Halloween, a horror film classic. As a child, I was way too scared to watch it but as the years have gone by my fear of scary movies has begun to diminish. A few years ago I summoned up enough courage to watch The Shining which, as a young girl, would put me in a rather teary, petrified state if I so much as heard or saw the ghost twin girls. But as I watched the film that had scared me for so many years at the age of seventeen I found myself able to watch the whole movie (I only closed my eyes once.)
It was a mighty achievement for me and one that made me realize that maybe my horror film phobia had dissipated with age. So, since then I have been determined to watch Halloween. Well, last night my determination finally came to fruition. I watched Halloween! And while it was definitely scary and provided a few more jumps than I would’ve liked, now that I have seen the movie I can feel solace knowing that I can watch it at any time and not be so scared that I’m petrified for the entire night.
The scariest thing about Halloween is the psychology behind Michael Meyer’s murdering spree. He isn’t your typical hide-in-the-shadows-then-kill-you antagonist. He takes his time, makes the viewer watch in utter horror and trepidation because we know the victim in question is going to die but we don’t know how or when their death will transpire.
And so slowly but gradually he kills all of his targets in terrifyingly gruesome fashions and once all of Laurie’s (Jamie Lee Curtis) friends are dead she now becomes his next victim. The movie then takes a ridiculously thrilling/petrifying turn as Laurie, by the grace of God, managed to evade Michael Meyers and we can only watch in horror as she tries to keep from dying by the hands of the unkillable Michael Meyers.
Gosh, every time he seemed dead he came back to life. It was like a sick joke!
Dr. Loomis was my hero of the movie (alongside Laurie of course) because he was determined to find and stop his devilish patient Michael Meyers. To hear his words of how evil Michael Meyers was under his care was not only horrifying but riveting at the same time.
When he saved Laurie’s life by shooting Michael Meyers out of that bedroom I wanted to pump my fist in the air with joy. But then, because this is one of the scariest movies of all time, when he went to look to see Michael’s body he wasn’t there! Gah! Really John Carpenter?!
My Conclusion of the Film
Halloween, in this day and age, is still one of the scariest movies of all time. Michael Meyer’s mask will strike fear in the hearts of anyone and that constant monotone that John Carpenter crafted for this horrifying film is just as iconic and frightening.
John Carpenter is a mad genius. He helped write the screenplay with another writer, he made the music for the film, and he directed it! Wow. And let me tell you. That was one of the best-directed movies I have ever seen. The way he places the viewer in the shoes of either Michael Meyers or the victim was 100% terrifying. And the way, at the beginning of the movie, that he wouldn’t show Michael Meyer’s masked face, ugh. You would just his shoulder or body or his stolen car or sometimes you would glimpse the horrifying mask from a distance. *shudder* Creepy.
All in all, this movie is a classic for a reason. If you have little children do NOT show them this film if you want them to sleep at night because this movie is perfectly terrifying in every possible way. No child should see Michael Meyers standing in the doorway under that blanket. That’s beyond dementedly creepy.
I’m giving this movie a 100 out of a 100 and 5 out of 5 stars. It was a perfect movie through and through and provided plenty of unforgettable scares that proved why it’s still one of the scariest movies of all time.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spooktacular day.