In 1978, filmmaking upstart John Carpenter and his then-girlfriend Debra Hill came up with a script about a babysitter killer. With the likes of producers Moustapha Akkad and Irwin Yablans, legendary actor Donald Pleasence, newcomer Jamie Lee Curtis, along with a dedicated crew, they were able to create an independent horror film for just $320,000. That film was Halloween and it went on to become the highest grossing indie film, holding on to that record for two decades and propelling both Carpenter and Curtis to fame.
Now, 40 years later, the horror classic is returning to theaters to celebrate its anniversary. CineLife Entertainment, which is the event cinema division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, made the announcement on Wednesday. They will be teaming up with the original production companies behind the film, Compass International Pictures and Trancas International Films. Carpenter had this to say to Variety about the film’s return:
“I’m thrilled to have the original make its way back into theaters, as we prepare for the release of the sequel. Having both back in theaters this fall is remarkable.”
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The film will return on September 27th on 1,000 screens, just three weeks before the release of the sequel. Meanwhile, the sequel was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and has been selected as the opening night film for this year’s Fantastic Fest on September 20th at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, Texas.
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