HALLOWEEN (1978) 

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Donald Pleasence
Jamie Lee Curtis
Nancy Kyes
P.J. Soles
Charles Cyphers
Kyle Richards
Brian Andrews

John Carpenter



Time: 91 mins.
Rating: R
Genre: Horror

SYNOPSIS: A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood escapes on a mindless rampage while his doctor chases him through the streets to stop him.

BOTTOM LINE: One of John Carpenter's best films, I first saw HALLOWEEN when I was 13-years-old and it scared the bejesus out of me. I was not and am not a big horror movie fan because I relish my sleep far too much. This is the ultimate "bogeyman" flick and I've never seen another. I have no need. Just a few strains of its hauntingly creepy score and I'm shivering with fear. Maybe I found this film so powerful because I'd never seen anything like it before. It also is a very well done film with a great performance by Jamie Lee Curtis (I have no idea how she sleeps at night) and a pretty good script. It goes without saying that all the naughty kids – the ones having sex – get sliced up while the good girl spends the entire length of the film running for her life. I would certainly need a cold-blooded killer chasing me to get me to run that much in one evening.

HALLOWEEN is certainly not as gory as most horror films these days, but for me it's not really the blood that's bothersome. It's the surprise element that makes me jumpy. Sometimes what they don't show is much, much worse. There are some corny moments, but they only help alleviate the suspense of Myers unrelenting murder spree. Carpenter also adds some humor to lighten the load. That being said, it's still a nailbiter. With an ending that's somewhat unique (the killer lives which is quite unsettling) and ambiguous (have to leave it open for the sequel), this is a very satisfying trip down horror lane. Don't say I didn't warn you. To this day I still have problems with closets.

"It's Halloween, everyone's entitled to one good scare."

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