Halloween

Halloween

Film #31 of Reelz' 31 Films of Horror


Loomis: "I met him, fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes...the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply...evil."


Let's cut right to the chase: this movie fucking terrifies me. I may sound like a lame ass because of that remark but I really don't give a damn. I'm being completely humble. Here's my story (cue weird dreamlike transition):

My parents had recorded Part II and Part III of Back to the Future on VHS a long time ago. I watched both of these movies religiously and always stopped at the beginning of the credits after Part III was over. One day, though, I went beyond the credits (I was six years old). About halfway through them, the credits cut to a completely different movie. In it, a young woman was looking at two children sleeping in bed. I didn't know what the hell was going on at the time. The woman then goes downstairs and walks out of the house she's in and stares across the street at another house. Creepy, quiet music starts playing over all of this. She walks across the street (which is completely empty, mind you). As she gets to the house she knocks at the door and starts yelling out random names. She continues around the back of the house and opens a door (the music stops here). She continues yelling names and walks upstairs. There she discovers a grisly murder scene with three bodies that are laid out in different ways. She screams, backs herself up into a corner, and is terrified. Six year old me has no idea what's going on until I see a white face appear out of complete blackness on the right side of the screen (I'm petrified at this moment). This guy stabs the woman in the arm and she falls down a staircase and becomes injured. The guy appears at the top of the stairs and music starts playing. The woman manages to find her way out of the house and back across the street to the house she was previously in. The guy is approaching her closer and closer from across the street. Six year old me is terrified, frightened, shocked, spellbound, and every other adjective to describe being scared and/or compelled. The rest of the film plays out and I experience things that I have never experienced in any film before it. After receiving a full VHS copy of the film for Christmas soon after, I watched the film in its entirety and loved every single second of it.

Halloween was the film that changed my outlook on horror. I saw it at the time -- thankfully -- where I was not at all familiar with the slasher subgenre of horror. It really set the bar high in this subgenre for me. Each slasher film I viewed after Halloween would always fail in comparison.

The plot of Halloween is simple but effective. A young boy -- named Michael Myers -- kills his sister completely out of nowhere. 15 years later, Myers escapes from a mental institution and returns to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois. He then begins to stalk a babysitter named Laurie Strode (Curtis) and her friends. On Myers' tail is his doctor, Sam Loomis (Pleasence). The film builds to an unforgettable climax where the three meet up for a small showdown of sorts. The story may seem a bit bare but it works due to its incredible use of suspense and surprises.

The film's most iconic item -- besides Myers' mask -- is its theme song. I remember hearing the theme song for the first time 13 years ago and it was so bizarre and haunting. Whenever I listen to it now, it always brings back great, scary memories.

There's something about Halloween that always makes it scary for me. I break down and cry whenever I see someone mention it as being: "not scary" or "stupid". The film doesn't have a whole lot of gore...maybe that's why? I dunno.

I love this film. It traumatized me as a child because of those last 20 minutes and that trauma has continued to stick with me to this day, especially when I see that mask (shudders). Michael Myers is the embodiment of pure evil (the reason why he can never be destroyed); this bastard still terrifies me to this day. The film still manages to be scary and suspenseful to me after all of these years and I'm glad that it's still able to retain this. Halloween is the reason why I love horror so much in the first place.


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This "31 Films of Horror" list was a hell of a lot of fun. I'll definitely be doing more of these lists as time goes on and I'll probably do a similar horror themed one next year as well. Thanks to all that have stuck around with me for these 31 films and have seen what I've had to say about them. This was one incredible journey.

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