The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Halloween (1978)

Halloween poster

An annual Halloween tradition lives on at The Frida Cinema with screenings of John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic Halloween!

In one of horror cinema’s most iconic opening scenes, six-year-old Michael Myers puts on a mask and inexplicably murders his sister Judith on a cold Halloween night in 1963. Sentenced and institutionalized, Myers escapes 15 years later and returns to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois. With psychiatrist Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance) frantically hunting him down, Michael soons set his sights on teenaged Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis), setting in motion a thrilling cat-and-mouse climax.

A critical and box office hit upon its initial release, Halloween is the third most successful independent film of all time as well as one of the most acclaimed films of the horror genre.


“Carpenter obviously knows the genre well and he builds a properly terrifying atmosphere through his well-paced direction. It’s an effective entry for its intended market.” – Ron Pennington, Hollywood Reporter

“Carpenter’s 1978 slasher classic has inspired a million imitations as well as sequels, but few that demonstrate so clearly that a disreputable genre movie can also be a pure, rigorous work of art.” – Jake Wilson, The Age

“Not just the gold standard for American horror, but one of the greatest achievements in cinematic history.” – Matthew Lucas, From the Front Row

Halloween
Michael Myers (Nick Castle) sneaking up on Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis).