Halloween

  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Producers: Debra Hill, John Carpenter, Kool Lusby, Irwin Yablans, Moustapha Akkad
  • Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis, P J Soles

On Halloween night 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers (Will Sandin) murders his fifteen[4]-year-old sister Judith (Sandy Johnson) with a large kitchen knife at their home in Haddonfield, Illinois. Almost immediately after, his mother and father arrive home and find him in a trance-like state. They send him to Smith’s Grove – Warren County Sanitarium and he is placed under the care of child psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence).

Eight years of treatment lead Loomis to suspect that Michael is nothing less than pure evil. Seven years of trying to keep Myers locked up ends upon his attempted transfer to be prosecuted as an adult. Myers (now 21 years old) escapes from Smith’s Grove, steals the institution’s car, kills a truck driver for his jump suit, and returns to Haddonfield.

Loomis knows where he is going and pursues him. In Haddonfield, Myers stalks teenager Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and some of her friends. At various points throughout the day Laurie sees a man in a white mask (from her classroom window, behind a bush while she walks home, and in the clothesline from her bedroom window).

Later in the evening, Laurie meets her friend Annie Brackett (Nancy Loomis) who is babysitting Lindsey Wallace (Kyle Richards) across the street from where Laurie is babysitting Tommy Doyle (Brian Andrews). After arranging to pick up her boyfriend, Annie sends Lindsey to stay with Laurie at the Doyle house before being murdered by Myers. Tommy sees Myers carrying Annie’s body into the Wallace house and thinks he is the Boogeyman. Laurie dismisses the boy’s terror and sends Tommy and Lindsey to bed. Myers later murders another friend of Laurie’s, Lynda Van Der Klok (P. J. Soles) and Lynda’s boyfriend, Robert “Bob” Simms (John Michael Graham) after they have sex in the empty Wallace house.

Laurie worries for her friends’ safety after receiving a strange phone call from Lynda at the Wallace house. She walks across the street and discovers the three bodies plus Judith Myers’ missing tombstone. She is attacked by Michael Myers but escapes back to the Doyle house. Laurie stabs Myers in the neck with a knitting needle, and in the eye with a clothes hanger, and in the torso with a knife, but he continues to pursue her. Eventually Laurie tells Tommy and Lindsey to go to the Makenzie’s house to call the police than Loomis spots Tommy and Lindsey running from the house and finds Myers in the upstairs hallway. Loomis rescues Laurie from being strangled by Myers, shooting him six times and causing him to fall from the house’s second-story balcony. Upon looking out the window for Myers’ body, however, Loomis discovers that he is nowhere to be found, and the film ends with shots of the Doyle, Wallace, and Myers houses accompanied by heavy breathing.

The Great Escape

  • Directors: John Sturges
  • Producers: John Sturges
  • Writers: Book, Paul Brickhill, Screenplay, James Clavell, W R Burnett, Walter Newman
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
  • Actors: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn

Upset by the soldiers and resources wasted in recapturing escaped Allied prisoners of war (POWs), the German High Command concentrates the most-determined and successful of these prisoners to a new, high-security prisoner of war camp that the commandant, Luftwaffe Colonel von Luger (Hannes Messemer), proclaims escape-proof.

On the day of arrival, some of the prisoners make on-the-spur escape attempts which are all foiled by the sharp-eyed German “ferrets” or guards. As the POWs settle into their new camp, the Gestapo and the SS deliver the one they consider to be the most dangerous POW of all: “Big X”, Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett (Richard Attenborough), who is the prime organizer of most of the escape attempts made by Allied prisoners in Germany. Gestapo agent Kuhn (Hans Reiser) warns the Briton that he will be shot should he ever escape again. Locked up with “every escape artist in Germany”, Bartlett immediately plans the greatest escape attempted — a tunnel system for exfiltrating 250 prisoners of war, the idea being to “confuse and harass the enemy” to the point that more troops and resources will be wasted on finding and detaining POWs rather than being used on the front line.

Hilts is brought back alone to the camp, and subsequently to the cooler. His fellow American officer, USAAF 1st Lt Goff, throws him his baseball and glove as he walks into solitary confinement. As the Luftwaffe guard locks him in his cell and walks away, he hears the familiar sound of Hilts bouncing his baseball against the cell walls. The film ends with this scene under the caption “This picture is dedicated to the 50.”