Halloween ★★★★

” I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil.”

The simple and straightforward story of a psychopath going around and killing people always works even if the film is completely predictable and the characters are totally cliched, but who cares about those when John Carpenter is on board? He clearly knows how to create a terrifying situation that can really make the viewers panic. Halloween may not be as bloodcurdling as The Thing but it is still a very well-designed and at times even intelligent film, although it suffers from lack of surprise and the way it approaches the subject of fear is a bit too conservative compared to likes of Psycho or The Thing but when you hear the intimidating and threatening score of John Carpenter you forget about all the flaws, who doesn't like to see a young shy girl fighting a mystical and violent giant?

One thing that I really liked about the film was the cinematography, the steady-cam shots may look a bit normal these days but when you realize that this was made back in 70s you see how technically innovative this film is, the opening scene and the first person perspective was fascinating. The lighting is perfect and gives all those internal scenes a really scary look, Dean Cundey (the cinematographer of Back to the Future, Apollo 13 and of course The Thing) has shot this beautifully.

Halloween may bot be perfect but it is a very joyful and strong thriller that manages to produce some real terror and interestingly it does that without any blood or graphic violence and without looking disgusting it manages to scare its audience, that’s a great achievement for the film, the score and cinematography are amazing, the villain is frightening and John Carpenter shows that it is possible to make a brilliant, smart and really impressive film without having all the money in the world. A true classic.

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