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John Carpenter's Halloween

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John Carpenter

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About the Movie

The year is 1963, the night: Halloween. Police are called to 43 Lampkin Ln. only to discover that 15 year old Judith Myers has been stabbed to death, by her 6 year-old brother, Michael. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks out on the night before Halloween. No one knows, nor wants to find out, what will happen on October 31st 1978 besides Myers' psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis. He knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield, but by the time the town realizes it, it'll be too late for many people.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 55
  • Fresh: 51
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 8.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Carpenter obviously knows the genre well and he builds a properly terrifying atmosphere through his well-paced direction. It's an effective entry for its intended market. – Ron Pennington, Hollywood Reporter, Apr 7, 2015

Fresh: Halloween is an absolutely merciless thriller, a movie so violent and scary that, yes, I would compare it to Psycho. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Halloween remains untouched -- a modern classic of the most horrific kind. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Jun 10, 2008

Fresh: John Carpenter's 1978 tour de force, perhaps the most widely imitated film of the 70s. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Oct 15, 2014

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Customer Reviews

The Original! The Classic!! The best!!!

All I can say is FINALLY!!!

Great movie but old transfer

I just looked at the film and the transfer seems to be the one they used for the 2007 Blu-ray and not the recent 35th Anniversary remastered edition that was supervised by the original cinematographer. A lot of people won’t notice or care but some will, so I figured I’d mention it.

The One & Only.

Finally, the one and only classic genre masterpiece HALLOWEEN is available. John Carpenter builds real visceral tension and fear without the gimmicks of modern day jump cuts. There's not even a close second that could compare to this mandatory on your annual late October must-watch list. Skip Zombie's attempt at reviving the series...those aren't even good horror. Do your self a favor and watch this intense thriller now.

John Carpenter's Halloween
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 1978

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