Halloween ★★★★½

While the slasher genre essentially owes it's structure and concept to Halloween, this film still impresses to this day with its very bare-bones concept and stellar atmosphere. Perhaps its greatest feat is somehow not telling the audience ANYTHING and getting away with it. The film leaves so many mysteries and questions about our antagonist that as an audience member you crave more and it leaves you hooked. Why does his doctor think he's pure evil when no one else does? How did he learn to drive? How does he know where and when to be to be such a relentless presence? Seriously, this film is just primed to kick off a franchise in all of the best ways by telling us a simple story with just enough loose ends that we want to know more - but aren't disappointed when we don't find out in this film.