Halloween (1978)

Lists: Horror, Thriller

Brief Synopsis: "Michael Myers, who just escaped from a mental hospital, goes on a murderous rampage on Halloween night after returning to his hometown of Haddonfield, Ill. Inexplicably, his prize victim seems to be babysitter Laurie. Psychiatrist Dr. Loomis is on a mission to stop Myers in this slasher classic."

Overall Ranking: 410 (Rank from 1978: # 4)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 57.89%
Regular 31.58%
Half-Popped 10.53%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Josh of Classicblanca100
George Rother of MovieGuy 24/7100(full review)
Morgan On Media97(full review)
Colin Flanagan97 - One of the best horror movies of all time is also one of John Carpenter's best.
Comedy: 0
Sex Appeal: 0
Scary: 8
Rewatch: 9
Jim Carrier95Comedy: 1
Sex Appeal: 4
Scary: 8
Rewatch: 9
Steve Habrat95(full review)
Minnesota Man95(full review)
Gruesome Hertzogg90(full review)Comedy: 1
Sex Appeal: 3
Scary: 6
Rewatch: 7
Thomas Pollock90
Ryan from Ten Stars Or Less90(full review)
Darren of Movie Reviews 10189(full review)Scary: 7
Rob from GuysFilmQuest80Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 2
Scary: 8
Rewatch: 6
Nathan Adams and the Temple Of Reviews80(full review)
Dan O'Neill80 - It may be very dated and not so fun the second or third time around, Halloween is still a classic because it creates plenty of tension, a great low-budget look, and still has some of the best damn horror-music in any film ever.
(full review)
Bryan Lienesch77 - John Carpenter's Hallow's Eve tale proves to be a clinic on slow, methodical build-up, but I'm not sure the payoff is really there.
Comedy: 3
Sex Appeal: 5
Scary: 4
Rewatch: 5
CinemaVisitor Erik75
David Baruffi70
Gorgon Reviews61
Dave Examines Movies56(full review)

People Involved

  • Donald Pleasence (Dr. Sam Loomis)
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie Strode)
  • Nancy Kyes (Annie Brackett)
  • P.J. Soles (Lynda van der Klok)
  • Charles Cyphers (Sheriff Leigh Brackett)
  • Kyle Richards (Lindsey Wallace)
  • Brian Andrews (Tommy Doyle)
  • John Michael Graham (Bob Simms)
  • Nancy Stephens (Marion Chambers)
  • Arthur Malet (Graveyard Keeper)
  • Mickey Yablans (Richie)
  • Brent Le Page (Lonnie Elamb)
  • Adam Hollander (Keith)
  • Robert Phalen (Dr. Terence Wynn)
  • Tony Moran (Michael Myers)
  • Will Sandin (Michael Myers (age 6))
  • Sandy Johnson (Judith Margaret Myers)
  • David Kyle (Judiths Boyfriend)
  • Debra Hill (Director)
  • Debra Hill (Director)
  • John Carpenter (Director)

  • Other Movies in the Series

  • Halloween II (1981)
  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch
  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
  • Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
  • Halloween: Resurrection
  • Included in Achievement Trios...

  • 1980s Supernatural Serial Killer Franchise Starters
  • Halloween Reboots