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Halloween (1978) – Horror Movie Review

‘Michael Myers’ & ‘Halloween’ are two of the most recognizable areas in horror movie history!

So I have to admit that I am very happy to be doing this particular review again fresh! I did this for the old Hell In Space, but having lost all of that information… I have to say that it is kind of fun going back to basics!

And you know what? The entire Halloween horror movie series maybe my absolute favorite series of movie of all time! I mean I know there has been alot of retconning that has gone on over the years… But as time has gone on, more and more of the series was starting to gel together… That was of course till Halloween (2018)!

Some times retconning can be cool and revive a dead franchise from all the garbage that had piled up… But Halloweenb did not have that… It is a great franchise that had truly began to gel together well, despite all of the retconning!

Most horror movies generally tend to ad an element of complete unrealism… A couple of great examples…

  1. Friday The 13th: Jason Voorhies goes from being a sad, angry psychopath that is avenging his mother’s death, to being a lumbering zombie that is killing everything at Crystal Lake!
  2. Child’s Play: A story about a possessed doll trying to find a new body.
  3. Scream: Hell even Ghost Face pops up for one last scare…

With that said though, in Halloween, no matter how fucked up Michael gets, he still comes back for more, on his own, (Despite the demonic possession angle in Halloween 6!)

And with that said, where as the rest of the series is good… Halloween (1978) is still the best, and always will be the best of the series, and is one of my favorite movies of all time!

Written By: Debra Hill (Escape From New York), John Carpenter (The Fog) & Directed by: John Carpenter. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis (Trading Places), Donald Pleaseance (The Great Escape), Nancy Loomis (Assault On Precinct 13), P.J. Soles (Carrie), Charles Cyphers (Major League), Kyle Richard (The Car), Brian Andrews (The Great Santini), Tony Moran (BEG) & Nick Castle (The Last Starfighter).

“ I met him, 15 years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding in even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this… six-year-old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and… the blackest eyes – the Devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up, because I realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.” – Dr. Sam Loomis (A quote by Donald Pleasance from the movie: Halloween (1978).)

This is the tale of the night, ‘HE’ came home…

Home sweet home…

In the early 1960s, the Myers family was just a normal family living in the samll town of Haddonfield in the mid-western United States… They had 3 children: An older daughter, ‘Judith’, and a middle child, ‘Michael’…

You see, one Halloween night young Michael Myers lost it entirely and sadistically butchered her older sister (who had been watching Michael while their parents were out…)

Now Michael was basically caught immediately… But this started a path toward a meeting in 1978 that would change Haddonfield forever!

Michael Myers… His first day on the job!

You see, Michael manages to escape on Halloween 15 years later and heads for home… (Thanks to the reboot basically destroying almost all of the story lines for the rest of the series… This gets a little murky… Especially because now you basically have to see the reboot to understand the series…)

But for some reason, Michael decides to target the girl next door highschooler by the name of, ‘Laurie Strode’ (Played by: Jame Lee Curtis)… And her friends on Halloween night!

Now with the exception of one of her friends, Laurie and her friends happen to be babysitting on the night that, ‘HE’ comes homes… And who knows maybe that same old magic that made him kill his first babysitter will make him go after this new batch of teenaged child watchers!

Michael Myers came home to meet the new babysitter!

The truth is, is the movie is exceptional… It has an amazing soundtrack, an absolutely brilliant cast, and a great story… The only thing that really screws up this whole story is the reboot!

Don’t get me wrong, I intend to watch the reboot, but there was a pretty well established reason for why Michael kept going after Laurie over the years… And that is because she is supposed to be his sister, and he is supposed to have an overwhelming deire to want to destroy his family!

Now I kind of feel like… Dude, it is 40 years… Are you just trying to kill her because that is all you know? Or are you senile? And if the story line has changed so drastically, then why did he go after Laurie Strode in the first place?

In the end, the only thing I can say that I really find wrong is the filmmakers efforts for the remake to ruin the entire story line that made him horror movie royalty!

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