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Halloween (1978)

Opens on October 28

Director: John Carpenter Run Time: 91 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1978

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Kyes, Tony Moran

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

“John Carpenter’s relentlessly terrifying masterpiece”

—Jason Zinoman for The New York Times

Jamie Lee Curtis in her feature film debut. Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois, to kill again.

Deemed “culturally significant” and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the U.S. Library of Congress, Halloween set a new standard for the horror genre.

About the filmmaker:

Directed, scored, and co-written by John Carpenter, founding father of the modern slasher film and the mind behind classics The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), and more. Called “a creative genius of raw, fantastic, and spectacular emotions,” Carpenter was awarded the prestigious Golden Coach at Cannes 2019 for his innovative projects. One of his first, the short film The Resurrection of Broncho Billy, won an Academy Award in 1971.

Co-written by regular collaborator Debra Hill, who worked with Carpenter on many of his major projects.

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