Halloween is a visceral experience–we aren't seeing the movie, we're having it happen to us. It's frightening. Maybe you don't like movies that are really scary: Then don't see this one.

— Roger Ebert


Film • Oct 31

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Come to the Nick to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the slasher classic, Halloween!

On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for fifteen years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith’s Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.

John Carpenter’s Halloween premiered in cinemas and on drive-in screens forty years ago, changing the landscape of horror cinema. It stunned audiences worldwide and became known as the most frightening motion picture ever made.

Now forty years later, the film has earned the distinguished honor of being the most successful independent horror movie of all time. It is also one of the most successful independent films ever made. Halloween has been selected by the Library of Congress for preservation, a rare honor, and it has inspired and driven countless other films in this genre.

See the original John Carpenter’s Halloween in theatres before the direct sequel’s October release!

Directed by John Carpenter.


1978. USA. 91 minutes. Rated R.