JC13’s review published on Letterboxd:
Film #53 of JC13's I Do Believe I Just Shit Myself September/October Horror Marathon
"Death has come to your little town, sheriff."- Dr. Sam Loomis
I'd like to start by thanking everyone who read all my reviews during the past month and a half for my Horror marathon. I had a blast watching all these films and gained a greater respect for the genre. I look forward to doing it again next year.
For the final film of my marathon I chose to watch John Carpenter's Horror classic, Halloween. I figured what better day to watch this film for the first time then on the day for which it is named. The film didn't disappoint. From the haunting opening titles accompanied by Carpenter's eerie, piano dominated score to the closing credits accompanied by the same piece I was captivated. I had heard the main theme before, but didn't realize it was from this film. Needless to say it is one of the greatest scores ever composed, perfectly capturing the unsettling atmosphere the film is aiming for and achieves.
The camerawork is astounding especially for a low budget film. I also loved that this is one of the rare films in the genre which doesn't rely on violence and gore, but tension. Sure it has its clichés on occasion, but it more than makes up for it with the things it does right. One thing it does right is the villain, Michael Myers. He is the very personification of evil. He has no emotion, no motive, he's just a ruthless killer that doesn't qualify as a man. His presence is always felt and it is always terrifying.
All of the performances are good, but it's Donald Pleasence who delivers the films top performance. He doesn't have much screen time, but he certainly makes the most of it. There are a few things in the film that don't make much sense such as the fact that Michael Myers is 6 at the beginning of the film and 15 years later he is 23. Maybe I suck at math, but last time I checked 6 + 15 is 21, not 23. Despite this small flaws, Halloween is still an awesome experience that isn't short on suspense and terror. Great film and a great close to a great marathon. 8.5/10