Halloween(1978)

halloween Director: John Carpenter

Writer: John Carpenter(screenplay)

Debra Hill(screenplay)

Tagline: The trick was to stay alive.

Plot: A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood escapes on a mindless rampage while his doctor chases him through the streets.

Cast: Donald Pleasence – Dr. Sam Loomis

Jamie Lee Curtis – Laurie Strode

Nancy Kyes – Annie Brackett

P.J. Soles – Lynda van der Klok

Charles Chypers  – Sheriff Leigh Brackett

Review (spoilers):

Yesterday was Halloween so I’m going to review the movie Halloween from 1978.  How cool from me, eh? Anyways this movie starts off with little Michael killing his older sisters, we don’t know why and actually we don’t care about her. The whole scene was made through Michael ‘s eyes so I found it to be very nice and creepy.  After the murder occurs he is sent to some hospital and after 15 years of treatment he escapes somehow and goes to his hometown to kill his younger sisters, his doctor chases him all the way. After that we have few dead kids, the final fight scene in which we learn that Michael is somehow undefeatable and he just escapes.

This movie is pure win.  It is directed by John Carpenter (probably my favourite director) and he had chose some of his most  trustworthy actors and actresses (Donald Pleasence & Jamie Lee Curtis) followed by a great soundtrack.  So what makes this movie so great and different from other legendary killer movies? It doesn’t rely so much on gore and blood but on psychotic terror.  The stalking in the movie was done awesome.  Michael follows around his victims all the time and even appears behind them few times but he doesn’t kill them instantly. In case of that girl ( I forgot her name ) which was stuck in that backyard building (or whatever was that), he could have killed her like 5-6 times but he didn’t and that’s what it makes a good atmosphere and suspense. Later she is killed in the “safety” of her car, I must admit I didn’t see that one coming. In all other slasher horror movies you exactly know when the kills will occur, you predict them, in this one, you don’t.

Let’s go back to Michael himself: he is scary as hell. His white mask gives me the creeps and you never know where to expect him, he just pops out few times and I’m not going to comment the scene where he is having a sheet over his head; that one was just sick. Second thing I like about him is his silence. Through almost the whole movie (expect in one part where he’s real face is shown) is not making any sounds, that was also creepy. He is perfect for being a serial killer.

I also liked the reality factor in the movie. I mean, Carpenter didn’t want to waste our time with stupid explanations and “spooky” discovers about his lunacy and invincibility (in sequels I think we got them). Michael is just a friendly neighbourhood child who suddenly went crazy, who needs more explanations? Explanations like that just kill the movie and the atmosphere, without them you may even think something like that could happen in your hometown. Why not?

What this movie makes a good movie is it’s spirit. It’s not all mindless killings and overused gore, it has a meaning of some sort, it has it’s suspense and atmosphere, that’s why it is so perfect. I recommend it to everyone.

My Rating: 10/10… Carpenter made this movie. If you need more reasons read the review once more : ]


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