Role: Laurie Strode
Directed by: John Carpenter
Written by: John Carpenter & Debra Hill
Produced by: Debra Hill
Release date: October 25, 1978
Genre: Horror
Running time: 91 Minutes

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.




Release Date: October 25, 1978
Budget: $325,000
Equivalent to $1,286,616 in 2020
Domestic Gross: $47,000,000
Equivalent to $186,064,493 in 2020
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

  • Of the three female leads, Jamie Lee Curtis is the only one who was actually a teenager at the time of production; Nancy Keys, who played Annie, was 29.
  • As Halloween was her first motion picture and she’d had little experience prior, Jamie Lee Curtis was upset with her performance on the first day of production and was convinced she was going to be fired. John Carpenter called her after she went home and complimented her on a day well done.
  • All of the actors wore their own clothes, since there was no money for a costume department. Jamie Lee Curtis went to J.C. Penny before production began for Laurie Strode’s wardrobe, and spent less than $100 for the entire set.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis was paid $8,000 for her part in the film.
  • As the film was shot out of sequence, John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis created a “fear meter” so that she would know what level of terror Laurie should be exhibiting in certain scenes.