History YMMV / Halloween1978

24th Mar '16 5:31:31 AM fearlessnikki
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* AwesomeMusic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq4GdBfLjsg The main theme]] is considered one of the most bone-chilling pieces ever put on screen.
** What makes it all the more awesome is that John Carpenter, who did the music for the film, has stated that he cannot read or write sheet music, and plays entirely by ear. "Fortunately, I've got a pretty good ear."

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* AwesomeMusic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq4GdBfLjsg The main theme]] is considered one of the most bone-chilling pieces ever put on screen.
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screen. What makes it all the more awesome is that John Carpenter, who did the music for the film, has stated that he cannot read or write sheet music, and plays entirely by ear. "Fortunately, I've got a pretty good ear."



* CrossesTheLineTwice: Bob has this joke when he and Lynda are about to go into the Wallace house.
--> "First I rip your clothes off, then you rip my clothes off. And then we'll rip Lindsey's clothes off."



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Lynda gets the least screen time out of the three girls (disappearing for the second act) but is easily the most remembered - for her CatchPhrase "totally" and her {{Adorkable}} giggling.



* FairForItsDay: Although the DeathBySex trope was codified here and slasher films became associated with only virginal girls surviving, Laurie is quite feminist. Notably despite being terrorised by seeing her friends' dead bodies, she's able to fight off Michael ''three times''. Although she's clearly scared, she doesn't fall apart and prepares to defend herself. She demonstrates that she'll do whatever she can to keep Tommy and Lindsey safe. Even if Loomis saves her from Michael the last time, ''he'' doesn't stop Michael either.



* OneSceneWonder: Bob is off screen for most of the film, only appearing for around ten minutes. But he's still memorable for a couple of good lines, and those funky glasses (which his actor still has to this day).



* VanillaProtagonist: Laurie of course. She's the rule abiding good girl who prefers babysitting to parties, in contrast to her wilder friends. PJ Soles joked that Jamie Lee Curtis told her she was lucky she wasn't playing "the boring one".

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* VanillaProtagonist: Laurie of course. She's the rule abiding good girl who prefers babysitting to parties, in contrast to her wilder friends. PJ Soles joked that Jamie Lee Curtis told her she was lucky she wasn't playing "the boring one". Still, Curtis uses her acting to make Laurie likable and she does still go MamaBear on Michael when he threatens the children.
19th Mar '16 2:16:53 PM fearlessnikki
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* {{Narm}}: Laurie runs across the street with Michael stalking her. She runs up to the door of the house and reaches into her pocket to find the keys. Her line?

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* {{Narm}}: MemeticBadass: Jamie Lee Curtis, thanks to playing the archetypal FinalGirl - and ''{{Film/Scream1996}}'' naming her the "scream queen".
* MemeticMutation: Debra Hill talks about sitting in a theatre while the film was showing, and loads of people saying "totally" whenever Lynda did.
* {{Narm}}:
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Laurie runs across the street with Michael stalking her. She runs up to the door of the house and reaches into her pocket to find the keys. Her line?


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** The...odd way Dr Loomis turns around to check on Marion Chambers after she gets out of the car.
8th Feb '16 6:01:16 AM Freshmeat
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* MagnumOpus: Carpenter fans either consider this or ''Film/TheThing1982'' to be the director's best work. Carpenter personally agrees with the latter.
17th Jan '16 6:31:25 PM fearlessnikki
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* EvilIsSexy: When he's unmasked, Michael is surprisingly attractive.
** Naturally, [[KillItWithFire after the events of the sequel]], his face is never clearly seen again.

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* EarWorm: That theme...
* EvilIsSexy: When he's unmasked, Michael is surprisingly attractive.
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attractive. Naturally, [[KillItWithFire after the events of the sequel]], his face is never clearly seen again.



** There's also the scene of the kids bullying Tommy. Somehow a bunch of kids who can't be younger than ten going on about "the boogeyman" fails to be anything but hilarious.




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* VanillaProtagonist: Laurie of course. She's the rule abiding good girl who prefers babysitting to parties, in contrast to her wilder friends. PJ Soles joked that Jamie Lee Curtis told her she was lucky she wasn't playing "the boring one".
29th Nov '15 6:41:18 AM Movienut376
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** What makes it all the more awesome is that John Carpenter, who did the music for the film, has stated that he cannot read or write sheet music, and plays entirely by ear. "Fortunately, I've got a pretty good ear."
1st Jul '15 10:01:24 AM Fogelogel
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* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Guess who. Everyone in the film hate/fear him, [[SerialKiller for obvious reasons]], but he is incredibly popular in the fandom.

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* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Guess who. Everyone in the film hate/fear hates/fears him, [[SerialKiller for obvious reasons]], but he is incredibly popular in the fandom.
10th Apr '15 12:22:17 AM Antwan
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** Naturally, [[KillItWithFire after the events of the sequel,]] his face is never clearly seen again.

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** Naturally, [[KillItWithFire after the events of the sequel,]] sequel]], his face is never clearly seen again.again.
* MagnumOpus: Carpenter fans either consider this or ''Film/TheThing1982'' to be the director's best work. Carpenter personally agrees with the latter.



* RetroactiveRecognition: Michael Myers' actor, Nick Castle, would become a director and made films such as ''TheLastStarfighter'' and ''ComicStrip/{{Dennis the Menace|US}}''.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Michael Myers' actor, Nick Castle, would become a director and made films such as ''TheLastStarfighter'' and ''Series/TheLastStarfighter'', ''ComicStrip/{{Dennis the Menace|US}}''.Menace|US}}'', and ''Film/TheBoyWhoCouldFly''.



* ToughActToFollow: Subverted with John Carpenter. Most of his films released afterward (''Film/TheThing1982'', ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' and ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' among them) were not critical or commercial successes but have had second life on home video and cable going on to become classics and VindicatedByHistory. ''Film/TheThing1982'' in particular is now considered a heavy contender for his best film.

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* ToughActToFollow: Subverted with John Carpenter.Creator/JohnCarpenter. Most of his films released afterward (''Film/TheThing1982'', ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' and ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' among them) were not critical or commercial successes but have had second life on home video and cable going on to become classics and VindicatedByHistory. ''Film/TheThing1982'' in particular is now considered a heavy contender for his best film.
5th Dec '14 9:11:30 PM Thurisaz314
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* CompleteMonster: Michael Myers, a cold-blooded SerialKiller with a hatred of teenage sexuality and a fondness for carving knives. After killing his sister at the [[EnfantTerrible age of six]], Michael breaks out of prison as an adult and goes on a killing spree through his hometown of Haddonfield, on his way to kill his [[CainAndAbel surviving sister]], murdering three of her friends before targeting her. He's stopped, but the horror doesn't end there. Michael returns repeatedly, making numerous attempts on Laurie, her [[RevengeByProxy daughter Jaime]], and anybody else who gets in his way. Incapable of feeling empathy, and driven by a loathing of seemingly everybody he encounters, the [[ImplacableMan unstoppable]] and [[SilentAntagonist perpetually silent]] Michael helped to define the SlasherMovie as we know it, and remains one of the most bone-chillingly evil.

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* CompleteMonster: Michael Myers, a cold-blooded SerialKiller with a hatred of teenage sexuality and a fondness for carving knives. After killing his sister at the [[EnfantTerrible age of six]], Michael breaks out of prison as an adult and goes on a killing spree through his hometown of Haddonfield, on his way to kill his [[CainAndAbel surviving sister]], murdering three of her friends before targeting her. He's stopped, but the horror doesn't end there. Michael returns repeatedly, making numerous attempts on Laurie, her [[RevengeByProxy daughter Jaime]], Jamie]], and anybody else who gets in his way. Incapable of feeling empathy, and driven by a loathing of seemingly everybody he encounters, the [[ImplacableMan unstoppable]] and [[SilentAntagonist perpetually silent]] Michael helped to define the SlasherMovie as we know it, and remains one of the most bone-chillingly evil.
10th Jun '14 6:50:37 PM SergeantLuke
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Michael Myers' actor would become a director and made films such as ''TheLastStarfighter'' and ''ComicStrip/{{Dennis the Menace|US}}''.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Michael Myers' actor actor, Nick Castle, would become a director and made films such as ''TheLastStarfighter'' and ''ComicStrip/{{Dennis the Menace|US}}''.
31st Mar '14 11:05:13 AM Cakeman
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* CompleteMonster: Michael Myers in the original Halloween films is a cold-blooded SerialKiller with a hatred of teenage sexuality and a fondness for carving knives. After killing his sister at the [[EnfantTerrible age of six]], Michael breaks out of prison as an adult and goes on a killing spree through his hometown of Haddonfield, on his way to kill his [[CainAndAbel surviving sister]], murdering three of her friends before targeting her. He's stopped, but the horror doesn't end there. Michael returns repeatedly, making numerous attempts on Laurie, her [[RevengeByProxy daughter Jaime]], and anybody else who gets in his way. Incapable of feeling empathy, and driven by a loathing of seemingly everybody he encounters, the [[ImplacableMan unstoppable]] and [[SilentAntagonist perpetually silent]] Michael helped to define the SlasherMovie as we know it, and remains one of the most bone-chillingly evil.

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* CompleteMonster: Michael Myers in the original Halloween films is Myers, a cold-blooded SerialKiller with a hatred of teenage sexuality and a fondness for carving knives. After killing his sister at the [[EnfantTerrible age of six]], Michael breaks out of prison as an adult and goes on a killing spree through his hometown of Haddonfield, on his way to kill his [[CainAndAbel surviving sister]], murdering three of her friends before targeting her. He's stopped, but the horror doesn't end there. Michael returns repeatedly, making numerous attempts on Laurie, her [[RevengeByProxy daughter Jaime]], and anybody else who gets in his way. Incapable of feeling empathy, and driven by a loathing of seemingly everybody he encounters, the [[ImplacableMan unstoppable]] and [[SilentAntagonist perpetually silent]] Michael helped to define the SlasherMovie as we know it, and remains one of the most bone-chillingly evil.
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