Despite being one of the most popular horror movie franchises with over ten films, plus comic books, merchandise and even a video game. But director John Carpenter filmed the original for just $300,000. The budget was so tight, most of the actors were asked to wear the own clothes for filming and the iconic Michael Myers mask was purchased for $1.98. That’s just one of the many facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which catches up with the boogeyman in Halloween.

The film’s budget caused some other problems during production. Carpenter had to shoot the film in the spring, which meant fake leaves had to be created and scattered throughout the scene. Because they could only afford a small amount, the crew had to gather all the leaves at the end of a scene and repackage them for the next. Though the film was shot for just $300,000, the original alone went on to make over $45 million at the box office in 1978.

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