It's the perfect slasher movie. Often imitated, never duplicated, John Carpenter
is a masterpiece of suspense and terror, giving the horror movie world one of its best-known masked villains: The Shape, aka, Michael Myers. Reboots, remakes, endless sequels, love 'em or hate 'em, there's no beating the 1978 original. Here we'll take a look at 10 killer facts about John Carpenter's Halloween
The Babysitter Murders
John Carpenter nearly called this movie The Babysitter Murders. The director and his longtime producing partner, the late Debra Hill
, co-wrote the script in just ten days. The production itself was remarkably short, too. Preproduction, principal photography, and postproduction took place over a combined 12 weeks. Carpenter composed the almost instantly iconic Halloween score in just three days.
Location, location, location
Haddonfield and Smith's Grove aren't real towns in Illinois, but they do exist elsewhere. Haddonfield, New Jersey was Debra Hill's hometown. Smith's Grove is actually in Kentucky,