We did it. Day 31. We’re here. And we couldn’t end the month without THE best Shocktober horror movie – John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 classic Halloween. With the new instalment in the franchise currently riding high at the box office, there’s still life in dead ol’ Michael Myers yet.
Here, Carpenter introduces us to Michael Myers as a six year old; a young child who kills his sister in Haddonfield, Illinois. Committed to Smith’s Grove Sanitarium, he escapes aged 21 to steal an iconic mask and kill again in his home town. He doesn’t bank on tough cookie Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis).
Carpenter is the king of the wide angle shot, with Laurie and her high school friends walking the streets of Haddonfield not knowing that Myers is peeping around the corner at them. We’ve also got the tremendous shot of Myers after Laurie in the ‘perfect American dream house’ – see also Nancy’s home in Elm Street and all the houses copied in It Follows and Scream – where we think his threat may have gone, but then he pops up again in the background. With Myers we know he’s always there, and even when he’s down he’s not out.
With Jamie Lee Curtis in her debut film, she’s also the original Final Girl (as we well know in 2018) and she kicks ass. Add Donald Pleasence as Myers’ unsettling psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis and Carpenter’s haunting score, and you’ll always be looking behind you on All Hallows’ Eve.
GORE RATING: 4/5
Watch it for: THE iconic Halloween movie
Watch out for: Laurie thinks it is over. It’s not
Next up…we’re done – see you next year! Thanks for spending the month with us