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John Carpenter’s Halloween Trivia

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John Carpenter’s Halloween has withstood the test of time. Many consider it a classic and think they know a lot of trivia about the film. Are you one of these people? Read on and find out.

In the 1978 Halloween, it’s never really said why Michael Myers wants to kill Laurie Strode. The reason is because she is his sister, but that fact is not revealed until Halloween 2.

When Laurie is walking home and sees Michael behind the bushes, an error occurs. Cigarette smoke from a crew member drifts in front of the camera.

John Carpenter references the area he grew up in, Bowling Green, Kentucky, several times in Halloween. The film’s score was credited to “The Bowling Green Philharmonic”, a band that doesn’t exist. One scene’s subtitles state it is in Smith’s Grove, Illinois. Smith’s Grove is actually a small town just north of Bowling Green.

Halloween was filmed in California during the springtime, so paper leaves were purchased and painted to make the outdoor scenes look like they took place in Illinois during the fall. In order to save money the same batch of leaves was used over and over. If you look closely, you can see palm trees in the background of some shots.

Many know that Michael’s mask in Halloween was an altered Captain Kirk mask. The reason is because that mask was cheapest and the film’s budget had to stretch. The movie was shot in only 21 days with a budget of $300,000.

The cast also wore their own clothes for the shoot. Jamie Lee Curtis spent under $100 at J.C. Penney for the entire set.

You may have noticed that there is a poster of a painting in Laurie’s bedroom. The painting is by James Ensor, who often portrayed humans wearing grotesque masks.

John Carpenter did not choose the name Michael Myers randomly. Michael Myers was the European distributor for Assault on Precinct 13, Carpenter’s previous film. The killer was named after him as an odd way of saying thank you.

Christopher Lee was offered the role of Sam Loomis in Halloween, which ultimately went to Donald Pleasence. Lee said later it was the biggest career mistake he ever made.

The inspiration for Michael Myers is an interesting one – Yul Brynner’s killer robot character in Westworld.

At the end of Halloween, when Michael Myers falls out of the window and his body disappears, Dr. Loomis was supposed to look surprised. Donald Pleasence suggested that he instead look as if he knew that would happen. The scene was shot both ways and Pleasence’s idea worked out better.




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