This movie started her career, great choice. Went on to be a "Scream Queen". She help set the standard for the horror movie heroine.
Donald Pleasance as Dr. Sam Loomis.
Great actor to play the obsessed doctor. He has a fairly small part in this movie, but expands as the series continues.
Nick Castle as Micheal "The Shape" Myers
Well, unlike Freddy; Micheal Myers is played by quite a few actors. But Nick created the Shape's movements, alot of later actors tried to copy, but nobody got it right. Castle can just be creepy walking and staring at you with his blank eyes.
A masked killer returns to his hometown and begins to kill babysitters on the block. His name is Michael Myers. For fifteen years now he has been in Smith Grove's Sanitarium under the care of Dr. Loomis, now he has escaped.
I believe this series survived because the plot changed with each movie, although the director's of the later sequels apparently weren't required to watch the previous films. The characters of Loomis, Laurie and Myers; evolved with the series. There are also many reappearances of characters from the original in later sequels such as Tommy Doyle, and Terrence Wynn.
Alot of people confuse Micheal Myers and Jason Voorhees; I don't see how, but they do. Halloween did come before Friday the 13th, but both series "borrowed" from one another.
Great ending, sequel picks up right where this one leaves off.
Way before CGI, barely any blood. But great use of shadows, especially love the parts where Mike's white mask fades into view from dark corners and door ways. But gets VERY annoying at theaters, where there are always at least one woman that screams EVERYTIME she sees the mask.
Laurie asks Loomis: "Was that the Boogey-man?"
Loomis to Laurie: "As a matter a fact; It was"