Oldskooler Ramblings

the unlikely child born of the home computer wars

October of Horror #16: Halloween (1978)

Posted by Trixter on October 21, 2018


(For an explanation of what these posts in October are, see the parent post.)

Synopsis

A psychotic killer escapes from a mental health facility and decides to go back home.

Opinion

Believe it or not, I’d never seen the original Halloween — I’d seen bits and pieces of it on TV, or maybe watched the beginning and then got distracted, or what have you.  Melissa and I are going to watch the 2018 sequel next week, so it was a logical choice to watch the original.

Holy crap, it’s good.  It’s better than good.  It was so good that it established just about every modern horror trope still in use today:  Slow reveals of the killer right behind you, the killer there and then not there, killer point-of-view shots, and probably a dozen more I’m forgetting.  Jamie Lee Curtis turns in a natural performance which is exactly what is needed for the film.  The pacing is slow, deliberate, and perfect — I was never bored.

Recommendation

Required viewing.

One Response to “October of Horror #16: Halloween (1978)”

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