Halloween (1978)

Pros
  • Considered by most film critics to be one of the greatest horror movies of all time
  • Iconic opening scene, not seeing the killer till the aftermath and revealing it was just a young child
  • The movie that revolutionized the 'slasher genre' (It didn't start the genre, it helped shape it)
  • What is great about Michael (at least in this entry in the series) is that he's just a human, not some bulked up 350 pound guy with superhuman strength
  • Legendary masked wore by the immortal 'Michael Myers'
  • Truly captures the whole 'Halloween' vibe, specifically the autumn leaves and scenery
  • Obviously a great setting (Halloween night), a night of joy and fun, and turns it into a nightmare
  • One of the greatest theme songs of all time, it's just perfect (and the whole official soundtrack just might be my favorite of all time)
  • Jamie Lee Curtis does a good job as the lead, completely embodies a teenage girl going through hell, level headed, smart, responsible, everything a strong lead should be
  • The town of Haddonfield comes off as very real and authentic (a nice small town vibe)
  • Suspenseful watching Michael stalking Laurie, I think this is what the movie does so well, shows the antagonist and creating tension.....just waiting for the time to strike
  • "I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil."
  • Classic ending.....he's still alive.....lurking (And I love how the camera shows a series of streets & houses while he breathes and the music plays over.....perfection)

Cons
  • Just about every film in the series after this one is terrible.....especially Rob Zombie's two remakes!
  • There are a few 'slow' scenes in the first third of the movie
  • The movie was made in 1978 and it, unfortunately, shows it's age

Score: 9/10

John Carpenter's Halloween is a milestone in the horror genre though it shows it age just a tad, it's still worthy of being labeled one of the best horror movies of all time. It's scary, stylish, well acted and features some of the most terrifying music in a movie really bumps up the scares. Unlike other horror movies from back in the day, pre-80s at this point in time, Halloween holds up quite well. Halloween proves horror movies do not need excess levels of violence and gore to create scares, unlike the vast majority of horror movies today. This is more or less a slow burn that builds to a very tense climax between an unstoppable killing machine and one of the greatest heroines in movie history.

Halloween (1978) on IMDb

Comments

  1. Halloween is on my watch list. Glad to hear it still holds up. Some 70s/80s horror movies just do not hold all that well today.

    -James

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    1. Oh boy, I'm really curious to see what you think, I know a lot of my friends aren't big fans because they think its too slow and boring. But hopefully you find it as great as I do! I really like how the movie literally feels like its Halloween, a real nice setting. And of course you couldn't ask for a creepier score, almost all of it is done on a piano and its amazing! But it definitely holds up better than 'Friday The 13th', that's for dang sure!

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