any film that included Cushing should feature him as the star, even though Cushing's career had been in steady decline for years and he was only a featured character in Star Wars. Donald Pleasance nearly declined as well but was talked into taking the role by his daughter, who was a strident fan of Carpenter's work since seeing "Assault on Precinct 13" (1976).
  • During the walking through Haddonfield scene, cover images from the teen romance novels Tender Longings by Barbara Lynn and One Love Forever by Christine King can be seen in Lynda's bag.
  • On TV Tropes, Dr. Loomis' "what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply...evil" speech is the page quote for Complete Monster.
  • Laurie's father is played by Peter Griffith. He is also the father of a famous actress, Melanie Griffith, and the ex-husband of another Hitchcock veteran, Tippi Hedren. For some reason this character never shows up in the franchise again after the original opening scenes of Halloween. He doesn't even come visit his daughter in the hospital after she's been attacked. Michael Myers comes and visits her before Mr. Strode does!
  • Originally Carpenter wanted Halloween to open with a dolly shot down one of the streets in Haddonfield. The shot would have come upon a mask in a gutter, but Carpenter felt the slow push in on the glowing pumpkin would have set a better mood for the story that was about to unfold.
  • According to Carpenter, Halloween was originally panned by most critics, who said the movie "wasn't frightening", "stupid", "too low-budget", and a "dumb idea". Producer Debra Hill had set him clippings of these reviews, which made Carpenter extremely mad. A review in the Village Voice compared Halloween to Psycho, Carpenter to Alfred Hitchcock, and suddenly the positive reviews began to change. Critics re-reviewed the film, and the film's box office began to climb.
  • The opening sequence of the film was inspired by Orson Welles' Touch of Evil (1958). Contrary to popular belief, it was not the single-shot opening scene from that movie that director John Carpenter liked best, but the later scene midway in the movie that pans around a Mexican motel. Carpenter also mentions the style of the film was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock. Carpenter notes the style was "driven by simplicity", something that would be completely lost on Rob Zombie who remade the film 29 years later.
  • The hand that pulls the kitchen drawer open and grabs the knife as well as grab the clown mask off the floor is, in actuality, Debra Hill's hand.
  • According to Jamie Lee Curtis, the Myers' house was actually as decrepit as it is for most of the movie. The opening sequence was the last thing shot, and the entire crew spent an entire night washing it, furnishing it, and making it appear to be in use. She also mentions, since there weren't enough lights on set, the crew were working behind the scenes as the shot was being taken, moving lights from one room to another as the camera passed them.
  • Debra Hill mentions the nudity at the beginning of the film is the only nudity in the movie. I think PJ Soles might have something(s) that negate that later on. Hill also mentions Judith Myers' death at the beginning is the only real violence in the film. There's a knife in a wall and a phone cord that might have responses to that.
  • Debra Hill is originally from Haddonfield, New Jersey. Haddonfield, Illinois, in the Halloween movies was named after her hometown. According to her, rumors about Halloween being based on a true story that happened in her hometown started.
  • Shot in Pasadena, Carpenter and his crew made every effort to keep palm trees out of the shot, since the movie takes place in Illinois. They don't always succeed. You can see palm trees in the background of some shots.
  • Carpenter wanted to set Laurie Strode up as a lonely character. He mentions the movie was criticized by critics who felt the movie was saying Laurie's friends who have boyfriends deserved their ultimate fates and Laurie, a virgin, survived because of this. Carpenter notes this is absolutely true, that Laurie's friends are killed off because they're too busy to notice what is going on around them. Hill also mentions there was never a conscious effort to make the virgin of the group be the sole survivor. She believes it was critics trying to place some sense of morality on the film that made this such an important aspect to the film, one that several horror movies after would take on, as well.
  • Originally, the screenplay had a phone conversation between Dr. Loomis and his wife. It was Donald Pleasence's idea to cut this dialogue out of the film. He didn't want his character to have a family or even a past. Carpenter was afraid to disagree wit him at the time, so the moment was cut.
  • The Phelps Garage truck Dr. Loomis discovers also served as the craft services truck on set when not being used in the film.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis didn't see herself as the repressed virgin, and was surprised when she found out which of the three girls she would be playing. She notes she would have probably been better suited as the smart aleck of the group.
  • The score Carpenter came up with for Halloween was inspired by and reminds him of the score from Dario Argento's Suspiria and Tubular Bells from The Exorcist. Hill notes Carpenter had the music in his head before filming began. He would play the theme for her on the piano as they were working on the screenplay.
  • The idea for Halloween came about when producer Irwin Yablans came to Carpenter wanting to make a $300,000 film called The Babysitter Murders. He asked Carpenter if it could be done. Carpenter said it could if he was given creative control. It was also Yablans' idea to have to the movie be set on Halloween and name it after the holiday, as well. Hill notes the teenagers in Halloween were written to reflect the teenagers of the time, the way they experiment and interact with one another, particularly during Halloween. She recognizes this is one of the main reasons why the film did so well financially.
  • While filming the opening sequence, they realized the running time for the film would be too short. Debra Hill, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis who plays Annie, and a cameraman went out in a car and shot a sequence of dialogue to pad the running time. The scene with the girls talking about Annie's dad was improvised and directed by Hill.
  • The story Loomis tells about meeting and treating Michael Myers was something Carpenter experienced while attending Western Kentucky University. A class visited a mental institution. Carpenter saw a boy there that matches precisely how Loomis describes Myers, devil's eyes and all.
  • Carpenter reminisces about the first movie he saw in the theater, It Came From Outer Space in 3-D. He remembers the opening of the film when the meteor flies at the audience and explodes. "It suddenly made me feel completely alive and terrified, but there was nothing to be terrified of. I was in a movie theater." He realized then that was what he wanted to do, to achieve that same reaction from other audience members.
  • To achieve the shot of Michael Myers strangling the dog, the trainer on set held the dog in his arms and dropped him naturally. This was shot in slow motion to make it look as if the dog had been killed.
  • The idea of creative control comes up. Hill, after being announced yet again, mentions Carpenter getting creative control on Halloween was a big deal for him, especially at a young age. She notes he gets upset on films where he doesn't have it and has actually walked away from projects because he couldn't get it. Carpenter notes creative control has been a struggle with every director he's ever talked to but that it's absolutely worth the struggle to achieve it for the sake of art.
  • Hill mentions when NBC ran Halloween it edited out the shot of Nancy Loomis' ass as she's stuck in the window.
  • At horror conventionsvthat she attends, Curtis brings up how she admires people who can take themes from works of art, the idea of looking at something and finding an underlying statement that's told through it. She doesn't believe that Carpenter or Hill put such themes in Halloween, at least not consciously, but she admires people who can find them. She also thinks these people probably have bad breath. I concur.
  • Carpenter notes the pace of Halloween, how it moves with a confident, steady progression and nothing is rushed. He notes Pauline Kael said in her review of Halloween that he has no sense of timing, but that the pace in Halloween is very deliberate to build the tension of when this killer is going to strike next. "All horror is basically a question of when is it going to happen?"
  • Hill talks about the teen splatter film and how it differs from the films she grew up with. When she was younger, the movies that scared her weren't about the same things as the movies that scare younger audiences now. "Somewhere along the line either the audiences got sophisticated or the studios got scares, and they needed to have more and more and more graphic violence."
  • Michael Myers tilting his head back and forth to admire his handiwork was Nick Castle's idea on set to indicate the character's deranged mental state.
  • Curtis mentions a quote she gave once about feeling more exploited in mainstream films than the "exploitation" films she's appeared in. She explains that in exploitation films, she was never playing the character who was being exploited. She was playing the strong, capable leads. It wasn't until she was in mainstream, studio films that she played characters who were being exploited, ie Trading Places. If you haven't seen Trading Places, you're missing out on some quality Jamie Lee Curtis exploitation.
  • While filming, there was a number given to Curtis as to Laurie's "terror level" during any given scene, indicating to the actress where her character is mentally, since Halloween was shot out of order. She also mentions Carpenter allowed her to make the character vulnerable by explaining to her it wasn't a character weakness but a way to allow the audience in to where Laurie was mentally.
  • Curtis mentions the way the moment where she stabs Myers with the knitting needle then drops the knife looks stupid, since it was shot wide. She explains if it were shot closer, you would be able to see the revulsion on her face from holding the knife. She can't explain why Laurie throws the knife away the second time.
  • Carpenter showed Halloween to an executive before it was finished. He showed the movie without the music. The executive didn't find it to be scary at all. After the film was released, and she saw it, she changed her mind, an indication of how much Carpenter's score adds to the film's atmosphere.
  • Hill and Carpenter saw very little of the money Halloween made, at the time the most successful independent film of all time. According to Carpenter, a sequel was going to happen whether they wanted it or not. Hill and Carpenter worked on it out of a business necessity, to get the money that was essentially owed to them from the first film.
  • According to John Carpenter, Donald Pleasence asked him how the director wanted him to react when he looked down and saw Myers' body had disappeared. The actor said there were two ways he could react, either shocked or as if he expected Myers to be gone. Carpenter had him play it both ways and used the one he felt worked better.
  • There are 7 characters with names starting with the letter L: Laurie, Loomis, Lynda, Lindsey, Leigh, Lonnie and Lester.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis has said Tony Curtis, though he was her biological father, was not her real father: "Children, as we all know, are complicated and messy. He was not a father and he was not interested in being a father.'" Jamie Lee, who was estranged from her father for much of her life, said she was not upset by the fact she was not particularly close to him. "It's not a slant against him, he was very clear. He did what he was supposed to do from a financial standpoint, which was honorable of him but he was not an involved father.... He was not a father." Curtis has said Psycho Star Janet Leigh was her only real parent growing up. Janet Leigh makes a cameo in the Halloween Franchise in Halloween H20, in 1998.
  • In July 2018 at the San Diego Comic Con, during a panel discussion with Jamie Lee Curtis, a fan named Joseph Scott told her that he was a victim of a similar home invasion himself. He said "I was scared out of my mind and out of nowhere this thought came inside of me, 'What would Jamie Lee Curtis do?'" and later added "I'm a victor today instead of a victim, just like those people that you were talking about". Yvette Nicole Brown, who hosted the panel, asked him to approach the stage. Curtis, who was moved to tears by Scott's story, stood up and went down the stage where she greeted him with a hug.
  • People talk about Halloween being the daddy of all slashers, and Psycho being the Grandaddy. There's actually a much longer history of slashers in film, going almost all the way back to the the silent era! There's three eras of old school film slashers; the golden age, movies like Fritz Lang's M, and Myrna Loy's 13 Women; and And Then There Were None, which were the original slasher type movies. Then there would be Classic Age Slashers, films from the 1950s and 1960s, like Psycho (1960) and Diabolqiue (1955) which would help create the prototype for slashers as well. And then there would be modern slashers, which would start in the late 1960s in Italy with Dario Argento, Mario Bava and the Gallo movies; which would push the envelope for gore in the modern era with movies like Bay of Blood and Last Twitch of the Death Nerve. The next group of slashers, after Gallo in the 1960s; would be the American Modern Slashers; starting with Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Black Christmas in 1974; both followed by the seminal classic slasher John Carpenter's Halloween in 1970; and finally Sean Cunningham's Friday the 13th in 1980. The period after that would be the post modern slashers, starting with Scream in 1996.
  • John Carpenter admits he was copying Goblin's theme for Suspiria, as well Michael Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" theme for the Exorcist; when he came up with his brilliant 5/4 reworking of those themes with the now famous theme for Halloween. This is a very rare instance where the director co-wrote the screenplay; wrote the music for the film and directed the film as well! This had never happened with a horror film before; or since! (It has happened with other mainstream dramas though).
  • The film's original poster features an image of a hand wielding a butcher knife that evolves into a Jack-O-Lantern. Many however never noticed for years afterward that the hand also features a hidden image of a man's screaming face.
  • Lynda's line "Cute, Bob, real cute," is a reference to the Donny and Marie Osmond television series which was popular at this time (1976-1979). It was a catch-phrase repeated throughout that television variety show in the introductory conversations between Donny and Marie (obviously with "Donny" or "Marie" instead of "Bob".) The contemporary catchphrase has been largely forgotten and the line makes sense on its own and so the reference is generally unacknowledged.
  • Famed film critic Pauline Kael; slammed Halloween in 1978; but her signs of admiration for Carpenter's style shine through in her critique: She says Carpenter has an excellent sense of "menace"; but his script is also shamefully amatuerish: "John Carpenter, who made the low-budget scare picture Halloween, has a visual sense of menace. He quickly sets up an atmosphere of fear, and his blue night tones have a fine, chilling ambience-the style is reminiscent of the Halloween episode in Minnelli's Meet Me in St. Louis. But Carpenter isn't very gifted with actors, and he doesn't seem to have any feeling at all for motivation or for plot logic." She goes to slam the movie for having so many tracking shots; a technique Halloween was pioneering; and which was picked up by many movies later like Friday the 13th and Scream; but Kael still calls it excessive in this movie: "The film is largely just a matter of the camera tracking subjectively from the mad killer's point of view, leading you to expect something awful to happen. But the camera also tracks subjectively when he isn't around at all; in fact, there's so much subjective tracking you begin to think everybody in the movie has his own camera." Kael goes on to say that even though many critics proclaimed this is an instant classic; they are all wrong: "A lot of people seem to be convinced that Halloween is something special-a classic. Maybe when a horror film is stripped of everything but dumb scariness-when it isn't ashamed to revive the stalest device of the genre (the escaped lunatic)-it satisfies part of the audience in a more basic, childish way than sophisticated horror pictures do." Needless to say Kael is the exception to the rule; as most critics now call Halloween one of the best horror movies ever made. Indeed; both Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert disagreed with Kael in 1978; both saying it was one of the best horror movies ever made.
  • Roger Ebert was one of the few critics who right after it's release; gave Halloween a glowing recommendation to his readers. This was in spite of much of the critical community, like Pauline Kael, that dismissed it as an over-violent potboiler. (Critics tend to hate horror movies no matter how well they're made anyway). But Roger Ebert's recommendation is part of what turned the film's fortunes around and turned it into a massive hit. (It's still one of the most successful independent films ever made). Siskel and Ebert both praised the film and called it terrifying. Ebert gave it ****; comparing the film to Psycho; high praise indeed since Psycho was considered the scariest movie ever made at that point: ""I enjoy playing the audience like a piano." (Alfred Hitchcock) So does John Carpenter. "Halloween" is an absolutely merciless thriller, a movie so violent and scary that, yes, I would compare it to "Psycho" (1960)." Ebert goes on to say Halloween is a "visceral" experience:" We see movies for a lot of reasons. Sometimes we want to be amused. Sometimes we want to escape. Sometimes we want to laugh, or cry, or see sunsets. And sometimes we want to be scared. I'd like to be clear about this. If you don't want to have a really terrifying experience, don't see "Halloween."'
  • Rich Corliss, who was the film critic of the late New Times magazine, offers an even better justification of the violence in Halloween. Corliss says that horror films such as Halloween are ferociously Old Testament; they punish "both the heroine-exhibitionist and the viewer-voyeur." In other words, the girls in Halloween are punished for fooling around with sex, and we the viewers are "punished" (with thrills) for watching the girls.
  • Gene Siskel; the famed film critic of the Chicago Tribune in the 1970s and 1980s; who was one half of the Siskel and Ebert duo; the most famous film critic team ever to date; gave Halloween a very positive review. This is amazing since Siskel hated most horror movies; he slammed Scream, Jaws, Poltergeist, Aliens and Silence of the Lambs; all for being too violent and disturbing. Siskel had a bit of a reputation of being a prude; and when they were reviewing Ferris Bueller's Day Off in 1986 Ebert said SIskel "acts like he's a member of the parent's advisory committee." But Siskel went against his normal prudish ways when he was reviewing the John Carpenter thriller. He loved Halloween. There was a now famous Sneak Previews episode that Siskel and Ebert put together focusing on the slasher movie; and in the special both critics heaped praise on Halloween. Siskel said "It's a beautifully made thriller---more shocking than bloody---that will have you screaming with regularity. Halloween was directed by John Carpenter, 30, a natural filmmaker and a name worth remembering.:" Siskel went on heap praise on Halloween in his Tribune collum: "Halloween works because director Carpenter knows how to shock while making us smile. he repeatedly sets up anticipation of a shock and delays the shock for varying lengths of time. The tension is considerable. More than once during the movie I looked around just to make sure that no one weird was sitting behind me. It's that kind of movie. Halloween plays on ancient fears of children being left alone, of babysitters being forced to turn to children as allies in moments of stress, of other people doubting what you are certain you saw in the shadows of the night. Director Carpenter wisely keeps his killer hidden from direct sight. The killer is wearing hospital bandages over his face; he is photographed mostly in shadows. It's one thing to make an effective thriller out of night scenes, but it's a considerably more difficult achievement to scare the daylights out of us with daylight action. To my mind, the best sequence in Halloween is a dodge-'em game the killer plays behind some shrubbery as the school girls walk home in the afternoon. To state the obvious, Halloween is not a film for youngsters. It is properly R-rated for its ever-present threat of violence." This glowing review is part of what Halloween such a box office sensation. People that if a prude film critic could love a horror film like Halloween; it must be phenomenal. And indeed Halloween became both a box office hit and a critical classic after that.
  • John Carpenter was a bit nervous when he met Donald Pleasence for the first time, seeing as the director had been able to secure an actor of name value for the low budget film.
  • "Halloween" was John Carpenter's most ambitious film at this stage of his directing career.
  • Most of the regular cast returned for the sequels except for PJ Soles. Jamie Lee Curtis, Charles Cyphers, Nancy Kyer, Donald Pleasance, Nick Castle and Nancy Stephens all came back for the sequels.
  • We meet Laurie's father in Part 1, at the beginning. We never meet her mother in part 1, but she is referred to; and we she flashbacks of her in part 2. It's interesting that neither one visits her in the hospital in part 2; and this is after the news media has reported it that she was attacked! The screen writers seem to totally forget the characters exist at all in part 2. (Except in Laurie's brief flashback scene with the mother).
  • Just like Halloween influenced Friday the 13th; in that the latter movie ripped off the first movie's basic plot line; Friday the 13th influenced Halloween as well. When Friday the 13th came out and was so gory; like a super blood American Giallo movie; and was also so successful, giving Halloween a run for the money; Carpenter felt pressured to add more gore to Halloween 2; (as well as later Halloween sequels); to keep up with it's main competitor Friday the 13th.
  • Many of the characters were named after other characters from other movies, prominent Hollywood luminaries and legends and figures from folklore. Sam Loomis was named after Marion Crane's boyfriend in Psycho. Marion Chambers was named after Marion Crane from Psycho, and Al Chambers, the sheriff in Psycho. And Leigh Brackett was named after a prominent female screenwriter who worked on the Star Wars franchise with George Lucas, among other things; (she wrote the first draft of Empire Strikes Back and also wrote John Wayne's Rio Bravo.) She was at the time nicknamed "The Queen of Sci-fi" by the Hollywood community and John Carpenter was a big fan of hers. Lindsay Wallace was named after Tommy Lee Wallace, who was John Carpenter's right hand man in Halloween, one of the production designers, and he would go on to direct Halloween 3. Jamie Lloyd is a slight alteration of Jamie Lee Curtis. Also Lloyd is Doyle phonetically spelled backwards, and Tommy Dole is another major character in the series. The Shape is a folkloric and Biblical reference. (It's another name for the Devil, or the Boogey Man as Laurie and Tommy keep calling him). Other literary references and pop cultural references are peppered throughout the script like this. Halloween, like Hitchcock before it, and Scream after it, was very meta, very in-jokey, and you can see that reflected in all the characters.
  • They do never explain why Michael can't run in this series.
  • John Carpenter says he is deeply ashamed with the Laurie and Michael being siblings reveal, but it came about as NBC was planning to show the original in one of its two hour time blocks in 1981, and Carpenter reshot various scenes and sequences for both one and two to pad the movies to make them suitable for network viewing: and that was one of the sequences Carpenter randomly made up for this. He said he deeply regrets the plot twist.
  • There are three movies in this franchise called Halloween.
  • Rob Zombie has said the experience of filming 2007s Halloween and it's sequel were both a "miserable experience." He said studio interference and pressure made him feel terrorized and depressed; like they were only concerned about protecting their franchise and gave him no credit at all. The films were both big moneymakers (the 2007 film made $80 million off a 15 million budget!). And while fans of the franchise hated them some horror enthusiasts gave Zombie props for trying something shocking and different with the movies, and for pushing the franchise forward.
  • This film has had multiple reboots, and a record 4 continuities (5 if you count the planned upcoming tv series) in forty years! (That's pretty amazing if you compare it to Star Wars or Alien, franchises which started at about the same time, in the late 1970s, all had one continuity!) Characters Laurie Strode, Michael Myers, Tommy Doyle, Lindsay Wallace, Jamie Lloyd, Lynda Van Der Klok, Annie and Leigh Brackett and Sam Loomis have all been killed, rebooted, recast, retconned, erased and brought back again more than any other franchise in film history! The result is head spinning, and even series creators like John Carpenter admit it's pretty impossible to keep up with all this stuff; particularly if you are trying to keep track of the series as a whole! In keeping with this trend, amazingly, after all this casting and recasting and this musical chairs approach to the main characters, after all this, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle and Kylie Richards, who played Laurie, Michael and Lindsay in the original 1978 film respectively, and who have all been killed off or recast atleast twice in this franchise, will all be coming back in 2020's next Halloween sequel; Halloween Kills!
  • John Carpenter's first choice to play Dr. Loomis was Peter Cushing. Cushing's agent declined the role on his behalf citing the low pay and the absence of top billing. It remains unclear if Cushing even read the script.
  • Tony Moran got the part for the unmasking scene cause Debra Hill though he looked angelic and innocent and that when the mask came off, Michael was supposed to look exposed and scared as he was using this mask with a blank expression to cover his true emotions and appear emotionless, his true face being able to betray his feelings.
  • The title sequence inspired the 2019 music video for the song Nothing is Safe by the experimental horrorcore hip hop band called 'Clipping.'
  • Before they filmed Halloween John Carpenter, Tommy Lee Wallace and Nick Castle were all in a rock band together called the Coup De Villes.
  • Halloween 2018 had the highest box office ever for a Halloween film; also the highest box office ever for a movie with a woman over fifty starring in it.
  • Annie drives a, 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
  • Bob drives a, 1975 Ford Econoline.
  • Sheriff Bracketts drives a, 1975 Dodge Monaco.
  • David Gordon Green's most high profile projects before directing Halloween 2018 were the comedies Pineapple Express and Your Highness. He has said in interviews though that directing horror is a lot like comedy, in terms of construction, and he obviously has a knack for the latter considering what a hit Halloween was.
  • Steve Miner is the only person that has crossed over from the Halloween franchise to the Friday The 13th franchise, having directed both Halloween H20 and Friday the 13th Part 2.
  • Ana Alicia stars as the jittery nurse Janet in Halloween 2. She would go on to star in Knots Landing for several seasons. LComedy star Dana Carvey also makes an appearance in this movie as a production assistant with the tv news crew covering the murder spree, who is questioning a female witness at the Myers home. (He has no lines, he's really just an extra here). Lance Guest, who has the much bigger part of Jimmy, would go on to star in the sci-fi classic The Last Starfighter in 1984 with Robert Preston, as well as movies like Jaws the Revenge. Paul Rudd had one of his first starring roles playing Tommy Doyle in Halloween 5 The Curse of Michael Myers, and Octavia Spencer also had one of her first starring roles in Halloween 5 as well.
  • Ironically the actor who played Michael in part 2 was named Dick Warlock. (Perfect name for a Halloween villain for a variety of reasons).
  • Though Laurie Strode goes through hell in part 1 and 2, one of her prayers finally does come true in part 2, she finds a cute guy who's interested in her; Jimmy the orderly. In a way that character seems to have been introduced in part 2 to answer all her love sick yearning in part 1, like when she's daydreaming about Ben Tramer, or when she's complaining to Annie that she never gets to go out.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis has not said outright said that Harvey Weinstein harassed her, but she did call the producer a "brutish thug", she said Weinstein's "lecherous ways" were common knowledge throughtout the Hollywood community, and she said she has been harassed during production on different movies, although she didn't say which ones. In terms of her calling Weinstein a brutish thug and lecherous, although she didn't specify the movie, that had to be based in part on her experiences working on Halloween H20 since that was the only Miramax movie she worked on.
  • Michael Myers' middle name is Audrey.
  • Danny Mcbride played Red in Pineapple Express alongside potheaded co-horts James Franco and Seth Rogen in the Cheech and Chong-style drug heist comedy reboot Pineapple Express; which was directed by David Gordon Green. The group also put together Your Highness; the potheaded satire of King Arthur legends. Mcbride wrote Halloween 2018; and Gordon Green directed it.
  • Every actor who has played Michael Myers has worn the iconic white mask, and a wig as well. (That's not his real hair). The clothes Michael wears are usually orange or grey jump suits that one would get at a mental institution.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis was not the original choice to play Laurie. Annie Lockhart, daughter of Lost in Space/Petticoat Junction/Lassie star June Lockhart, was.
  • The villain was just going to be called "The Shape"; eventually they substituted Michael Myers, which was the name one of John Carpenter's producers on Assault on Precinct 16.
  • Carpenter only agreed to write Halloween 2 through legal coercion. Irwin Yablans approached Carpenter about directing Halloween 2. Carpenter said he would co-produce the film with Yablans, and write it, if Yablans agreed to produce Escape From New York and The Fog. Yablans agreed, but unbeknownst to him Carpenter then went behind his back and negotiated a sweeter deal with Embassy Pictures, who agreed to greenlight Carpenter's planned projects without the Halloween 2 stipulation. When Yablans found out about this subterfuge he was furious, and took Carpenter to court, forcing him, under the threat of the law, to honor their contract. Carpenter, knowing he had a legal obligation to write Halloween 2 now, and knowing the movie was going to be made anyway without him, and he needed to get involved to make sure there was some quality control, and also knowing that in order to get any future money from the franchise he would have to honor the contract, did write the movie, but openly slammed the movie and the whole process every step of the way, it being done under duress. Not surprisingly, the only person who was excited about Halloween 2 was Irwin Yablans; everyone else, Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, his coproducers Debra Hill and Tommy Lee Wallace and the other returning actors and crew, all pretty much hated it. And also not surprisingly, Carpenter had it retconned from the Halloween franchise timeline eventually when he helped put together Halloween 2018.
  • Both Yablans and Carpenter, as well as Debra Hill, quit the Halloween franchise after Halloween 3. After part 3 failed at the box office, Yablans quit Compass International, the producer and distributor of the franchise, altogether. Then Carpenter picked up with Moustapha Akad, the other executive producer at Compass, and started submitting rough drafts for part 4 of the franchise, which was for another supernatural frightfest storyline, unrelated to anything Michael Myers, still thinking they were all doing this anthology franchise. Akad told Carpenter there would only be a Halloween 4 if it starred Michael Myers, thinking this was obvious and self evident to everyone given the failure of the Michael-less Part 3. This infuriated Carpenter, who had a verbal agreement with the studio to do an anthology franchise, not one revolving around Michael Myers, and at this point he and Debra Hill quit.(They decided against taking any legal action and just decided to move on). Carpenter would stay away from the franchise for another almost 40 years, until David Gordon Green approached him about doing Halloween 2018 with him. Carpenter agreed, although Debra Hill could not join him because she had passed away at this point.
  • Carpenter finally agreed to rejoin the Halloween franchise after boycotting it from 1983 to 2018, nearly forty years, stating, "After years of criticizing this franchise I decided to join in and help this time, to do something positive as opposed to throwing stones from the sidelines".
  • Melissa Joan Hart auditioned for the role of Jamie Lloyd, Laurie's daughter in part 4, and was turned down.
  • Debra Hill and John Carpenter were a couple (not just business partners) when they were working on this movie. Jamie Lee Curtis has said in interviews: "they were my horror movie parents. They were the parents, I was the child. When they broke up (in 1979) I cried."
  • Jamie Lee Curtis said in interviews that William Shatner is not happy his likeness was used to be the mask of this demonic, and hideous serial killer. She has also said Mike Myers, the Canadian comedian from SNL who is behind Wayne's World, as well as the Austin Powers franchise; is also not happy there is a serial killer that has the same name as he does. (Although he never changed it; he did at least alter it from Michael Myers to Mike Myers!)
  • Michael Myers murders his sister Judith at about 9:21 PM. (It reads 9:20 PM on the clock when he grabs the knife from the kitchen drawer, and the murder occurs about sixty seconds later.)
  • This movie has been criticized for pushing a sexual equals death morality onto its audience; showing sexually active young adults being picked off by a killer; as if it's some sort of punishment for the sex scenario that the filmmakers are making up. But the truth is historically speaking most serial killers do tend to target young adults 18 to 35 who are engaging in risky behaviors like this; that's just the truth.
  • As of 2017, the store that Michael Myers robbed is occupied by a "La Monarca Bakery", and a cafe called Mix n' Munch.
  • This was called "Witch's Night" in Italy as Halloween was not a common-place celebration there in 1978.
  • John Carpenter was only paid $10,000 to write, direct and score the film.
  • Nancy Kyes dated and later married (and divorced) the film's editor, Tommy Lee Wallace.
  • John Carpenter composed the score in just three days.
  • The average age of the film cast and crew was just 26.
  • Debra Hill worked for no salary and a percentage of the profits. As the film grossed in excess of $70 million, this proved to be highly lucrative.
  • Tommy Lee Wallace cut out the pumpkin for the opening credits.
  • Nancy Stephens, who played the nurse accompanying Dr Loomis at the start of the film, later went on to marry Rick Rosenthal, the director of Halloween II (1981).
  • To this day, one of the most frequent things people say to Jamie Lee Curtis about this film is "Why did you throw away the knife?"
  • The Tagline for the next movie should be "HALLOWEEN KILLS: THE REVENGE OF LITTLE AUDREY." This is since Michael Meyer's middle name is Audrey; revealed to us in the long form/director's cut of the 1978 film. They could even use LITTLE AUDREY the old cartoon character on the poster, to scare audiences.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis had just been fired from Operation Petticoat, an infamous 70s sitcom about a bunch of nurses who come aboard a naval warship during WW2 and take over. It was kind of a cross between Charlie's Angels and Ba Ba Blacksheep, or a cross between the sitcom Nurses and Mclanes Navy. Curtis was one of the supporting players on the struggling show before they let her go. It turned out to be Kismet, because being fired freed up Curtis' schedule in 1978 so that she could appear in Halloween.

Spoilers

  • Aside from dialogue, the script cites Michael Myers by name only twice. In the opening scene, he is called a POV until he is revealed at age six. From the rest of the script on out, he is referred to as a "shape" until Laurie rips his mask off in the final scene (which he never reapplies in the script). "The Shape", as credited in the film, refers to when his face is masked or obscured.
  • Because P.J. Soles' shirt was open for the scene where she is strangled with the telephone cord, an alternate version was shot for the trailer and publicity shots where she is wearing a bathrobe.
  • Originally, the script had Dr. Loomis having a surprised reaction to the disappearance of Michael Myers' body from the lawn at the film's ending. Donald Pleasence suggested his character's reaction should instead be an "I knew this would happen" look on his face. They shot it both ways and ended up using Pleasance's idea.
  • The adult Michael Myers was portrayed by Nick Castle in almost every scene, except for some pick-up shots and the unmasking scene, where he was replaced by Tony Moran. Castle was a school-buddy of John Carpenter, and was on set just to watch the movie be filmed. It was at the suggestion of John Carpenter that he took up the role of Michael Myers, as he was tall and had what Carpenter considered an interesting walk. Castle admitted he was disappointed to not be the face shown, but understood that Carpenter wanted a more "angelic" face to juxtapose with Myers' ghastly deeds. Castle has gone on to become a successful director.
  • Michael Myers' full name is mentioned in the television version of the film. In the scene where Dr. Loomis asks to have him moved to a maximum security hospital, the doctors he is speaking to say his full name as Michael Audrey Myers.
  • The only blood seen in the movie is when Judith Myers is killed, when Laurie discovers the dangling body of Bob Simms and laid out body of Annie Brackett whose slit throat with its blood is visible, body of the man Michael killed for his clothes after Loomis makes the phone call along the railroad tracks. It is also see on Laurie's hand and arm after escaping from Michael.
  • Body Count: 6 - Judith Myers, unnamed truck driver, two dogs, Lynda van der Klok, Bob Simms and Annie Brackett.
  • For years after 'Halloween' was released, people would tell writer/director John Carpenter how horrified they were by Michael Myers grotesquely disfigured face, glimpsed when Laurie pulls his mask off for a moment towards the end of the film. But actually all they saw was the ordinary face of the actor Tony Moran playing the role, perfectly normal except for the small knife wound inflicted by Laurie during their struggle in the closet which was created using Special Effects makeup. Carpenter cites this as evidence of the power of suggestion in cinema, that the audience saw a monster on-screen so assumed that he must look like a monster underneath the mask.
  • We find out that Michael is six when he murders Judith in 1963. The main part of the film is set in 1978 making Michael now 21. However, in the ending credits, he is credited as 'Michael (aged 23)'.
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