The success of horror and slasher films in the ’80s, owe all their success to John Carptenter’s Halloween from 1978.

Zach on Film subreddit:


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.

John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN-Trailer

This is the original trailer to John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN made in 1978. This is my favorite horror film ever. Starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis. I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THE FILM OR THE TRAILER! ALL THE RIGHTS GO TO IT’S OWNERS.

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  1. Matthew and Stephen, when you both were younger and watched the classic Universal Monster Movies (Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman etc.) were scared of these ‘horror’ movies?

    I ask since the time periods between release and viewing of those original horror movies would have been about the same as Zach watching Halloween today.

    When I watched Halloween for the first time (has it been almost 40 years?) I was terrified.

    Is Scanners on the list?

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