Halloween (the movie) trivia!
Happy Halloween! Here are some interesting things you may or may not have known about one of the most successful independent movies of all time, Halloween.
Shot in 28 days in the spring of 1978 on a budget of $300,000 the movie went on to gross $47 million at the US box office. While everyone worked hard on the movie, no one involved had any idea it would be that successful.
Half the budget was spent on Panavision cameras so that the film would be in 2.35:1 scope.
The original script was titled "The Babysitter Murders".
The script didn't call for any particular mask, and at one point, they were thinking of using a smiling clown mask. The one they ended up using was a one dollar Captain Kirk mask with the eyebrows and sideburns ripped off, painted fish-belly white. They thought it was creepier because it was emotionless.
Michael Myers is listed in the credits not as "Michael Myers", but "The Shape".
Jamie Lee Curtis was so disappointed in her performance after the first day of shooting that she was sure she was going to be fired. John Carpenter called her up that night to tell her how happy he was with the way things were going. Curtis has said in interviews how uncommonly kind that was and that that has never happened to her in her career since.
John Carpenter wrote the score in four days. He also performs it. The main theme is in rarely used 5/4 time, a rhythm Carpenter's father taught him.
There was no money for wardrobe. All the actors wore their own clothes aside from the coveralls and mask for Michael Myers.
Nick Castle, one of Carpenter's friends from USC film school, was originally on set just to watch the filming, but Carpenter liked the way he walked and asked him to don the mask and coveralls for most of the scenes.
The dark lighting comes from a lack of budget for more lights.
One last question for you: How many people played Michael Myers in the movie? Click here for the answer!