Halloween

Halloween

After seeing this so many times, what‘s starting to register more than anything else are Tommy and Laurie’s dueling encounters with Michael Myers, each noticing him on their own but no one to believe in them. Both are forced to shrug off his hair-raising ubiquity as a fluke of the imagination. What’s more, there’s the feeling that Myers’ sinister presence is infectious. Despite being terrorized by bullies at school over his fears of a “boogeyman”, Tommy redirects his own paranoia by scaring Lindsay, the other kid under Laurie’s supervision. A throwaway moment, maybe, but chilling upon reflection. Even Loomis gets in on the action by frightening some rascally trick-or-treaters messing around the derelict Myers ruin. Is it really that everyone is entitled to “one good scare” on Halloween? Or is there a perverse allure in frightening others?

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