The success of horror and slasher films in the ’80s, owe all their success to John Carptenter’s Halloween from 1978.
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Halloween is a 1978 American slasher film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut. The film is the first installment of the Halloween franchise. In the film, on Halloween night in 1963, Michael Myers murders his sister in the fictional Midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois. He escapes on October 30, 1978 from Smith’s Grove Sanitarium, and returns home to kill again. Michael’s psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis, knowing Michael’s intentions, pursues him. The next day, Halloween, Michael stalks teenager Laurie Strode and her friends.