Fifteen years later, on October 30, 1978, Michael's psychiatrist, Dr.
Others have suggested the film is a social critique of the immorality of youth and teenagers in 1970s America, with many of Myers' victims being sexually promiscuous substance abusers, while the lone heroine is depicted as innocent and pure, hence her survival. Halloween spawned a film franchise comprising seven films which helped construct an extensive backstory for its antagonist Michael Myers, sometimes narratively diverging entirely from previous installments.
Loomis shoots Michael six times, knocking him off the balcony; when Loomis goes to check Michael's body, he finds it missing.
An unsurprised Loomis stares off into the night while Laurie begins sobbing in terror.
It grossed million at the box office in the United States and million internationally for a total of million worldwide, becoming one of the most profitable independent films.
Praised primarily for Carpenter's direction and score, many credit the film as the first in a long line of slasher films inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960).