October 31, Compass International Pictures It doesn't matter how many times you've seen it; John Carpenter's Halloween, which was released nearly 40 years ago, will always be required viewing for the holiday for which it's named.
Here are 15 things you might not have known about the film. Director John Carpenter originally intended to call his movie The Babysitter Murders, but producer Irwin Yablans suggested that the story may be more significant if it were based around a specific holiday, so the title was changed to Halloween.
Carpenter and co-screenwriter Debra Hill wrote the original script in just 10 days. Curtis has reprised her role as Laurie several times in the near years since the original film's release, and also lent her voice in an uncredited appearance as a phone operator in Halloween III: Season of the Witch the pseudo-sequel that did not feature the Michael Myers storyline. In , she'll play Laurie again when David Gordon Green will add yet another film to the franchise.
Though Halloween is set in the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois, it was shot on location in South Pasadena and Hollywood, California. The day shoot commenced in the spring of and the film was released in October of the same year.
The seasonal restrictions created some interesting hurdles for the production—dozens of bags of fake leaves painted by production designer Tommy Lee Wallace were reused for various scenes. Others may notice that the trees that line the streets of the fictional Haddonfield are fully green instead of autumnally colored.
Carpenter initially wanted to somehow change the trees too, but budget restraints kept him from making them seasonally correct.
Carpenter chose the whitewashed Kirk mask because of its eerily blank stare that fit perfectly with the Myers character. The Panaglide was a competitor to the now-ubiquitous Steadicam, which allowed the camera to be fitted to a camera operator for far-ranging and smoothly unbroken shots. For the Loomis character in Halloween, Carpenter originally wanted either Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee, but both passed on the film because the pay was too low.
Pleasence would go on to appear in four Halloween sequels, concluding with Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers, which was released after his death in Carpenter would later remake The Thing in , though his version is more heavily based on the source material: Halloween fans looking to see the Myers home in its original location are out of luck: In , it was relocated from its location at Meridian Avenue in South Pasadena, California, after it was slated to be demolished.
The home is now located at Mission Street in South Pasadena, and it won't be going anywhere. The home was named a historical landmark in the city of South Pasadena, not only because of its cinematic history but also because the house itself dates back to and is thought to be the oldest surviving residential structure in the city.
The scenes of the Myers house looking dilapidated were actually how the crew found it and they shot it as is. To fill a two-hour time slot needed for television broadcasts of Halloween, Carpenter filmed additional scenes during the production of Halloween II which Carpenter co-wrote and co-produced, but did not direct that primarily featured Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis. The new scenes include Dr.