John Carpenter’s Halloween Returns to Theaters for One Night Only on October 29, 2015. As you may know – if you’ve been reading my article for film-book, at all – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) was an unspeakably significant film in the forming of my sensibilities. The unnerving music, the off-kilter eeriness of the POV sequence, the serene spookiness of those late-night neighborhood chats, the unstoppable killing force lurking in the darkness, the allusions to supernatural forces, etc – all of this revealed so much of what I look for in horror films/stories, and the film still holds up 30 years later.
If you’ve never seen it, or if it’s been a long time since you have, I strongly urge you to revisit the film in theaters next month. You can get your tickets at Fathom Events!
According to Variety, “‘Halloween’ told the story of Michael Myers, a six-year-old who brutally murders his sister on a cold Halloween night in 1963. After 15 years in a mental hospital, he returns to his sleepy hometown of Haddonfield, Ill., with a plan for more bloodshed. Michael (played by Nick Castle and Tony Moran) stalks Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis, in her big screen debut) and her friends as they babysit. Donald Pleasance plays the psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis.
The 1978 film debuted Oct. 25, 1978 in Kansas City and slowly spread to theaters across the U.S. It spawned a total of nine sequels and spinoffs and became a model for future horror films, like ‘The Blair Witch Project,’ that drew big box office on tiny production budgets. ‘Halloween’ earned $47 million on a budget of just $325,000. Based on return on investment, that makes it one of the most successful films in history.”
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