Director John Carpenter in an interview

Horror Begins with Halloween

Circling Back to Success

The original 1978 Halloween, written and directed by John Carpenter, was made for around $300,000. The film would ultimately gross $60 million worldwide. Since the first film, there have been 9 sequels. The new film however, completely disregards most of the past sequels and actually pokes fun at some of them. The plot jumps back to the first film and picks up from there as if the other 9 were nothing but a dream or rumors. A paranoid Laurie, who is still traumatized by the memory of Michael Myers, comes out of the shadows of history to face Michael again.

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The new Halloween sequel, starring Jamie Lee Curtis in the same role that made her an iconic scream queen, dominated the box office with $77.5 million in ticket sales. Directed by David Gordon Green and not by John Carpenter, the film still played to its origins and increased its value with a few records including the best horror opening for a film with a female lead and the biggest debut for a film with a female lead over 55 years of age. The film was placed behind last year’s IT as the second-best start for an R-rated horror film, as well as the second-highest opening in October history behind Venom.

This circle in time brings to light the success that legendary director John Carpenter has accomplished for the horror genera. Horror may have not been born by Halloween, but it certainly began with it.

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Horror is a universal language; we’re all afraid. We’re born afraid, we’re all afraid of things: death, disfigurement, loss of a loved one. Everything that I’m afraid of, you’re afraid of and vice versa. So everybody feels fear and suspense. — John Carpenter

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