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Movie Information
TitleHalloween
DirectorJohn Carpenter
Year1978
Production CompanyCompass International
GenreHorror
 
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Submitted by James Richard Armstrong II 
(Mar 10, 2005)

What a movie! John Carpenter put himself on the map with this movie.

The film got raked throught the coals for being much too violent and was thought to trivialize homicidal murder. I did not think of it that way, but I was also a kid and had a stomach for those kinds of things back then.

From the opening scene of the film to the final ambiguous shot we are left in a state of crippling fear. The character Michael Myers (Tony Moran) was a cool and calm/forceful and deliberate kind of guy. The kind of guy that won't take "NO" for an answer. As Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) comes to realize that there's a madman in her neighborhood, she then does the right things in disabling our murderer, but of course she has to drop the knife.

Two scenes in particular stand out for me. The first scene that freaked me out was when she is standing in the hallway and Michael sits straight-up with the coat hanger sticking out of his eye, it was very robotic and evil to me. The other scene, which scared the holy crap out of me, was when Laurie is walking down the hallway and in the dark corner Michael's face slowly appears into the light! That still gets me to this day.

In retrospect, this film is not at all too violent--in today's standards that is. There are some violent scenes, but a murder is just that--violent. The suspense is what makes me keep coming back, even though I know what's coming around the cornere, it still creeps me out to this day. When I think "evil," I think Michael Myers slowly cruising down my street at night, ever steady and never relenting. Scary stuff dude.

-James Richard Armstrong II


Submitted by alicia 
(Dec 26, 2004)

This is one of the scariest movies that I have ever seen. The music is one of the elements that makes this movie so horrifying. Also the mask that Micheal Myers wears, the fact that there are no big features on it so that you can imagine it however scares you the most. I love the plot and the way that it was filmed. I've seen this movie over 100 times and I still can't watch the end with the lights off.


 

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