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Year
1978
Runtime
91 min.
Director
John Carpenter
Genres
Thriller, Horror
Rating *
7.8
Votes *
170,182
Checks
34,141
Favs
1,610
Dislikes
187
Favs/checks
4.7% (1:21)
Favs/dislikes
9:1
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  1. greenhorg's avatar

    greenhorg

    Plot summary: A man disguised as William Shatner alarms neighborhood teens.

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    3 years 9 months ago
  2. mittens's avatar

    mittens

    this movie made the slasher genre. psycho invented it, but halloween perfected it and brought it into the mainstream. horror movie trying to emulate halloweens style continued to get made through the 80s into the early 90s, and it had a huge impact on the horror genre in general. a great film and worthy of being higher on the list. above re-animator anyway. 7 years 1 month ago
  3. fonz's avatar

    fonz

    The original that provided the blueprint for millions that have followed and none that have even come close as equals. I'm not a fan of the genre but this is excellent tension building. Carpenter is a wizard of cinema. 2 years 6 months ago
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  3. This movie ranks #25 in Horror
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  4. This movie ranks #68 in AFI's 100 years...100 thrills
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  5. This movie ranks #84 in MovieSense 101
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  6. This movie ranks #180 in 501 Must See Movies
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  7. This movie ranks #245 in Reddit top 250
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  8. This movie ranks #389 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  9. This movie ranks #409 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  10. This movie ranks #457 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
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  11. This movie ranks #461 in Empire 500
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  12. This movie ranks #465 in National Film Registry
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  13. This movie ranks #631 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  14. This movie ranks #816 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
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