“You can’t kill the boogeyman.”
Halloween is the story of bookish babysitter Laurie Strode, a typical teenager dealing with typical teenage stuff: crushes, schoolwork, a masked killer stalking her and her friends…
Directed and scored by John Carpenter and co-written and produced by Carpenter and Debra Hill, Halloween is a masterpiece of cinema and a horror genre staple. It is slow, suspenseful, and nightmarishly atmospheric. The dialogue, acting, and cinematography make it feel fresh nearly 40 years after its release. Backed by a chill-inducing score, Halloween still deliveries the scares. Halloween boasts one of the most recognizable villains in all of horror cinema as well as one of the most believable and relatable final girls. Laurie Strode is every bit as smart, resourceful, and protective as Michael Myers is mysterious, menacing, and relentless.
By now point-of-view shots, masked killers, and final girls are par for the course in horror. In 1978, this stuff was ground-breaking. Okay, Peeping Tom* and Black Christmas** are earlier examples of horror films that used one or more soon-to-be slasher tropes, but Halloween put slashers on the map, inspiring countless rip-offs and becoming one of the most successful independent films of all time.
Stop by Eckhart Public Library on Saturday, October 31 (yes, Halloween) for a special screening of the one-and-only John Carpenter’s Halloween. Doors open at 7 PM and the movie starts and doors close at 7:15 PM.
*Peeping Tom is an intensely creepy British horror movie about a serial killing photographer that had the misfortune of being released the same year as another movie you may have heard of, Psycho.
**Black Christmas (one of my favorites) is a nasty little gem about women in a sorority house being harassed, stalked, and killed by a phantom phone caller. Fun fact, Black Christmas was directed by Bob Clark who directed another great holiday movie, A Christmas Story.