Genre legend John Carpenter's third feature (which he also co-wrote and scored) ushered in a golden age of American slasher cinema, launched the career of then 19-year-old Jamie Lee Curtis and gave the big screen one of its most enduring and indestructible villains in Michael Myers. On Halloween night in 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers murders his elder sister. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks free — one day before Halloween, of course — and returns to his hometown to terrorize its entire population of young, female babysitters. Pursued by his former child psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence), Myers sets his sights on high school student Laurie Strode (Curtis). With the much-hyped David Gordon Green/Danny McBride sequel looming, it's time to revisit the one-and-only original. DIR/SCR/PROD John Carpenter; SCR/PROD Debra Hill. U.S., 1978, color, 91 min. RATED R
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