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Halloween (1978)
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Halloween (1978)

  Movie House Memories Episode #107
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Compass International Pictures released Halloween to theaters on October 25, 1978. John Carpenter directed the film which starred Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Tony Moran.

Halloween Movie Summary

The father of the 80’s slasher films, Halloween, is our film this week. The film begins on Halloween 1963 where a 6-year-old Michael Myers kills his older sister with a butcher knife after she has the shortest sexual encounter ever recorded on modern film. The film then jumps to October 30, 1978. Dr. Loomis is in a rush to get to mental hospital to make sure his patient, the now adult Myers known as The Shape in the film, stays committed. Loomis knows that Myers is dangerous. However, Myers orchestrates an escape from the mental hospital and steals Loomis car before driving off. The evil has escaped. Loomis knows that Myers will return home, Haddonfield, Illinois. Which looks remarkably like southern California in October.

The Body, Jamie Lee Curtis plays asexually repressed high school student, Laurie Strode, living in Haddonfield. The film follows studious Laurie as she moves around the town on the day of Halloween. Unfortunately for Laurie, Myers, now wearing a repurposed Captain Kirk mask, begins stalking her. Myers follows Laurie to her school, while she walks around town, and ultimately to her home.

The film then jumps to Halloween night where Laurie babysits two kids so her friends can engage in some premarital sex across the street. However, Myers systematically kills them for not holding traditional family values. Ultimately, the film brings us to the climatic battle between Laurie, Myers, and Loomis. And because all three characters survive into the sequel two years later, we know that we don’t come to an ultimate conclusion. Yet. That we had to wait nearly 25 years for.

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  • Eddie

    Great podcast. Black Christmas predates Halloween a few years and invented many of the horror/slasher conventions that halloween gets credit for. Worth seeing if you haven’t. The Halloween coming out next year sounds odd, Danny McBride is writing the screenplay! Looking forward to arsenic and old lace, believe it is the 3rd Capra film reviewed so far, and only the 2nd Cary Grant film.

    • MHMChris

      Yeah, we will probably review more Cary Grant films. I’m not sure about Capra films. Black Christmas is great…every year we review Christmas films in December. We are going to review Black Christmas for it, but it’s not set to be released until 12/20/19. We have 2017 and 2018 Xmas films booked already.