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Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

(spoiler-free movie review)

The original Halloween is a classic of horror cinema for good reason. Director John Carpenter crafted a suspenseful(and genuinely scary) slasher with a shoestring budget and an inexperienced crew. With the 1978 release of Halloween he managed to create the genesis of a franchise, that endures to this day, and a supernatural boogeyman that has become an icon of horror throughout the world.

– A young Michael Myers in Halloween.

Michael Myers is so effective at terrifying audiences because of his lack of motivation. He is the pure embodiment of evil and he kills for the sake of killing, without hesitation or reason. Combine that with a creepy mask, and an unsettling performance from actor Nick Castle, and you have the recipe for one of the most infamous antagonist within the slasher genre.

A good villain is twice as effective when you have a character to cheer for. Luckily Halloween introduced the world to Jamie Lee Curtis. Curtis is the perfect counterbalance to Myers and her portrayal of Laurie Strode is natural and completely believable. Her connection to this franchise endures to this day and she is central to the events of the recent films Halloween(2018) and Halloween Kills.

“…the pure embodiment of evil and he kills for the sake of killing, without hesitation or reason.”

It’s impossible to talk about the original Halloween without talking about the score by John Carpenter. It’s one of the most efficient and potent movie soundtracks within the horror genre. The simple repeating notes from the main theme plays an instrumental role in the movies atmosphere. It lulls you into a trance and complements the long sweeping Panaglide shots that Carpenter and cinematographer Dean Cundey utilized during filming.

– Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode in Halloween.

Halloween is not a perfect film but it is close. Against all odds this movie succeeded and created a lasting legacy. It cemented John Carpenter as a prominent Director, it helped serve as a stepping stone for Jamie Lee Curtis and it introduced the world to Michael Myers.

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

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