If you like scary movies, chances are you’ve seen Halloween starring Jamie Lee Curtis. This grandfather of all slasher films made its debut on October 25, 1978. If you haven’t seen the movie the premise is simple: small town teen Laurie Strode (Curtis) fights, flees and earns the title of Scream Queen, while being stalked by maniac killer Michael Myers through a Halloween night. The independent film spawned an entire Halloween movie franchise including seven sequels and one 2007 remake by Rob Zombie.
What makes Halloween the movie so scary is the unstoppable Michael Myers. Dr. Sam Loomis, (played by Donald Pleasence) says of his patient, “I met him, fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong.” So to get you in the spirit, here are 15 fascinating tidbits of Halloween movie trivia.
1. There’s a Book
Only this one’s based on the movie rather than the other way around. Halloween by Curtis Richards was originally published in 1979 and is based on the script by John Carpenter and Debra Hill.