This modern horror classic succeeds where many in the genre don’t because director John Carpenter’s simple approach gives Halloween a frightening realism. With no special effects and very few cheap thrills, Carpenter builds the tension to unbearable heights.
A 19-year-old Jamie Lee Curtis makes her film debut as a high schooler hunted by a psychotic maniac. Out to stop the maniac is his doctor, played by Donald Pleasance in a legendary performance.
Avoid the poor 2007 remake. See this classic of cinema instead.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:
Direction: John Carpenter
Screenplay: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
Cinematography: Dean Cundey
Editing: Charles Bornstein, Tommy Lee Wallace
Score: John Carpenter
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles, Nancy Loomis, Tony Moran