Bob McCully’s review published on Letterboxd:
I don't know why it has taken me so long to revisit this film.
As soon as I saw little Tommy getting bullied at school, "the boogey man is gonna get you!" hurled at him over and over, I was transported back to being a little kid and watching this movie on a sunday afternoon. Totally Fucking Enthralled.
It's been at least 10 years, if not way more since I've last seen this though. So I was pretty stoked when I was gifted the bluray boxed set last year and ready to finally take the plunge again into this series.
What can be said about this first film that hasn't already been said to death? Expert level dread, perfect iconic villain, Jamie Lee Curtis, eternal autumn vibes, low-key teenage hijinx, and a sneaky structure that pulls you under and delivers pure terror in just the last ten minutes.
I think if I were to be completely honest though... that damn score.
I forgot how powerful it was and how it fills so much of the space in this movie. Carpenter got so much out of that little riff and built beds of doom that rise up slowly as that tinkering melody gnaws away at your heart.
As a first instalment, Halloween is better than Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
While I definitely prefer those franchises sequels way more, that first rip through Haddonfield is massive and undeniable.