James Haves’s review published on Letterboxd:
Okay, before I really talk about how I feel about this film, I would like to say three things.
1. I respect Carpenter tremendously for getting this film together. With such little money that isn't an easy feat.
2. That theme song is friggin' awesome, although we'll talk about that later.
3. This film has one of (if not the) best opening scenes in all of cinema. The one continuous shot is wonderfully put together and it's a true testament to what a great director Carpenter is. It's a shame the rest of the film couldn't match that...
Halloween is a film I've been wanting to see for a long time. After I saw They Live I've been wanting to sample more of Carpenter's work, so I picked up the DVD of this in a charity shop and watched it. I was, however, disappointed. I want to say this is by no means a bad film. The acting is good, the script is good, and the direction is very good. So why don't I 'like' this movie?
It isn't scary.
At least, not to me. Yeah, I jumped a couple of times, but most of the time I just felt...bored. And I'm all for horror films having a slow pace to build atmosphere, but all we really get is some fleeting shots of Michael Meyers while we get the same three bits of music repeated OVER AND OVER until your want to cut off your own ears. Once the actual killing starts (about 50 minutes in), I find myself predicting exactly what was going to happen, and be right. I know this is no fault of the film, it's the hundreds, if not thousands, of imitators that came after it that made the clichés so prevalent in horror cinema, but it still hindered my enjoyment of the film.
So while I admit it's a well made film, I didn't find it scary in the slightest. Most of the time I was just bored.
Also, the decision to take off Michael's mask was a BAAAAD one.