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3.8
5,199 Ratings

Halloween

Directed by John Carpenter
United States, 1978
Horror, Thriller, Cult

Synopsis

Dr. Loomis can’t penetrate murderer Michael Myers’s psyche after years of institutionalization; so he knows when Myers escapes right before Halloween, there is going to be hell to pay. Now escaped, Myers spots bookish teenager Laurie Strode, who is about to start that evening’s baby-sitting job…

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Halloween Directed by John Carpenter

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  • Daniel Roque's rating of the film Halloween

    Looking back at the slasher movies from the late 70s and 80s, Jamie Lee Curtis distincts herself by acting more like a fearless Ripley from Alien than the dumb blonde scream queens of that time. She deserves better than being remembered as Dean Munsch by this generation.

  • Henri de Corinth's rating of the film Halloween

    Rewatch, 40th-anniversary screening. It’s hardly Carpenter’s best movie but seeing it projected you get much better sense of how the film exploits photography and sound, in-focus v. out-of-focus, music and stings, and how innovative it must have been in 1978. The film is at its best (and scariest) though when it merely regards The Shape as a phenomenon, in the distance, in the shadows, watching and waiting.

  • LauraPalmer's rating of the film Halloween

    THAT MOMENT when you're watching a John Carpenter's film released in 1978 and you see the main character watching a Hawks's film released in 1951: John Carpenter would remake it in 1982. Halloween: a CLASSIC horror film with a stunning cinematography.

  • T. J. Mesen's rating of the film Halloween

    "...the main character, the guy in the mask, really isn’t altogether human. He has no characteristics. He's, uh, almost like a machine. He was just pure evil. That was what I intended to do. It's evil out of nothing, evil from no background, which completely creeps me out as a human being, that evil could arrive at my doorstep without a purpose, without a past, without an origin." – John Carpenter for THR

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Halloween

    Re-rating this a 5, after being unimpressed years ago. What changed? I learned to love movies for their irrationality. I'm sure on Wikipedia there's a large entry on Michael Myers, filled with canonical info from sequels and remakes. I couldn't care less. The idea of an unstoppable, irrational force is so much scarier, a bogeyman that reduces you to your childhood fears. And just when you were discovering sex, too.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Halloween

    A masterpiece of modern horror often copied but never quite duplicated for the simple fact that this originated the conceit. The 'shape' is one of the most eerie villains in screen lore and Carpenter's slow reveal wrapped in an universal story was the perfect introduction. A master class in tension, suspense and terror. Well cast with a young Curtis and a career defining turn by Pleasence at its core.

  • Harry Rossi's rating of the film Halloween

    Deceptively simple. The build up to each murder is far scarier than the murders themselves. The framing of the shot is perfection and Michael's reveals are terrifying and wonderful in their composition. An incredibly suspenseful film. Carpenter's direction is perhaps the sharpest I've seen so far from what I've watched. I love suburbia when done right and this film does it right in spades! Wish I'd seen it earlier.

  • CJ Roy's rating of the film Halloween

    Carpenter brilliantly evokes voyeurism to critique the morally reprehensible interests of the audience. This is most strongly shown in the first sequence where he uses POV to draw upon audience desires and the final sequence showing the aftermath of Michael's rampage layered with his heavy breathing drawing everything full circle "...the idea was that you couldn't kill evil." - writer Debra Hill.

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