Halloween (1978)

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Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again. (IMDb)

The horror here is appreciably subtle, with smart camera angles and lots of long foreboding tracking shots laid underneath a chilling piano theme, but considering the consistently bad acting, the overload of pointless teenage fluff in between the thrills (at the expense of the doctor’s more intriguing narrative), and the underwhelming payoff (the inexplicably immortal Myers is never explored in depth and suddenly can’t aim his knife in the climax), some more direct shocks would’ve been welcome.

6.0/10

#5 in my Top 10 Most Overrated Films list

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6 thoughts on “Halloween (1978)

  1. I see what you’re saying – even though I love this film, I can’t deny that the acting is, by and large, completely wooden. But what makes the film, as a whole, work so well for me is John Carpenter’s story and direction. Despite some bad acting and unnecessary fluff, Carpenter captures the feeling of being stalked so marvelously. Great review, as always!

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  2. I felt the same way. I was expecting a lot from this one but ended up a little disappointed. It was probably unfair to expect what was basically the first slasher film to be groundbreaking and slick at the same time. Still glad I saw it though.

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    1. Yeah. I was disappointed too-but I certainly saw why it is so highly regarded and has been so influential to horror movies today. It wasn’t about there being nothing good in there, more just about all the other stuff that wasn’t, at least by my standards today.

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