Movie Review

Halloween (1978)


Directed by: John Carpenter

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles, and Nancy Loomis

At the age of six, Michael Myers (Will Sandin) murders his sister Judith (Sandy Johnson).  After this evil event, he is sent from his hometown to a sanitarium and treated by Dr. Samuel Loomis (Donald Pleasance).  Over the next fifteen years, very little progress is made as Michael becomes catatonic.  When he escapes from the sanitarium on October 30th and goes back to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, Dr. Loomis follows to try and stop Michael from killing again.  On Halloween, Michael unleashes hell and murders anything in his path in Haddonfield including a dog.

Halloween is the original slasher movie (aside from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho).  The birth of Michael Myers—the first of the big three serial killers (Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, and Freddy Krueger)—heralded a new era in cinema.  Every slasher film since 1978 has been influenced in some way by the merciless kills and unprecedented thrills in this film.  Michael Myers is a horror icon, and his bloody debut undoubtedly deserves to be immortalized in our horror movie bucket list.



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