Video: John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) - Trailer
Excerpt from Filmsite Movie Review Halloween (1978)
Halloween (1978) is a genuinely scary, stylistic and tasteful, extremely well-crafted slasher/horror classic from young film director John Carpenter (who had previously directed two cult cinema classics, the sci-fi film Dark Star (1974) and the riveting crime genre film Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) - a modern-day film often compared to Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo (1959)).
The exploitative, low-budget film (filmed in about twenty days) invented many of the "slasher" film cliches, along with these classic predecessors of the modern slasher:
- George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968)
- Mario Bava's Bay of Blood (1971)
- William Friedkin's big-budget The Exorcist (1973)
- Bob Clark's Black Christmas (1974)
- Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Halloween grossed about $55 million (worldwide), and was a surprise hit - it was one of the most successful independent films ever made. Its effects can be seen in the Friday the 13th series, in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, in the Hellraiser films, and in the Scream entries in the genre. See entire Halloween - franchise series here.
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