Halloween ★★★½

Pure amusement from start to finish. Carpenter’s use of dark space is ingenious, and the most fun aspect of the movie comes from anticipating Myers in a shadowy closet or in the blurry background. It makes for an engaging audience experience, that’s for sure. The moment when Annie opens the once-locked car without using her keys, and the subsequent moment when the anomaly dawns on her! Wow. The entertainment card means you have to forgive the hokier bits, because with several decades of scary movie knowledge under our collective belts we can see the tropes sidling into place. It has to be night, and the police have to be mostly useless, and of course there just has be a Final Girl. While not necessarily the masterpiece that it is purported to be, Halloween acts as an auspicious beginning to the slasher genre.

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