Halloween (1978) Synopsis
An escaped masked killer stalks a baby sitter (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her friends on Halloween.
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100

Empire

Turn off the lights. Put on the widescreen version, showcasing Carpenter’s masterful framing and chill-inducing, Michael...
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
From a shock-and-suspense point-of-view, Halloween is the rival of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." With only a few arguable exceptions (such as...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Halloween is an absolutely merciless thriller...I would compare it to "Psycho."
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90

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
Carpenter displays an almost perfect understanding of the mechanics of classical suspense; his style draws equally (and intelligently) from...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
Don't see "Halloween" in an empty theater on a weekday afternoon. See it on a weekend night in a packed house. "Halloween" is a film to be...
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80

TV Guide

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There's nary a drop of blood on screen in this rollicking funhouse of a movie but there is enough sheer cinematic ingenuity on display to...
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78

Austin Chronicle

Not entirely without some laughable or dated scenes, Halloween remains an original that continues to inspire a genre and probe middle...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
This low-budget horror film, sophisticated far beyond its budget, is the work of John Carpenter, an authentic prodigy whose style recalls...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Bruce Fretts
Carpenter's brutally efficient exercise in tension and release.
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50

Variety

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After a promising opening, Halloween becomes just another maniac-on-the-loose suspenser. However, despite the prosaic plot, director John...
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halloween

By blarosal
over the years this movie franchise has become just awful shame on rob zombie for trying to remake a perfect film.Yes,there are plot holes and unexpained scenes,but that is why its so creepy,I saw...

HALLOWEEN 1978

By AZYOUWISH20
This is easily the greatest horror film of all time! Everything this movie did, was and is, a standard in the genre! From the killer not being able to be killed to the camera being what the killer...

All Hail HALLOWEEN

By lugubriousthespian
If Alfred Hitchcock originated the slasher genre with PSYCHO in 1960. then John Carpenter certainly updated and re-energized in 1978 with this mega sleeper hit HALLOWEEN. Countless imitations and...

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By zachrules00
Halloween was the weakest scary movie I have seen I mean seriously kill after kill after what kill...

By rccurtin
This is awesome!!!! It one of my all time favorite horror movies!!! John Carpenter's writing and directing is superb!!! Jaime Lee Curtis is excellent who would've thought it was her film debut! I...

Original will always be the best

By redyeah
Halloween is so scary the first time you see it. The shadows, the sudden jolt of your best (now murdered) friend slapping you in the face. The iconic Shattner mask. Just brilliant!...

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Classic horror

By Movie geek 1997
This is one of the most famous horror movies and it was scary...

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Rated R | For Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Not for kids 16 and under First Michael Myers slasher fest isn't for kids.
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