Well since it’s the eve of the day Michael came home I figured it was about time I got around to covering this one BUT! is it really the greatest horror movie of all-time??
Directed By: John Carpenter (The Thing, They Live, Christine)
It came to my attention the other day that while I tend to get new movies, watch them, then post about them pretty often on here I’ve yet to take the time to really hit up the more essential horror films that everyone knows and already loves.
With that being said, and with it being “Halloween-eve” of ’09 I figures now was the time to finally get around to the one everyone has deemed as a masterpiece John Carpenter’s Halloween!
Now to most this the greatest horror film of all-time but as you know different strokes for different folks so will I, being the picky bastard that I am be able to call it THE greatest? Well lets just see shall we?
So a psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood escapes on a mindless rampage while his doctor chases him through the streets..Sounds kinda of done before by today’s standards doesn’t it? Well maybe it does, but that’s because this movie that came out back in 1978 was the forerunner for typical slasher plots and “rules” we still have today. See just about every slasher films that’s came out since has in some way shape or form borrowed and stole from it..Was this the first slasher film? Nope, but it is the most influential by far.
Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis, Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, and Nick Castle, Tony Moran and Tommy Lee Wallace sharing the role of Michael Myers (The Mother f’n SHAPE!) all got together lead by director John Carpenter in 1978 to make a CLASSIC folks. Dr.Loomis is a great character, Laurie is a girl you actually want to see live where as now days you could care less if the “final girl” lives or dies due to crappy acting and shallowness of the characters. Even Michael can get you setting on the edge of your seat as he stalks the cast by not doing much more than just walking and stalking..and he does without MOANING (Mr.Rob Zombie I’m looking at you). Also Myers is a very strong villain in “Halloween” due to the fact he’s an emotional-less killing machine. Even people like Jason and Freddy have had their moments of not really coming across weak emotionally but coming across weak in general. Myers on the other hand, at least here in the original is haunting and terrifying with no real weakness to be seen.
Clearly this movie originated many clichés found in low-budget horror films of the 1980s and 1990s and even now well into the 2000’s. Even more amazing gore crazy horror fans love it even with this movie not really having much gore at all. If I had to find a flaw in the film it would be the slow pacing we get from time to time. From the moment Michael gets taken in to the crazy house til the moment he escapes and goes on his killing spree time seems to drag a bit. Not much of a flaw, but a flaw none the less and really the only flaw I can find in it over-all. That being said to me, I wouldn’t call it the greatest horror film of all-time. But that’s because I have a different taste in my horror than most.
“Halloween” is a great movie and that sentence should be met by everyone saying “Duh!” that reads it. It’s a true classic one that regardless of how man sequels it has or remakes and reboots it gets will always be able to stand the test of time, even without tons of gore.
That being said, while I (like everyone else) like “Halloween” I also tend to like things moving along a little quicker than this one does at times. I also love gore, which this lacks. It might not be the movie’s fault, it might be mine but that knocks some points off when it comes to my opinion. Should everyone who loves film in general watch it? Yes! Is it THE greatest of all-time? Not in MY opinion.
The Rating (8/10)