Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Director(s): John Carpenter
Production: Compass International Pictures
  5 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

Black cats and goblins and broomsticks and ghosts.

Pumpkins of witches are there to roast.

You may think, they scare me. You're probably right.

Black cats and goblins on Halloween night.


My parents won't be home untill ten.

- Are you sure?

We're all alone, aren't we?

Michael's around someplace ...

Take off that thing.

Let's go upstairs.

- Ok.

Look, Judith, it's very late.

I gotta go.

Will you call me tomorrow?

Yeah, sure.

- Promise?




Reading from decision of judge Walter Wall.

I have no choice, but to remaned

Michael Audrey Myers to the Smith's Grove ...

Warren county sanitorium.

Where he shall be placed

in the care of the resident psychiatrist ...

who shall report to this court no less than twice a year.

Further ...

Michael Audrey Myers shall be brought

before the court on the day of his 21st birthday ...

where he shall be treated as an adult ...

for the murder of his sister ...

Judith Margaret Myers.

Dr. Loomis?

Michael Myers ...

must be reload from the sanitorium immediately.

I would suggest maximum security wallted Lichby.

Dr. Loomis ...

The decision has been made.

But this is a minimum security institution.

The staff isn't adequately prepared.

Prepared for what?

The boy is a catatonic.

He exhibits comatos behaviour.

Nor reaction to external stimulai.

Have you read mine ... notes?

Yes, we have doctor.

Why would they're not present to the hearing?

The judge requested Dr. Foster's analysis.

I've spent four hours a day!

Four hours a day with this boy.


For six months.

How longer, than any courts catches.

Dr. Loomis.

- Michael Myers is most dangerous patient ...

I have ever observed.

Doctor. There is no diagnostic evidence

to support that statement.

He's ...

He's covering up.

This catatonia is ... is a conscious ... act.

There's instinctive force within him.

He is waiting.

For what?

I don't know.

We can make a special recommendation to the court ...

only if we feel there is a justifiable reason

to change the patient's treatment.

I can see no reason why he shouldn't remain here.

We have ...

adequate facilities for his care.

There is insufficient security here.


I ... am begging you to reconsider your decision.

Dr. Loomis ...

Perhaps you should reconsider

keeping the match of your patient.

We can find someone else to look after him.

I'll stay with him.


Is there anything else you wish to say, Dr. Loomis?

You fooled them, haven't you, Michael?

But not me.

Ever done anything like this before?

Only minimum security.

I see.

The driveway's a few hundred yards up on the right.

The only thing that ever bothers me is their gibberish.

When they start raving on and on ...

You haven't anything to worry about.

He hasn't spoken a word in 15 years.

Are there any special instructions?

Just try to understand what we're dealing with here.

Don't underestimate it.

Don't you think we could refer to 'it' as him?

If you say so.

Your compassion's overwhelming, Doctor.

What do I give him,

when we're taking him in front of the judge?


Barely be able to sit up.

- That's the idea.

You're serious about that, aren't you?


You mean, you actually never want him to get out.

- Never ever ...


Then why we're taking up to Hardin county,

if he just gonna ... - Because that is the law.

We are.

Since when do they let them wander around?

Pull up to the main gate.

- Shouldn't we ... - Pull up?

Stop here.

Shouldn't we go on up to the hospital on ...

- Wait!

Are you all right?

Are you all right?

- Yes, I'm ok. - He's gone. He's gone?

The evil is gone!

I gotta ...

Don't forget to drop the key off the Myers place ...

I won't.

They're coming by look at the house at 10:30.

Be sure you leave it under the mat ...

- Promise.

Laurie ...

Hi Tommy.

Coming over tonight?

- Same time, same place.

Can we make Jack-O-Lanterns?

- Sure.

And watch the monster movies?

- Sure.

Will you read to me?

Can we make popcorn?

- Sure, sure, sure.

You better hurry up.

How can you walk in the school this way?

- My dad asked me to.


I have to drop off the key.


Because he's gonna sell a house.


Because that's his job.

- Where?

The Meyers house.

The Meyers house!

You're not supposed to go up there?

Yes, I am.

That's a spook house.

Just watch.

Lonnie Elam said never to go up there.

Lonnie Elam said that's a haunted house.

He said real awful stuff happened there once.

- Lonnie Elam probably won't get out of the sixth grade.

I gotta go.

I see you tonight.


- Bye.

I wish I had you all alone ...

Just the two of us.

I would hold you close to me ...

So close to me ...

Just the two ...

Well, it took is a most of the night

to round up the patients.

One of the was way over in the Morgantown road.

Who was watching him?!

I don't know.

You don't know? What do you mean "You don't know?"

Well, it was suppose to be, Bernardy.

Suppose to be?

Well, he wasn't here at ten.

I don't what happened.

Where was he?

Well ...

- Bernardy.

He must have broken the window with his hands.

He came down the hall, breaking thru all the doors,

pushing all of the patients outside.

How is it, if you wanna to show me.

Dr. Loomis ...

Have they found him yet?


But I know where he's going.

Dr. Wynn is waiting to see you, Doctor!

I'm not responsible, Sam.

- Oh, no ...

I told them how dangerous he was!

You wouldn't have enough two roadblocks

and an all-points bulletin wouldn't stop a five-year-old!

But he was your patient, Doctor. If precautions

weren't strong enough, you should have told somebody.

I told everybody!

Nobody listened.

- There's nothing else I can do.

You can get back in there

and get back on the telephone.

Tell them exactly

who walked out of here last night ...

And tell them exactly where he is going.

- Probably going.

I'm wasting my time. - Sam, Haddonfield is

a hundred and fifty miles away from here.

Now, now for God's sake, he can't drive a car!

- He was doing very well last night!

Maybe someone around here gave him lessons.

Doctor Chance, plese come to point C ...

Doctor Chance, point C please.

... and the book ends.

But what Samuels is really talking about here ...

is fate.

You see ...

fate caught up with several lives here.

No matter what course of action Collins took ...

he was destined to his own fate,

his own day of reckoning with himself.

The idea ...

is ...

that destiny ...

is a very real, concrete thing

that every person has to deal with.

How does Samuels' view of fate

differ from that of Costaine's? Laurie?


Answer the question.

Costaine wrote that fate--

was somehow related only to religion

or where Samuels felt that ... well, fate was like

a natural element, like earth, air, fire, and water.

That's right, Samuels definitely personified fate.

In Samuels' writing, fate is a moveable like a mountain.

It stands, where man passes a way.

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John Carpenter

John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, musician, and composer. Although Carpenter has worked with various film genres, he is associated most commonly with horror, action and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s.Most films of Carpenter's career were initially commercial and critical failures, with the notable exceptions of Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), and Starman (1984). However, many of Carpenter's films from the 1970s and the 1980s have come to be considered as cult classics, and he has been acknowledged as an influential filmmaker. The cult classics that Carpenter has directed include Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987), They Live (1988), and In the Mouth of Madness (1995). He returned to the Halloween franchise as both composer and executive producer for the horror sequel Halloween (2018). Carpenter is also notable for having composed or co-composed most of his films' music; some of them are now well-known, with the main theme of Halloween being considered a part of popular culture. He won a Saturn Award for Best Music for the film Vampires (1998). Carpenter has released three studio albums, titled Lost Themes (2015), Lost Themes II (2016), and Anthology: Movie Themes 1974–1998 (2017). more…

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