Friday, October 23, 2015

Halloween (1978) ****

Whenever I go back and watch John Carpenter's Halloween I am struck by its flawless structure and matchless style.  Halloween is a triumph of 70s horror, reinventing Hitchcock's Psycho while inspiring countless imitations.  A triple bill of Psycho, Halloween, and It Follows would be a great way to examine the troubled American psyche. Everything works: from the iconic soundtrack to the long tracking shots. Jamie Lee Curtis as the original "final girl" Laurie Strode and Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis brought poignancy and courage to the story.  Michael Myers can be interpreted in so many different ways making him all the more terrifying, the "bogeyman" personified.  That's the beauty of it: Halloween is the Rosetta Stone of modern horror.  When encyclopedias of the future will be written the entry on 20th century horror should simply read: See John Carpenter's Halloween.

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