Halloween (1978)

Lists: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy Horror, Slasher film, Scary, Unrelenting antagonist

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: 409 (Rank from 1978: # 3)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 60%
Regular 30%
Half-Popped 10%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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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
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  • 1980s Supernatural Serial Killer Franchise Starters
  • Halloween Reboots

  • Reviewer Rating Review
    George Rother of MovieGuy 24/7100(full review)
    Josh of Classicblanca100
    Colin Flanagan97 - One of the best horror movies of all time is also one of John Carpenter's best.
    Morgan On Media97(full review)
    Jim Carrier95
    Steve Habrat95(full review)
    Minnesota Man95(full review)
    Brittani Burnham of Rambling Film92(full review)
    Gruesome Hertzogg90(full review)
    Thomas Pollock90
    Ryan from Ten Stars Or Less90(full review)
    Darren of Movie Reviews 10189(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)
    Nathan Adams and the Temple Of Reviews80(full review)
    Rob from GuysFilmQuest80
    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.
    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)
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