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Halloween (1978)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: John Carpenter

Starring:
Jamie Lee Curtis/Laurie Strode
Donald Pleasence/Sam Loomis
Nick Castle/Michael Myers
Nancy Kyes/Annie
PLOT-CRUNCH
Michael Myers (The Shape), an unstoppable, soulless, murderer escapes an insane asylum and returns to his hometown (Haddonfield) where he killed his sister as a boy on Halloween night years ago. Once there, he dons a white mask, gets a huge butcher knife and fixates on babysitter Laurie Strode (Curtis) with every intentions of slaughtering her…but he has to go through some of her friends first. Determined Dr. Sam Loomis (Pleasence) who treated our confused boy is breathing down his neck, trying to prevent anymore murders. This is a Halloween no one will forget.
THE LOWDOWN
From the dark "pumpkin" opening credits, I knew I was in for something special. The first 10 minutes where the director puts us behind the eyes of the killer are sheer brilliance and what follows is an atmospheric, simple, subtle thriller with a ambiguous ending. This movie has many daytime scenes, where Michael stalks our heroine and those scenes are chilling to say the least. If you’re not safe from Michael Myers in the daytime, you’re doomed when the sun goes down. For me The Shape is more than a robotic killer (I’m not talking about him in the sequels) he’s all the evil energy that’s in the air compassed into one being. He can be anywhere and everywhere, day or night, you’re never safe… Once he arrives in Haddonfield, Michael’s presence seems to swallow the town…he’s death on two legs and he’s ready to strike. Halloween night belongs to him…trick or treat kids!!!
GORE
Very light, but you don't need gore when you have pure, unfiltered terror.
ACTING
Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie) is dead on and has great lungs. She owns the title of top scream queen hands down. She’s also an excellent actress. Donald Pleasence (Loomis) gives a focused and engaging performance. It also helps that the dialogue he has is very well written. Nancy Kayes (Annie) gives an OK performance surpassed by the exquisite shape of her bootie. John Michael Graham (Bob) and P.J. Soles (Lynda) are both very annoying to the eyes and ears, lucky for us they annoy Michael too and he takes care of them quickly…thanks Mike…I owe you one…
T & A
P.J. Soles showcases her knockers, too bad her constant giggling and airhead posturing consumes most of our attention…yes, a nice pair of tits might pass you by…
DIRECTING
Masterful. Daytime never looked more dangerous. Carpenter takes the time to set up the locations where all the mayhem will ensue. He also unravels them before our eyes again once the carnage is over…genius. Most of the kill scenes are very suspenseful filled with style (loved the car scene...) Great use of lighting and shadows. Very moody with rain, lightning, Michael’s white peering face and the way Carpenter uses sounds to amplify the importance of certain moments is exquisite.
SOUNDTRACK
One of the best scores ever put to a genre film. It consists of piano and synthesizer. Its a very simplistic score and is one of the films strongest elements.
BOTTOM LINE
This movie isn’t without its faults. Annie (Kyes) splashes a few drops of something on her shirt while cooking and proceeds to strip down to her underwear?!? Also who has a washer and dryer outside and far away from the house, kind of inconvenient. But those "slasher flick" inconsistencies are quickly ignored. Halloween has a simple plot, simple soundtrack and proves that sometimes simplicity can be as strong or even stronger then a movie with too many things going on. (Example: part 6 links Michael with druids and devil worshippers…what the f..k?!!) Many people condemn the horror genre, saying it’s dumb and overly violent. Well if those people don't see art in Halloween, then they’re blind and missing out on the best slasher film along side the original Friday The 13th. Their loss. Our gain.
BULL'S EYE
Nick Castle (Michael) went to film school with Carpenter. He helped co-write "Escape From New York" and directed "The Boy Who Could Fly" and "The Last StarFighter" (I loved both those movies when I was a kid.)

Funny how the movie the kids are watching on TV (the original The Thing) was later on remade perfectly by Carpenter. How's that for foretelling…

The Shape mask is supposedly a "William Shatner" mask they painted white…scary…

Donald Pleasence passed away after completing part 6. RIP.
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3:01PM on 10/09/2011
There is a reason this film is a classic, because it is a perfect slasher film. John Carpenter can build suspense like no other (although Alexandre Aja is a close second) and that score is perfect...plus Laurie Strode is a great character.
There is a reason this film is a classic, because it is a perfect slasher film. John Carpenter can build suspense like no other (although Alexandre Aja is a close second) and that score is perfect...plus Laurie Strode is a great character.
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10:44PM on 10/26/2010

One of John Carpenter`s best movie.

John Carpenter`s Halloween is one of his best movies ever made along with "The Thing", "Escape from New York" and "In the Mouth of Madness". Although nearly all Carpenter`s movies are good or great.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence do great jobs as the lead. Nick Castle is a creepy Michael Myers, since he played the shape most of the time. The cinematography is excellent.

Since it is followed by seven sequels, an remake and the sequel of the remake. But none of them could beat this
John Carpenter`s Halloween is one of his best movies ever made along with "The Thing", "Escape from New York" and "In the Mouth of Madness". Although nearly all Carpenter`s movies are good or great.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence do great jobs as the lead. Nick Castle is a creepy Michael Myers, since he played the shape most of the time. The cinematography is excellent.

Since it is followed by seven sequels, an remake and the sequel of the remake. But none of them could beat this classic. I should get this on Blu-ray. Also alivable in a extended cut, which Carpenter shot new scenes for the NBC version.
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3:32PM on 01/21/2009
In my mind this film is overrated. I didn't like Halloween, the characters annoyed me, I didn't feel any tension or buildup, it was rather boring to me. I'd much rather recommend Friday the 13th than this. And to think I actually sat through every Halloween film is beyond me.
In my mind this film is overrated. I didn't like Halloween, the characters annoyed me, I didn't feel any tension or buildup, it was rather boring to me. I'd much rather recommend Friday the 13th than this. And to think I actually sat through every Halloween film is beyond me.
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3:03PM on 10/26/2008
Most defintly the best Halloween movie and close to the best horror movie ever! This movie was made with a very low budget so poop there is a reason for the crappy acting in it.. But to make this good of a movie with that low of a budget is very suprising to me
Most defintly the best Halloween movie and close to the best horror movie ever! This movie was made with a very low budget so poop there is a reason for the crappy acting in it.. But to make this good of a movie with that low of a budget is very suprising to me
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9:39PM on 09/21/2008

Slightly overrated

I bounce from an 8 to a 9 with Halloween all the time. I love it. It is a classic. But I think some people fail to see the shitty acting and crappy dialog. Pleasance rocked, yes. And Jamie Lee deserves her Scream Queen Crown. But the characters of Annie and Lynda of annoying and have lame dialog. Sorry. Just how I feel. But Carpenters pitch perfect mood, setting, killer, music, and suspense make this a classic. Flawed. But classic.
I bounce from an 8 to a 9 with Halloween all the time. I love it. It is a classic. But I think some people fail to see the shitty acting and crappy dialog. Pleasance rocked, yes. And Jamie Lee deserves her Scream Queen Crown. But the characters of Annie and Lynda of annoying and have lame dialog. Sorry. Just how I feel. But Carpenters pitch perfect mood, setting, killer, music, and suspense make this a classic. Flawed. But classic.
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2:51PM on 06/25/2008
One of my all time favorite films...EVER! To me, there is nothing wrong with it. (except it was remade into that piece of shit by Zombie)
One of my all time favorite films...EVER! To me, there is nothing wrong with it. (except it was remade into that piece of shit by Zombie)
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3:45PM on 07/19/2007

Perfect

One of the best horror movies ever made. The score and the directing make the movie shine. Halloween proves that you don't need gore to make a good horror movie. And this movie is not overrated, it is a historical landmark for all horror movies.
One of the best horror movies ever made. The score and the directing make the movie shine. Halloween proves that you don't need gore to make a good horror movie. And this movie is not overrated, it is a historical landmark for all horror movies.
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2:47PM on 03/16/2007

Meh.

A bad movie? No (despite the California liscence plates and all the leaves on the trees - it's October in Illinois, hello?). Overrated? Yes. TOF13 was much scarier IMHO.
A bad movie? No (despite the California liscence plates and all the leaves on the trees - it's October in Illinois, hello?). Overrated? Yes. TOF13 was much scarier IMHO.
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8:53AM on 08/22/2006
The best horror film ever made, period. Great acting, great story and scary as hell. This film marked the birth of slasher films. Every that came after was just an imposter.
The best horror film ever made, period. Great acting, great story and scary as hell. This film marked the birth of slasher films. Every that came after was just an imposter.
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11:20PM on 07/27/2006

YOU'RE THE BEST

This may be the best horror movie ever made. It's on a level that would make Hitchcock blush.
This may be the best horror movie ever made. It's on a level that would make Hitchcock blush.
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12:24AM on 08/20/2005

The classic

The king of slashers. Halloween is the genre's citizan kane.
The king of slashers. Halloween is the genre's citizan kane.
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