10 Little-Known Facts About Halloween Movies

Halloween is one of the most popular and successful franchises of all time — not just in horror, but in all of cinema. It’s hard to keep track of them all movies from this series. There have been sequels, reboots, semi-reboots that only acknowledge certain films, and the odd anthology sequel that doesn’t really belong anywhere and sticks out like a sore thumb. Even if you’re not a fan of Halloween, you know everything about this franchise. You know his iconic masked villain, Michael Myers. You know most of these movies star Jamie Lee Curtis. You know there are a lot of movies in the series. But do you know the little-known facts behind these iconic movies, the scenes that happened behind the scenes? Here are some behind-the-scenes fun facts you might not know about the iconic Halloween franchise.

10 Jamie Lee Curtis cameo in Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

Halloween III: The Season of the Witch

Release date
October 22, 1982

Director
Tommy Lee Wallace

Cast
Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O’Herlihy, Michael Curry, Ralph Straight, Jaydeen Barber

Main genre
Horror

Halloween III: The Season of the Witch is the weird cousin of the Halloween franchise. At the time, the plan was to retire Michael Myers and turn Halloween into an anthology series. Each film will focus on a different element of Halloween. While the first two films revolved around a serial killer, The season of the witches focused on — yes, you got it — witchcraft. It is the only film in the Halloween series to exclude Michael Myers – although it does not exclude Jamie Lee Curtis.

Unbeknownst to most fans, Curtis provided an uncredited cameo for the film, playing both the Santa Mira curfew and the phone operator. The season of the witches was panned by critics and had the lowest box office numbers of the series. Panicked, the producers decided to bring back Michael Myers and make him the star of the franchise. But for some fans, The season of the witches it’s actually the best Halloween continuation.

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9 Halloween (2018) was released on Michael Myers’ birthday

Halloween 2018

Halloween (2018)

Release date
October 18, 2018

Director
David Gordon Green

Cast
Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andy Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle, Haluk Bilginer

Main genre
Horror

Directed by David Gordon Green, 2018 Halloween it was a semi-reboot. Although this is the eleventh part of franchise, it serves as a direct sequel to 1978’s halloween, without taking into account the other entries in the series. Taking place forty years after the original, it is the first in a trilogy of films that pits an older Laurie Strode (Curtis) against Michael Myers.

It was released on October 18, which happened to be Myers’ birthday in Halloween universe. Hats off to the producers for pulling it off. Another fun fact: 2018 Halloween is the highest-grossing slasher film of all time with $255 million at the global box office.

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8 Haddonfield, Illinois does not exist

Haddonfield in the Halloween film franchise
Galaxy International

The Halloween The franchise is set in Haddonfield, Illinois. But if you ever planned to visit it, then I’m sorry Halloween fans, you can’t – because this famous suburban town doesn’t actually exist. There is Haddonfield, New Jersey, after all. Actually one of the writers and producers of the original Halloween, Debra Hill, was born there. Something tells us this may have inspired the name for the film’s setting. Just a hunch.

7 The original actor who portrayed Myers’ face received $250

Did Halloween Kills cut Tony Moran's cameo because of fan backlash?

Actor Nick Castle played Michael Myers behind the mask in the original Halloween. But we see Tony Moran when the character’s face is finally revealed in the film. Apparently, Moran was only paid $250 to be the face of the iconic serial killer. Although in defense of the producers, no one knew that their little independent film it would grow as big as Moran appeared in just a few seconds.

According to the actor, he was supposed to have a cameo in 2021 halloween kills but it was allegedly cut due to disparaging remarks Moran made Halloween and his fanbase.

6 Halloween was almost called The Babysitter Murders

Halloween

Halloween (1978)

Release date
October 27, 1978

Director
John Carpenter

Cast
Donald Pleasance, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Keyes, PJ Soules, Kyle Richards, Charles Cypers

Main genre
Horror

believe it or not Halloween it didn’t start with John Carpenter. The idea actually came from producer Irwin Yablans, although his concept was slightly different. Irwin originally pitched a film about babysitters who were stalked and killed by a mysterious figure on Halloween. He called it (cue drum roll) The Babysitter Murders. Carpenter saw the potential of these ideas and along with Debra Hill shaped them into what became the original Halloween. And thankfully they changed the title.

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Related: 10 Movies That Almost Had Different Titles

5 Janet Lee came out of retirement to make Halloween H20 with her daughter Jamie Lee

Halloween: H20

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

Release date
August 5, 1998

Director
Steve Miner

Cast
Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Adam Arkin, Michelle Williams, LL Cool J, Jodie Lynn O’Keefe

Main genre
Horror

Janet Leigh is a Hollywood actress known for playing the screaming victim in the iconic shower scene in the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho. She is also the mother of Halloween franchise star, Jamie Lee Curtis. By 1997, Lee had retired from acting for nearly 20 years. But she temporarily came out of retirement to appear in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later with her daughter. Leigh plays Norma Watson, the secretary of Laurie Strode (Curtis).

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4 Freddy Krueger worked on the original film

Freddy Krueger
New Line Cinema

Actor Robert Englund is known for playing another iconic horror movie villain, Freddy Krueger. But long before it appeared in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Englund actually worked on the set of the original Halloween — for one day. As the story goes, his roommate at the time was working on the set and tricked Englund into going with him to Pasadena, where the movie was being shot. The two spent their time scattering dead leaves around Pasadena to make the scene more autumnal. Who would have predicted that Englund would go on to star in his own horror franchise just six years later?

3 John Carpenter didn’t want Halloween to be a franchise

John Carpenter (2)
Universal pictures

Considered one of the masters of the horror genre, John Carpenter is considered the mastermind behind it Halloween. He co-wrote and directed the original film – and in his opinion, it should have ended there. He never intended to Halloween to become a franchise. Of course, at the end of Halloween, Michael Myers mysteriously disappears after being shot six times, leaving the ending open. But that was the point. Carpenter wanted Myers’ fate and the fate of his future victims to remain ambiguous.

But the powers that be — also known as Hollywood producers — knew there was more money to be made than Michael Myers and turned this small, independent film into one of the most successful horror franchises ever. Although he produced other entries in the series, Carpenter never returned to direct a film, although he directed the reshoots of Halloween II.

2 Paul Rudd’s first starring role was in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

Release date
September 29, 1995

Director
Joe Chappell

Cast
Donald Pleasance, Paul Rudd, Marianne Hagan, Mitch Ryan, Kim Darby, Bradford English

Main genre
Horror

Most people know Paul Rudd as the comic actor who has appeared in everything from the TV show friends to Judd Apatow’s comedies. They tend to think so too Clueless was Rudd’s first starring role. But this is not so. Rudd actually got his start in the horror genre. His first major role is coming Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, the sixth installment in the franchise. It is considered one of the worst films in Halloween series.

Related: 20 Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Our Favorite Horror Movies

Fortunately, that didn’t stop Rudd from building a successful Hollywood career. He is now a popular lead and plays a superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. people magazine even crowned him the “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2021. The man has certainly come a long way from being stalked by a masked, machete-wielding serial killer.

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1 More than a dozen people have played “The Shape” AKA Michael Myers

Michael Myers Halloween Mask
Compass International Pictures

Between 1978 and 2022, there are as many as 13 films in the Halloween franchise. During that time, eight different actors have donned the mask and played Michael Myers. However, that number more than doubles when you count stuntmen, stand-ins, and every actor who has played an unmasked or childlike Michael Myers in the franchise. Only six people played a version of Michael Myers in the original 1978 film.

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