14+ Facts About John Carpenter's 'Halloween'

Diply 23 Oct 2018

If you're a fan of slasher films, then you've definitely seen Halloween (1978) at least a dozen or so times. I'm sure you've also seen the nine hundred spin-offs and remakes of the movie as well.

It turns out that there are quite a few fooky (fun and spooky) facts about the movie that I didn't know about until now! Don't worry, for the benefit of this article, we're going to sick to just the original movie.

1. The move was initially called The Babysitter Murders.

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Irwin Yablans, the man who proposed the film in the first place, thought that making the film about babysitters would be a great way to pull in a young audience because a lot of kids babysit, according to an interview by *Entertainment Weekly*.

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2. The film had a shoestring budget.

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They started off with just $300,000 and ended up grossing $60 million at the worldwide box office, says the The New York Times.

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3. John Carpenter was paid a mere $10,000 to direct, write, and create music for the film.

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It doesn't sound like a lot, but he also ended up receiving 10% of the film's profits, which probably helps him sleep a little better at night, according to a *Halloween Movies* interview.

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4. Jamie Lee Curtis wasn't the first casting choice.

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Carpenter explained in the same interview that he had no idea who she was at the time. He decided that casting her would be great publicity for the film because her mother, Janet Leigh, was in Psycho.

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5. Curtis was paid just $2,000 a week for four weeks.

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"We bought an entire wardrobe at JCPenney for probably a hundred bucks," she added in the *Entertainment Weekly* interview.

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6. Will Sandin, the boy who played the young Michael Myers, had a curfew.

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Thanks to the strict laws set in place when using child actors, Will was only allowed to be on the set until 10 p.m.

As a result, the tiny hands you see holding the knife that attacks Michael's sister during the opening shot are actually those of co-writer Debra Hill. "I had the littlest hands," she explained to EW.

I'm going back to take a closer look at those hands.

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7. The famous Michael Myer's mask was originally a Captain Kirk Star Trek mask.

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Carpenter explained that the eye holes were widened and spray-painted the now-famous bluish white color.

"It didn't look anything like William Shatner after Tommy got through with it, which is probably for the best," Carpenter said.

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8. The lack of money is a big reason why we don't see a lot of Michael Myers in the film.

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Carpenter explained in a 2010 interview that they relied on "tricks" and the audience only briefly seeing him because of their small budget, but it worked out in the movie's favor.The anonymity definitely made things even spookier.

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9. Carpenter doesn't watch the movie anymore.

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"I can’t handle it!" He told The Hollywood Reporter. "I see all the mistakes. I watch a little bit and say, 'What was I thinking? Why did I do that?!' I just as soon not watch it."

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10. Carpenter had just three days to score the film, which ended up being praised as one of the scariest pieces of music ever written for a movie.

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Although it was a bit easier for him because he also scoredAssault on Precinct 13, but had just ONE day to do that.

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11. His favorite shot in the film is the Haddonfield title.

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We see it right at the start of the movie. It features an empty street with just a few houses and blowing leaves. "I love that shot. There’s nothing to it," he said.

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12. The fictional town of Haddonfield was mainly filmed in the suburbs of South Pasadena, California.

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Carpenter chose this location because it felt very "middle America" to him, "in an idealized way," he added in a 2010 interview.

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13. Production had a hard time tracking down pumpkins and autumn leaves for the movie, as they shot it in March.

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They ended up raking up any of the fake leaves they did have, and would reuse them for different scenes, according to *Halloween Movies*.

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14. Carpenter came up with a "Fear-o-Meter" to tell Curtis how scared she should be in each scene.

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"We shot the film completely out of sequence, so John and I came up with what I call 'the Fear-o-Meter' -- that's how I could tell how scared to be in each scene. He'd say, 'All right Jamie, this is a nine,'" Curtis explained to *EW*.

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15. Everyone had a hand in making the film as great as it was.

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Carpenter explained that they used his old Cadillac in a shot because they needed a car. They used the Cater's pickup truck in a different scene.They would have crew members stand in as extras, and when they needed to show kids walking down the street, people would simply round up their kids to help out.He explained that that was the only time that that sort of collaboration had ever happened in his career, he said to EW.

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16. Halloween (2018) is a direct sequel to the 1978 film.

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Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprise their roles as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, and so far, it has been positively received.

It's even expected to debut at $100 million worldwide, according to *Deadline*. Are you planning on seeing this movie?

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