History Trivia / Halloween1978

7th Dec '16 4:11:40 PM LarryMullen
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: In Sweden, the film became ''All Saints' Bloody Night''.
21st Nov '16 3:58:44 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ActorInspiredElement: The script called for Dr Loomis to look shocked when Michael Myers's body disappears from the lawn. Creator/DonaldPleasance argued that he should have an "I knew this would happen" look. They shot it both ways and the latter was the one used.

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* ActorInspiredElement: The script called for Dr Loomis to look shocked when Michael Myers's body disappears from the lawn. Creator/DonaldPleasance Creator/DonaldPleasence argued that he should have an "I knew this would happen" look. They shot it both ways and the latter was the one used.
9th Nov '16 5:01:47 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* DivorcedInstallment: This was originally a sequel to ''Film/BlackChristmas''.
31st Oct '16 11:40:24 AM karategal
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* StuntCasting: Creator/JohnCarpenter originally wasn't interested in the unknown Creator/JamieLeeCurtis as Laurie. But when he heard she was the daughter of ''{{Film/Psycho}}'''s Creator/JanetLeigh, he cast her in the hopes of drumming up publicity.

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* StuntCasting: Creator/JohnCarpenter originally wasn't interested in the unknown Creator/JamieLeeCurtis as Laurie. But when he heard she was the daughter of ''{{Film/Psycho}}'''s Creator/JanetLeigh, Janet Leigh, he cast her in the hopes of drumming up publicity.
31st Oct '16 11:37:26 AM karategal
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* CaliforniaDoubling: The movie was filmed in California, as opposed to Illinois. In several documentaries, Creator/JamieLeeCurtis and Creator/JohnCarpenter point out the various palm trees that can be spotted in the background.
15th Oct '16 4:33:25 PM eroock
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** Dennis Quaid was offered the role of Bob (Lynda's boyfriend) since he was dating P.J. Soles at the time, but had to turn it down due to work on another movie.

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** Dennis Quaid Creator/DennisQuaid was offered the role of Bob (Lynda's boyfriend) since he was dating P.J. Soles at the time, but had to turn it down due to work on another movie.
4th Oct '16 1:21:48 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CaliforniaDoubling: The movie was filmed in California, as opposed to Illinois. In several documentaries, Creator/JamieLeeCurtis and Creator/JohnCarpenter point out the various palm trees that can be spotted in the background.
4th Oct '16 1:20:46 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* {{Recut}}: During the filming of the sequel, Creator/JohnCarpenter shot more scenes for the ABC broadcast of the film to help it pad out the allotted time. While largely just character exposition, one scene ([[spoiler:a visit to Michael's asylum room where the word "sister" is carved in the door]]) serves to help validate the twist of the second movie.
18th Sep '16 4:25:51 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreatorCameo: Both Tommy Lee Wallace and Debra Hill appear in Michael Myers's costume. Additionally Creator/JohnCarpenter provides the voice of Annie's boyfriend Paul on the phone.
12th Sep '16 2:04:05 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ActorInspiredElement: The script called for Dr Loomis to look shocked when Michael Myers's body disappears from the lawn. Donald Pleasance argued that he should have an "I knew this would happen" look. They shot it both ways and the latter was the one used.

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* ActorInspiredElement: The script called for Dr Loomis to look shocked when Michael Myers's body disappears from the lawn. Donald Pleasance Creator/DonaldPleasance argued that he should have an "I knew this would happen" look. They shot it both ways and the latter was the one used.



* CaliforniaDoubling: The movie was filmed in California, as opposed to Illinois. In several documentaries, Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter point out the various palm trees that can be spotted in the background.
* CreatorBacklash: Both John Carpenter and Debra Hill expressed displeasure at the DeathBySex trope's rise in horror after this movie. They said the reason the horny teenagers got killed was because they were too busy trying to do it that they failed to notice a killer approaching. Laurie only survives because she's on her own for most of the film.
* CreatorCameo: Both Tommy Lee Wallace and Debra Hill appear in Michael Myers's costume. Additionally John Carpenter provides the voice of Annie's boyfriend Paul on the phone.
* DawsonCasting: All of the teenagers are played by actors in their late twenties/early thirties. Even the least severe example--17/18-year old Laurie played by then-20 year old Jamie Lee Curtis.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: The movie was filmed in California, as opposed to Illinois. In several documentaries, Jamie Lee Curtis Creator/JamieLeeCurtis and John Carpenter Creator/JohnCarpenter point out the various palm trees that can be spotted in the background.
* CreatorBacklash: Both John Carpenter Creator/JohnCarpenter and Debra Hill expressed displeasure at the DeathBySex trope's rise in horror after this movie. They said the reason the horny teenagers got killed was because they were too busy trying to do it that they failed to notice a killer approaching. Laurie only survives because she's on her own for most of the film.
* CreatorCameo: Both Tommy Lee Wallace and Debra Hill appear in Michael Myers's costume. Additionally John Carpenter Creator/JohnCarpenter provides the voice of Annie's boyfriend Paul on the phone.
* DawsonCasting: All of the teenagers are played by actors in their late twenties/early thirties. Even the least severe example--17/18-year old Laurie played by then-20 year old Jamie Lee Curtis.Creator/JamieLeeCurtis.



* {{Recut}}: During the filming of the sequel, John Carpenter shot more scenes for the ABC broadcast of the film to help it pad out the allotted time. While largely just character exposition, one scene ([[spoiler:a visit to Michael's asylum room where the word "sister" is carved in the door]]) serves to help validate the twist of the second movie.

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* {{Recut}}: During the filming of the sequel, John Carpenter Creator/JohnCarpenter shot more scenes for the ABC broadcast of the film to help it pad out the allotted time. While largely just character exposition, one scene ([[spoiler:a visit to Michael's asylum room where the word "sister" is carved in the door]]) serves to help validate the twist of the second movie.



* SoMyKidsCanWatch: Creator/DonaldPleasence confessed to Creator/JohnCarpenter that the main reason why he took the part of Loomis was because his daughter Angela (who was a musician) had loved Carpenter's musical score for ''Film/AssaultOnPrecinct13''.



* StuntCasting: John Carpenter originally wasn't interested in the unknown Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie. But when he heard she was the daughter of ''{{Film/Psycho}}'''s Creator/JanetLeigh, he cast her in the hopes of drumming up publicity.

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* StuntCasting: John Carpenter Creator/JohnCarpenter originally wasn't interested in the unknown Jamie Lee Curtis Creator/JamieLeeCurtis as Laurie. But when he heard she was the daughter of ''{{Film/Psycho}}'''s Creator/JanetLeigh, he cast her in the hopes of drumming up publicity.



** Also considered for Dr. Loomis were Cretor/PeterOToole, Creator/MelBrooks, Steven Hill, Creator/WalterMatthau, [[Series/MyMotherTheCar Jerry Van Dyke]], Lawrence Tierney, Creator/KirkDouglas, Creator/JohnBelushi, Lloyd Bridges, Abe Vigoda, Kris Kristofferson, Creator/SterlingHayden, [[Series/KungFu David Carradine]], Creator/DennisHopper, Charles Napier, Creator/YulBrynner and Edward Bunker



** There were two masks to choose from - the more familiar Captain Kirk mask, and a MonsterClown one (as a nod to Michael killing his sister while dressed as a clown). While they found the clown one scary too, the Captain Kirk one was ruled better because it was emotionless.
** There was originally no music in the film at all. When one female critic complained the film wasn't scary, John Carpenter composed a score in three days.
** Anne Lockhart, daughter of ''Lassie'''s June Lockhart, was John Carpenter's first choice for Laurie. But she had other commitments and couldn't do it.

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** There were two masks to choose from - the more familiar Captain Kirk mask, and a MonsterClown one (as a nod to Michael killing his sister while dressed as a clown). While they found the clown one scary too, the Captain Kirk one was ruled better because it was emotionless.
emotionless. Other masks considered include RichardNixon, Spock and Emmett Kelly.
** Originally, Dr. Loomis was supposed to have a phone conversation with his wife. Creator/DonaldPleasence didn't do it, saying he thought the character shouldn't have a family or a past.
** There was originally no music in the film at all. When one female critic complained the film wasn't scary, John Carpenter Creator/JohnCarpenter composed a score in three days.
** Anne Lockhart, daughter of ''Lassie'''s June Lockhart, was John Carpenter's first choice for Laurie. But she had other commitments and couldn't do it.



* WriteWhatYouKnow: The characters are all named after people John Carpenter and Debra Hill knew. Haddonfield was where Debra Hill had grown up in New Jersey.

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* WriteWhatYouKnow: The characters are all named after people John Carpenter Creator/JohnCarpenter and Debra Hill knew. Haddonfield was where Debra Hill had grown up in New Jersey.Jersey.
** The story is based on an experience Carpenter had in college touring a psychiatric hospital. Carpenter met a child who stared at him "with a look of evil, and it terrified me."
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