Wednesday, October 25, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for September 25

"Halloween" was released in theaters on October 25, 1978.

‘Halloween’ Spooks Moviegoers

It was on this day in 1978 when John Carpenter unleashed his evil world of Halloween to the movie masses. The low budget film about a serial killer who attacks on the holiday was co-written by Carpenter in ten days with the help of Debra Hill. It starred Jamie Lee Curtis (daughter of Psycho’s Janet Leigh) in her first movie role and Donald Pleasence. Her role as teenager and babysitter Laurie Strode earned her the nickname of “Scream Queen.” Produced on a budget of $300,000, the film grossed $47 million at the box office in the U.S. alone. Carpenter also wrote the movie’s score and billed himself as the “Bowling Green Philharmonic Orchestra” during the ending credits. To date, there have been nine other Halloween-related movies including reboots. On February 9, 2017, Carpenter announced that yet another Halloween movie would be released on October 19, 2018 and would once again star Jamie Lee Curtis despite the fact that her character died during the beginning of 2002’s Halloween Resurrection.


Susan Smith had reported that her children were taken by a carjacking on October 25, 1994.

Susan Smith Reports a False Carjacking to Cover Her Murder

Susan Smith reported that her two children were taken from her when her car was carjacked on this day in 1994 in South Carolina. Authorities searched, but could not find the children or even the car. Nine days later, Smith recanted her story stating that there was no carjacking and that it was she who drove her car into the John D. Long Lake in hopes of drowning her children. The story gets worse. Smith was having an affair with a man who didn’t want children and she felt that by eliminating them was the way to keep her relationship.