icon Film Profile: Halloween - (1978)
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7.3/10 Stars
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"The night he came home!"


  • Director: John Carpenter
  • Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror,
  • Studio: Compass International Pictures
  • Subtitled | Widescreen | Duration: 90 Mins

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 Myers's attentions? Its power to grip and jolt has never diminished, thanks in part to Carpenter's own pulsating score.
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Cast List:
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 aged 21 : Tony Moran
Michael aged six : Will Sandin
The Shape : Nick Castle

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