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Halloween Movie
Released: Oct 25, 1978

Running Time: 91 Min.

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

MPAA Rating: R

$0.32 million

Domestic Gross:
$47.00 million
International Gross:
$8.00 million
Worldwide Gross:
$ N/A million

Awards and Nominations


At #14 on the list of Bravo Network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments.

N/A Halloween (Oct 25, 1978)

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Movie Summary

On October 31st, 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers stabs his seventeen-year-old sister Judith with a kitchen knife at their home in Haddonfield, Illinois. He is sent to Smith's Grove-Warren County Sanitarium in Illinois and placed under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis. Loomis suspects that there is more to Myers than meets the eye and plans to have him committed indefinitely; he senses a tremendous amount of rage behind Myers' blank stare. Loomis explains to Sheriff Leigh Brackett: "I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply??Ževil." At the age of 21, Myers escapes from Smith's Grove while being transferred, and returns to Haddonfield with Loomis in pursuit. Michael Myers, "The Shape," played by Nick Castle. Michael Myers, "The Shape," played by Nick Castle. In Haddonfield, Myers stalks Laurie Strode (apart from the fact that he sees her approaching his childhood home, no reason is given in the film why he does so, but we later learn she is his younger sister, a retcon introduced in Halloween II). Laurie glimpses a man in a white mask (Michael Myers) from her classroom window, behind a bush while she walks home, and in the neighbor's clothesline from her bedroom window. Later in the evening, Laurie meets her friend Annie Brackett (Nancy Loomis), who is babysitting Lindsey Wallace (Kyle Richards) across the street from where she is babysitting Tommy Doyle (Brian Andrews). After arranging to pick up her boyfriend, Annie sends Lindsey to stay with Laurie at the Doyle house. Annie heads back to the Wallace house and gets in her car, only to find every window fogged. Myers (who has followed her and Laurie) pops up from the backseat and strangles Annie. Tommy sees him carrying her body into the Wallace house and thinks Myers is the Boogeyman. Laurie dismisses Tommy's terror and sends him and Lindsey to bed. Myers later murders Laurie's other friend Lynda Van Der Klok (P.J. Soles) and Lynda's boyfriend Bob Simms (John Michael Graham) who had arrived at the empty Wallace house and decided to retreat upstairs for a tryst. Laurie worries after receiving a strange phone call from the Wallace house, thinking it's Annie. It was actually Lynda, screaming as Myers strangled her with the phone cord. She walks across the street and discovers the three bodies and Judith Myers' missing tombstone. She is attacked by Myers but escapes back to the Doyle house. Laurie stabs Myers in the neck with a knitting needle, a clothes hanger in the eye and a knife to the chest, but he continues to pursue her. Eventually, Loomis spots Tommy and Lindsey running from the house and finds Myers in the upstairs hallway. Loomis rescues Laurie, shooting Myers six times and causing him to fall from the house's second-story balcony. Upon looking out the window for Myers' body, however, Loomis discovers that he is nowhere to be found.

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