Debra HIll was a very talented screenwriter and producer. She produced movies like Halloween (which she also co-wrote), Halloween ll, Escape from New York (Snake Plissken!!!), The Dead Zone, The Fog, The Fischer King and many more. She started out in Hollywood in 1975 as a production assistant on documentaries. There weren’t a lot of women working in the film industry back then and she was one of the first trail blazers – “Back when I started in 1974 there were very few women in the industry and everybody called me “Honey”. I was assumed to be the makeup and hair person, or the script person. i was never assumed to be the writer or producer. I looked around and realized there weren’t many women, so I had to carve a niche for myself”. And carve out a niche she did.
When writing Halloween with Carpenter, Hill was responsible for Laurie Strode’s babysitter storyline and Carpenter was responsible for Dr Loomis’s narrative. They married the 2 ideas together with Michael Myers and voila - Halloween was born. They set the story in the town Hill was born, Haddonfield, New Jersey, though it was filmed in LA. After the success of Halloween, Hill and Carpenter went on to have a very fruitful produciing partnership on a number of movies.
In 2003 she was honoured with the Crystal Award which is given to women who through “their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry”
In 2005 Hill passed away from cancer. What a sad loss. She was truly one of the first women in horror and she will forever live on in her work.