'Halloween' the famous slasher film turns 35 today, it was released on this day in 1978. In 2006, it was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Recently the film was given a 35th Anniversary Blu-ray release.
The original title was "The Babysitter Murders."
"Halloween," was directed by John Carpenter and produced by Debra Hill. It starred season British actor Donald Pleasence and was the film debut to Jamie Lee Curtis. When the film was released it was quite profitable, it was made on a budget of $325,000 and at the box office earned $47,000,000 according to the site, Box Office Mojo. Note that "Halloween," was an independent horror flick too.
Michael's mask is a William Shatner Star Trek mask that the crew dolled up.
The film is still a cult classic, it spawned several sequels and was remade by Rob Zombie in 2007. He also would direct a sequel to the 2007 film. Anyway it could also be said that "Halloween," helped paved away for other slasher films. It wasn't the first slasher but it made an impact on the genre.
The Halloween theme is written in the rare 5/4 time signature. John Carpenter learned this rhythm from his father.
So to celebrate it's 35th anniversary, watch the film tonight and if you haven't see it in awhile or never saw it, take the time tonight to watch this 70s classic.