The film and our analysis flash forward fifteen years to October 30th, 1978, the night before Halloween in Smiths Grove, Illinois, some 150 miles â¦ The fact that Michael doesn’t say one line of dialogue or show any restraint the whole time, and yet he looks just like any normal kid you would see playing tag in the street. Police are called to 43 Lampkin Ln. ( Log Out / To truly appreciate it in this day and age, it must be viewed as it once was, as something unique.Never the less, I have no reservation with highly recommending this film to anyone looking for a good, scary time. Halloween (1978) Written byJohn Carpenter and Debra Hill. When working on the re-release of the score to Halloween, it was decided that this would be a "Story CD" of the movie, combining sound effects, dialogue, and of course, music.This would be in addition to the previously released score â all of which have now been remastered and restored in stereo for this 20th Anniversary CD. It made me think even more about what makes the movie great. Halloween (1978) â Creating An Unsettling Atmosphere April 22, 2016 April 22, 2016 ~ muhmoviepassionhq Although this is a movie about a soulless mad man who comes to a neighborhood to kill babysitters, for some reason it always feels incredibly cozy for me to watch it in the middle of the night. 1 Biography 2 Quotes 3 Trivia 4 Gallery 5 External Link 6 Navigation Wesley Rhoades was a teenage boy who bullied and tormented Michael Myers who was several years his â¦ Halloween 1963 - Young Michael Myers brutally stabs his older sister with a large kitchen knife. Lemme tell you about it! Combined with the changes for audience expectations and appetites, one finds much of the films raw power diluted. Imagine the audience seeing this scene for the first time, before anyone even knew who Michael Myers was. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks out on the night before Halloween. ( Log Out / The Resurrection of Michael Myers (1987) (Video) The short is a spoof on Halloween (1978). Again, there’s no stupid sound effect, it’s done in just the right manor. Mondo has released a special 40th anniversary vinyl edition of John Carpenter's Halloween â¦ There is truly always an insecure feeling in this film that nowhere is safe, that the Shape could be behind any window or tree. Evidently a lot of horror movies afterwards followed his example. It perfectly creates the eerie mood that the film wanted to put you in, but at the same time it’s incredibly catchy. He is sent to an insane asylum where he sits for 15 years till one night, Halloween 1978. No need to waste time endlessly browsingâhere's the entire lineup of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this month. Those people may be justified because they just don’t like slasher movies, but I suggest if you’ve gotten to this point of the article and you’ve read everything I’ve written, you should really check this movie out even if you don’t like horror movies. only to discover that 15 year old Judith Myers has been stabbed to death, by her 6 year-old brother, Michael. Like any great horror film, events are telegraphed long in advance, yet they still seem to occur at random, never allowing the audience to the chance to second guess the film.The dark lighting, the long steady-cam shots, and (most importantly) that damn eerie music create the most claustrophobic and uncomfortable scenes I have yet to see in film. From the moment you hear it during the opening credits it immediately sets the mood, and you know this movie is going to stick with you. The shot I was talking about is only made more effective when we later see him carrying the body of Laurie’s friend Annie into the same house. This film does a superb job of making you paranoid too. Orson Wellesdid a couple of one-take sequences, but the most astonishing is not the opening sequeâ¦ Halloween (1978) Nonetheless, in the end he retreats into darkness, as is Evil's wont. Mother and Father stare at the POV, at first in puzzlement, then slow, growing horror. Yeah, that might seem like a basic motive for a villain, but I think it works when it’s done as well as in this movie. A filling station in flames!! He knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield, but by the time the town realizes it, it'll be too late for many people. Massive Fan, My personal favorite horror film. I like Annie’s constant teasing of Laurie, like when she sees the Shape behind a hedge but he disappears by the time they walk over to it, and Annie says “Poor Laurie. I love the gentle piano theme that plays in Laurie’s first scene, because it’s actually somewhat peaceful while at the same time foreboding. A great example is when Tommy Doyle peaks through the blinds of babysitter Laurie Strode’s house and sees him standing in front of another house across the street. This isn’t the only example of Dean Cundey’s effective cinematography either. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. However, that seems inaccurate based on the fact that the 1978 release of the film is where the "Bowling Green Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra" is first mentioned. From the lengthy first tracking shot to the final story twist, this is Carpenter's masterpiece.Halloween night 1963, little Michael Meyers murders his older sister. One misconception is that Osamu Shoji provided the performance, but this statement is solely based on Discogs linking his name as an alias for the "Bowling Green Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra". I like her chemistry with her boyfriend Bob when he’s carrying her up to Annie’s house, and when she says in a cute voice, “Go get me a beer”. The year is 1963, the night: Halloween. People may not like Halloween because they think it was only admired at the time for the new formula, and that it isn’t any different than any slasher schlock that came after it. Dialogue is rather flat, and low bass is about as punchy as a tambourine. The dialogue is as good as the source elements allow it to be (it can sometimes sound thin), and the sound effects from Michael's attacks are extremely effective. There’s smoking and talk about guys, but their characters don’t just stop there. Well, that’s about all I can think of for now. …Yeah, now that I think about it they all sound like huge stereotypes on paper. I didn’t grow up in the 70’s but they don’t seem too different from the teenagers of today. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Mondo Unveils Original Halloween 40th Anniversary Vinyl Soundtrack and Pins. He didn’t do it because he was abused, he didn’t do it out of malice or for personal gain (unlike another different movie that was called Halloween, made by a certain long haired gentleman). I love the black and blue look of the night scenes, most of them are actually as dark as you would expect them to look in real life. Not to say that PJ Soles doesn’t seem like she’s having fun with the character though. When Laurie breaks out of Annie’s house and runs back to her house, he simply walks after her. Thanks to Jamie Lee Curtis, she feels like a real girl to me. Another example near the end of the film is when he rises back to life like a robot in the background of the shot, after Laurie once again thinks she’s killed him. That’s the sad thing about when there’s actually well written characters in a horror movie, you get attached to them and forget that they’re probably gonna die… horribly. She seems genuinely scared to me too in the scenes that warrant it. Not to say that no similar movies that came after were good, like the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise or the Scream franchise. While the Halloween factor adds a lot to the enjoyment, that’s not the only thing it has going for it either. It’s because of that atmosphere why it is considered a classic Halloween night movie, and every aspect contributes to that feeling. Then we pan back and he’s standing right there, staring as always, but then we repeat the same motions and he’s once again gone. I like the alarming octave keys that play during the chase scene, because it just feels perfectly understated. The largest benefit is having the Halloween theme song and the musical âstings' attack from every angle, and there's some good environmental work when it's raining, for example. Title: There’s one final factor I should touch on before I end this thing, and that is the music. There’s some really great shots of Michael (aka The Shape) simply standing behind bushes or doors, staring silently in the darkness. But when his mask is finally torn off and you get a second to see his face, he once again just looks like a completely normal person. Even when the Shape isn’t there you’re still wondering where the hell he is. No bells or whistles, just the basics. It’s about the way it looks, the way you relate to it, and the way it makes you afraid to go to sleep at night. The Myers’ house, the house in which the murder of Michael’s sister occurred in 1963, looks believably abandoned and creepy compared to every other house as well. Not really. Halloween '87 parodies Halloween, having a masked killer terrorize a small town on Halloween. You never get the feeling that the Shape is any sort of human at any point in the movie. Use the HTML below. Storyline. She later tries to set her up with the guy too despite her embarrassment. I agree, the POV camera work as well as so much other camera work is masterfully done. She says “Totally” a lot too, and that’s just funny. Some do it for the money, some do it because they love to, and some do it because they just do. It adds spectacularly to his emotionless character. Her performance at first seems shy and un-assured, yet you quickly realize that it is perfect for the character, who is herself shy and un-assured and not at all prepared for what she is to face. View production, box office, & company info. The dark and creepy cinematography, the memorable synthy score, the way the killer Michael Myers is built up, etc. Of course this concept is the most cliched idea for a horror film now, but you have to understand that this movie was one of the first of its kind. Man oh man, what could be creepier than that? You can watch some Friday the 13th movies for that. Still, this is far from the most effective 5.1 mix I've heard of an old mono horror flick. You can tell there’s just something off about it, and it makes sense to me why so many kids would spread rumors about this house and dare each other to go inside it. Pumpkins in March were a problem, as were the palm trees of sunny California. The AV Club has a great article about it at http://www.avclub.com/article/halloween-gets-its-best-scares-creepiness-being-fo-211061. All-hallows-eve 1978, Michael escapes from Smith's Grove sanitarium. This is a psychotic guy that will come to your neighborhood, that could come to any house, and that will kill anyone he feels like without remorse. I guess everybody's entitled to a one good scare, huh? A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game. Props Department. During this slideshow his muffled breathing is heard, and it becomes louder and louder until we see one final shot of the Myers’ house. It may break your immersion a little bit, but oh well. He was portrayed by Daryl Sabara, who also voiced Butch Magnuson The Boondocks. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. I think it works incredibly well here though because it’s the only POV shot in the movie, and we’re given no context as to what person’s point of view we’re supposed to be seeing until it’s revealed at the end. Halloween night, Michael has come home to murder again.The story is perfectly simple, Michael stalks and kills babysitters. 'Halloween' (1978) NEVER sets out to prove if 'the boogyman' exists or not. Halloween does a good job of making the viewer feel like all of this is really taking place on Halloween night (Except for the fact of the green trees which makes you able to tell that it was shot in Spring. It pretty much started the whole slasher movie craze that dominated the 80’s, but it’s honestly a lot better than any of the knock offs that came after. The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out. There’s plenty shots of Michael simply standing and staring throughout the movie, but I don’t think it’s done too much to the point where it gets boring. I tell you, Michael Myers is here in this town!! Then we venture up to Judith Myers’ room, she’s killed brutally as she screams her brother’s name, and we venture back outside when the sound of a car arriving is heard. Halloween is so easily dismissed as a genre film that a lot of people miss how good it is. The use of the panaglide to represent Michael Myers spying on his sister immediately makes things tense and creepy, and that sense of dread only continues to build as the scene continues. Ripped from the Shout! Halloween IV was a solid, franchise rejuvenating hit, so a sequel was immediately greenlit. Maybe I’m only giving her a pass because I grew to like her character after watching the movie so many times, but I think she’s memorable despite her lack of depth. Wesley Rhoadesis a teenage bully and a minor antagonistin Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of John Carpenter's 1978 horror filmHalloween. See which other trailers racked up the views this year. Halloween 5 was also a rushed production, being written, shot and edited â¦ Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Meridian Avenue & Mission Street, South Pasadena, California, USA. Police are called to 43 Lampkin Ln. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. However, there is one thing I think these characters excel at, and that’s being convincing high school girls. The year is 1963, the night: Halloween. Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. The best Halloween movies are actually quite easy to pin down. Obviously Michael Myers is the most memorable character, but why is that? Even with how catchy the soundtrack is, it still feels subtle to me. Jesus dude, even after you’ve seen this movie 10 times this scene is still pretty unsettling. The opening shot was inspired by Touch of Evil. I totally agree with you about the camera movements – probably some of the best POV work ever done. Come on, it’s kinda corny but who doesn’t love some of that dramatic irony? Synopsis. Later that evening, Ronny was distracted at the gate by the arrival of Myers' stolen vehicle parked at the gate, and as he turned off the car's engine, the killer slipped onto the grounds behind him. Biography. I guess everybody's entitled to a one good scare, huh? At first they must have been curious as to who this person is and why they’re spying. The scene in the car is a great example of their chemistry too, when Annie finally stops joking and seriously asks Laurie what boy she likes, and then eats it up. While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her. Halloween Michael returns to Haddonfield. Out of all of the “last virgin standing” slasher movie trope girls, Laurie is my favorite (It wasn’t even a trope when the movie was made anyway). Then there’s Lynda. Sure, the innocent virgin is always the person these types of movies focus on and it’s a tired trope, but Laurie doesn’t seem like a trope to me at all. Director John Carpenter was given a budget of only $300,000, but despite the limitations, the strengths of the movie make them almost unnoticeable. Though Halloween II is set the day after the original Halloween movie, in 1978, the sequel wasnât released until 1981.Jamie Lee Curtis reportedly donned a wig that resembled her 1978 hairstyle, but eagle-eyed fans will notice that Michael Myersâs mask looks a little different. Conversation topics about Halloween so you can talk with your friends. Great article btw! Categories. Sadly, the slasher movie era was winding down at this time; part five came out the same year as A Nightmare On Elm Street 5 and Friday The 13th: Part VIII, and all three were notable financial and critical disappointments. He just did it, and he only breaks out of his asylum so he can do it again. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. I love it when Annie walks back into her house after getting unstuck from a window (Watch the movie, it could happen to anybody) and the camera pans away from the doorway as she talks on the phone. Well it’s the way he’s presented more so than who he actually is that does the trick. There is a body count, but compared to the slew of slashers after this it's fairly small. It’s only used when it feels needed, when the characters have nothing to say but the music does. when a mother and father walk towards the killer and pull off his mask, obviously confused. I honestly think this film would have faded into obscurity without the score, that’s how much it adds to it. Michael Myers is simply referred to as the 'boogyman' a couple of times because he is so demonic and creepy. (1978). Situation: Patrick (an American exchange student), Jane and Andrew discuss what Halloween is like in America. A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which was the site of a child's drowning and a grisly double murder years before. I do not own the rights. I like that they all have memorable personalities. It’s about Halloween. As consumerist tendencies grow and expand financially, Halloween has become not only a celebratory day of the internal desire to change and shift, but a gigantic season in and of itself. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. On his rounds throughout the school, Will checâ¦ âDouble, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble.â â From Shakespeareâs Macbeth. Think about it, which is more terrifying? From the foreboding lines of dread to the badass line to the just plain bizarre line, these are the Halloween series' most iconic quotes. Myers was later gunned down, apprehended and committed to Smith's Grove State Hospital. That’s why the concept and presentation of Michael is one of the key elements of Halloween‘s atmosphere, and why the film genuinely terrified so many people in the 70’s. What made people terrified of him and what made him different from other horror villains before him? Produced on a low budget, the picture turned a monster profit, and spawned many sequels, none of which approached the 1978 original. In 1978, Laurie Strode survived an encounter with Michael Myers, a masked figure who killed her friends and terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night. They could be in any city or any suburb in the world, and you’ll never really know who they are until they finally snap (Hopefully they make it as obvious as Michael though, considering he walks around carrying a knife and wearing a mask). Then we see Michael’s face, and it turns out we’ve been watching the perspective of a cute faced 6-year-old boy this whole time, still holding the knife with a dead look in his eyes. Halloween I really think is one of the most essential horror films made. It’s the acting though that makes them feel more real I think, and the ways they interact with each other. This is the first scene of the movie and it establishes everything you need to know about the next 90 minutes, as well as the antagonist. only to discover that 15 year old Judith Myers has been stabbed to death, by her 6 year-old brother, Michael. 191 of 249 people found this review helpful. Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface and his family. You won’t get that 5/4 time signature out of your head for a while after you see this film, believe me. Since the release of this film so many years ago nearly countless clones, copies, rip-offs, and imitators have come along and stolen (usually badly) the films best bits until nearly everything about it has become familiar. How did "Halloween" establish so many of the standard tropes of the horror film genre? This isn’t a zombie that will get you at a camping site, or a ghost that will somehow invade your dreams. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran. She’s shy, but not too shy that she has no personality. Scared another one away”. We've broken down what makes Halloween, from 1978, so special and iconic. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The first thing I need to mention is the opening scene. Way before the likes of the Scream and Scary Movie franchises came to be. Sure, this POV method has been used countless other times in many other similar horror movies. ..It’s a real shame she had to have her throat sliced though. Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween Night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again. The one shot concludes (Or what appears to be one shot, it wasn’t entirely even though it’s edited to appear so.) Halloween (1978) Commentators: John Carpenter (writer, director), Debra Hill (writer, producer), Jamie Lee Curtis (actress), and some annoying announcer guy who needed to be edited out.