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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween (1978) - John Carpenter


October 31st 2010
So this is it, the cream of the the crop for Halloween horror movies. The final movie of my 31 horror movies of Halloween is none other then the original, I repeat original, Halloween from 1978. This is John Carpenter's masterpiece, he hasn't really done anything worth a damn since this movie. I mean it look back at the movies that he has on his record and put them up against this... Well I guess that the Thing stands up there pretty good, but thats just about it. I am a huge fan of this series and I think that this is a great start point for the consistently depreciating franchise.  

The movie is about a girl named Laurie that is being stalked by Michael Myers. Myers is being stalked by his short, stocky, and bald psychiatrist. The psychiatrist blows into town and takes over as the head sheriff.  He does little to help anyone actually find the killer, but he does shoot him. Well that is kind of what happens, but if you don't know then you should really just forget about watching movies. Seriously, if you haven't heard of this movie or you think I am talking about an over acting one note comedian then I have no advise for you. 

The thing that really gives this movie its vibe is the awesome score that was composed by John Carpenter himself. The legendary piano theme is known like world wide and makes me instantly think of the William Shatner masked killer Michael Myers. The movie is legendary because it started the whole horror movie rules that Randy told us about in Scream. The movie also started the first real slasher franchise. Even though we have to stomach our way through Halloween III (Which has nothing to do with Michael Myers or Laurie Strode) 

The movie cast is pretty minimal they are all pretty fresh. We do have Donald Plesance as Dr. Loomis but we see Jamie Lee Curtis in her first role as Laurie Strode. She is surrounded by her high school friends the wet blanket Nancy Kyes and the spunky slut PJ Soles. They do a great job of being three helpless chicks running from a killer, while loosing articles of clothing along the way. Not that this movie is trashy in any way. It just started the whole, if a girl takes her top off then they have got to go. The movie also has a really incredible ending letting you know that the killer is going to always be there watching the entire time. 

The movie has its little quirks and comedic parts. There are scenes that you have to get just by watching quickly and catching something. There is a hilarious scene where Michael wears a giant ghost costume with a pair of glasses on. That is classic! 

The movie leaves me with a ton of questions, the biggest one being who taught Michael Myers how to drive a car. The movie is also not that scary anymore for me. I have seen this movie literally like 200 times. It looses its scare factor when you anticipate the scary parts. Never the less I am going to really give this movie a 9 of 10. Halloween will forever go into the record books as one of the greatest horror movies of all time. Is it on my list, yes. Is it in the top of the list, no. It is definitely in the top 10. 

He came home!

S!D

  • The mask used is a William Shatner mask painted white.
  • There were 5 people used to play Michael. 
  • Inside Laurie's bedroom there is a poster of a painting by James Ensor (1860-1949). Ensor was a Belgian expressionist painter who used to portray human figures wearing grotesque masks.


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