New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 10 - Page 28

Halloween (1978) While it can’t claim to be the first slasher movie, having been preceded by the likes of Peeping Tom, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Black Christmas, John Carpenter’s Halloween is certainly the most influential. Laying down a new template for the genre, it inspired countless imitations, none of which would come remotely close to replicating its chilling atmosphere. Carpenter had been approached by producer Irwin Yablans to write and direct a cheap horror movie, Yablans having been highly impressed with Carpenter’s work on the low budget Assault on Precinct 13. Enlisting the aid of then girlfriend Debra Hill, Carpenter wrote a script in a few days, originally with the rather uninspired title of ‘The Babysitter Murders’. 2015 - ISSUE 10 28