13 things you probably didn't know about 'Halloween'
- "Halloween" (1978) is a classic horror film , but even superfans may not know these fun facts.
- Jamie Lee Curtis landed a leading role because of her mom, and 16 people have played Michael Myers.
- Haddonfield is a real town, but it's in New Jersey, not Illinois.
As referenced by a character in the 2018 sequel, "Halloween" was initially going to be titled "The Babysitter Murders."Director John Carpenter's then-girlfriend cowrote the screenplay with him.
As the director, John Carpenter often gets all the credit for "Halloween," but he didn't do it alone.
Debra Hill, a producer on the film and Carpenter's then-girlfriend, actually cowrote the film with him.
She also helped write some of the sequel films, including "Halloween II" (1981).The original screenplay was written in two weeks.
The writers turned the screenplay around in about two weeks and the filming took just 22 days.The production team had a low budget of $300,000.
Because of the tight budget, they couldn't hire major stars, and Carpenter himself put together the now-iconic score to save money.
Today, "Halloween" is a multimillion-dollar franchise .Haddonfield is a real town, but it's not in Illinois.
Haddonfield was inspired by and named after Hill's hometown in New Jersey. But the film takes place in Illinois.The real Mike Myers house isn't anywhere near New Jersey or Illinois.
The actual house used in the film is in South Pasadena, California.
Originally built at 709 Meridian Avenue, the structure was set to be demolished in the late 1980s but was saved, designated as a landmark by the city, and relocated to its current address, 1000 Mission Street.
If you look closely at the hand holding the knife on the original "Halloween" movie poster, you can make out an open-mouthed face in the knuckles.
When the poster was put up for auction in 2016, artist Bob Gleason included a letter that explained how the detail came about.
"While painting the hand my thought was to have dramatic lights and dark shapes to match the strobe stabbing effects of the pumpkin," he wrote. "I did not consciously know I was infusing in the back of the hand a screaming monster with worms coming out of his mouth, eye and nose."
The letter continued, "This kind of freaks me out. I couldn't have done it better if I had tried to do that. What dark nightmares lurk in my psyche?"Michael Myers didn't speak until 2007.
After 29 years of (mostly) wearing a mask and silently stalking his victims, Michael Myers had his first line in "Halloween" (2007) .
He spoke next in "Halloween II" (2009).Jamie Lee Curtis landed a lead role in the film because of her famous mom.
Jamie Lee Curtis was cast in the original "Halloween" because Hill thought having the daughter of actress Janet Leigh would help the low-budget film at the box office.
"I knew casting Jamie Lee would be great publicity for the film because her mother was in 'Psycho.' At least I knew she had the genes to scream well," Hill told Cinefantastique News in 1998 .
Her character's name, Laurie Strode, was also based on one of Carpenter's ex-girlfriends.More than a dozen people have played Michael Myers in the 12 movies.
The upcoming sequel "Halloween Ends," scheduled for 2022, will be the 13th entry in the franchise.
So far, more than 16 actors have appeared on screen as villain Michael Myers (if you count all the times crew members filled in).
There were six people who played Michael in the first film alone, including Hill.Carpenter never wanted the Michael Myers saga to continue.
If Carpenter had gotten his way, Michael Myers' story would've ended a long time ago.
In a 2014 interview with Deadline , he said that he didn't return to direct the sequels because he "didn't think there was any more story" beyond the first film.
"All of my ideas were for the first 'Halloween' — there shouldn't have been any more," he said. "I'm flattered by the fact that people want to remake them, but they remake everything these days, so it doesn't make me that special."
Carpenter ended up writing the first sequel, "Halloween II," and he's an executive producer on the others.The franchise almost turned into an anthology.
"Halloween 3: Season of the Witch" (1982) stands out because there's no Michael, Laurie, Loomis, or Haddonfield.
Carpenter and Hill thought that it would be interesting if there were an anthology of horror films where the common thread was that they all occurred on Halloween night.
But "Season of the Witch" didn't live up to the box-office numbers of the prior two films, so Michael Myers made his return six years later.There's no definitive Michael Myers mask.
Although hardcore "Halloween" fans would likely say that the modified William Shatner mask used in the original film is the only one that matters, the truth is there have been close to a dozen different iterations of the design.
For example, in "Halloween 5," Myers briefly drove a car and wore a completely different mask that has come to be known as "The Brute."Read the original article on Insider