Quintin Skelly’s review published on Letterboxd:
For quite sometime after the trailer for the new Halloween film dropped, I've actually been thinking about this movie. Sure, the trailer looked promising, and Jamie Lee Curtis is returning as her iconic heroine Laurie Strode, but most importantly, John Carpenter is coming back as an executive producer and composer of the film. So, I've decided to go back and rewatch the whole series, which leads to the new one (I'll have to rewatch only this one once I get done watching all the Halloween films).
John Carpenter is perhaps one of the best independent filmmaker during the late 70's and early 80's. After Assault on Precinct 13, he decided to go for the horror route, and created not only the greatest iconic killer on the screen in Michael Myers aka The Shape, but also an iconic heroine in Laurie Strode, played by the 2 time Golden Globe winner, Jamie Lee Curtis.
I remember the first time seeing this film on television when I was in middle school. The first time I saw the introduction of the film, I knew the score is so iconic and well memorable. But after watching the scene where the young Michael kills his sister, it has haunted me some of the time! I was so scarred about seeing what happens when one of my sisters getting murdered, and the horror atmosphere was quite disturbing for my younger self. And since then, the only horror films I've remember watching during my middle school years was the Halloween series, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Now, heading to the present day, I can now remember the first Halloween film as one of the most ironic horror movie to date, consider the idea of a masked killer murdering babysitters to be so original. Last semester in my college year, I've learned about feminism in my English class, feminism in politics, iconic figures like Rosa Parks, and of course, feminism in cinema.
Why am I talking about feminism right now? As you can see, most horror films has a female lead. In the film, we have a killer on a loose, and one by one, the lead character's friends end up getting killed throughout the film. Until the climax, or the last part of the horror film, we have the heroine fighting for survival in one last standoff. The term that I used according to sources from online or from reading is called final girl. Final girl is an important part in a horror film, and the only thing about Halloween that I can think off is Laurie Strode. The girl with the wits and right choices, while their friends get too busy with plans, and end up up having sex with each other.
Moving forward, the score for Halloween, notably at the beginning of the film looks so iconic. It sets up that horror vibe that John Carpenter wanted, similar to Alfred Hitchcock when he made Psycho, when he sets up the shower scene for Janet Leigh, who turns out to be Jamie Lee Curtis's mother. The opening shot gives us the look through Michael Myer's view, giving up his view on how he kills his victims, most notably his sister, who's his first victim. Then, Myers is like a shadowy figure. From pitch black or in the nighttime, we only see his body and arms, but not his face when not wearing the mask. We only see his face if he wears the mask, which is perfect for an unknown actor playing the villain role. The ending to the movie gave us a huge twist that we weren't expecting. It leaves us with an empty or terrifying thought, knowing that all horror films would never have a happy ending. Instead, it leaves the survivor scarred for life over the one night she/he will never forget for the rest of their lives.
What sucks now about after the release of the first Halloween, is that we would eventually get a whole bunch of unnecessary sequels that follows. It just doesn't make sense, I think they should've jus stop only after the first film, unless if they found a perfect idea to continue the series despite the first film being iconic, that it'll follow in the footsteps of their previous film, like The Godfather Part II to The Godfather, Blade Runner 2049 to Blade Runner, The Empire Strikes Back to Star Wars, Terminator 2: Judgement Day to The Terminator or The Dark Knight to Batman Begins. But with Dimension Films losing the rights to the Halloween series, I'm glad that Blumhouse is stepping up to their game after seeing the trailer to their Halloween sequel. But yeah, this Halloween will forever being an ode to slasher films in the horror genre, and will always be one of the best horror films that we got, and wanted that'll be viewed for future generations.