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Halloween (Compass International, 1978)

Halloween was a 1978 slasher movie directed and scored by John Carpenter and starred Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut. Halloween is the first installment of the franchise. The film had many imitators and unlike any of them, Halloween contained very little graphic violence or blood. It was one of the first horror films to
introduce the concept of the killer dying and coming back to life (within the same film). Halloween was produced for $300,000 and brought back in $47 million (the equivalent to $265.9 million today). At the time, Halloween became one of the most successful independent films.

The plot sees a young Michael Myers killing his older sister on Halloween night 1963. He is sent to Smith’s Grove Sanitarium from which he escapes on October 30, 1978 and returns home to begin killing again.