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It was "The Night HE Came Home," warned the posters for John Carpenter's career-making horror smash. In Haddonfield, IL, on Halloween night 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers inexplicably slaughters his teenage sister. His psychiatrist Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) can't penetrate Michael's psyche after years of institutionalization, but he knows that, when Myers escapes before Halloween in 1978, there is going to be hell to pay in Haddonfield. While Loomis heads to Haddonfield to alert police, Myers spots bookish teenager Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and follows her,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"After a promising opening, Halloween becomes just another maniac-on-the-loose suspenser."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Halloween is an absolutely merciless thriller, a movie so violent and scary that, yes, I would compare it to Psycho."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Halloween still remains the greatest horror film of all time."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"Well worth another look on the big screen."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"First Michael Myers slasher fest isn't for kids."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"John Carpenter's 1978 tour de force, perhaps the most widely imitated film of the 70s."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Halloween remains untouched -- a modern classic of the most horrific kind."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Still relevant. Still scary. Make a date on Halloween night to witness cinema's scariest Michael Myers (unless you've seen The Love Guru) causing carnage on the big screen."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"Made on a tiny budget of $300,000, and shot in only 20 days, Halloween is one of the most influential, imitated, and commercial indies in American film history."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A seminal slasher that gets better with age."
‑ , Total Film
"Perhaps not quite so resonant as Psycho to which it pays due homage, but it breathes the same air."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Sets the standard for slasher films and horror in general..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"[A] simple but horribly effective low-budget suburban horror ..."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"... if there's one John Carpenter film which is a must-see, it's Halloween."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"... except for its shamelessly (and irresistibly) zingy music score (by the director), Halloween achieves its considerable power almost entirely through visual means."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
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