Originally titled ‘The Babysitter Murders’, John Carpenter and co-screenwriter Debra Hill wrote the script to the low budget indie Halloween in just ten days. It features future scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis in her screen debut, and an eccentric performance from Donald Pleasance as the conflicted Dr. Sam Loomis. Incredibly, Halloween was made on a budget of just over USD 300,000 and shot in 20 days. Introducing iconic movie maniac Michael Myers, the film proved popular with teenage audiences, grossing an unfathomable $US 74 million at the US box office. Boasting a haunting synthesiser theme by the director, Michael’s slow and calculated pursuit sequences remain some of the most frightening scenes in horror film history.