Halloween

Halloween ★★★★

After I watched this, I had to go to work, and I had a discussion with a workmate about how the era of horror that one enjoys is related to their enjoyment of film in general. Most people (including her) find older films boring, because well they aren't as scary by 'today's standards'. Whereas most film lovers will find modern horrors to be bland and predictable.

I can see both points of view. Admittedly, Halloween just isn't all that scary, in a way. There's mounds of tension, and Myers in iconically frightening in the way he is merely a human, but not really a person. But it's not really terrifying. A little due to the lack of gore, but also just a general 70's cheesiness. But that didn't stop me from loving it.

One of the things I'm not very good (but working on) is consciously noticing a score. I love music, and a good score will effect my viewing experience, but I'll watch a scene and not notice what notes are ringing in the background (example: Gone Girl was basically a perfect movie for me, but I cannot remember a single note of the acclaimed Reznor score). BUT WOW. This was the opposite. In another film in might have been intrusive, but here every note stands out, ramping the tension higher, as if it's being played by someone following the characters around with a piano. It's something truly classic to be put against William's works.

While I probably wouldn't recommend this as a scare fest movie with friends, it's a perfect horror movie to watch by yourself, snuggle under a blanket and just enjoy. Arguably the mother of modern slashers, it makes for an excellent introduction to horror. You can definitely see how even films today take a lot from it (it made me think of this years It Follows)

When my future kids have sleepovers and tell me they want to watch a horror for the first time, this is what I'll give them.

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