Halloween Countdown: Halloween (1978)

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October 25, 2017 by Marguerite Ashton

If you’re a scary movie junkie and haven’t watched Halloween (1978), check it out. It’s directed by John Carpenter, and it took twenty-one days to film. I’ve seen the movie, and I loved it! The first time was in 1987.

I appreciate the backstory at the beginning of the movie, which explains why Michael Myers was institutionalized. Fast forward to fifteen years later, and we see Myers escaping the mental hospital on October 30th. Where’s he headed? Back to his hometown in Haddonfield, where he wreaks havoc on a group of teenagers.

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As a person who loves classic slasher films, I’ve wondered how does Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees manage to claim the lives of unsuspecting teens. Maybe because they’re distracted by parties and raging hormones. 🙂  And no matter what happens, there’s always a survivor at the end of the movie. That works for me because you have someone to tell the story–leaving the door open for a sequel. Or if you’re Jason and Michael, you have at least nine movies to complete the series. And as a mega fan of the both, I’ve watched all of them.

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Now let’s take a look at my favorite cast members:

Jamie Lee Curtis. She’s a great actress and the scream queen of horror movies. There will never be another Laurie Strode. I was so excited to see her in Halloween 2, Halloween H20 and Halloween: Resurrection. To make my week even better, I learned that there’s another one being released in October 2018 and we get to see Laurie once more.

As for Michael Myers, I’ve never seen the actor who played The Shape (that’s what he’s referred to in the script), and I’m not interested. It would ruin the mystery of the man behind the mask. Although, in part one and five, there’s a scene where his mask is removed. I turned away both times.

Then we have Dr. Loomis played by Donald Pleasence. He’s Micheal’s psychiatrist who does everything in his power to track down his patient and warn the Haddonfield police. The most memorable line from the doctor…

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When Donald was in a scene, he owned it. Yes, I feel the same way about this character–there will never be another Dr. Loomis.

Do you like horror movies? If so, which one is your favorite?

 

 

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