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greenhorg's avatar


Plot summary: A man disguised as William Shatner alarms neighborhood teens.

7 years 1 month ago
Zeltaebar's avatar


It is a mystery to me that John Carpenter's third movie, his most celebrated and most influential, the one movie that made him a director star, is also his most boring. It is slow, oh so very slow, slow even for Carpenter's trademark style of building atmosphere and tension. There is practically no gore or spectacle here, which means no appreciation for the special effects which normally are the bread and butter of the slasher genre, and that made Friday the 13th such a success two years later. There is also no comedy, nothing to amuse or distract. There are a lot of things this movie is not, which should not be held against it, of course, but we are only left with a blood-thirsty psychopath stalking teenagers - in slow motion - for 91 minutes. I was left deeply dissatisfied, even when I knew what to expect on the way in. I can appreciate the historical value of the movie in popularizing the slasher genre and introducing scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis. I can also appreciate Donald Pleasence's outstanding monologues and John Carpenter's moody synth score, but the picture as a whole, apparantly scary in 1978, can't hold a candle to some of the slashers that followed in its footsteps. It is definitly not scary and certainly not entertaining. It has simply been reduced, over the years, to a historical artifact.
6 years 6 months ago
mittens's avatar


this movie made the slasher genre. psycho invented it, but halloween perfected it and brought it into the mainstream. horror movie trying to emulate halloweens style continued to get made through the 80s into the early 90s, and it had a huge impact on the horror genre in general. a great film and worthy of being higher on the list. above re-animator anyway.
10 years 4 months ago
fonz's avatar


The original that provided the blueprint for millions that have followed and none that have even come close as equals. I'm not a fan of the genre but this is excellent tension building. Carpenter is a wizard of cinema.
5 years 9 months ago
Jazzy's avatar


No one saying anything about the soundtrack? I thought it was fantastic. Overall a really well made influential slasher.
5 years 2 months ago
nes1983's avatar


Absolutely masterly. The two girls are driving in the car, and talking casually, in broad daylight!, but I'm scared. That's because behind them, coming closer, is a beige car resembling the one that drives around the killer. The car is not pushing itself into view, but it's in every shot, in every frame. And it's approaching. Like I said: masterly.
10 years 1 month ago
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7 years 5 months ago
chunkylefunga's avatar


Not scary and quite frankly, not any good.
1 month ago
OrjanB's avatar


Fun movie! Jamie Lee Curtis rocked in it, and her character is likeable. Cool n classic 70s horror, I recommend it.
7 years 1 month ago
Robbimich's avatar


Being a secret horror film fan, I only saw this one for the first time today, and I found the movie quite thrilling and exciting. However, the climax was just purely hilarious. Excellent film except for the last 10 minutes but all in all entertaining flick.
7 years 7 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


Can you believe I had never seen the original Halloween before? Well, it's true. Though Psycho is the granddaddy of the slasher film, Halloween is foundational to the genre, essentially the spark that lit the fire of a craze, and set up many of the tropes we associate with slasher flicks. What is most intriguing is that despite its fingerprints being all over the movies to come, it is also very distinctively UNLIKE its imitators. No jump scares, for one thing. Carpenter's score is perfect for building tension, but it doesn't cheat. The jump scare is a tool to STARTLE audiences, not scare them. Another interesting element is that we're often seeing things from Michael Meyers' point of view. We're in the psycho's head, then over his shoulder, and eventually third person and more with Jamie Lee Curtis' babysitter under siege. This may be why Michael is a faceless monster with inexplicable motivations (and why it was probably a mistake to dig into his back story, from what I hear of the sequels). He is a cipher, one that is initially us, until we, with the help of the camera, reject the murderous impulse. There's a lesson about horror film massacres embedded in this device: Most victims are unlikable if not dislikable, and it's the person the film makes us empathize with (Curtis' much more responsible and warmer teen) who survives.
2 years 2 months ago
junegoon's avatar


Favourable flick
3 years 1 month ago
vendetta's avatar


first of the halloween series........refreshing
4 years 4 months ago
Big ander's avatar

Big ander

wanted to throw a comment up here to say this movie's amazing. Mostly to offset the fact that the three comments that show up right now are just terrible in about every feasible way. Not solely for ugly writing like "might of" and "this one, I didn't find to bad" but also for irrational and insufferable ideas about plot holes and such.

Anyway: now the page for this should have two bad comments on it and one substance-less one reaffirming in a long-winded fashion that this is a masterpiece. I've done what I can.
8 years 1 month ago
mrm2541's avatar


Is this the first of it's kind? A bunch of clueless young people get killed one by one by a psycho? Even in that case, it's a silly movie!
Thin plot, thin characters, too many coincidences and too much idiocy to help the plot, and worst of all the unrealistic ending to an otherwise realistic movie...
8 years 5 months ago

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