Saturday, October 12, 2013

Halloween (1978) review


This horror classic is still full of suspense and creepy as ever, laying down a landmark for modern slasher films, but does it hold through the test of time?

PLOT:In Haddonfield, IL on Halloween 1963, young Michael Myers stabs his older sister to death for no apparent reason. Years later as an adult, Michael (Tony Moran) breaks out of the mental institution that has held him up for years on none other than Halloween night. From there he begins slaughtering unsuspecting teens, mainly targeting unwary young Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis). There's only one true person bent on going after Michael to stop him, and that is his psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence). Will Myers be contained this Halloween night? It's a good plot executed very well.

ACTING:The performances in this film were very great. Jamie Lee Curtis played a very convincing role as Laurie. For her first film, she really became the part. I find her to be the best performance in the film, along with the great Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis. Both were really great in their parts. There really wasn't a bad performance in the bunch. The other performances I'd like to mention would be Nancy Loomis as Annie, P.J. Soles as Lynda, and Sandy Johnson as Judith Myers.

SCORE:The score in here is one of the most memorable and iconic things about the film. John Carpenter really did a great job at creating a unique and creepy theme. It's beautiful and haunting yet frightening and simple all the same time. I really enjoyed it.

OTHER CONTENT:This film is a really great slasher horror film. The film is packed with suspense, superb direction, a smart script, and a lot of creepy moments. I really enjoyed the metaphor of comparing Michael to almost that of fear itself. It's really creepy and cool. This film is also a really good film to watch around Halloween season, for not just the title but the atmosphere overall. However, I have a small problem with the film that most might find disagreeable. The film was packed with many well-directed, creepy moments, but I don't believe the film is as scary now as it was back then. It just doesn't scare me. The film overall is packed with a huge release of suspense, a bunch of creepy atmosphere, and great direction, but I just don't find it truly scary.

OVERALL,an awesome horror film with a very well executed plot, very great performances, memorable and iconic score, a lot of suspense, superb direction, a smart script, a bunch of creepy moments, a Halloween atmosphere, and a cool metaphor, but it's not as scary today as it was then arguably.

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