Halloween

Year: 1978

Synopsis: Michael Myers inexplicably murders his sister on Halloween night in 1963. He escapes the sanitarium fifteen years later to wield the knife again …

Pros:
• A near perfect journey into inexplicable horror made manifest. The moment in broad daylight with Michael just standing next to the bushes is still one of the most horrifying moments in cinema.
• Jamie Lee Curtis was perfect as the resilient yet virginal Laurie Strode.
• Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) was the voice of reason that told us to be terrified.
• The simplistic musical score seemed to be an extension of Michael’s evil, creating a constant level of primal discomfort.
• Highlighted evil as a kind of inexplicable drive, reminiscent of the best Weird Fiction.
• Reinvented the slasher genre, and dictated much of its future implementations, for good or ill.

Cons:
• The intensity of the film might be too much for some.
• Perhaps was too easy to misinterpret, given the lack of full explanation.
• The lack of fully understandable motive could have been hard for some viewers to swallow.

Discussion:
You can’t kill the bogeyman

Perhaps the most horrifying element of the film was its deeply woven inexplicable elements. There was definitely something seemingly supernatural about Michael Myers. He could drive, presumably without ever having been taught to. Day or night, he can move so quickly that he seemed to teleport. He could lift a full grown man by the throat. He can be injured severely, but silently walk away. Yet, he sat in front of a wall for many years. His motives were equally as inexplicable. He seemed to go after the promiscuous, but Laurie was anything but. It was almost as if she was too perfect that he assumed there was something underneath. Or perhaps, he was attempting to recreate and enhance his first kill. Regardless, Laurie was perhaps the only one that could move in a way that countered him, and perhaps that drew him to her. In the end, before anyone, Dr. Loomis was the only one that had any true grasp of what Michael was: Evil …


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Rotten Tomatoes — 96%

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