Halloween ★★★★★

I think one of the main reasons why this movie is so beloved is due to how well it portrays the placidity of American suburban life while also making it scary. In my opinion, the only thing that keeps it from full-scale perfection is that while the uneventful parts add a lot of great suspense, they go on a little too long and drag down the pacing; Michael Meyers doesn't start attacking Jamie Lee until like the last 20 minutes. However, the beginning and ending sequences are literally perfect—if something more like that had been the whole movie without all the unnecessary slow parts in the middle, then I think it would be flawless. But it doesn't matter, because this is always a worthwhile watch as a genre blueprint, and these symbols have left an indelible impression on the American psyche and generations of filmmakers: the existence of pure evil lurking in the most unlikely and peaceful of places, and the unexpectedly heroic and pure at heart being all that can overcome the hardship and suffering it creates.

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