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HALLOWEEN
Year
1978

Director
John Carpenter

Writer
John Carpenter
Debra Hill
Genre
Horror

Cast
Donald Pleasence
Jamie Lee Curtis
P.J. Soles
Nancy Kyes
Charles Cyphers
Plot Summary
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night in 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.
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Review by Chucky
Halloween is widely held in high regard as the original slasher movie. It's not technically the first slasher movie ever made but it's the one that usually gets the credit for kick-starting this sub-genre of horror. And that often factors into a lot of peoples opinions when they review this movie. However, I had watched so many other horror movies, including many slashers, before ever seeing this one that the originality factor of it didn't grasp me as much as it probably has with many other fans of the movie.

I still think Halloween is a very fine film, very enjoyable and very well made. There's just so many other films that I hold near and dear to my heart that in comparison to those, I am lacking the special feeling this film gives to most people.

Review by Shadow
When I first joined this website years and years ago, I had joined with Halloween being one of my favorite horror movies of all time. That idea still stands today. The story is interesting, the music is wonderful, and if you feel like having an extended edition just pop in Part II!

Review by Crash Dummie
Halloween is a tense slasher movie that takes its time and will leave you breathless by the end of it. With an ominous score and fantastic camera work, it doesn't have to rely on cheap tactics to scare you.

One minor nitpick is the acting by some of the secondary characters, but the leads are phenomal. Donald Pleasance gives one of his career's most memorable performance as Dr. Sam Loomis, who completely sells Michael Myers' pure evilness to the audience.

Review by Dorkus
Like Chucky, I saw "Halloween" pretty late into life and the slasher formula has never really been a favourite of mine. However, as the grandaddy of the genre, I could still respect it for what it achieved and would inspire later down the road. It still holds up extremely well today, with the performances from everyone involved still as good today as it was then. I have many favourite movies from this period that I can admit time hasn't been too kind too, but this one is still very polished. I'm never nitpicking moments like I tend to do (especially slashers), as Carpenter clearly put a lot of love into it and it shows.

I was going to score it an 8, and then I remembered the soundtrack. When I think of horror themes, it's the classic score from "The Exorcist" and this one right at the top.
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