The formula, by now, is legendary: Take a group of promiscuous high schoolers, throw in one vestigial virgin and one psychotic killer and watch the horror unfold. John Carpenter’s Halloween didn’t invent the slasher picture, but it set the bar for all those that would follow in its footsteps.
The end result – made for a scant $300,000 in only 20 days – is cinema’s quietest and least showy murder-fest. Carpenter ratchets up the tension through long takes, his still camera, his amazing and now-iconic self-made score, and wide-angle shots that make you survey the landscape looking for Michael “The Shape” Myers in the camera’s edges.
And while the movie is set in Haddonfield, Illinois, it was actually shot on location in South Pasadena and Hollywood, California. If you look closely, you can see palm trees in the backgrounds of some shots, like the scene where final girl Laurie walks young Tommy Doyle to the Myers’ house. Haddonfield was actually named after co-screenwriter and producer Debra Hill’s hometown of Haddonfield, New Jersey.
Today, the folks over at JoBlo have released another episode of their newest webseries, Where It Was Made, where they revisit the actual filming locations of some of the most popular films ever made and see how they’re holding up today, while examining how they were used in the finished movie. Next up… you guessed it, it’s John Carpenter’s Halloween.
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[via JoBlo Movie Network]