Review Date: August 05, 1998
Director: Steve Miner
Writer: Robert Zappia and Matt Greenberg
Producers: John Carpenter, Paul Freeman, Debra Hill
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. Josh Hartnett as John Tate
In case anyone is worried about not having seen any of the previous Halloweens-don't worry, the whole back-story is explained pretty quickly, and frankly, the story is that this man with the eerie mask is f-cked up real bad, and wants to kill people, most prominently his sister. The film does start off a little slow, and did offer up one too many "fake scares" in my humble opinion, but once the action gets going, it really takes off! Another cool thing about this movie is that it's barely an hour and a half long. It doesn't get bogged down in explanation after explanation, but does demonstrate various ways in which a psychopath could stab people. Speaking of which, there are at least two PSYCHO references in this movie, one alone, coming from Ms. Psycho herself, Janet Leigh, who has a throwaway part in this film as the school's secretary.
People screamed, people laughed, people screeched (Mrs. JoBlo got the guts scared out of her), people farted...let's just say that people had a blast! (Mind you, I saw this film on the first showing of the first night that it came out. Real horror fans only, please.) Oh yeah, and did I mention that John Carpenter's "theme to Halloween" remains one of the eeriest scores to run a movie over? Good stuff. All in all, if you're a horror fan, and like all of the other Kevin Williamson-based films, there's no good reason why you shouldn't truly enjoy this one (Besides the fact, that it's not jam-packed with hip, young, successful Hollywood stars and starlets.) And if you don't dig horror, well, I guess there's always THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (7/10)!
Note: Double up on the salsa for this one. Trust me, the nachos will thank you later.