Loomis arrives in Haddonfield in search of Michael, visiting Judith's grave in the local cemetery, only to find her tombstone stolen.
He meets with Haddonfield's sheriff, Leigh Brackett, Annie's father, and they both go to Michael's house, where Loomis tries to convince Sheriff Brackett about the danger Michael poses, explaining that Michael is pure evil and capable of further violence, despite years of catatonia.
Shot in Southern California, Halloween was released on October 25, 1978 by Compass International Pictures.
The film was a major success, earning accolades as a classic horror film.
A remake was released in 2007, which itself was followed by a sequel in 2009.
An eleventh installment, which serves as a direct sequel to the original film that retcons all previous sequels, was released in 2018.
Annoyed, Lynda calls Laurie, but Michael strangles Lynda with the telephone wire just as Laurie picks up.
Michael escapes the sanitarium, stealing Loomis' car in the process, and returning home to Haddonfield.
On the road, Michael kills a mechanic for his coveralls, and steals a mask, knives, and rope from a local hardware store.
Meanwhile, Loomis discovers the stolen car and begins searching the streets.
Suspicious, Laurie goes over to the Wallace house, and finds the bodies of Annie, Bob, and Lynda, as well as Judith Myers' headstone.After viewing Carpenter's film Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) at the Milan Film Festival, independent film producer Irwin Yablans and financier Moustapha Akkad sought out Carpenter to direct a film for them about a psychotic killer that stalked babysitters.