Thursday, October 31, 2013

31 Days of Halloween: Halloween (1978)

Hello, Bloggers, here is my final review of month-long segment "31 Days of Halloween" and hopefully you guys enjoyed all of my other reviews. So, I figured I'd make my final review to be for a classic film whose title is the same as the titular holiday: Halloween. Hope you enjoy and Happy Halloween, everybody!

                      Story:
                   Halloween is about a man named Michael Myers who has been put away in a mental institution since he was a child after he killed his sister. He then escapes and heads back to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois to go on a killing spree. But the doctor who put him away, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance) travels to Haddonfield to try to find Michael and Michael himself goes up against a young high school girl named Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis).

                   What I Liked About It:
                  One thing that I loved about this film was just how suspenseful it was. I mean, you may know who the killer is in the beginning, but just wondering who or when he is going to strike next just keeps you on edge. So, it's one of those scary movies where you know that the scary stuff is going to happen, but you don't know when. Plus, what I thought was so scary about the film was the character of Michael Myers himself. He never says a word and just wears a pale mask, but the fact that he never shows any emotion and has quite a stillness to him is just unnerving. It should definitely come as no surprise that Michael Myers has become quite an iconic horror figure since the film's inception. Also, the film's famous score adds to the creep factor as well, mainly the opening piano theme.

                  Another thing that I really liked about the film is the simplicity of it. It takes a simple idea of a guy with a mask and knife stalking teenagers and really makes something out of it. Normally, when we see movies like this one screen, they are often replicated and usually too similar to each other, but Halloween is one that is able to stand out above the rest.

                 What I Didn't Like About It:
                 Nothing.

                 Consensus:
                Overall, Halloween is an exercise in sheer terror that is without a doubt, THE best slasher film to date. This is one that I would watch on Halloween, without a doubt, but at any other time of the year, it's still a good watch.

Rating: 5/5