Halloween (1978) Movie Review

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1978 | Horror, Thriller
91 minutes /

User Score: 81/100

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Halloween Review


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.

John Carpenter’s “Halloween” is one of the best horror films ever made. It introduced the world to the iconic villain Michael Myers and his relentless pursuit of his prey. The movie’s chilling signature musical score captured listeners attention as they watched Michael Myers terrorize the small town of Haddonfield. The quiet killer with his white mask went on to become a new horror franchise that produced seven sequels.

“Halloween” opens with a 6-year- old Michael Myers killing his older sister with a knife. He is taken to a Sanitarium, but escapes as an adult. He steals a white mask and goes back to Haddonfield and stops at his former house. When teenager Laurie Strode ( Jamie Lee Curtis) drops off a key at the house for her father to sell it, Michael begins to stalk her.

Michael’s reign of terror begins as he kills unsuspecting teenagers while being pursued by his psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis ( Donald Pleasence). When Laurie confronts Michael, she desperately fights to survive against this terrifying being.

“Halloween” is a movie that does a great job of building suspense throughout the film. The musical score only helps to add to that effect when the audience sees the world through Michael’s eyes. Michael follows Laurie constantly in the film even in broad daylight, which shows his demented state of mind. Laurie has no idea that she is being stalked as she goes about her day.

The movie also created a horror villain that was frightening in many aspects. Michael Myers never talks or makes a sound when killing and stalking. When he fights against Laurie, he never utters a word. This kind of behavior makes him very scary because he appears to be inhuman.

“Halloween” has gone on to be one of the greatest horror movies ever made. There have been countless imitations, but none can compare to this horror classic.

About Halloween 1978

Title: Halloween
Original Title: John Carpenter's Halloween, The Babysitter Murders
Year: 1978
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4/5 stars from 21 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 21
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Carpenter, P.J. Soles, Nancy Stephens, Nancy Kyes, Charles Cyphers, Tommy Lee Wallace, Mickey Yablans, Tony Moran, Jennifer Rhodes, Arthur Malet, Nick Castle, George O'Hanlon Jr., Darla Rae, Kyle Richards, Brian Andrews, Adam Hollander, Robert Phalen, Will Sandin, Sandy Johnson, David Kyle, Peter Griffith, Barry Bernardi, Gwen Van Dam, John Michael Graham, Brent Le Page
Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
Director: John Carpenter