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.
Positive Role Models & Representations
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.
A teen girl is shown clad only in panties after sex. Another underage couple is shown in bed together.
Occasional profanity. "S--t," "goddamn," "ass."
Plugs for other movies admired by filmmaker John Carpenter, in clips from The Thing and Forbidden Planet.