Director: John Carpenter
Notable Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Nancy Kyes, PJ Soles, Kyle Richards, Brian Andrews, John Michael Graham, Sandy Johnson
The hardest aspect of going back to review a classic such as Halloween is that most things and elements have been explored in writings previously. Most people have seen it and if they haven’t, they’ve heard of it. It makes writing a review at this point something of a difficult task and one that more or less seems like beating a dead horse. However, this Halloween I have dedicated myself to reviewing this entire franchise and that means starting where it all started…with the 1978 slasher classic Halloween. While the film is not perfect (is it blasphemous to say that?) it is however a film steeped in strong and very simplistic aspects that raise it above the low budget slasher it is. This is why Halloween is iconic.
Laurie (Curtis) has a pretty nice life. She goes to school, she has good friends, and her job as a babysitter provides enough funds for her to live comfortably. However, this Halloween Laurie is going to have her hands full. Michael Myers has just escaped while on his way to a court hearing and he’s on his way home. Unless the intense Dr. Loomis (Pleasence) can stop him, Laurie is going to be right in the path of a maniac.
|Walk this way. Not THAT way.|
As was mentioned, Halloween is a remarkably vague film at its core. The audience is fed just enough information to whet their appetite about what is happening and the plotting is very simple. Many fans and people tend to pull information from later films and insert those elements into this film as explanation, but really this film is a very simple story and its narrative is even more basic. At times this can be a bit frustrating for older fans who want “more” from a film or explanations for little things, but Carpenter and company sell this movie so well with its atmosphere, visuals, and performances that it doesn’t matter nearly as much as it should. In a way, it makes the film feel even more like a real day in the shoes of these characters. Partnered with some heartfelt performances from Jamie Lee Curtis and the frantic presence of Donald Pleasence and the film earns its genuine feelings.
|No clowning around.|
|I'm your boogeyman.|