20 Things You Didn’t Know About HALLOWEEN (and Michael Myers)

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It’s a big Halloween for the horror classic Halloween, as the hit slasher film celebrates its 35th anniversary. Of course, a lot of people will tell you that Halloween debuted on October 25th inĀ in Kansas City, Missouri. The movie actually began bringing in the big bucks on October 17th, 1978–most likely via a booking at the Chicago International Film Festival. But why debate that useless trivia when there’s plenty of fascinating trivia about the Halloween franchise? The movie really shook up the American horror scene. Before Halloween came along, Hollywood was fooling around with bad eco-terror movies. The folks at the grindhouse were enjoying some good imported fare, but any good slasher product was often paired with bad Exorcist knock-offs.

To be fair, the international film market’s fondness for nudity made up for a lot. Still, Halloween inspired plenty of low-budget greatness. It took a while, though. The indie release was getting lots of critical acclaim by November of 1978, but a lot of places still didn’t get to see the movie until the summer of 1979. Friday the 13th wouldn’t come out until a year later, followed by a fine flood of slasher flicks. That produced a flood of horror geeks, and we certainly won’t mock you if you’re part of that brotherhood. It just means that maybe you already know a few of these fun Halloween facts–but we’re betting that you don’t know them all. Which is our way of bragging that we’re geekier than thou…

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