Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE horror movies, I first started watching them when I was 9 and afterwards, I couldn’t sleep, but I think that’s the whole purpose. See I think, we love them because they scare us, we love to be scared and to be terrified. Although most scary movies nowadays aren’t worth a look, scary movies are never going to grow old, people are always wanting to be scared, we need that rush of fear. And the scarier the movies is , the more we love it.
But this blog is about my favorite scary movie of all time and that movie is…..
Halloween grossed around $55 million (worldwide), and was a surprise hit – it was one of the most successful independent films ever made. Its effects can be seen in other favorites of mine, the Friday the 13th series, in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, a little in the Hellraiser films, and in the Scream entries in the genre.
I love this movie because it deliberately pays homage in various ways to the “master of suspense” Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), the character of the Nurse was named Marion Chambers, adopting the first name of the female protagonist and the last name of the sheriff, and Donald Pleasence’s character Dr. Sam Loomis was named after Janet Leigh’s boyfriend. In addition, Janet Leigh’s daughter Jamie Lee Curtis was the lead, shrieking babysitter in peril.
Halloween is the perfect example of Carpenter’s talents as a director. Shot in lush widescreen and with fluid use of the steadicam (then a relatively new tool), the cinematography plays a large part in the creepy atmosphere that the movie creates, with Michael Myers subtly appearing at the corner of the screen. One of the film’s greatest assets is its simple-yet-effective score, performed by the director, which generates tension and alerts to the possible danger without the Michael even being on screen. Halloween’s noted lack of blood is made up for with the perfectly staged sequences in which Michael seems to disappear into thin air whilst he stalks his victims, making him seem to be more like a force of nature than an actual human being.
Personally, I think you could have played the theme music to a caveman thirty thousand years ago, and he’d have decided now might be a good time to go back to the cave. I have it as the ringtone on my mobile phone. Always have, from as soon as I could dictate how the bloody thing rang. It must be, after all, the most memorable spooky soundtrack of all time: only The Exorcist can compete, and it shares a very similar structure — though Tubular Bells’ fugue-like roll is more like something you’d hear from a gothic music box, and less redolent of pure anxiety.
Not only is Halloween the finest horror film ever made but one of the finest movies ever made. Carpenter was truly brilliant with this film and established him as one of the finest directors in horror. Your Thoughts?
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