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Halloween (film series)


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Halloween premiered on October 25, 1978 in Kansas City, Missouri, and a few days later in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.[27] Although it performed well with little advertising relying mostly on word-of-mouth many critics seemed uninterested or dismissive of the film. The first glowing review by a prominent film critic, however, came from Tom Allen of The Village Voice. Allen noted that the film was sociologically irrelevant, but applauded Carpenter's camera work as "duplicitous hype" and "the most honest way to make a good schlock film." Allen pointed out the stylistic similarities to Psycho and George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968).[28]

Following Allen's laudatory essay, other critics took notice. Renowned American critic Roger Ebert gave the film similar praise in his 1979 review in the Chicago Sun-Times, and selected it as one of his top five films of 1978.[19] Once-dismissive critics were impressed by Carpenter's choice of camera angles and simple music, and surprised by the lack of blood, gore, and graphic violence.[2]

The film grossed $47 million in the United States[1] and an additional $8 million internationally, making the theatrical total around $55 million.[4] While most of the film's success came from American movie-goers, Halloween premiered in several international locations after 1979 with moderate results. The film was shown mostly in the European countries of France, the United Kingdom, West Germany, Italy, Sweden, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Yugoslavia, and Iceland. Admissions in West Germany totaled around 750,000 and 118,606 in Sweden, earning SEK 2,298,579 there. The film was also shown at theaters in Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Peru, the Philippines, Argentina and Chile. Halloween grossed AU$900,000 in Australia, which was a large and impressive amount of money for a film to gross at the box office in Australia at the time, and HKD 450,139 in Hong Kong.[7]

Halloween was nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for Best Horror Film in 1979, but lost to The Wicker Man (1973).[29] The film has received other honors since its theatrical debut. Halloween is ranked at 68 on the American Film Institute's list AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills, compiled in 2001, featuring important horror and thriller films. In 2006, the United States Library of Congress deemed Halloween to be "historically, culturally or aesthetically important in any way" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.[30] The film was #14 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004), counting down cinema's scariest moments.

Since Halloween's premiere, it has been released on VHS, laserdisc, DVD and UMD. In its first year of release on VHS, the film earned $18,500,000 in the United States from rentals.[7] Early VHS versions were released by Media Home Entertainment and Blockbuster Video issued a commemorative edition in 1995. Anchor Bay Entertainment has released several restored editions of Halloween on VHS and DVD, with the most recent being the 2003 two-disc Divimax 25th Anniversary edition with a lenticular 3-D morphing cover and a commentary track including separately recorded contributions by John Carpenter, Debra Hill and Jamie Lee Curtis plus the documentary Halloween: A Cut Above the Rest.[27] The film was included with the 2006 documentary Halloween: 25 Years of Terror, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Halloween's release.

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