Behind The Scenes Facts About "Halloween" And The Creation Of Michael Myers

By | October 31, 2021

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Michael Myers at his scariest in 1978. (AnchorBayEntertainment)

Like Charlie Brown to Thanksgiving or Rudolf to Christmas, Halloween wouldn’t feel right without Michael Myers haunting your TV set. John Carpenter’s “Halloween” set the standard for scary movies during the spookiest time of the year. Made in 1978, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, “Halloween” spawned an astounding 12 sequels and grossed over $640 million worldwide and counting.

Amazingly, the original “Halloween” only took 20 days to shoot for just $300,000. The pioneering film went on to gross over $70 million, a record that stood for more than 20 years until 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project. Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about Michael Myers and “Halloween.”

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Halloween movies continue to come out decades later. (Popsugar)

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One constant theme during the inception and filming of “Halloween” was undoubtedly the budget. Producer Irwin Yablans conceived it thanks in part to his lack of funding. "I dreamed up Halloween on an airplane," he told The New York Times. "I was coming back from a film festival in Milan, and I was looking for an idea that wouldn't cost money because I didn't have any money. I couldn't afford to buy a book or a play. And it happened to be Halloween night. The thing that baffled me -- to this day, I'm amazed -- is that in 75 years of movie-making, nobody had ever used the title Halloween for a picture."