Halloween (1978): 10 Most Terrifying Scenes We Can’t Stop Thinking About
Halloween (1978) set the tone for many horror movies to come, and these are the scariest moments in the iconic film that fans still talk about.
John Carpenter’s 1978 Halloween is one of the most iconic slasher movies and horror fans definitely have to watch it every October. While the movie came out several decades ago, every scene still feels scary and unnerving, thanks to the brilliant filmmaking style and how the audience is able to follow along with both Michael Myers and Laurie Strode.
From the opening scene to the shocking conclusion, Halloween has many scary moments that fans still talk about and that make it tough to watch the movie with all of the lights on. These scenes prove why people love revisiting this story time and time again.
10 Micheal Kills His Sister Judith
Halloween has one of the scariest horror movie opening scenes, as the camera shows what it’s like for young Michael to murder his teenage sister Judith. Audiences are told that it’s October 31st, 1963 and the camera pans up the front porch and into the Myers house.
When Judith screams as her brother stabs her, it’s incredibly scary, and one of the most iconic moments in the whole franchise is when young Michael stands in his front yard in a costume holding a huge knife. It’s awful to imagine a young kid doing something like this, and the terror is only going to continue.
9 Michael Leaves Smith’s Grove Sanitarium
Audiences quickly learn that Michael has been living at a sanitarium for over a decade. But no one can feel safe because Michael manages to get away, making this another horrifying scene that fans can’t stop thinking about. The fact that Michael can get in Dr. Loomis’s car and leave spells massive trouble, as it’s clear that he’s incredibly dangerous, and no one can stop him.
When Michael finds a mask that he can wear, horror movie fans know that they’re in for a wild ride, as his white mask is one of the most famous, iconic, and terrifying in the genre. The movie simply wouldn’t feel the same without it.
8 Michael Stalks Annie And Laurie
Laurie is one of the most beloved horror movie final girls and for good reason, as she’s tough, independent, and has amazing instincts. Throughout the school day of October 31st, she feels that someone is after her. In another big moment, Michael stalks Laurie and her friend Annie Brackett, walking behind them and generally setting the tone for what is an unforgettable movie.
The scariest part of any slasher movie is the idea that the killer could be out there anytime, anywhere, and Halloween expertly does this by always letting audiences know where Michael is. It’s impossible to think that Laurie and her friends could get away, but it’s also impossible not to root for Laurie the whole time.
7 Michael Kills Annie
When it comes to Michael Myers’s enemies, he considers anyone to be a threat, and on this Halloween night, he’s going after the teenage babysitters.
Michael kills Laurie’s good friend Annie from the backseat of her car, which is a classic horror movie kill and one of the worst ways to go. There are so many horror movie moments when fans want to scream for the character to look in their trunk or backseat as evil might be lurking there.
6 Michael Kills Lynda While Laurie Listens On The Phone
It’s always going to be a huge moment when a main character is killed, but in this case, Halloween makes the interesting and creative choice of having Michael murder Lynda Van Der Klok while Laurie is literally listening.
Fans can’t help but feel a shiver down their spine when thinking about Laurie on the phone, hearing Michael end her friend’s life. It’s also chilling that Michael puts a white sheet over his body so he’s hidden while he murders Lynda.
5 Laurie Sees The Bodies In The Wallace House
Laurie has the fright of her life when she goes into the Wallace home where Annie had been babysitting Lindsey and sees both Annie and Lynda dead.
It’s awful for Laurie to realize that her best friends have been murdered, just like it’s always terrible for Sidney Prescott to lose the people close to her in the Scream franchise. There are many slasher movie serial killers who are just as horrifying, but there’s something about Michael Myers that still haunts people to this day, likely how cold and unfeeling he is.
4 Laurie Says That The Kids She’s Babysitting Should Hide
While Laurie hopes that Michael isn’t alive anymore, she realizes that he’s still here and tells Lindsey and Tommy to go into the bathroom so they can be safe.
The fact that an evening of babysitting turns into a horror story is scary enough, but it’s even worse that Laurie has to protect the children from murder, making this another scene that is hard to stop imagining when picturing this brilliant movie.
3 Laurie Calls Michael The “Boogeyman”
After Michael falls off the balcony when Dr. Loomis shoots him, Laurie asks her famous question, “Was that the boogeyman?”
This is not only a well-known quote but also a scary one, as Tommy had been talking about the boogeyman throughout most of the movie. Laurie had acted as if there was no such thing, but now, after Michael’s terrifying stalking and murders, she’s not so sure that he isn’t exactly like that mythical creature that haunts kids’ nightmares. Of course, he’s so much worse because he’s real.
2 Dr. Loomis Can’t Find Michael Anywhere
Michael Myers is so unnerving because he spies on people and stalks around without being detected, along with the many weapons that Michael Myers uses. In the next moment, Dr. Loomis realizes that although he shot Michael several times and he should be dead, he can’t find him.
This, of course, sets up the sequels and the fact that Michael Myers seems to be impossible to kill or destroy, and also cements Laurie’s role as a final girl who will never stop fighting for her life.
1 The Audience Can Hear Michael’s Breath
A horror movie ending is just as key as the opening, and the 1978 Halloween totally delivers, with the audience listening to Michael’s breath.
This drives home the terrifying realization that Michael has managed to get away, once again, and that it might not be so easy to emerge victorious over him. Horror fans love this conclusion and that’s just one reason why everyone is looking forward to the next installment, Halloween Kills.