One of the best slasher films of all time is of course the Jamie Lee Curtis classic Halloween (1978), from John Carpenter. A horror film that continues to stand the test of time.
The official plot of the movie reads on a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith’s Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.
This is one of the first movies I remember watching as a kid. I know, where in the actual fuck were my parents?! I think I was about 7 or maybe 8 years old, watching it on VHS on my Mum’s tiny little television she had in her bedroom on a narrow trolley.
For me, the original Halloween (1978) film will always be one of the scariest movies. It still scares me at age 29, so you can imagine how fucking terrified my little 7 or 8 year old self was.
Halloween (1978) is a low budget horror masterpiece that set into motion slasher films we know today. The POV opening sequence as we follow a young Michael Myers outside and through his childhood home, as he finds a mask, knife and murders his sister, is one of the best opening shots of any movie.
Keeping in mind, Steadicam had only been released a couple of years prior, but was not used to shoot Halloween (1978). You can imagine how difficult it was for the crew to orchestrate the shot.
Halloween (1978) is one of the scariest movies, primarily because we are never given insight into the true motive behind Michael Myers, or otherwise known as ‘The Shape’. We are thrown into a world where innocent teens are being stalked and brutally murdered, for what appears to be no reason. This is, for me anyway, the primary reason I didn’t like the Rob Zombie remake. Where backstory to character is obviously important (for most films), in this case, it takes away the effectiveness and fear of Michael Myers. It’s actually scarier and much more effective not knowing why he is the way he is, and why he is acting the way he is. The fear of the unknown is always more terrifying.
Do yourself a favour and watch the original Halloween (1978), it is truly one of the best horror films ever made.