Something for the weekend?
Seventies horror film ‘Halloween’ was a milestone that spawned a whole generation of teen splatter movies. This 90 minute doc is a wonderful watch for fans of this breakout hit. You can read the shooting script HERE
- While it was his third film, ‘Halloween’ launched John Carpenter into the big time. ‘Dark Star’ and ‘Assault On Precinct Thirteen’ both remain low budget masterclasses.
- For some time Halloween remained the most profitable film ever made, costing $320k (shot in 21 days) and grossing $70m
- In true low budget style, the actors wore their own clothes as there was so little budget.
- Half of the $320,000 budget was spent on the Panavison cameras so the film would have a 2:35:1 scope. Donald Pleasence was paid $20k for 5 days work.
- John Carpenters score became an overnight classic and ushered in a decade of synth music scores, most of which were pale imitations.
- No distributor would release the film, so the producers released it themselves. Sound familiar?
- Steadicam was used extensively, a camera support system that had little cinematic exposure at the time. Their camera test footage recently surfaced. Below.