History Trivia / Halloween1978

13th Jan '18 8:24:12 PM costanton11
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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. Other masks considered include RichardNixon, Spock and Emmett Kelly.

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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. Other masks considered include RichardNixon, UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, Spock and Emmett Kelly.
22nd Dec '17 11:51:27 PM erforce
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* BillingDisplacement: Donald Pleasance gets billed above the main title. Loomis is a major character, but the film's protagonist is Laurie.

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* BillingDisplacement: Donald Pleasance Creator/DonaldPleasence gets billed above the main title. Loomis is a major character, but the film's protagonist is Laurie.



* DivorcedInstallment: This was originally a sequel to ''Film/BlackChristmas''.

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* DivorcedInstallment: This was originally a sequel to ''Film/BlackChristmas''.''Film/BlackChristmas1974''.
24th Nov '17 11:59:12 PM bt8257
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* ActorInspiredElement: The script called for Dr Loomis to look shocked when Michael Myers's body disappears from the lawn. 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.

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



** Creator/ChristopherLee turned down the role of Dr. Loomis and later said it was the biggest mistake he ever made in his career.

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** Creator/ChristopherLee turned down the role of Dr. Loomis and Loomis. He later said it was the biggest mistake he ever made in his career.
24th Nov '17 3:37:43 AM Michael_McManus
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* BillingDisplacement: Donald Pleasance gets billed above the main title. Loomis is a major character, but the film's protagonist is Laurie.
31st Oct '17 4:52:17 PM fearlessnikki
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Early drafts had the murders taking place over several days. Budget constraints led to them happening all on Halloween night - minimizing the amount of set and costume changes needed.



* {{Tuckerization}}: The boy Laurie has a crush on - Ben Tramer - is named after John Carpenter's writer friend Bennett Tramer (and ''Halloween II'' would confirm that his full name is Bennett in universe too).



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

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



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

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* WriteWhatYouKnow: WriteWhatYouKnow:
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The characters are all named after people Creator/JohnCarpenter and Debra Hill knew. Haddonfield was where Debra Hill had grown up in New Jersey.
20th Oct '17 5:14:35 AM ClintEastwood
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** 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

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** 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, Creator/LloydBridges, Creator/MelBrooks, Creator/YulBrynner, Edward Bunker, [[Series/KungFu David Carradine]], Creator/KirkDouglas, Creator/SterlingHayden, Steven Hill, Creator/DennisHopper, Kris Kristofferson,
Creator/WalterMatthau,
Charles Napier, Creator/YulBrynner Cretor/PeterOToole, Lawrence Tierney, [[Series/MyMotherTheCar Jerry Van Dyke]] and Edward BunkerAbe Vigoda.
11th Oct '17 2:43:05 AM jormis29
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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 Janet Leigh, 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 Janet Leigh, Creator/JanetLeigh, he cast her in the hopes of drumming up publicity.
20th Jul '17 10:36:04 AM ClintEastwood
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* TheBechdelTest: In the first scene with all the girls, they talk about schoolwork and their plans for the evening. Debra Hill apparently wrote the dialogue between the friends.

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* AFIS100YearsSeries:
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AFIS100Years100Thrills: #68
* TheBechdelTest: In the first scene with all the girls, they talk about schoolwork and their plans for the evening. Debra Hill apparently wrote the dialogue between the friends.
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The original script had the murders take place over several days. Due to the low budget, filmmakers minimized the amount of set and costume changes and had the story happen only on one night. This also wrote the title, as they decided to place the plot on Halloween night.
* ReCut: The 1981 NBC broadcast featured a new cut of the movie with less violence, and 12 minutes of additional scenes shot during production of [[Film/HalloweenII1981 first sequel]] with mostly the same crew, and Pleasence, Curtis, Soles, and Kyes reprising their roles. They were all toward the beginning of the film, and mostly just exist to pad out the runtime, and to tie the story more directly into the sequel. This cut was used for almost all TV broadcasts until the late 90s, when the film was first remastered. Around that time, an "extended cut" was also released to VHS and DVD that was basically the original theatrical cut with the additional scenes included. These scenes were also included as a separate bonus feature on the 2013 Blu-ray, but, due to fan demand, the full "extended cut" was included in the deluxe boxset in HD as a bonus feature (with the added scenes in SD). Fan reaction to these scenes is mixed. They're generally accepted as canon, but some (including Carpenter himself) think they hurt the movie's pace, and establish too much backstory. There are also fans that can't watch this movie without them. Since they set up the future sequels, they work better when this film is viewed more as the first entry in the franchise instead of a standalone feature.


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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Mostly averted this, but some of the fashions, particularly Laurie's and Lynda's main outfits, are stereotypically 70s complete with bell-bottom pants. Also the use of rotary-dial phones.
10th Jul '17 8:03:22 PM erforce
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* 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''.

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* 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''.''Film/AssaultOnPrecinct131976''.
16th Apr '17 9:13:18 PM PurpleWarrior13
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: In Sweden, the film became ''All Saints' Bloody Night''.

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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: In Sweden, the film became ''All Saints' Bloody Night''. In Italy, it was called ''Witch's Night'', since Halloween was not commonly celebrated there at the time.



* ReCut: The 1981 ABC broadcast featured a new cut of the movie with less violence, and 12 minutes of additional scenes shot during production of [[Film/HalloweenII1981 first sequel]] with mostly the same crew, and Pleasence, Curtis, Soles, and Kyes reprising their roles. They were all toward the beginning of the film, and mostly just exist to pad out the runtime, and to tie the story more directly into the sequel. This cut was used for almost all TV broadcasts until the late 90s, when the film was first remastered. Around that time, an "extended cut" was also released to VHS and DVD that was basically the original theatrical cut with the additional scenes included. These scenes were also included as a separate bonus feature on the 2013 Blu-ray, but, due to fan demand, the full "extended cut" was included in the deluxe boxset in HD as a bonus feature (with the added scenes in SD). Fan reaction to these scenes is mixed. They're generally accepted as canon, but some (including Carpenter himself) think they hurt the movie's pace, and establish too much backstory. There are also fans that can't watch this movie without them. Since they set up the future sequels, they work better when this film is viewed more as the first entry in the franchise instead of a standalone feature.

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* ReCut: The 1981 ABC NBC broadcast featured a new cut of the movie with less violence, and 12 minutes of additional scenes shot during production of [[Film/HalloweenII1981 first sequel]] with mostly the same crew, and Pleasence, Curtis, Soles, and Kyes reprising their roles. They were all toward the beginning of the film, and mostly just exist to pad out the runtime, and to tie the story more directly into the sequel. This cut was used for almost all TV broadcasts until the late 90s, when the film was first remastered. Around that time, an "extended cut" was also released to VHS and DVD that was basically the original theatrical cut with the additional scenes included. These scenes were also included as a separate bonus feature on the 2013 Blu-ray, but, due to fan demand, the full "extended cut" was included in the deluxe boxset in HD as a bonus feature (with the added scenes in SD). Fan reaction to these scenes is mixed. They're generally accepted as canon, but some (including Carpenter himself) think they hurt the movie's pace, and establish too much backstory. There are also fans that can't watch this movie without them. Since they set up the future sequels, they work better when this film is viewed more as the first entry in the franchise instead of a standalone feature.
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