Rafael Jovine’s review published on Letterboxd:
With the arrival of the second installment of Green's Halloween, I figured this would be a good time to watch the whole Michael Myers saga. And just like with Friday the 13th, I've only seen the first 3 movies and a few of the later ones.
Anyway, as for this first installment I understand why many hold it in high regard. Myers' portrayal, his look, small details in the clothing, and even the lighting in certain scenes quickly become engrained in your mind. All the deaths from the stabbing in the wall to the scene where Mikey decides to dress up as Casper also stand out, even if a few don't quite hold up. Similarly, I had forgotten that Myers could drive, possibly explaining how he reaches places so fast. Surely he has a car nearby. And of course next to Michael Myers, Jamie Lee Curtis shines in her role as Laurie Strode, a final girl who fulfills her role of being a heroine and for a moment a victim. It's a thin line some manage to walk and she succeeds. Donald's performance as Loomis is excellent as he sells the distress and anguish his character is experiencing and probably has some of the best lines in the whole film.
My only problem is that in 90 minutes of running time not much happens until near the end. There is the occasional moment that manages to stand out and the score is great, especially setting the moood, but not much happens and everyone just seems to meander which dragged the movie to me.
All in all, while it could have used more deaths or any form of thrills, the kills we got and the lead performance made it a really great watch.