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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! This picture has proven a popular one. I’ve received it a couple of times from various readers going back to the very beginning of this column. So, it might not be rare, but it is the season, so how could I not feature this kind of goofy picture from the making of Halloween? While I could point at Bob Clark’s fantastic Black Christmas as being first, Halloween is certainly the grandfather of the slasher film. Black Christmas’ use of first person POV and steadicam was years before John Carpenter’s film, but Carpenter’s film was the runaway hit that penetrated pop culture and became an iconic film. By doing so, it kicked off a whole new genre that slashed and hacked its way through the ‘80s and early ‘90s. So, here you are. A nice, funny picture of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode goofing off with The Shape. This photo was taken by photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker who I hear might be working on a book of her long career photographing John Carpenter's sets! Check out her website here! Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic is for all of us primitive screwheads! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- Beetlejuice
- The Shining
- Thriller
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)

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  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST


    by CountryBoy

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    FIRST! Why did I doubt myself?

    by CountryBoy

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Ain't nothing an old countryboy...

    by theBigE

    like me can't hack. Early to rise, early in the sack...

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Great pic

    by A G

    The other Halloween ones have been kind of ...shit but this is great.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    How did the rumor of JLC being a herm start?

    by Galactic

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Wonder if JLC is sporting wood in that pic

    by TresEquis

    Looks like 'she's' into it

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    International spreading of rumors prior to internet

    by TresEquis

    I always wondered how such rumors - JLC-as-hermaphrodite, Richard Gere's gerbils, Zack Morris car crash - how those all spread back in the day before the advent of the Internet. I mean, Prodigy and Compuserve can't be the cause

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Ewww thats her brother...


    PLUS hes wearing a Shatner mask, double sick

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST


    by Fred

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Nice pic.

    by Sailor Rip

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Still the scariest movie of all time

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    The sequence where Jamie Lee Curtis is walking across the street to check on her friends should be taught in film schools during the lesson on “building tension” (of course, the score had a lot to do with it). Too bad Carpenter decided to give up on life/directing….what a depressing loss of talent.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    "The Shape" is the dumbest name EVER

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    seriously. what's the shape? it's the shape of a PERSON. <br><br>STUPIDEST. NAME. EVER.<br><br>

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Old School rumor-mongering

    by paulloch

    Telephone to telephone then , party to party, playground to playground, water cooler chat, restaurant talk. Literally the way real viruses are spread. That's how most spread. I remember Beaver died in Vietnam and Cindy Brady became a porn star. And, of course, Travolta/Bowie/Elton John/or Mick Jagger had to have his stomach pumped because it was full of semen.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Spielberg directing Halo

    by TheNewDirector

    Wheres that news at?????

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Michael Myers gets a boner...

    by brocknroll

    ...on his own sister! LOL, just kidding. Great pic!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Black Christmas' POV

    by Munro Kelly

    The opening shot is well done but it is not steadicam, they used a shoulder/helmet rig. Garret Brown, the inventor of steadicam, started using it in 75/76 (Marathon Man, Rocky, Bound for Glory), Black Christmas was 74.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    This would have been a great scene...

    by brocknroll

    ...if Laurie and Michael Myers did have a makeout scene, would have been kind of cool, but I can understand why John Carpenter wouldn't go for it, since it would give people the wrong idea of being an incest movie.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Always loved this pic...

    by AugustusMacReady

    ...and this movie.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    I believe that picture is from the soundtrack CD.

    by cuthbert84

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Halloween 3 really sucked.

    by Yelsaeb

    That annoying Silver Shamrock toon is stuck in my head though....

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by darthsynn

    The stupidest way to post a comment. And Halloween is the greatest horror film ever made.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Season indeed!

    by Mr Lucas

    Halloween is one day, or really one evening not a "season".

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Spielberg directing HALO?

    by CountryBoy

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    Answer to your question is church. I overheard my pentecostal grandmother gossiping about the 2 pints of cum pumped out of Rod Stewart's stomach when I was 11 years old. Never looked at God or Granny the same again. Not to mention Rod.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Great pic...never seen it before

    by mygirleatsbannanas

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Great pic...never seen it before

    by mygirleatsbannanas

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST


    by Darkman

    Just what I was thinking. Very STAR WARS, if I may say so.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST


    by Virginia_Woolf

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Try this Vintage AICN Pic

    by Virginia_Woolf

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Mr Lucas

    by Bouncy X

    but the weeks leading to Halloween are "the season". its no different than christmas or easter or new years day (granted that one says so in the name but). they are all one day long holidays with a few weeks of build-up.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Rod Stewart rumor

    by theBigE

    I thought I was the only one who heard that. Back in the early 80's, a classmate swore it was truth.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST

    If JLC is a hermaphrodite

    by lessthanmensa

    then I may need some therapy (or merely a self-realization, depending on my motivation tomorrow), considering the hours I've spent rewinding both her topless scene in Trading Places and her stripper scene in True Lies. Sorry, Mom and Dad

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Creepy pic! WTF..?

    by BigTwinkie

    Lol...gotta agree with ShiftyEyedDog2. "The Shape" is a pretty dumb name. GREAT MOVIE THOUGH!!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST


    by AugustusMacReady

    I'm with you, only it was Trading Places and Love Letters during those important and formative years.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Halloween 3 alternative lyrics

    by proevad

    Happy Happy Halloween. Halloween. Halloween. Happy Happy Halloween. It licked ball sacks.

  • I think John Carpenter named the character after the script was written.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    I love this photo...

    by REMcycle

    ...I smiled when I saw this first as a part of Anchor Bay's original numbered Special Edition DVD release of Halloween. Such a great film.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST


    by REMcycle

    ...when I watch H3 every now and then I tell myself two things: 1. This should've NEVER had the Halloween name on it and 2. If you really think about it, the central plot of this movie could be construed philosophically as a precursor to Carpenter's then-upcoming masterpiece, "They Live". I really don't think it was THAT bad...just shouldn't have been in the Halloween series.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Saw this pic years ago on one of the fan sites

    by darthderp

    ...but it's still good for a laugh. Memo to Quint -- Not disputing that Halloween is the "father" of all the slasher flicks that came out in the '80s and '90s, but now you've got to post one from the "grandfather" of all of 'em, Halloween included...HITCHCOCK'S PSYCHO. Anybody second this?

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    Interesting points, and I won't argue them...cuz you're right.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Another pre-internet rumour

    by jim

    Mikey, from the Life Cereal ads, ate a whole bunch of Pop Rocks, then drank a bottle of Coke. His stomach exploded and he died.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST


    by ONeillSG1

    I can't wait to see what Quint has up his sleeve with that classic!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    A classic movie despite the meh sequels...

    by RogueDemonHunter

    Primitive screwheads, does this mean tomorrow's pic is from Army of Darkness?!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST


    by boogel

    I knew she had some odd chromosomal condition that lead to her sterility. But that was it. I had somehow missed the hermaphrodite rumor.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    The hermaphrodite rumor isn't true from what I understand

    by BlaGyver

    But my biology teacher explained it to us once. She basically has her two Y chromosomes and then an extra X one.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    holy crap

    by IndianaPeach

    is that cool or what

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:34 a.m. CST

    She was hot in Trading Places

    by Flexfill

    I don't care how many extra X's she had, I'd have been on that in 1983. Eddie hit that, for sure.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Mark me as another

    by Fremen

    guy who heard the Rod Stewart stomach-pumping rumor in the 80's. I even mentioned it to a buddy of mine the other day, for some reason, and now it's spread to his generation, if it already hasn't. (he's 20) As for the pic, pretty cool. I watched this as a kid and had a hard time going out after dark for a while. Nowadays, the sight of Michael Myers driving that station wagon slowly through the neighborhood makes me laugh.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Full up...

    by jack Bauer

    The stomach pumping rumour is actually about Mark Almond the singer from Soft Cell. It is indeed rumoured to be true as he collapsed on stage at the time. <P> As for the photo, made me laugh, Halloween was one of the fist films I saw on Betamax back then, I missed it at the cinema. Carps certainly knows how to build up presence. <P> As for JLC, just watch the dancing scene from True Lies, if you don't get a woody then you are on the wrong team.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 5:47 a.m. CST

    No keeeeeeeeyyyyssssss...

    by BookhouseBoy

    But pleeeeeeaaasssseeee my Paul.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 6:11 a.m. CST

    That'd be a doozy of an alternate ending.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Scariest... movie... EVER!

    by Rocco Curioso

    And you gotta love the fact that it stole the tiara from "Psycho"... Janet Leigh, passing it off to her daughter. As far as symmetry goes, it doesn't get any better.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST


    by JamesT

    Halloween is easily the best horror movie period.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST


    by brocknroll

    "Lets finish the rest upstairs, baby!" - Michael Myers

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Incest is best

    by Abominable Snowcone

    put your sister to the test.<p> Halloween, the king of modern slasher pics.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    I liked Halloween 3

    by DeweyOxburger

    Tom Atkins gonna fuck all yo' mustaches off, clowns...

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Going to seee Carpenter this weekend

    by MST3KPIMP

    Hes at the horror-con in orlando. have to get my Halloween OST vinyl singned.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Robin in Batman 3

    by Daniel2010

    I heard a rumour that Robin will in fact turn up in Batman 3.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Halloween 3

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Although its not exactly a great film I still enjoyed it more than any of the 'true' sequels.<br><br> I finally saw Halloween 2 a few years ago having always read it was the only sequel worth watching, and its awful! The idea of Laurie and Michael being siblings always struck me as rather lame too.<br><br> The original is fantastic however, creepiest film score ever. I'd never seen that picture btw so thanks Quint.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST


    by Katet19

    The first time I remember seeing it was the CD insert for the original Varese Sarabande Halloween soundtrack CD in the 80's.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    The First Halloween

    by grendel69 the only good Halloween. Although 3 isnt a good movie, at least its got atmosphere and is creepy.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    My understanding is that JLC

    by InActionMan

    Suffers from Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome of the mild variety. <P> LINK IS NOT SFW. <P> <P> She is genetically male but, her body cannot process male hormones like testosterone. <P> I don't care. She is super bangable.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    I agree. She can process MY hormones after I inject them.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    judge dredd fresh undies

    by Abominable Snowcone

    But for the familial connection (even if Laurie were adopted by the Strodes) how else to account for the fact that Michael is after HER? Why not just go somewhere else in Haddonfield and kill other kids? Why Laurie?<p> Sure, they don't address this in the first movie but if you're gonna have a second one you might as well offer some explanation why Michael keeps after her, even at the hospital.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    JLC in Perfect

    by Abominable Snowcone

    go look it up--Perfect--a 1982 movie starring John Travolta and JLC as an aerobics instructor. She's totally bateworthy in that movie, for christ's sake.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Abominable Snowcone

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    I like the mystery of it, when it comes to horror it usually best to leave things unexplained. As you say it isn't in the first film and I've decided to ignore all the sequels anyway so it doesn't bother me too much.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    judge dredd

    by Abominable Snowcone

    You're right about that, from III and beyond the sequels go downhill. IV was alright but I didn't care for the introduction of Michael Myers' niece in the story. The more direct sequel to II was actually H20, which wasn't bad--but not great either. I could have been happy with just I and II.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Season of the Witch rocked!

    by Flip63Hole

    But yeah, probably didn't need the "Halloween" title attached to it...

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    ""The Shape" is the dumbest name EVER"

    by buggerbugger

    On the contrary, I'd say that it's the most appropriate moniker ever given to a slasher antagonist. Myers is no longer a person, he's merely something in *the shape* of a person.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST


    by Could_Harrys_Oblong_Penis_Penetrate_Another_Hermaphrodite

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I got another pre-internet rumor....

    by Damned if I can login

    Heard it many times back in the late 70's.<p>At a Frank Zappa concert, Zappa announced than no one in the audience could out-gross him. So some guy came up on stage and took a gnarly dump. Zappa calmly picks up a loaf, takes a bite and says "That's not so gross".<p>Probably not true, but I heard it a lot nonetheless.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Halloween 3 is the best sequel

    by MST3KPIMP

    Halloween 2 was a forced gimmick. Halloween 3 was a self-contained creepy story about masks that kill you.. thats cool. If you can't appreciate it I feel sorry for you.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    no P.J. Soles shoutout?

    by nolan bautista

    she was hot in "Halloween"! i had such a boy crush on that slutty bitch..

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    nolan bautista!

    by Generalcatburd

    i'l second that shoutout

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST


    by nolan bautista

    i hear ya! check out her singing and dancing in bra and panties scene in "Rock and Roll High School" (many socks were soiled to that scene)

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Doesn't PJ Soles get topless in Stripes?

    by jim

    Bill Murray is a god

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Abominable Snowcone, Michael goes after Laurie

    by jim

    in the first Halloween because she came to the house to drop off the keys. She was signing to herself, like Michael's sister was just before he killed her. He saw her and instantly became obsessed with her. Without the "they are related" angle, in the first movie she was basically the first teenage girl he saw and fixated on her. For Laurie it was simply a "wrong place, wrong time" situation.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    The worst of the Halloween franchise has to go..

    by Stalkeye the one that starred busta rhymes as he karate kicks Micheal Myers' ass. I mean whodafuck suggested that scene and why did they allow this to be filmed?Doesnt carpenter have any kind if creative control with his properties?

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    ... and after she finished signing, she started singing

    by jim


  • Oct. 7, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Big Jim

    by nolan bautista

    i dont recall P.J.Soles boobage in "Stripes"..

  • almost 30 years ago; all other times have been when I've caught it on TV with any nudity cut out. So my memory might be less than reliable. I'm sure Winger's girlfriend at the beginning does part of her scene partially nude. But I also thought there was at least a brief shot of PJ Soles removing her top. Perhaps it's simply indicative of my complete innocence in the pre-internet age when a raunchy scene makes me believe I'd actually seen boobs.<P>Whether Bill Murray was responsible for me seeing PJ Soles breasts, or just made me think I did, either way he's still a god.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST


    by Parallaxmjm

    I think the closest thing to topless she gets is at the end when they are showing what happened to the characters and you get a side boob shot of her on the cover of Penthouse.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    busta rhymes vs Michael Myers

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    is fucking hilarious, I watched the clips on youtube, I will never watch the film but those scenes are comedy gold.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Agreed MSTKpimp

    by Katet19

    The original intention of Carpenter being to do it as an anthology style series. Every couple of years putting out a story that centered on the holiday of Halloween but didn't have anything to do with Michael Myers. Making all of the sequels Myers centric would be like taking Every Twilight Zone Episode and making it about the monster on the wing of the plane simply because people liked it an awful lot.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    based on the quote

    by Katet19

    I was REALLY hoping this pic would involve Charles Cyphers

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Quint Updates

    by Katet19

    Updates on that Carpenter photo book would be greatly appreciated once there's some news.