Halloween

Halloween ★★★★

It may be a few days late but John Carpenter's Halloween finally got it's customary yearly watch. There have been many imitators over the years and even that god awful remake, but this film still ranks among the finest of the early slasher films, regardless of its flaws and B-movie aesthetic.
Everyone knows the origin story of Michael Myers either from this film or the 2007 Rob Zombie directed film. It begins with the murder of Michael's older sister by a six year old Michael, and them moves on 15 years till the institutionalized Michael decides it's time to come home. Cue carnage on Halloween as a mask-wearing, jumpsuited, Michael decides it's time for the young and the promiscuous to come to a sticky end, although why he chose to target good-girl Laurie is beyond me, everyone knows how that was going to turn out.
Making a star out of film debutante Jamie Lee Curtis as well as giving Donald Pleasence a lovely franchise to appear in every few years, Halloween showed how a small budget horror film could net a fortune. It was also the film that set in stone the horror movie rules that would be rolled out and copied in the likes of Scream and other movies that parodied this genre-defining cult classic. Giving Carpenter that big hit that set him up as one of the hippest horror movie directors of the late-seventies and early eighties, this must be the most replayed horror film on television. It might not be as scary as the current crop of chillers, but they probably wouldn't have an audience as appreciative without it.

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