A disturbed 6
year old child named Michael Myers watches his
sister Judith make out with her boyfriend on
Halloween night in 1963 in a small town of
Haddonfield he goes into the kitchen and takes
out a knife and then waits for Judith's boyfriend
Then he sees his clown mask and puts it on and
goes up to Judith's room as she is naked and
stabs her to death.
Michael is put
away in a psych ward at the Smith's Grove-Warren
County Sanitarium but doesn't say a word but sits
in his room staring out his window.
But his doctor named Samuel Loomis (Donald
Pleasance) never wants him out of the sanitarium.
is October 30, 1978 manages to become powerful
enough due to his lost sanity in order to escape
his room and push the other patients out on a
Then takes of with Loomis' car back to
Haddonfield where he hides out in his old home
that is still for sale but along the way he
murders a truck driver carrying Halloween
costumes and white Captain Kirk masks and Michael
takes a costume and puts on his mask and never
takes it off.
day he stalks a teenager named Laurie (Jamie Lee
Curtis) by watching her at her house or driving
by her school.
Then on Halloween night Laurie is babysitting one
of her neighbors named Tommy Doyle (Brian
Andrews) while her snobby friend Annie (Nancy
Loomis) is babysitting a brat from across the
street named Lynsey Wallace (Kyle Andrews).
Michael is on the watch and then kills Laurie's
friends one by one till she's the last one on his
One of the best slasher films
ever!!! A true cult classic and the best one to
watch on Halloween night. It just seemed
necessary to have a horror film taking place on
Halloween and a child born evil since Halloween
is a night of great power for spirits.
It truly looked great with the surroundings and
looked terrific with all that was happening
giving the picture a nice dark feel to it and
inspired many other slasher films. However, this
one proved not to be bloody since most slahser
films use that kind of formula to make up not
being scary but this one is truly scary in it's
The film starts off with a nice creepy dark
opening showing a jack olantern shining with the
credits and then taking place in 1963 in front of
a dark looking house giving the movie a nice
beginning horror type feel and then a mysterious
child not being revealed taking out a kitchen
knife going up the stiars and then putting on his
clown mask ready to stab his sister in which was
intelligently written which is one of the reasons
why this film became a cult classic. This really
impressed me too and became one of my all time
favourite scene's too.
There's good one liners when the child Tommy
Doyle tells his babysitter Laurie Strode about
the Myers House being a haunted house when she
drops off a key there which was also a nice touch
to the story having rumors spread about what has
happended there over two decades ago. Of course
we have Michael Myers in the house spotting her
from behind the door which leads off to him
There's also good writing with the characters
Laurie Strode, Annie Brackett and Lynda walking
home from school which looked like typical teens
having a conversation and got alot of laughs when
Annie was being mouthy but was getting annoyed
when Lynda was always saying "TOTALLY"
all the time.
More fun moments with Laurie and Annie cruising
in a car as Annie tries to encourage Laurie to
ask someone to their dance and talking about
guy's they like with Laurie being too shy about
everything. This was well written which you can
tell that this was based on experience with a shy
girl and an unshy girl talking about looking for
The story is very mysterious when Michael is from
a bit of a distance spying on Laurie in which
this makes you want to keep on watching to find
out who the hell this guy is since it was creepy
that he was doing this. Just imagine that some
killer is stalking you and watching you all this
time and you don't know why till Hallows Eve.
There's more funny and creepy one liners like
Annie babysitting Lyndsey Wallace who has her
eyes glued to the TV set and ignoring her as well
as Annie going into a laundry room washing her
clothes after she spilled butter all over it with
Michael sneakily spying on her which was another
one of my favourite creepy moments too. Annie was
funny with how she was talking to herself making
you think that this girl is weird. We also get a
kick out of her doing a lousy job babysitting
leaving Lyndsey at the Doyle house with Laurie
while she plans to picks up her grounded
boyfriend which makes me think to myself that
anyone doing that would get fired. It's just way
too funny since this character is a pain in the
There's more creepy moments with Tommy looking
out the window and spotting Michael from the
other side at a house staring at his house which
brings on the good horror fun.
Yet Lynda enters the Wallace house realising it's
quiet so her and her boyfriend Bob can fornicate
with one another and where do they do it? In the
parents bed of course which made me think to
myself these kids are terrible getting into all
sorts of mischief and Michael is watching them
all this time. There's also a real quiet moment
with Bob going down to the fridge to get a beer
which seems too quiet then BANG! I just loved
that moment too which is pretty scary.
However my most favourite scene of all is when
Laurie realises the Wallace house too too quiet
so she goes there and is in for a shocking
surprise which makes me want to keep watching
every time I put the movie in to watch on my TV
screen. This moment was a true classic indeed.
There is a moment when Laurie tries to lock
herself in the Doyle house and keep an eye for
Michael in case he appears after she runs away
from him and he's behind a couch about to take a
stab at her which was a case of cheesy writing
which explains an open window but yet you never
know on how he got in so fast since he was on her
tail when she tries to get into the house right
away. There's a perfect ending to the film
leaving a door open for a sequel and a good thing
that they did which is totally sweet.
Bottom line is the film is truly is a great party
flick too and became a cult classic even if it
was put down during the box office run. But it
was one of those run of the mill slasher films
since not many of them scary a strong story but
so what??? This was an original slasher flick
since it doesn't get right into the killings till
quarter way through showing your everyday
teenagers having fun as well as the main one
babysitting a couple of children while they spot
a strange man standing outside watching this
babysitter while the shrink tries to hunt him
down before anyone gets murdered bringing all the
pieces all together on why this was all
When the sequel was in theatre's they decided to
add additional scene's to this one when it was
airing as a movie of the week on TV in 1981 which
was enjoyable too.
I can't say anything else but if you have a love
for old school Halloween horror then you need to
see this one!
The acting is very well done and
probably the best acting you'll ever see in a
This was Jamie Lee Curtis' (Laurie
Strode) first starring role in a motion picture
which was also a start to her fame as a scream
queen superstar in others like The Fog, Prom Night and Terror
Train. She is perfect as the nice
wholesome girl next door who is
getting spooked by Michael watching her and is
very energetic with her perfomance especially
during the last half of the film when she tries
to run away from Michael and due to this really
made her career very influential and getting work
in other low budget horror blossoming into a
scream queen. She's definetely a natural talent
compared to any other actresses during this era
acting in low budget horror. She comes across as
the innocent teen who is shy at times with stuff
and coming across as believeable by everything
that she did. She also knew how to use great
lungh power with her screaming too especially while being attacked or trying to cry out to a neighbors house. Then she
became a top movie star like her parents were in
big time films such as Blue Steel, My Girl, True Lies and Drowning Mona. She did reprise
her role in Halloween II, H20 and Resurrection.
Nancy Loomis (Annie Brackett) was
wonderful in her job as a mouthy teen not taking
anything seriously as well as having a gossipy
attitude. Her role was alot of fun to watch in
which she was outrageously funny with her
sarcasm, smart remarks and everything that she
did. She was certainly a ham as well as a good
natural character actress too and really knew her
stuff. A perfect key role to the story indeed. I
could see her going places but sadly didn't stick
P.J. Soles (Lynda) really annoyed me with
her words "Totally" all the time but of
course her part was intentional so she did it
marvellously as a bubbly type with a smart
allecky attitude. She was quite funny at times
especially when she was drunk on Halloween night
with her boyfriend as I got a kick on how she
performed this way. I liked her role as a bully
in Carrie but she played a
different kind of role in this alltogether. Her
performance was alot of fun to watch and really
brought out great character to her part and was
fondly remembered by fans of this flick.
Charles Cyphers (Sheriff Brakcett) who
played her father as well as the head county law
man was also a natural character actor too as he
was one of my favourites in the film. He really
shows nice sleazy looking expressions and was
Of course I can't forget our lead actor Donald Pleasance (Dr. Samuel Loomis) as
Michael's shrink who puts all he's got into this
film and worked steadily with Carpenter for a long time till his death. He shows terrific
energy and great aggressions with a nice serious
behavior too. I couldn't see anyone else play
this type of role. Although he had a string of
motion pictures before this one he became a hot
item for this flick.
Brian Andrews (Tommy Doyle) brings his role
to life as the senstivie type of mischievieous
kid who is scared on superstations and rumors. He
brings out a good firghtened behavior on what is
happening on Hallows Eve as well as having a good
restless attitude wanting to do too much at a
time. All in all he made all of this
characteristics come to life.
Kyle Richards (Lynsey Wallace) was a very
talented child star too as the little brat whom
along with Loomis I also laughed as she had her
eyes glued to the set of the TV. She also was
quite believeable as a spoiled type of cheekiness as a child
which made me laugh. I've also seen her in the
Disney horror family classic The Watcher
in the Woods and in Tobe Hooper's flick Eaten Alive. She really
brought on a nice charm to play this role which
was one of my favourites that she portrayed.
is brief nudity in the film as it shows a some
skin on Sandy Johnson who played Judith
Myers as well as cult actress P.J. Soles who
played the totally annoying Lynda.
music was composed by who else but John
Carpenter. Yes this guy's done it all.
There's the traditional quick piano playing for
the opening credits as this seemed to work quite
well. In many spots there's high pitched
synthesizer music sounding icy and chilling for
when Michael is about to go in for the kill or
dead bodies exposed as this tpye of sounds was my
favourite. Carpneter also shows some slwo
sounding piano music when Loomis and Sheriff
Brackett are discovering the Myers house with the
odd chiming noises too as this was another
memorable tpye of music for the film sounding
quite impressive. Plus there's good low piano
pounding with high picthed synthesizer music
blending in with this when Michael is walking
down a case of stairs about to kill Laurie too
which was used in other scene's after this
incident which sounded terrifically done too.
Wrote, produced, directed (Even if he was
uncredited) and the music. The whole bit.
This was probably his best he's ever done for a
scary movie as the synthesiser sounds are
chilling and effective and the best I've heard
for a 70's slasher film along with the memorable
fast paced piano playing too.
was also a soundtrack by the classic hard rock
group Blue Oyster Cult with their #1 hit
"Don't Fear the Reaper" during a scene
where Laurie and Annie are cruising in their car
on a Halloween afternoon smoking a cigarette
although the songtrack wasn't too memorable in
the film. However
it was a cool song for the movie or a fun song to
listen to in general with the echoey guitar
playing and vocalising in it.
Chambers: Don't you think it would be better
if you referred to "it" as
Dr. Sam Loomis: If you say so.
Marion Chambers: Your compassion's
Dr. Sam Loomis:
Marion Chambers: Shouldn't we go on up to
the hospital and...
Dr. Sam Loomis: Wait!
Wynn: Now, for God's sake, he can't even
drive a car!
Dr. Sam Loomis: He was doing very well
last night! Maybe someone around here gave him
Annie] The only reason she baby sits is to
have a place for...
Laurie: [realizing she had forgot
Annie Brackett: I have a place for *that*!
Laurie: I forgot my chemistry book.
Lynda: So who cares? I always forget my
chemistry book and my math book, and my English
book, and my, let's see, my French book, and...
well who needs books anyway, I don't need books,
I always forget all my books, I mean, it doesn't
really matter if you have your books or not...
hey isn't that Devon Graham?
[Michael Myers's car cruises by the girls
walking home from school] Hey, jerk! SPEED
[the car screeches to a halt]
Annie Brackett: God, can't he take a joke?
Laurie: You know Annie some day you're
going to get us all in deep trouble.
Annie Brackett: I HATE a guy with a car
and no sense of humor.
Annie, are we still on for tonight?
Annie Brackett: I wouldn't want to get you
in deep trouble, Lynda!
Lynda: Oh come on Annie! Bob and I have
been planning it for weeks.
Annie Brackett: Alright, the Wallace's
leave at seven.
Laurie: I'm babysitting the Doyle's, it's
two houses down. We can keep each other company!
Annie Brackett: Oh terrific, I've got
three choices: Watch the kid sleep, listen to
Lynda screw around or talk to you!
It's totally insane. We have three new cheers to
learn in the morning, the game is in the
afternoon, I have to get my hair done at five,
and the dance is at eight! I'll be totally wiped
Laurie: [sarcastically] I don't
think you have enough to do tomorrow.
[the Shape is
lurking by a bush on the sidewalk]
Laurie: Annie, look!
Annie Brackett: Look where? I don't see
Laurie: That guy who passed us in the car
before, the one you yelled at!
Annie Brackett: Subtle, isn't he?
[marches over to the bush]
Annie Brackett: Hey, creep!
Annie Brackett: Laurie, dear. He wants to
talk to you. He wants to take you out tonight.
Laurie: [seeing there's nobody there]
He was standing right there.
Annie Brackett: Poor Laurie! Scared
another one away. It's tragic, you NEVER go out.
You must have a small fortune stashed away from
babysitting so much.
Laurie: Guys thinks I'm too smart.
Annie Brackett: I don't, I think you're
wacko. Now you're seeing men behind bushes!
Brackett: It's Halloween, everyone's entitled
to one good scare.
Dr. Sam Loomis: You've got to believe me,
Officer, he is coming to Haddonfield... Because I
know him - I'm his doctor! You must be ready for
him... If you don't, it's your funeral!
Keeper: Yeah, you know every town has
something like this happen... I remember over in
Russellville, old Charlie Bowles, about fifteen
years ago... One night, he finished dinner, and
he excused himself from the table. He went out to
the garage, and got himself a hacksaw. Then he
went back into the house, kissed his wife and his
two children goodbye, and then he proceeded to...
Dr. Sam Loomis: Where are we?
Graveyard Keeper: Eh? Oh, it's, uh, right
Dr. Sam Loomis:
He came home!
Laurie: I wasn't spooked.
Annie Brackett: LIES!
Laurie: I wasn't! I saw someone standing
in Mr. Riddle's back yard.
Annie Brackett: Probably Mr. Riddle!
Laurie: He was watching me.
Annie Brackett: Mr. Riddle was watching
you? Laurie, Mr. Riddle is eighty-seven!
Laurie: He can still watch.
Annie Brackett: That's probably all he can
a partially eaten dog]
Sheriff Leigh Brackett: A man wouldn't do
Dr. Sam Loomis: This isn't a man.
Brackett: Every kid in Haddonfield thinks
this place is haunted.
Dr. Sam Loomis: They may be right.
Dr. Sam Loomis:
I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there
was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no
understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of
life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I
met this six-year-old child, with this blind,
pale, emotionless face and, the blackest eyes...
the DEVIL'S eyes! I spent eight years trying to
reach him, and then another seven trying to keep
him locked up for I realized what was living
behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply...
Dr. Sam Loomis:
[pulling his gun after being startled by a
crash] You must think me a very sinister
doctor... oh, I have a permit.
Sheriff Leigh Brackett: Seems to me you're
just plain scared.
Dr. Sam Loomis: Yeah, yeah I am...
I don't like that story anymore.
Laurie: I thought King Arthur was your
Tommy Doyle: Not anymore
[takes out a stack of comics]
Tommy Doyle: My mom won't let me have
Laurie: Laser Man. Neutron Man. I can
Laurie, what's the boogeyman?
Laurie: There's no such thing.
when we get inside, Annie will distract Lindsey
and we go upstairs to the first bedroom on the
right. Got it?
Bob: First I rip your clothes off...
Lynda: Don't rip my blouse, it's expensive
Bob: Then I rip my clothes off, then I rip
Lindsey's clothes off, yeah I think I got it.
her breasts] See anything you like?
[as Lonnie is
about to enter the Myers house]
Dr. Sam Loomis: Hey! Hey, Lonnie, get your
ass away from there!
[Lonnie and his mates run. Loomis smiles to
himself as a hand grabs his shoulder. He spins
around, surprised, to find Brackett]
Dr. Sam Loomis: Oh! Jesus!
Sheriff Leigh Brackett: Are you all right?
Dr. Sam Loomis: Yeah.
Brackett: I have a feeling that you're way
off on this.
Dr. Sam Loomis: You have the wrong
Sheriff Leigh Brackett: You're not doing
very much to prove me wrong!
Dr. Sam Loomis: What more do you need?
Sheriff Leigh Brackett: Well, it's going
to take a lot more than fancy talk to keep me up
all night crawling around these bushes.
Dr. Sam Loomis: I- I- I watched him for
fifteen years, sitting in a room, staring at a
wall, not seeing the wall, looking past the wall
- looking at this night, inhumanly patient,
waiting for some secret, silent alarm to trigger
him off. Death has come to your little town,
Sheriff. Now you can either ignore it, or you can
help me to stop it.
Sheriff Leigh Brackett: More fancy talk.
Lynda, if this is a joke, I'll kill you!
falls off the balcony]
Laurie: It WAS the boogeyman.
Dr. Sam Loomis: As a matter of fact... it