For my first review on this te I thought I would go back to the movie and director that has had the most influence on me as a stage actor and stage director but I'm changing it up a bit.
John Carpenter's Halloween is the greatest horror film ever made.
Don't believe me?
John Carpenter did what few others were able to do: Take an over done premise of a lunatic escaping from the nut ward, give him a knife, mask, innocent victims, and a holiday and make a successful horror film that actually is scary.
This is not a splatter film, there is hardly any bloodshed at all.
The film takes it's time telling it's story and builds suspense along the way.
Jamie Lee Curtis is outstanding in her film debut but she isn't alone.
P.J. Soles also delivers a very strong performance as does the great Donald Pleasence.
Now I have heard that in the Halloween franchise Dr. Loomis knows way too much for the given tuation and I think I can answer that.
He spent more time with Michael than anyone else so he was able to get into Michael's head and learn his patterns and behavior.
True having him turn around and see the car towards the end is a little huh but c'mon, the film was ending and we needed to wrap things up.
As far as muc goes it is unbeaten.
The main score is still a timeless clasc and I wish the John Carpenter would continue to score his own films but unfortunately he says on the commentary track for The Ward that he is far too old to be doing that any more.
Now for the comparison.
I liked both verons of this film.
I can understand that the theatrical release needed to be wound tighter for suspense but I feel that by long scenes of Michael watching Laurie from the yard, Loomis at the hearing, and even the scene where P.J. tells Jamie that she thinks someone was watching her, I feel that you lose the impact that some of the later scenes have, such as P.J. chewing her boyfriend out for spilling beer on her shirt (which in the extended cut we find out is actually Laurie's shirt).Halloween is a film that launched the American slasher franchise.
In a behind the scenes extra on Friday the 13th the Killer Cut Sean Cunningham even said that the head of the film company he worked for told him to go see John Carpenter's Halloween and rip it off.What worked:
Everything about this movie is a clasc moment.
The opening POV shot, the main titles, Michael killing his ster, the escape from the institute, stalking Laurie, the constant conversations about the Boogeyman, the clasc horror films on the televions, the murders, the closet scene with Michael coming after Laurie, Sam Loomis saving Laurie from Michael, and the final shot of the film.
Evil is out there.
What didn't work:
Very little of this film didn't work.
A few of things that didn't work for me though.
Oddly enough I didn't like the fact that Sam showed up in the end and shot Michael.
I thought that took away from Laurie's struggle to overcome this evil that presented itself.
She goes through seeing her friends dead, escaping Michael in the house, fighting back against the monster, and for what?
To have Sam Loomis save her.
I would have preferred that she stood up to the monster and slayed him herself.
I thought the two children were really pushing it with the constant boogeyman scares.
I understand the scene with Tommy asking Laurie about the boogeyman and I thought it was a great scene but him constantly seeing the boogeyman at every turn and scaring the Wallace girl, I just felt that it was too much.
What else can you say that hasn't been said?
Halloween is a clasc and is my all time favorite horror movie by my all time favorite horror director.
It will never be topped.
Oh, one last thing.
Anyone else catch that when Annie's boyfriend calls her on the phone his voice is actually that of director John Carpenter?
So for my final verdict Halloween gets ***** out of *****.