To day is the thirtieth anniversary of John Carpenter's "HALLOWEEN". Is this horror classic still as good as it was back on October 25th, 1978?
"Halloween" begins with six-year-old Michael Myers killing his older sister. He's instantly discovered by his parents & is then sent to a mental institution. Fifteen years later, 1978, Michael escapes to continue his killing spree. Meanwhile, he's being pursued by Dr. Sam Loomis
One thing that's really great about this movie is that it grabs You're interest nearly three minutes into the film (which many movies fail to get interested at all). Another thing that's great is the cinematography, the cinematography in this film is near perfect. What's also something important to point out in this film is that there's little-to-no blood, the film uses suspense, atmosphere & spine chilling music (composed by Carpenter himself) to scare You, which shows how good a director John Carpenter really is.
The acting is another thing to point out, but I'll just mention the two main characters. First, Donald Peasence is GREAT as Dr. Loomis (Micheal Myers' doctor). Pleasence always has the best lines in the whole movie. Jamie Lee Curtis is also pretty good, You defiantly under stand her character (Laurie Strode).
Now, I would like mention some of the flaws of this film (there might be some spoilers). First, Donald Pleasence is, with out a doubt, the best actor in the movie, but doesn't get enough scenes (actually, there where a few times when I watched the movie & forgot all about Dr. Loomis). The second flaw (SPOILERS!!!!) is that they fake out way to many times. How? They keep "killing" Micheal Myers & he keeps getting back up. The stab him in the neck with a knitting tool, they stab him in the eye with a coat hanger, they stab him in the neck with a butcher knife, they shoot him six times, he falls out a window & finally, he runs off, leaving the audience with a cliff hanger.
Keeps You interested through the whole movie
Great directorial decisions
No blood or guts
Donald Pleasence isn't in the movie enough
To many fake outs
OVERALL: This & "ROCKY" are two examples of how You don't need an over blown budget to make a great film. It's clear that this film was made people who really love films & film making. So, yes, it is still a great movie after thirty years. Happy Halloween!
G-MAN gives "HALLOWEEN" an "Awesome Nine" out of Ten.
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