ABC Film Challenge – Horror – H – Halloween (1978) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“It’s Halloween; everyone’s entitled to one good scare.” – Brackett

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – 15 years after murdering his sister and her boyfriend, an escapee from an asylum once again seeks revenge against the residence of his small town.

My Take on it – Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a fan of horror films at all, in particular slasher films.

I have avoided watching this film for decades due to a lack of interest in seeing what it was all about.

Darren’s choice for this month’s theme made me decide to finally check this film out.

I actually liked it much more than I thought I would.

They do an interesting job creating a suspenseful slasher thriller.

The choice to prolong the anticipation for an attack works really well and is effective in raising the level of tension along the way.

The plot itself is quite simple and thin and things are far too predictable like in most of these kind of films.

Director John Carpenter is able to use some great POV shots that help make the viewer actually feel as if they are right these in the room with these characters which works really well.

They also are able to utilize some great camera tricks that help to make things seem scarier and more gruesome than it really is.

Donald Pleasance is great in the lead role even if the real lead is Michael Myers himself.

This was Jamie Lee Curtis’ movie debit and she also does a nice job here.

Bottom Line – Interestingly done slasher thriller that is able to hold of the suspense for long enough to keep things even more enjoyable due to the anticipation of things. The plot is a bit thin and it all comes across as being a bit too predictable for its own good. Carpenter’s use of first person camera work helps the viewer feel as if they are right there. The film utilizes some great camera shot in order to make things look scarier and more graphic than it truly is. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – From a budget of $300,000, the film went on to gross $47 million at the US box office. In 2008, takings that would be the equivalent of $150 million, making ‘Halloween’ one of the most successful independent films of all time. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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