Strode fights back against Myers and severely wounds him. , With the exception of Halloween III, the sequels further develop the character of Michael Myers and the Samhain theme. In the script it said Michael Myers's mask had 'the pale features of a human face' and it truly was spooky looking. The music is scary and gives you a feeling that something is out there lurking around, but you don't know what. , Because of the low budget, wardrobe and props were often crafted from items on hand or that could be purchased inexpensively. Film historian J.P. Telotte says that this scene "clearly announces that [the film's] primary concern will be with the way in which we see ourselves and others and the consequences that often attend our usual manner of perception. , Carpenter worked with the cast to create the desired effect of terror and suspense. She had different facial expressions and scream volumes for each level on the meter. Preview, buy, and download songs from the album Halloween (Original 1978 Motion Picture Soundtrack), including "Halloween Theme - Main Title," "Laurie's Theme," "Shape Escapes," and many more. " By Carpenter's account the only direction he gave Castle was during the murder sequence of Bob, in which he told Castle to tilt his head and examine the corpse as if it "were a butterfly collection. Film scholar Pat Gill notes that in Halloween, there is a theme of absentee parents but films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th feature the parents becoming directly responsible for the creation of the killer. One, Carpenter told me the story verbally and in a suspenseful way, almost frame for frame. Halloween_1978_Theme 1 - Halloween 1978 Theme .  Had Myers been a normal man, Strode's attacks would have killed him; even Loomis, the male hero of the story, who shoots Michael repeatedly with a revolver, cannot kill him. , Other feminist scholars such as Carol J. Clover argue that despite the violence against women, Halloween and other slasher films turned women into heroines. , In August 2006, Fangoria reported that Synapse Films had discovered boxes of negatives containing footage cut from the film. " Halloween and slasher films, generally, represent the underside of suburbia. The opening from Halloween (1978). Sort. Although Samhain is not mentioned in the plot of the first film, Hill asserts that: ... the idea was that you couldn't kill evil, and that was how we came about the story. ... "  Sheriff Leigh Brackett shared the name of a Hollywood screenwriter and frequent collaborator of Howard Hawks. I can only imagine the result if they hadn't painted the mask white. Briefel further argues that these moments are masochistic in nature and give pleasure to men because they are willingly submitting themselves to the women of the film; they submit themselves temporarily because it will make their return to authority even more powerful. I was through with horror, I didn't come into the business to do just horror. Filming took place in Southern California in May 1978, before premiering in October, where it grossed $70 million, becoming one of the most profitable independent films of all time. It is also available online for computer and other devices viewing (streaming rentals) and downloadable files through Amazon.com, Apple's iTunes Store download application and Vudu.com computer servers. Clover believes that killers in slasher films are fueled by a "psychosexual fury" and that all the killings are sexual in nature. Record Label: Columbia. , —Loomis' description of a young Michael was inspired by John Carpenter's experience with a real life mental patient, Hill, who had worked as a babysitter during her teenage years, wrote most of the female characters' dialogue, while Carpenter drafted Loomis' speeches on the soullessness of Michael Myers.  According to Soles, she was told after being cast that Carpenter had written the role with her in mind. A remake was released in 2007, directed by Rob Zombie, which itself was followed by a 2009 sequel.  Moran had the same agent as his sister, Erin, who played Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days. Fifteen other people at that time had thought to do a movie called Halloween but the script came to John with that title on it. 2nd week of horror! See what's new with book lending at the Internet Archive.  Laurie Strode was allegedly the name of one of Carpenter's old girlfriends, while Michael Myers was the name of an English producer who had previously entered, with Yablans, Assault on Precinct 13 in various European film festivals.  Two direct sequels will be released: Halloween Kills on October 15, 2021  and Halloween Ends on October 14, 2022. The shot slowly moves closer and closer. " Gary Arnold of The Washington Post was negative, writing "Since there is precious little character or plot development to pass the time between stalking sequences, one tends to wish the killer would get on with it. " Film analysts have noted its delayed or withheld representations of violence, characterized as the "false startle" or "the old tap-on-the-shoulder routine" in which the stalkers, murderers, or monsters "lunge into our field of vision or creep up on a person. The next day on Halloween, high school student Laurie Strode drops off a key at the still unoccupied and dilapidated Myers home her father is trying to sell. "At least that's what teenagers believe.  Financier Moustapha Akkad continued to work closely with the Halloween franchise, acting as executive producer of every sequel until his death in the 2005 Amman bombings. She remarks that Laurie's friends "think of their babysitting jobs as opportunities to share drinks and beds with their boyfriends. Michael escapes by stealing their car and returns to Haddonfield, killing a mechanic for his coveralls and stealing a white mask, a rope, and knives from a local hardware store. A remake was released in 2007, which was followed by a sequel in 2009. This idea is demonstrated in the film when Dr. Loomis discusses Michael's history with the sheriff.  On the film's 40th anniversary, coinciding with the release of Anthology: Movie Themes 1974–1998, a cover of the theme by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross was released. The first scene of the young Michael's voyeurism is followed by the murder of Judith seen through the eye holes of Michael's clown costume mask. Instead, we rely on individual generosity to fund our infrastructure; we're powered by donations averaging $32. Tons of awesome Halloween movie wallpapers to download for free. He repeatedly sets up anticipation of a shock and delays the shock for varying lengths of time. comment. Michael also kills the Wallaces' dog. Two homes on Orange Grove Avenue (near Sunset Boulevard) in the Spaulding Square neighborhood of Hollywood were used for the film's climax, as the street had few palm trees, and thus closely resembled a Midwestern street. " Lou Cedrone of The Baltimore Evening Sun referred to it as "tediously familiar" and whose only notable element is "Jamie Lee Curtis, whose performance as the intended fourth victim, is well above the rest of the film. The consensus reads: "Scary, suspenseful, and viscerally thrilling, Halloween set the standard for modern horror films. Synthesizer Programming – Dan Wyman. Per the movie listings on pages 82, 84 and 85, respectively, it played at four since-defunct theaters: the Essex, located at 375 Grand Street in Chinatown, per, Audio commentary by John Carpenter and Debra Hill in. , Halloween spawned seven sequels.  The low budget limited the number of big names that Carpenter could attract, and most of the actors received very little compensation for their roles. Uploaded by After having sex, Bob goes downstairs to get a beer for Lynda, and Michael stabs him to death. ", The Los Angeles Times deemed the film a "well-made but empty and morbid thriller," while Bill von Maurer of The Miami Times felt it was "surprisingly good," noting: "Taken on its own level, Halloween is a terrifying movie—if you are the right age and the right mood.  The game contained more gore than the film, however. Suspicious, Laurie goes over to the Wallace house across the street and finds Annie, Bob, and Lynda's bodies, as well as Judith's headstone, in the upstairs bedroom. According to a Fangoria interview with Hill, "Yablans wanted the script written like a radio show, with 'boos' every 10 minutes.  Carpenter's direction for Castle in his role as Myers was minimal. ", Lacking a symphonic soundtrack, the film's score consists of a piano melody played in a 10/8 or "complex 5/4" time signature composed and performed by director Carpenter with Carpenter admitting that the music was inspired by both Dario Argento's Suspiria (which also influenced the film's slightly surreal color scheme) and William Friedkin's The Exorcist.  In an interview with Fangoria magazine, Yablans stated: "I was thinking what would make sense in the horror genre, and what I wanted to do was make a picture that had the same impact as The Exorcist.  The following year, a "30th Anniversary Commemorative Set" was issued, containing DVD and Blu-ray versions of the film, the sequels Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, and a replica Michael Myers mask. ", Since Halloween's premiere, it has been released in several home video formats. Once the editing for Halloween was complete, director John Carpenter went looking for feedback on his 1978 classic before releasing it to the general public.  Kyes had previously starred in Assault on Precinct 13 (as had Cyphers) and happened to be dating Halloween's art director Tommy Lee Wallace when filming began. Michael then poses as Bob in a ghost costume and confronts Lynda, who teases him to no effect. MOVIE:Halloween (1978) by John Carpenter. By submitting, you agree to receive donor-related emails from the Internet Archive. The uncommon sounds of the film worked. Primarily praised for Carpenter's direction and score and Curtis's performance, many credit the film as the first in a long line of slasher films inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) and Bob Clark's Black Christmas (1974). " Carpenter agreed to direct the film contingent on his having full creative control, and was paid $10,000 for his work, which included writing, directing, and scoring the film. Michael gets in and attacks her again, but she keeps him at bay by stabbing him with a knitting needle, a coat hanger, and his own knife, temporarily knocking him out each time, then tells Tommy and Lindsey to go to a neighbor's house down the street and have them call the police. Addeddate 2010-09-15 00:42:34 Identifier Halloween_1978_Theme.  To fill the two-hour time slot, Carpenter filmed twelve minutes of additional material during the production of Halloween II. It’s no fluke that the most iconic horror films come backed with a killer soundtrack. Carpenter agreed to direct the film contingent on his having f… Synapse owner Don May Jr. said, "What we've got is pretty much all the unused original camera negative from Carpenter's original Halloween. The plot tells about a mental patient who was committed to a sanitarium for murdering his teenage sister on Halloween night when he was six years old. Unsurprised, he stares off into the night as Laurie begins to sob. It has never been the theme in a film.  After Halloween, Castle became a director, taking the helm of films such as The Last Starfighter (1984), The Boy Who Could Fly (1986), Dennis the Menace (1993), and Major Payne (1995). We do not sell or trade your information with anyone.  He, along with Alan Howarth, also composed the music for the second and third films. Recording Engineer – Peter Bergren. , Carpenter himself dismisses the notion that Halloween is a morality play, regarding it as merely a horror film. Halloween is … In Halloween, I viewed the characters as simply normal teenagers. , The film has often been cited[by whom?]  Scholars such as Adam Rockoff dispute the recurring descriptions of Halloween as overtly violent or gory, commenting that the film is in fact "one of the most restrained horror films," showing very little onscreen violence. To Carpenter, keeping the audience guessing was better than explaining away the character with "he's cursed by some...", Carpenter has described Halloween as: "True crass exploitation.  Rockoff notes that it is "difficult to overestimate the importance of Halloween," noting its pioneering use of the final girl character, subjective point-of-view shots, and holiday setting. Halloween is his movie and besides, the script came to him already titled anyway. Artist.  Roger Ebert gave the film similar praise in his 1979 review in the Chicago Sun-Times, referring to it as "a visceral experience—we aren't seeing the movie, we're having it happen to us.  This release earned a Saturn Award for Best Classic Film Release.  Carpenter stated in an interview, "I can play just about any keyboard, but I can't read or write a note. Now that's sick. Halloween features Jamie Lee Curtis's feature debut. " Carpenter's first-person point-of-view compositions were employed with steadicam; Telotte argues, "As a result of this shift in perspective from a disembodied, narrative camera to an actual character's eye ... we are forced into a deeper sense of participation in the ensuing action. In 2006, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.".  Moran was paid $250 for his appearance. It took approximately 10 days to write the screenplay.  Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four and called it "a beautifully made thriller" that "works because director Carpenter knows how to shock while making us smile. The opening title, featuring a jack-o'-lantern placed against a black backdrop, sets the mood for the entire film. Players take on the role of a teenage babysitter who tries to save as many children from an unnamed, knife-wielding killer as possible.  There, he visited a ward with his psychology classmates where "the most serious, mentally ill patients" were held.  Local families dressed their children in Halloween costumes for trick-or-treat scenes. Menu. He originally wanted to cast Anne Lockhart, the daughter of June Lockhart from Lassie, as Laurie Strode. The film, directed by David Gordon Green, is a direct sequel to the original film while disregarding the previous sequels from canon, and retconning the ending of the first film. The same song is heard in the original Halloween (1978), in the scene where Laurie and Annie are in the car. It opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 22, 1978.Although it performed well with little advertising — relying mostly on word-of-mouth — many critics seemed uninterested or dismissive of the film. ", Another major theme found in the film is the dangers of premarital sex. ... film opens with a brief opening title/credits sequence showing a Jack-o-Lantern accompanied by John Carpenter's famous theme music. , Halloween premiered on October 25, 1978, in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, at the AMC Empire theatre. A new documentary was screened before the film at all locations, titled You Can't Kill the Boogeyman: 35 Years of Halloween, written and directed by HalloweenMovies.com webmaster Justin Beahm. Carpenter also provided uncredited voice work as Paul, Annie's boyfriend.  In many pre-Halloween horror films, women are depicted as helpless victims and are not safe until they are rescued by a strong masculine hero. Loomis arrives in Haddonfield in search of Michael and finds Judith's tombstone missing from the local cemetery. Loomis also refers to Michael as "evil" when he steals his car at the sanitarium.  It grossed $1,270,000 from 198 theatres across the U.S. (including 72 in New York City and 98 in Southern California) in its opening week. To get a … She reinforces this idea by saying that "guns have no place in slasher films" and when examining the film I Spit on Your Grave she notes that "a hands-on killing answers a hands-on rape in a way that a shooting, even a shooting preceded by a humiliation, does not. , The soundtrack was first released in the United States in October 1983, by Varèse Sarabande/MCA.  Over the ensuing years, Anchor Bay re-released the film on DVD in various editions; among these were an "extended edition," released in 1999, which features the original theatrical release with the scenes that were shot for the broadcast TV version edited in at their proper places.  In 2010, Total Film selected the film as one of The 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.  At the time he had a job on Hollywood and Vine dressed up as Frankenstein. With Halloween, Carpenter knew he wanted something of a unique sound. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. Pleasence was paid the highest amount at $20,000, Curtis received $8,000, and Nick Castle earned $25 a day. Film: Halloween. " Along with the 1974 Canadian horror film Black Christmas, Halloween made use of seeing events through the killer's eyes.. Annoyed, Lynda calls Laurie, but Michael strangles her to death with the telephone cord just as Laurie picks up. Halloween was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Horror Film by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films in 1979, but lost to The Wicker Man (1973). Loomis shoots Michael six times, knocking him off the balcony. " Soles was an actress known for her supporting role in Carrie (1976) and her minor part in The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976). And when John came up with this fable of a town with a dark secret of someone who once lived there, and now that evil has come back, that's what made Halloween work. The towns in Halloween don't exist, though they're (sort of) based on real places. He said, 'Well what would you do if you did do a sequel?' Pauline Kael wrote a scathing review in The New Yorker suggesting that "Carpenter doesn't seem to have had any life outside the movies: one can trace almost every idea on the screen to directors such as Hitchcock and Brian De Palma and to the Val Lewton productions" and claiming that "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. There is no sound in any of the reels so far, since none of it was used in the final edit". evil."  Similarly, the Chicago Film Critics Association named it the 3rd scariest film ever made. Songs start at $0.99. She remarks that parental figures are almost entirely absent throughout the film, noting that when Laurie is attacked by Michael while babysitting, "No parents, either of the teenagers or of the children left in their charge, call to check on their children or arrive to keen over them. " Many of the actors wore their own clothes, and Curtis' wardrobe was purchased at J.C. Penney for around $100.  The role of Dr. Loomis was originally intended for Peter Cushing, who had recently appeared as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (1977); Cushing's agent rejected Carpenter's offer due to the low salary. " Carpenter's experience inspired the characterization that Loomis gave of Michael to Sheriff Brackett in the film.  Yablans then suggested Pleasence, who agreed to star because his daughter Lucy, a guitarist, had enjoyed Assault on Precinct 13 for Carpenter's score. Movies.  Much of the filming was completed using a Steadicam, a then-new camera that allowed the filmmakers to move around spaces smoothly. Carpenter also shot many scenes from the perspective of the killer in order to build tension.  Christopher Lee was approached for the role; he too turned it down, although the actor later told Carpenter and Hill that declining the role was the biggest mistake he made during his career. , On September 7, 2012, the official Halloween Movies Facebook page announced that the original Halloween would be re-released starting October 25, 2013, in celebration of the film's 35th anniversary in 2013. Allen pointed out the stylistic similarities to Psycho and George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968).  Yablans subsequently suggested setting the movie on Halloween night and naming it Halloween instead, to which Carpenter agreed and developed a story.  Carpenter recalled how Wallace "widened the eye holes and spray-painted the flesh a bluish white. Halloween spawned a film franchise comprising eleven films which helped construct an extensive backstory for its antagonist Michael Myers, sometimes narratively diverging entirely from previous installments.  Homage is paid to Alfred Hitchcock with two characters' names: Tommy Doyle is named after Lt. Det. John Carpenter. " Some feminist critics, according to historian Nicholas Rogers, "have seen the slasher movies since Halloween as debasing women in as decisive a manner as hard-core pornography. , Michael is thought by some to represent evil in the film. After the negative critical and commercial reception for Season of the Witch, the filmmakers brought back Michael Myers in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. It was released in Japan in 1979 through Columbia Records and in the USA in 1983 through Varèse Sarabande. " On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 87 out of 100 based on 13 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".  Another song, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by classic rock band Blue Öyster Cult, appears in the film. " Roger Ebert remarks, "It's easy to create violence on the screen, but it's hard to do it well. However, Lockhart had commitments to several other film and television projects. 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In 2006, Halloween was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. Kirkus should be commended for pretty much saving the Holy Grail of horror films". The film and our analysis flash forward fifteen years to October 30th, 1978, the night before Halloween in Smiths Grove, Illinois, some 150 miles away from Haddonfield. ", The cast of Halloween included veteran actor Donald Pleasence and then-unknown actress Jamie Lee Curtis. " In 2008, the film was selected by Empire magazine as one of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time. Carpenter tried to keep the audience guessing as to who Michael Myers really is—he is gone, and everywhere at the same time; he is more than human; he may be supernatural, and no one knows how he got that way. The game's primary similarity to the film is the theme music that plays when the killer appears onscreen.  Filming locations included South Pasadena, California; Garfield Elementary School in Alhambra, California; and the cemetery at Sierra Madre, California. After the camera fully closes in, the jack-o'-lantern's light dims and goes out. When Annie's boyfriend, Paul, calls her to come and pick him up, she takes Lindsey over to the Doyle house to spend the night with Laurie and Tommy. Halloween popularized many tropes that have become completely synonymous with the slasher genre. Despite the fact that Loomis saves Strode, Clover asserts that Halloween initiates the role of the "final girl" who ultimately triumphs in the end. Film director Bob Clark suggested in an interview released in 2005 that Carpenter had asked him for his own ideas for a sequel to his 1974 film Black Christmas (written by Roy Moore) that featured an unseen and motiveless killer murdering students in a university sorority house.  Almost a decade after its premiere, Mick Martin and Marsha Porter critiqued the first-person camera shots that earlier film reviewers had praised and later slasher-film directors used for their own films (for example, 1980's Friday the 13th). He knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield, but by the time the town realizes it, it'll be too late for many people. While the review gives no New York City premiere date or specific theater, a display advertisement on page 72 reads: "Held over! She uses all those phallic symbols on the guy. The tension is considerable. Halloween is a soundtrack album composed and performed by John Carpenter, featuring the score to the 1978 film Halloween. Soles Country: USA Title design: Burke Mattsson, MGM After viewing Carpenter's film Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) at the Milan Film Festival, independent film producer Irwin Yablans and financier Moustapha Akkad sought out Carpenter to direct a film for them about a psychotic killer that stalked babysitters. Audiences have been heard screaming at its horrifying climaxes".  Finally, a scene was added in which Lynda comes over to Laurie's house to borrow a silk blouse before Laurie leaves to babysit, just as Annie telephones asking to borrow the same blouse. The best tracks on this soundtrack are the Halloween Theme, Laurie's Theme, Michael Kills Judith, The Haunted House, The Shape Lurks, and The Shape Stalks. The horror master delves deep into the iconic 1978 soundtrack, and tells us how he gave it a contemporary reboot for David Gordon Green’s new sequel.  The film was #14 on Bravo's The 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004). Halloween Theme - Main Title. An expanded 20th Anniversary Edition was released in …  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 and "not act.  He and his then-girlfriend Debra Hill began drafting a story originally titled The Babysitter Murders. Second, he told me he didn't want to take any fees, and that showed he had confidence in the project". Another extra scene features Dr. Loomis at Smith's Grove examining Michael's abandoned cell after his escape and seeing the word "Sister" scratched into the door. He meets with Annie's father, Sheriff Leigh Brackett, and they both investigate Michael's house, where Loomis tells Sheriff Brackett of the danger Michael poses. Meanwhile, Loomis discovers the stolen car and begins searching the streets.  This release subsequently became a collectors' item, with one copy from 1979 selling on eBay for $13,220 in 2013. Halloween, however, is considered by historians as being responsible for the new wave of horror films, because it not only used these tropes but also pioneered many others. Injured, Laurie narrowly escapes and flees back to the Doyles' house, where she gets Tommy to wake up and let her in then orders him and Lindsey to hide. She's the one that's killed him. " By Hill's recollection, the script took three weeks to write, and much of the inspiration behind the plot came from Celtic traditions of Halloween such as the festival of Samhain. They … In an interview with Fangoria magazine, Yablans stated: "I was thinking what would make sense in the horror genre, and what I wanted to do was make a picture that had the same impact as The Exorcist."  Wallace created the trademark mask worn by Michael Myers throughout the film from a Captain Kirk mask purchased for $1.98 from a costume shop on Hollywood Boulevard.  According to Carpenter, critics "completely missed the point there". The music gets repetitive at times, but that's OK because it fills up the disc. Carpenter hired Tommy Lee Wallace as production designer, art director, location scout and co-editor.
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