Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that, while the blood and gore are left to your imagination in this horror classic, there are numerous stabbings and slayings. And most (though not all) of the victims seem to be sexually active teenagers.
A teen girl is shown clad only in panties after sex. Another underage couple is shown in bed together.
Though the blood flow is left to the viewer's imagination, there are stabbings and strangulation, including one victim left hanging on a door (pinned by the knife). Another character is stuck in the eye with a wire hanger, and another falls down the stairs. One shooting. One of Myers' victims is the family dog.
Some PG-13-level swear words -- surprisingly it's nothing serious.
Without Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie -- a realistically smart, brave teen who tries to protect the kids she babysits -- the film's cast would be a pretty unsympathetic bunch of shallow, hormonal teens (who disdain books and education) and nasty adults.
Plugs for other movies admired by filmmaker John Carpenter, in clips from The Thing and Forbidden Planet.
Drugs / Tobacco /
High schoolers smoke and drink beer.