Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Halloween


1978 Horror Film

Director: John Carpenter

Writer: John Carpenter & Debra Hill

Cinematography: Dean Cundey

Running time: 91 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Trick or treat... or die

Cast:
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis
Nancy Loomis as Annie Brackett
P.J. Soles as Lynda Van Der Klok
Brian Andrews as Tommy Doyle
Kyle Richards as Lindsey Wallace
John Michael Graham as Bob Simms
Charles Cyphers as Sheriff Leigh Brackett
Sandy Johnson as Judith Myers
Tony Moran as 21-year old Michael Myers
Will Sandin as 6-year old Michael Myers
Nick Castle as the Shape

Plot
A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.

Awards:
  1. Critics Award-John Carpenter-Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival
  2. National Film Registry-National Film Preservation Board, USA
Trivia
For years after 'Halloween' was released people would tell writer/director John Carpenter how horrified they were by Michael Myers grotesquely disfigured face, glimpsed when Laurie pulls his mask off for a moment towards the end of the film. But actually all they saw was the ordinary face of the actor playing the role, perfectly normal except for the small knife wound inflicted by Laurie during their struggle in the closet which was created using Special Effects makeup. Carpenter cites this as evidence of the power of suggestion in cinema, that the audience saw a monster on-screen so assumed that he must look like a monster underneath the mask.

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