Halloween ★★★½

I know that it's herecy to watch this movie literally the day after Halloween, but that's just how my circumstance played out, sadly.

For better or worse, Halloween set forth the slasher sub-genre where Psycho started, and this means that it is full of moments where characters do silly things, presumably dead villains somehow rise from the dead and there are thinly written victims as well. All of these things made me not love John Carpenter's breakout film as much as other people, but it sure as heck holds up even after 35 years.

His dastardly camera sense and ever-chilling musical score are the stars here; were it not for them, this film certainly would not have been as thrilling as it was. I especially love the shot where we see a lifeless victim pinned to a wall by a kitchen knife, and the camera simply rests as we then watch Michael Myers simply tilt his head back and forth admiring his sadist act. Those final scenes were also pretty scary, as well, along with the opening POV shot.

I also found it interesting that the ones were killed were the ones who were loathsome human beings who drank, smoked and had sex as opposed to Jamie Lee Curtis' (who if I may add was very good here) strong and pure heroine. I'm unsure whether or not that should be called insensitive or insightful, but it was still interesting to dwell upon.

Either way, I may not love the first Halloween, but I fully understand its appeal. That theme song truly was something remarkable for a piece that was generally the same few notes over and over again.

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