Wednesday, November 3, 2010


A role her father did was as one of the most infamous serial killers that ever lived. Her mother's most famous role was as the victim of Hollywood's most prolific murder scene. So wouldn't it be appropriate that their daughter's film debut was as the prey of a deranged killer?

Fifteen years after murdering his older sister, Michael Myers escapes from the mental institution, much to the dismay and horror of his psychiatrist Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence). Michael returns to his hometown of Haddonfield and starts stalking Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) as she makes plans for Halloween. But Loomis isn't going to have Michael claim another victim.

Over thirty years old and it's still scary. The fact that this could actually happen makes it really unnerving. There are actually a few references to Psycho in Halloween, particularly the name of Sam Loomis (in Halloween, he is Michael's psychiatrist; in Psycho, he is Marion's lover). Pretty ballsy stuff for a horror movie with a shoestring budget. One of the best horror movies ever made.

My Rating: *****


  1. Totally agree, one of the best and also, like Psycho, pointlessly remade which only highlighted the brilliance of the original.

  2. definitely one of my favorite horror movies of all time. even the opening credits with the jack-o-lantern are frighening! the music sends chills down your spine. pure awesomeness. this movie is one my halloween traditions.

  3. Great horror film. It's Carpenter's use of the widescreen frame and of off-screen space/sound that really sets it apart and makes it so damn frightening.

  4. Finally saw this last week, definitely a good creeper movie. It's too bad they had to make so many bad sequels to it...

  5. Carpenter's love of the cinema that came before him, and his style of blending classical filmic ideas with his brazen and bravura and quite ballsy artistic bent, aided him in making such a controlled yet insane film - a film that, for better and for worse, and more than any other film, helped to shape the slasher genre to this very day.

    This is one of three great films that Carpenter did (Assault on Precinct 13 and The Thing being the other two) before his career began sliding downward in the nineties. A classic indeed.

  6. A classic indeed. Not Carpenter's scariest in my opinion but definitely a well-made film. A must watch for any horror fan.


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