The New York Times has reinstated an “error” Wednesday that was made forty years ago. The newspaper did not publish a review of the world-famous Halloween horror film in October 1978 , as the staff of the newspaper’s printing presses were on strike that week.

Because the film Halloween now has an iconic status, the newspaper now fixes the ‘mistake’ by placing a review forty years after the premiere. “We could not report anything in those days, not even the election of the new pope”, the paper says in an explanation Wednesday.

The reason is to release a sequel to the film, which ignores the other sequels that have appeared over the years. Leading actress Jamie Lee Curtis returns after 40 years as the character Laurie Strode, the role with which she made her debut in 1978.


With the first part in 1978, director John Carpenter made one of the greatest horror classics of the seventies. The iconic thriller, about a masked maniac killing babysitters, became a blueprint for numerous similar slasher films that flooded the cinemas in the 1980s.

The original Halloween, which was made for less than 300,000 dollars (more than 260,000 euros), was recorded a few years ago in the library of the American Congress because of its “significant cultural-historical value”.