Critic Consensus: Scary, suspenseful, and viscerally thrilling, Halloween set the standard for modern horror films.
A young boy kills his sister on Halloween of 1963, and is sent to a mental hospital. 15 years later he escapes and returns to his home town in order to wreak havoc.
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as Laurie Strode
as Graveyard Keeper
as Dr. Wynn
as Michael at 21
as Michael at 6
as Laurie's Father
as The Shape
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Critic Reviews for Halloween
Carpenter obviously knows the genre well and he builds a properly terrifying atmosphere through his well-paced direction. It's an effective entry for its intended market.
After a promising opening, Halloween becomes just another maniac-on-the-loose suspenser.
John Carpenter's 1978 tour de force, perhaps the most widely imitated film of the 70s.
Perhaps not quite so resonant as Psycho to which it pays due homage, but it breathes the same air.
Audience Reviews for Halloween
A maniac stalks and kills young women.
The first hour of this film is spent "building suspense." With long pans, stalking shots, heavy breathing, and an effective but redundantly used score, the film thinks that we're waiting in anticipation, bundling our nerves, but I was just bored. At about the forty-five-minute mark, I couldn't wait to watch a blonde fuck and die. Even the kill scenes didn't serve up any suspense especially since i predicted who was going to die first about five minutes into the film.
Overall, while it's possible that time has turned all that was original about Halloween into a cliche, there is something to be said for films that withstand time's test, and whatever that is can't be said about this film.
An unparalleled classic of the most horrific kind. If I have to pick the horror movie that has scared me the most, but made me appreciate what a good horror movie can provide, this is most definitely it. John Carpenter's film is masterfully filmed and directed with some of the most truly terrifying moments in cinema. The soundtrack has earned its place among the greatest in film, but even hearing it without the film on, it still gives me the chills. It really is sad that there has been so many mediocre to just plain awful sequels because I feel like sometimes people forget just how amazing this film truly is.
Hitchcock's masterpiece Psycho provided a lot of inspiration for Halloween and yet John Carpenter's film has been deemed even more inspiring to the slasher sub genre of horror film making and that's all a bit confusing. But it's definetely not a bad horror movie, it has some very good jumps, an absolutely spine tingling soundtrack and amazing direction from horror expert John Carpenter. However, despite a fine execution the film is very predictable and unambitious. The story has been done before, the acting is pretty terrible and the villian goes under developed because of an unfortuate half told back story. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street at least had some sense of personality. I dont want to give the impression I didn't enjoy watching it, I greatly admire elements of it such as the superb shooting and brilliant build up's. It works but it's not amazing.
|Laurie:||What's the boogeyman?|
|Doctor Loomis:||As a matter of fact, it was.|
|Bob:||I can't help it. The phone keeps ringing.|
|Laurie:||Lynda, if this is a joke, I'll kill you!|
|Graveyard Keeper:||Damn kids. They do this all the time.|
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