This is a great horror movie with great scares and chills. It's an all time classic for a reason. Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis both give great performances and the killer is much scarier than in most horror movies. The simple soundtrack is also awesome.
So I'm going to be marathoning the Halloween movies leading up to David Gordon Green's new incarnation coming out later this year. John Carpenter's original classic Halloween, still erupts with fright and terror even after all these years. Directed with mastery and suspenseful as hell, Halloween's story of supernatural character Michael Myers's reign of bloodshed is undoubtedly legendary. (Verdict: A)
Halloween, a films that good filmmaking, good writing and being clever with simplicity are far more important than action, jump scares and buckets of gore.
From the initial reveal of a young Michael to the faceless granddaddy of movies villains being shot "6 times" and disappearing this film never lets up on the fear and tension of what it's like to be stalked. Michael Myers is the personification of everything we fear about that unknown person in the shadows and what we fear in ourselves.
The hero of the piece is the director Carpenter. Who not only shoots a beautiful and subtlely brutal horror film years ahead of its time but creates one of the greatest scores in movie history. And with all great horror/thrillers the music amps up the tension to the breaking point.
What psycho did somany years before Halloween does for the next generation of horror movies. But this time instead of giving you a simpathetic person to be disarmed by, you get a master of destruction in Michael Myers. This type of tension based horror in my eyes has never been matched or beaten since it's release despite so many filmmakers trying their best to do so.
A masterpiece from a true horror master!
Halloween is easily one of the most influential and recognizable horror movies ever made. Even people who are largely unfamiliar with horror genre will likely still be able to identify the horror cliches that Halloween started, much like Friday the 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
The iconic soundtrack and (unique for it's time) scene structure blend together to make a creepy and thrilling atmosphere that most movies can't pull off to this day. The story is may seem cliche now, but it's told supremely well, and adds a lot of suspense.
I can't really criticize the predictability of the movie because for it's time, it was really unique. What I feel like I can criticize though is the second act of the movie. It just feels like filler, and nothing of consequence happens. I feel like it was there to add suspense, but being bored while watching a horror film isn't good. The acting is also kind of hit or miss, especially with the child actors, but I can look past that for the most part.
Any fan of horror should see Halloween, even if it feels a bit dated by today's standards.