Halloween is an American slasher film produced and composed by John Carpenter in 1978, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and featuring in her feature debut Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis. The story speaks about a psychotic illness who was admitted to a sanitarium for killing his baby sister at the age of six on Halloween night. Fifteen years later, he disappears and returns to his neighborhood, where he stalks a babysitting woman and her friends as his doctor pursues him.
Filming took place in May 1978 in Southern California, before being released in October, where it grossed $70 million, becoming one of the most profitable indie features. Primarily lauded for Carpenter’s direction and music, others regard the film as the first in a long line of slasher movies influenced by Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) and Bob Clark’s Black Christmas (1974). Several reviewers have proposed that Halloween could promote sadism and sexism through viewers interacting with its antagonist. Others also argued that the film is a societal indictment of teenagers and adolescent immorality in America in the 1970s, with many of Myers’ perpetrators becoming socially promiscuous drug addicts, and the single addict is presented as harmless and sweet, thus their survival.
Halloween spawned a film series consisting of 11 films that care its antagonist Michael My create a comprehensive history. Often it diverges narratively completely from prior episodes. A remake was released in 2007 and a sequel followed in 2009. An eleventh installment was released in 2018, which serves as a direct sequel to the original film which retorts all previous sequels. Another sequel to the movie, Halloween Kills, will be released on 15 October 2021. In fact, the film was based on a novelization, video game, and comic book series. In 2006, the U.S. National Film Registry listed the film as “political, geographical, or aesthetically important” for preservation by the Library of Congress.