Posted on 10/21/13 09:50 PM
Straight classic! And a inspiration to horror films that came after it. After brutally murdering his sister at the age of just 6, Michael Myers finds himself institutionalized where psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis tries to understand what caused the troubled child to act in such an evil manner. Fifteen years later Michael escapes from the institution and heads back to the family home in Haddonfield where he starts stalking the teenage girls in the neighborhood especially Laurie Strode. Horror flicks these days are notoriously visual as well as often violent and this is where Halloween divides the viewers. I like the fact that most of the frights are caused by a heightened sense of tension allowing you to use your imagination to scare yourself. The gore is minimal and will most likely turn modern day horror fans off who yearn for the torture porn.
Then of course there is the acting which I must honestly admit is not high standard, but seriously what do you expect from what was a low budget horror movie made in the late 70's. Halloween is very suspenseful and haunting than it is violent of course. Every aspect of the production is haunting, for example the infamous and iconic music that we all know and love. A lot of directors spend all of their energy on creating special effects or going over the top with blood and guts. While I can't dismiss their films I find them unsatisfying at times. When I am watching a horror film I want my entire mood to be altered by the experience. I want to feel the fear, the chills, the anxiety. I want to feel my heart beating because I don't know what's coming next. Too many directors believe that awesome killing and technology can take the place of the emotional experience, but for me a true horror film... A true masterpiece of a horror film is a film that toys with the emotions of the audience to such a degree that it messes with one's psyche.
What this all boils down to is that yes, compared to many modern horror movies Halloween does feel dated and the lack of over the top visual gore will no doubt get some young horror fans wondering what all the fuss is about. But for me it still remains one of the best horror movies to have been made because scene after scene it builds up a huge amount of tension to the point that you are literally on the edge of your seat when something unexpected happens which scares the crap out of you. Me and my sis grew up loving this film even though it was way older then us, but we still had major respect for it. It's without a doubt the best movie from the Halloween franchise which sadly went on for far too long and personally much better than The Exorcist by leaps and bounds.