Premiering in 1978, Halloween was a low-budget film that changed the world. Written and directed by novice filmmaker John Carpenter, featuring virtually no famous actors and shot in the span of 20 days, the film somehow managed to revolutionize a genre and spawn a series of sequels, even to this day. The Halloween movies have inspired a cult following, so what magic transpired behind the scenes to make these films?
This list includes some of the most interesting behind-the-scenes stories from the Halloween series as well as interesting tidbits of Halloween movie trivia which demonstrate how the formative series developed and evolved over the years. This is what went into the making of the bogeyman, a force that is "purely and simply evil."
John Carpenter Wrote The Legendary Score Himself
Before the score was added, Carpenter showed the film to an executive producer who was interested in his work. The executive was not impressed, saying it just wasn't that scary. Afterward, Carpenter composed the entire score himself (mostly for economic reasons).
When the executive saw the film with the score added, she was forced to retract her previous assessment.
Co-Writer And Producer Debra Hill Beefed Up The Women Characters
At the time, Hill had only worked as a script supervisor (which she was on Assault on Precinct 13).
The decision to trust her in the expanded role turned out to be a stroke of genius. She wrote much of the dialogue for the girls, adding depth to their characters that was extremely unusual for an exploitation film.
The Mask Is Really A Modified William Shatner Mask
Production designer (and editor) Tommy Lee Wallace was tasked with creating the iconic mask. He went out and bought a few cheap rubber masks from the store: Richard Nixon, Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk, and Emmett Kelly.
The Captain was chosen by default for being the most featureless, though Kelly the sad clown was pretty creepy. The mask was then modified to create the iconic image seen on screen.
The Original Title Was 'The Babysitter Murders'
Some psychopath stalks and kills babysitters: thus was the simplicity of the initial premise, created by producer Irwin Yablans.
He would later come up with the idea of incorporating the imagery of Halloween into the film, giving the film its name.