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31 days of Halloween: Day 31: Halloween (1978) – A Classic that can’t be missed

halloweenCategory: Thriller/ Mystery
Actors: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran
Duration: 91 min
Rated: R

You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
Black Christmas (1974), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Long Story Short:
In 1963 a little boy brutally stabs his older sister on Halloween, and is turned in an asylum. 15 years later he manages to break out to hunt down a babysitter, who has a connection to him.

Review:
This wouldn’t be a Halloween Movie List without the mother of all scary and serial killer movies! I remember I wanted the theme song of Halloween as my ringtone on my cell phone when I was 15. Back then (twelve years ago) the cell phones, or handys as we call them in Germany, were not only as big as a phone booth but also as thick. Anyways, imagine waking up to this song in the middle of the night. Long Story short, I almost wet my pants and changed my ringtone at least every time before I went to bed. What I am trying to say is, even decades after this movie came out, it still has an effect. It is a horror classic that introduced an amazing concept of terror. Jamie Lee Curtis got her title of Scream Queen, people were screaming in the movie theater, and independent movies got more recognition. As in most horror movies the acting is not the important part, but the atmosphere, and we get a lot of that in Halloween. Even if someone doesn’t like horror movies they should at least watch the one classic that made a change. Ignore the cheesy dialogues, or average acting. Enjoy the creepy music and camerawork. Admire the effort and hard work that was put into this movie. A true classic.
If you like it more violent and serious, check out the Rob Zombie Remakes.

Rating: 7.5/10

6 Comments »

    • You know, I don’t think I did, I remember when I was 13 I was obsessed with the Halloween movies, but they weren’t available in Germany back then, at least not the older ones. I have seen the Original Halloween from 1978, Halloween 5 (1989), Halloween H20 (1998), Halloween Resurrection (2002) and the two Halloween remakes from Rob Zombie (2007,2009). I actually liked Part 1 and 5 and also 20 Years Later, Resurrection fell very short in my opinion and had nothing to do with the whole franchise. As far as the remakes go, I guess they were okay, but I don’t like when movies are mostly focused on the gore factor, so they weren’t my favorites… Have you seen them all? How do you feel about them?

      • I remember I was 8 years old when I first saw Halloween 4. I’ve been scared of the dark ever since then ha ha. For years I had only seen 4 and 5, before some friends rented the original. I got hooked on these movies, and would say they are my favourite horror movies of all time. The series has gone horribly downhill since 6 and 7, and now there are so many loose ends and plot holes it’s very sad. The remakes are dark and gory, but not really that scary. They definately don’t make scary movies like the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

  1. One of the best horror movies ever, everything about this is perfect. John Carpenter’s Halloween is one of my favourite films, it still makes me jump a bit, even though I know what’s going to happen.

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