A psychotic murderer escapes a mental hospital on Halloween night and stalks a group of teenagers while his doctor pursues him.
Directed by John Carpenter
Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill
Starring Donald Pleasance, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers, Kyle Richards, Brian Andrews
Halloween is one of the greatest horror films of all time. It introduced the world to a movie monster who would become a cultural icon: Michael Myers. John Carpenter has made some excellent films in his career, but Halloween stands out among the rest. From the chilling score to the bleached William Shatner mask, almost everything about this film is iconic.
With such a simple and engaging premise, it's easy to see why this film has stood the test of time. There's nary a drop of blood but it's remembered as one of the most terrifying films ever made. To me, John Carpenter's original Halloween is a staple of October and will remain so for a very long time.
Halloween is one of the greatest horror films ever made and a regular staple in my holiday viewing experience. Everything about this movie comes together to form the perfect horror experience. The music, characters, villain, and mask all help create one of the best, and terrifying, horror cinema experiences. Halloween was supposed to be a forgotten slasher film, but has gone on to be a classic horror film that's still enjoyable to this day.
Before the sequels muddled everything up, the storyline to this film is simple and very engaging. The idea to keep certain things a mystery and not show a single drop of blood was inventive, as it leads one to use their imagination more. This makes the film that much more terrifying. The characters are also some of the more believable in horror film history. The three main girls share a natural rapport amongst each, making them feel like, mostly, real people. The main star, though, is Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. She plays a great every girl and has created one of horror film's most iconic characters. Speaking of icons, this is the introduction of one cinema's greatest villains, Michael Myers. He is absolutely terrifying and relentless in his pursuit of Laurie Strode and her friends. The pale, motionless mask also adds to the creep factor. Finally, the music to this film is simple and iconic. I never get tired of hearing it.
Halloween is a bonafide classic and one of my all time favorite horror movies. Michael Myers, or The Shape as he's called in this film, is a horror movie icon. The music is instantly recognizable. And the characters are some of horror's more believable. This is the night that he came home.