With it being All-Hallows Eve (a.k.a Halloween a.k.a Spooky Time), I thought it fitting to post a review about the great John Carpenter film, Halloween. This film would help jump-start a slew of horror movies that would span the next three decades, not only with its own franchise, but with Friday the 13th & A Nightmare on Elm Street and many, many more.
This movie is and will always be my go-to scary film. I love the concept & look-and-feel of the Michael Myers character, that I cosplay him from time to time at horror conventions. There is so much mystery behind the character. I love the ambiguity of it all.
It starts out on Halloween night in 1963, in the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois. Michael Myers is only 6 years old, dressed up in a clown costume and mask (possibly a Ben Cooper one?), and for unknown reasons, he stabs his older sister Judith to death with a kitchen knife.
Then the movie fast forwards fifteen years, to October 30, 1978. We’re introduced to Michael’s child psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis, played by Donald Pleasence, who along with his colleague, arrive at Warren County Smith’s Grove Sanatarium to take 21-year-old Michael to court to determine if he will be placed in prison for life or will walk away a free man.
Unfortunately, Loomis underestimates Michael’s resourcefulness, as Michael manages to steal Loomis’ car and escapes. Michael returns to Haddonfield and gathers his soon-to-be iconic costume by killing a mechanic for his uniform and stealing a white mask from a local store. Loomis is in hot pursuit because knows that Michael’s intentions are to find and kill his sister Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis.
The great thing about this movie is how it is filmed. We, the viewer, are not watching a movie, we’re having it happen to us. The experience is frightening. If you want to be scared, then this is the movie for you. Michael Myers is described as “Evil Personified” and he holds up on his end for owning that title.
So this Halloween, once you’re finished with your spooky activities, whether it be trick-or-treating yourself, taking the kids out trick-or-treating, staying home and handing out goodies to the trick-or-treaters, or having fun at one of the many fun Halloween parties, go find a nice spot on the couch, kick your feet up and put this movie on. It’ll be a frightful yet fitting end to your All Hallow’s Eve.