Halloween (film)

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Halloween is a 1978 horror film about an escaped psychotic murderer, institutionalized since childhood, who goes on a murderous rampage through the streets of his childhood town on Halloween.

Directed by John Carpenter and written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill.
The night HE came homeTaglines


Dr. Sam Loomis

  • He's gone from here. The evil is gone.
  • [into phone] You've got to believe me, Officer, he is coming to Haddonfield... Because I know him - I'm his doctor! You must be ready for him... If you don't, it's your funeral!
  • I met him fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no, uh, conscience, no understanding and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six year old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes, the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply evil...He's been here once tonight. I think he'll come back. I'm gonna wait for him.
  • You've fooled them, haven't you Michael? But not me.

Laurie Strode

  • [to herself] Well, kiddo, I thought you outgrew superstition.
  • [to Tommy] There's no boogey man, and if you don't stop all this, I'm gonna have to turn off the TV and send you to bed.
  • Everybody's havin' a good time tonight.
  • [to Lynda, on the phone] Are you fooling around again? Well, I'll kill you if this is a joke.
  • The keys...the keys... Oh please...Tommy, open up, it's me.

Sheriff Brackett

  • Excuse me, Laurie...I didn't mean to startle you...You know, it's Halloween. I guess everyone's entitled to one good scare.
  • Probably kids...and all they took was some Halloween masks, a rope, and a couple of knives.

Others

  • Tommy Doyle: [to Laurie, about the Myers' house] You're not supposed to go up there!...That's a haunted house...awful stuff happened there once.
  • Bullies: [to Tommy] He's gonna get you. The boogey-man is coming!
  • Annie Brackett: You know, you could ask somebody...Sure you could. All you have to do is go up to somebody and say, 'You wanna go to the dance?'...Ben Traymer, I knew it! So you do think about things like that, huh Laurie?
  • Movie Announcer: LOCK YOUR DOORS! BOLT YOUR WINDOWS AND TURN OFF THE LIGHTS. DON'T GO AWAY 'CAUSE HERE'S A SCENE FROM... AND NOW THE HORRIFYING CONCLUSION TO THE THING...
  • Lynda: [exposing her breasts] See anything you like? What'sa matter? Can't I get your ghost, Bob?

Dialogue

Loomis: He hasn't spoken a word in 15 years.
Nurse: Are there any special instructions?
Loomis: Just try and understand what we're dealing with here. Don't underestimate it.
Nurse: Don't you think we could refer to it as him?
Loomis: If you say so.
Nurse: Your compassion's overwhelming, doctor. You're serious about it, aren't you?
Loomis: Yeah.
Nurse: You mean you actually never want him to get out?
Loomis: Never, ever. Never.
Nurse: Then why are we taking him up to Hardin County if you're just gonna lock...
Loomis: Because that is the law.

Dr. Terence Wynn: Now, for God's sake, he can't even drive a car!
Loomis: He was doing very well last night! Maybe someone around here gave him lessons!

Lynda: [concerning Annie] The only reason she baby sits is to have a place for...
Laurie: [realizing she had forgotten something] Shit.
Annie: I have a place for that!
Laurie: I forgot my chemistry book.
Lynda: So who cares? I always forget my chemistry book and my math book, and my English book, and my, let's see, my French book, and... well who needs books anyway, I don't need books, I always forget all my books, I mean, it doesn't really matter if you have your books or not... [Michael Myers drives by] Hey isn't that Devon Graham?
Laurie: I don't think so.
Annie: Hey, jerk! SPEED KILLS!
[The car screeches to a halt, just down the street]
Annie: God, can't he take a joke?
[The car finally leaves]
Laurie: You know Annie some day you're going to get us all in deep trouble.
Lynda: Totally.
Annie: I HATE a guy with a car and no sense of humor.

Lynda: It's totally insane. We have three new cheers to learn in the morning, the game is in the afternoon, I have to get my hair done at five, and the dance is at eight! I'll be totally wiped out!
Laurie: [sarcastically] I don't think you have enough to do tomorrow.
Lynda: Totally!

Lynda: So Annie, are we still on for tonight?
Annie: I wouldn't want to get you in deep trouble, Lynda!
Lynda: Oh come on Annie! Bob and I have been planning it for weeks.
Annie: Alright, the Wallace's leave at seven.
Laurie: I'm babysitting the Doyle's, it's two houses down. We can keep each other company!
Annie: Oh terrific, I've got three choices: Watch the kid sleep, listen to Lynda screw around or talk to you!

Laurie: Annie, look!
Annie: Look where? I don't see anything.
Laurie: That guy who passed us in the car before, the one you yelled at!
Annie: Subtle, isn't he?
[Marches over to the bush]
Annie: Hey, creep!
[pauses]
Annie: Laurie, dear. He wants to talk to you. He wants to take you out tonight.
Laurie: [Coming over, then seeing there's nobody there] He was standing right there.
Annie: Poor Laurie! Scared another one away. It's tragic, you NEVER go out. You must have a small fortune stashed away from babysitting so much.
Laurie: Guys thinks I'm too smart.
Annie: I don't, I think you're wacko. Now you're seeing men behind bushes!

Graveyard Keeper: Yeah, you know every town has something like this happen... I remember over in Russellville, old Charlie Bowles, about fifteen years ago... One night, he finished dinner, and he excused himself from the table. He went out to the garage, and got himself a hacksaw. Then he went back into the house, kissed his wife and his two children goodbye, and then he proceeded to...
Loomis: Where are we?
Graveyard Keeper: Eh? Oh, it's, uh, right over here... [they see the headstone for Judith Myers is missing]
Graveyard Keeper: Why do they do it? Goddamn kids! They'll do anything for Halloween.
Loomis: He came home!

Annie: Still spooked?
Laurie: I wasn't spooked.
Annie: LIES!
Laurie: I wasn't! I saw someone standing in Mr. Riddle's back yard.
Annie: Probably Mr. Riddle!
Laurie: He was watching me.
Annie: Mr. Riddle was watching you? Laurie, Mr. Riddle is eighty-seven!
Laurie: He can still watch.
Annie: That's probably all he can do!

Sheriff Brackett: Every kid in Haddonfield thinks this place is haunted.
Loomis: They may be right. Look!
Sheriff Brackett: What is that?
Loomis: It's a dog.
Sheriff Brackett: It's still warm.
Loomis: He got hungry.
Sheriff Brackett: ...It coulda been a skunk.
Loomis: Could have, huh?
Sheriff Brackett: A man wouldn't do that.
Loomis: This isn't a man.

Tommy: Laurie, what's the boogeyman?
Laurie: There's no such thing.

Tommy: What about the boogeyman?
Laurie: There's no such thing.
Tommy: Richie said he was coming after me tonight.
Laurie: Do you believe everything Richie tells you?
Tommy: No.
Laurie: On Halloween night, it's when people play tricks on each other. It's all make-believe. I think Richie was just trying to scare you.
Tommy: I saw the boogeyman. I saw him outside.
Laurie: There was nobody outside.
Tommy: There was!
Laurie: What did he look like?
Tommy: The boogeyman.
Laurie: We're not gettin' anywhere. All right, the boogeyman can only come out on Halloween night, right?...Well, I'm here tonight and I'm not about to let anything happen to you.
Tommy: Promise?
Laurie: Promise.

Sheriff Brackett: I have a feeling that you're way off on this.
Loomis: You have the wrong feeling.
Sheriff Brackett: You're not doing very much to prove me wrong!
Loomis: What more do you need?
Sheriff Brackett: Well, it's going to take a lot more than fancy talk to keep me up all night crawling around these bushes.
Loomis: I watched him for fifteen years, sitting in a room staring at a wall, not seeing the wall, looking past the wall, looking at this night, inhumanly patient, waiting for some secret, silent alarm to trigger him off. Death has come to your little town, Sheriff. You can either ignore it or you can help me to stop it.
Sheriff Brackett: More fancy talk.

Loomis: [pulling his gun after being startled by a crash] You must think me a very sinister doctor... oh, I have a permit.
Sheriff Brackett: Seems to me you're just plain scared.
Loomis: Yeah, yeah I am...

Lynda: Now when we get inside, Annie will distract Lindsey and we go upstairs to the first bedroom on the right. Got it?
Bob: First I rip your clothes off...
Lynda: Don't rip my blouse, it's expensive you idiot!
Bob: Then I rip my clothes off, then I rip Lindsey's clothes off, yeah I think I got it.
Lynda: Totally.

Tommy: Was it the boogeyman?
Lindsey: I'm scared!
Laurie: There's nothing to be scared of, now get changed.
Tommy: Are you sure?
Laurie: Yes.
Tommy: How?
Laurie: I killed him...
Tommy: You can't kill the boogeyman!

Laurie: [after Michael falls off the balcony] It was the boogeyman.
Loomis: As a matter of fact... it was.

Taglines

  • The Night HE Came Home!
  • HE came home for HALLOWEEN.
  • Everyone is entitled to one good scare
  • Trick or treat... or die
  • Let's celebrate the horror
  • Happy Halloween!
  • The Trick Is To Stay Alive!

Cast

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