Halloween (1978)

Directed by John Carpenter.  Written by Carpenter and Debra Hill.  Starring Jaime Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, PJ Soles, Tony Moran (“the face”) and Nick Castle (“the shape”).

Plot: the sociopathic Michael Myers comes after Laurie Strode and her friends on Halloween


Classic.  Creeptastic.  Original.  Innovative.  Remarkable.  Exceptional.  Amazing.

There’s only positive words to describe this movie.  It’s a near-perfect film.  It’s rather a shame that Michael doesn’t mind killing dogs.  Poor, poor German Shepherd.  Wrong place, wrong time, and with an ignorant babysitter that’s supposed to be on the look out.

There’s no slasher quite like Halloween.  It’s so simple and yet, the simplicity is what makes it so scary.  He has no real motive aside from him being completely insane.  The soundtrack and that particularly simple music that stays with you forever, is also frightening.  Although, my brother feels it was used way too much.  And there are a few scenes where Laurie is just staring at children in costumes and it’s playing like that’s supposed to be a shocking event.

Also, can we talk about the lighting.  I just referenced to lighting in another movie review, but this lighting is of course, the greatest.  Everyone who has seen this movie remembers Michael’s face slowly being revealed behind an already terrified Laurie.  But really, why was she just standing next to open doorways?  She knew there was a killer.


Anywho, the movie also has a talented cast, good effects, a legendary opening and a wonderful ending (with the boogeyman and the breathing… classic!).  And there’s boob shots of course.  So, win!  And it’s a quotable movie.  To no end, it is quotable.  And mainly that’s all coming from The Pleas.  He is fantastic.  Always.  And he’s my absolute favorite part of the 4th Halloween movie, but we’ll get there in time.

DJ and I both gave this a 95/100.  If you haven’t seen it, what the hell are you waiting for?!

“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.”         -The Pleas

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