Horror Half-Week, Day 4: Favorite things about… Halloween (1978)

The day of spooks and scares has finally arrived! Today, we’re celebrating with what is certainly one of my top five all-time favorite horror films. In case you missed ’em, the rest of 2018’s Horror Half-Week reviews: Invasion of the Saucer-Men (1957), The Brain Eaters (1958), and The Living Skeleton (1968)

The favorite film:
Halloween, an iconic 1978 horror film directed by John Carpenter

(Image via Amazon)

The synopsis:
It’s Halloween night in Haddonfield, Illinois when six-year-old Michael Myers stabs his older sister to death. Fifteen years later, Michael escapes from the sanitarium and returns to Haddonfield, where he adds some genuine terror to the spooky holiday for babysitter Laurie Strode and her friends.

The cast:
Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Stroke
P. J. Soles as Lynda Van Der Klok
Nancy Kyes as Annie Brackett (credited as Nancy Loomis)
Nick Castle as Michael Myers/”The Shape” (masked)
Tony Moran as Michael Myers (unmasked)

Fun facts:

  • The Myers home featured in Halloween is located in South Pasadena, California and has been named a historic landmark. It was abandoned at the time of filming, but was moved across town and refurbished years later.
  • The film was shot in just three weeks.
  • Haddonfield, Illinois is a fictional town, but is named after co-writer/producer Debra Hill’s hometown of Haddonfield, New Jersey.
  • One of the movies Lindsey watches on TV is The Thing, which director John Carpenter would go on to remake in 1982.
  • Co-writer/producer Debra Hill offered up her hands to play young Michael’s hands in the opening POV scene.
  • John Carpenter originally wanted Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee for the role of Dr. Loomis.
  • Tommy Doyle, the boy Laurie babysits, is named after Wendell Corey’s character from Rear Window.
  • The sheriff, Annie’s father, is named after Leigh Brackett, screenwriter for The Big Sleep.
  • Dr. Loomis was named after John Gavin’s character from Psycho, a film which of course starred Jamie Lee Curtis’ mother, Janet Leigh.
  • One more character-name fact: the infamous Michael Myers himself was named after the UK distributor of John Carpenter’s previous film, Assault on Precinct 13.
  • This film marks the big-screen debut of Jamie Lee Curtis.
(Image via Mental Floss)

Favorite things:

  • Perhaps my favorite film theme music of all time
  • That slow pumpkin zoom on the opening credits!
  • Michael’s creepy, slow walk through the house before the stabbing
  • “Don’t underestimate it.”
    “Don’t you think we could refer to ‘it’ as ‘him?'”
    “If you say so.”
    “Your compassion’s overwhelming, doctor.”
  • The music throughout the film is downright brilliant!
  • “Two roadblocks and an all-points bulletin wouldn’t stop a five-year-old!”
  • Laurie seeing Michael through the window blinds at school
  • “Don’t you know what happens on Halloween?”
    “Yeah! We get candy!”
  • Conveniently-placed phone booth right by Michael’s ditched getaway car/murder scene
  • “Hey, jerk! Speed kills!”
  • “Laurie, dear, he wants to talk to you! He wants to take you out tonight.”
  • That iconic shot of Michael among the hanging sheets
  • “He came home.”
  • “A man wouldn’t do that.”
    “This isn’t a man.”
  • “Laurie, what’s the boogeyman?”
(Image via Digital Spy)
  • “Laurie, the boogeyman is outside, LOOK!”
  • “LINDSEYYYYY!” (a rare instance of my name being used in a movie, haha!)
  • And Lindsey ignores everything in favor of an old sci-fi movie. ME.
  • “Hey Lonnie, get your ass away from there!”
  • “Death has come to your little town, Sheriff. You can either ignore it or you can help me stop it.”
    “More fancy talk.”
  • Ghost Michael with the sheet over his head and Bob’s glasses
  • The Judith Meyers headstone and poor, swingin’ Bob
  • Michael’s talents for disappearing, reappearing, and coming back to life
  • “You can’t kill the boogeyman!”
  • Michael busting through the closet door
  • Loomis to the rescue… until Michael survives that fall out the window!
(Image via Consequence of Sound)

Happy Halloween!

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