Watched John Carpenter's 1978 Horror "Halloween"


"I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face and, the blackest eyes... the *devil's* eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... *evil*."
--
Dr. Sam Loomis as played by Donald Pleasence in Halloween

Once in a while, a movie comes along that defines a particular genre.
Annie Hall did that for romantic comedies in 1977, and Halloween did it in 1978 for the slasher horror flicks. Halloween is a film about a boy named Michael Myers that stabs his sister on Halloween night and is sent to a mental institution. Several years later, also on Halloween, he escapes and returns home to kill again. It was written, directed, co-produced and scored by John Carpenter.

This movie was the feature film debut of
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, the hard working student and innocent heroine of the story.


She notices a man stalking her throughout the day, and one by one her friends get killed.


Donald Pleasence plays Michael's psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis who believes the boy is pure evil.


Michael Myers is a scary character. It's not because he's super fast or really ugly. It's because he's so meticulous in how he stalks his victims and calmly walks after them, knowing he'll catch them eventually.


I'm not a huge scary movie watcher, but I understand why so many people love this film. It really utilizes the suspenseful situations to build tension. The composition of the shots was well done. There were scenes where I felt I was confined in a small room with the character. The theme song for Halloween is so good. The movie starts and ends with this song, and it's awesome. This is totally worth watching.

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