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Halloween premiered on October 25, 1978, in Kansas City, Missouri, and a few days later in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.[26] Although it performed well with little advertising???relying mostly on word-of-mouth???many critics seemed uninterested or dismissive of the film. The first glowing review by a prominent film critic, however, came from Tom Allen of the The Village Voice. Allen noted that the film was sociologically irrelevant, but applauded Carpenter's camera work as "duplicitous hype" and "the most honest way to make a good schlock film." Allen pointed out the stylistic similarities to Psycho and George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968).[27] Poster used to advertise Halloween to audiences in West Germany. The German subtitle is Die Nacht Des Grauens ("The Night of Horror"). Poster used to advertise Halloween to audiences in West Germany. The German subtitle is Die Nacht Des Grauens ("The Night of Horror"). Following Allen's laudatory essay, other critics took notice. Renowned American critic Roger Ebert gave the film equal amounts of praise in a 1979 review for the Chicago Sun-Times, choosing it as one of his top five films of 1978.[18] Once-dismissive critics were impressed by Carpenter's choice of camera angles and simple music and surprised by the lack of blood, gore, and graphic violence.[2] The film grossed $47 million in the United States[1] and an additional $8 million internationally, making the theatrical total around $55 million.[4] While most of the film's success came from American movie-goers, Halloween premiered in several international locations after 1979 with moderate results. The film was shown mostly in the European countries of France, the United Kingdom, West Germany, Italy, Sweden, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Yugoslavia, and Iceland. Admissions in West Germany totaled around 750,000 and 118,606 in Sweden, earning SEK 2,298,579 there. The film was shown at theaters in Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Peru, Argentina, and Chile. Halloween grossed AUD $900,000 in Australia, which was a large and impressive amount of money for a film to gross at the box office in Australia, in that day, and HKD 450,139 in Hong Kong.[7] Halloween was nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA, for Best Horror Film in 1979, but lost to The Wicker Man (1973), however Halloween has grown to be far more influential, popular and recognized globally than The Wicker Man.[28] Since Halloween's premiere, it has been released on VHS, laserdisc, DVD, and UMD. In its first year on VHS, Halloween earned $18,500,000 in the United States from rentals alone, being hugley popular in rentals.[7] Early VHS versions were released by Media Home Entertainment and Blockbuster Video issued a commemorative edition in 1995. Anchor Bay Entertainment has released several restored editions of Halloween on VHS and DVD, with the most recent being the 2003 two-disc Divimax 25th Anniversary edition with commentary by John Carpenter, Debra Hill, and Jamie Lee Curtis plus the documentary Halloween: A Cut Above the Rest.[26] In 2006, the United States Library of Congress deemed Halloween to be "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. [29]

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