hotcarrots’s review published on Letterboxd:
Undoubtedly a great film, but having seen Black Christmas (1974) in the last year it’s hard to not see the similarities. Sure enough, it turns out that Carpenter’s original intention was to make a sequel to Black Christmas until the script evolved into what became Halloween. Both films accomplish what they set out to do, but I do think the former is a bit more terrifying in the end and deserves extra points for doing it first. With that said, there is a lot to love here and I do think Carpenter really makes it his own. My favorite parts were the many scenes where Myers is just standing in the distance, blankly staring at Laurie. Hard to not be unsettled by shots like that. Great debut performance by Jaime Lee Curtis. I’ll leave you all with this classic.