I’ve Finally Seen ‘Halloween’!

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.

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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!

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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

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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.

7 thoughts on “I’ve Finally Seen ‘Halloween’!”

  1. Hi Annlyel, I think “Halloween” proves that you can’t beat well crafted, original movies. Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasance are fantastic actors being directed by that mad genius. I shouldn’t be surprised however about Jamie Lee Curtis as her mother Janet Leigh did work with the great Alfred Hitchcock, so knew all about suspense in movies! (Janet Leigh was the unfortunate lady in the shower scene of “Psycho”)

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  2. Like Jaws, Halloween benefits from the 1970s style of pacing films, with a long, slow buildup and most of the action taking place in the third act. Audiences seem to have lost patience with that approach soon after that time, especially as we got to the ’90s where the technique became cramming special effects and action into as many frames of film as you can. Of course it helps to get through the “slow” parts when you have quality dialogue, acting and character development taking place.

    Music also seemed to play a much more important role in 1970s films like Star Wars, Superman and Halloween, because the films didn’t have wall-to-wall explosions, gunfire and car crashes filling the soundscape. Filmmakers no longer seem to be comfortable with the idea of music themes becoming the most prominent part of a scene.

    Another element we seem to have lost is the ability to have a masked character play a major part in a movie. Halloween and Star Wars created majorly impactful villains whose faces were almost totally obscured. Now the idea that you need to see an actor’s face to establish a character seems to have taken hold. And characters like Spider-Man and Kylo Ren end up removing their masks early and often. Thanos doesn’t even wear his helmet for very long. Filmmakers seem to be forgetting how much costume can establish a character and how leaving certain things to the imagination can benefit as well.

    Alfred Hitchcock’s quote about surprise vs. suspense is very relevant to why Halloween works. “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” His explanation was that you should tell the audience there is a bomb about to go off, and then spend 15 minutes having them search for it, rather than have the bomb go off suddenly without warning. In Halloween, Michael Myers is the bomb that is about to go off, and you spend much of the movie waiting and wondering when it’s finally going to happen. You know the movie’s working when you’re scared by Laurie bumping into the policeman on the sidewalk, or the window being smashed near Dr. Loomis. The movie has successfully established that something terrible is going to happen and is making you wait for it.

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  3. I have a very early memory of seeing the blood pour out of the elevator doors when The Shining must have randomly appeared on TV while switching channels. I remember being very disturbed by that. I was definitely too scared to keep watching. I didn’t see the whole thing until much later. I think it’s a great movie for the atmosphere, acting and cinematography but I don’t think of it as all that scary or horrifying now. I think the clown and the tree in Poltergeist are the scariest movie images from my childhood that I have trouble getting over.

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