Halloween Reviews

October 26, 2018
Carpenter's 1978 slasher classic has inspired a million imitations as well as sequels, but few that demonstrate so clearly that a disreputable genre movie can also be a pure, rigorous work of art.
October 24, 2018
In horror, the jack-in-the-box scare... is the quickest way to get a scream, but the still shocks... are the ones that linger with you. "Halloween" has them both, but it specializes in the second.
November 2, 2014
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.
October 25, 2012
Well worth another look on the big screen.
August 27, 2007
After a promising opening, Halloween becomes just another maniac-on-the-loose suspenser.
August 27, 2007
John Carpenter's 1978 tour de force, perhaps the most widely imitated film of the 70s.
June 24, 2006
Perhaps not quite so resonant as Psycho to which it pays due homage, but it breathes the same air.
October 23, 2004
Halloween is an absolutely merciless thriller, a movie so violent and scary that, yes, I would compare it to Psycho.
August 27, 2003
Since there is precious little character or plot development to pass the time between stalking sequences, one tends to wish the killer would get on with it.
June 18, 2002
Halloween remains untouched -- a modern classic of the most horrific kind.
October 16, 2001