From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released in 1978
  • Color
  • Running Time: 91 min | USA:101 min (extended version)
  • Production Co: Compass International Pictures | Falcon International Productions
  • Distribution Co: Compass International Pictures (1978) (USA) (theatrical) | Mid-America Releasing (1979) (USA: Midwest) (theatrical) | Warner-Columbia Film (1979) (France) (theatrical) | Joy Pack Film (1979) (Japan) (theatrical) | Warner-Columbia Filmverleih (1979) (West Germany) (theatrical)
  • Directed by John Carpenter
  • Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill
  • Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance, Charles Cyphers, PJ Soles
  • Produced by Moustapha Akkad, Debra Hill, Kool Lusby, Irwin Yablans, John Carpenter
  • Original Music by John Carpenter
  • Cinematography by Dean Cundey
  • Film Editing by Charles Bornstein, Tommy Lee Wallace

Plot Summary

  • Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

Also Known As

  • La Nuit des masques (Belgium) (French title) / Canada (French title) / France
  • Alla helgons blodiga natt (Sweden)
  • Halloween (Argentina)
  • Halloween - A Noite do Terror (Brazil)
  • Halloween - Die Nacht des Grauens (Germany)
  • Halloween - naamioiden yö (Finland)
  • Halloween, la nuit des masques (France) (video title)
  • Halloween: la notte delle streghe (Italy)
  • John Carpenter's Halloween (US) (complete title)
  • Maskernes nat (Denmark) (video title)
  • De Nacht van de griezels (Belgium) (Flemish title)
  • Noc vestica (Serbia)
  • La Noche de Halloween (Spain)
  • As Noites de Halloween (Portugal)
  • I Nyhta me tis maskes (Greece)
  • O Regresso do Mal (Portugal)
  • The Babysitter Murders (USA) (working title)
  • Yabanci (Turkey) (Turkish title)


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