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Halloween Movie Review

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It’s Halloween, so I figured why not talk about my personal favorite horror movie of all time: Halloween! I may have spoiled the review, but I plan on keeping this pretty brief. This is the perfect John Carpenter film. It has his score, his style, and his villain, and I adore this movie. I still remember the first time I watched Halloween. I was probably around twelve or thirteen, so I was right around that age where all the coolest kids see horror movies. I’m definitely not the biggest horror fan, and if there’s one genre where I don’t know my stuff, it’s horror, but what I can do is tell you exactly why I love this movie, so let’s talk about it!

Halloween is directed by John Carpenter and stars Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie who in 2016 can basically be summed up as the “Final Girl.” When a prisoner in a mental asylum escapes and returns to his and Laurie’s hometown in Illinois, he’s in a creepy hunt for his next victims to murder, and Laurie and her friends are on his watch.

In case I didn’t say it up above, I love this movie. The best thing about Halloween is the scares. Michael Myers is one of the most terrifying villains of all time. The plain mask on an anonymous hunt to kill those who are smaller than him is pretty scary. Every single shot where Michael is waiting behind bushes or spying on someone is so creepy because we don’t just fear for Laurie. We fear a little bit for ourselves. It’s very possible for anyone to be watched behind the bushes, and if it escalated to a Michael Myers level, that would be horrifying. It builds tension amazingly well, bottles it up, and stuffs it down your throat. It kind of makes you wonder who is watching you as you walk through your neighborhood. It’s an unsettling feeling that this creature can get into your house, and his size is scary. Society needs to see people who aren’t considered “normal” as the murderer, so Michael Myers is really played up. He’s masked, he’s huge, he uses a giant knife, and he’s an escaped prisoner. All signs point to certain death. I also have to mention the score. I think that the score is used at perfect times, and I truly believe that it is a perfect score for the film. That brings me to sound design. Halloween isn’t going to scare you with fake jump scares and loud sounds. It’s going to play on real fear and situations where our main character can be killed to pull fear out of you. I also care for Laurie. I don’t really care about any of the other characters, but I actually think that is for the better because tension isn’t released until the very end of the movie. It isn’t released when we see someone killed by Michael. It just amplifies our fear for the main character. There are so many iconic scenes in this movie such as the opening scene where young Michael murders his sister or Michael standing behind bushes or Michael reaching out from back seat to make a kill in the front seat. These scares and shots are pure art, and they’re the reason Halloween is my favorite horror movie of all time.

To keep this pretty short, I’ll just say that Halloween is, to me, a perfect horror movie. I don’t think it’s The Shawshank Redemption. I don’t even think it holds up today. I do think it’s perfect for what it is. John Carpenter executed on every single front to pull out every scare he could, and Halloween still scares me in the back of my head by facing real life scenarios like home invasion and stalking. Sure the massive, masked killer isn’t the most realistic thing, but home invasion and stalking definitely are possibilities. Michael Myers is a menacing killer who kills in so many different smart and creative ways, and he’s one of the greatest horror villains of all time. Halloween is not a perfect movie, but for a horror slasher, it perfectly keeps its promises. I’m going to give Halloween a 10/10.

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm