Down The History of Horror: Halloween (1978)

This is my new series ‘Down the history of horror’ where I post a monthly article talking about HORROR MOVIES!

To start things off, there is no better way, than starting off right with the 1978 John Carpenter classic…. Halloween. Halloween is a cult classic. John Carpenter was the stepping stone for the slasher genre, also for the final girl and relentless killer that might be more paranormal than human. This film brought one of the most influential and memorable scores in cinema history.

Jamie Lee Curtis plays Laurie Strode and this marks the beginning of the infamous “Final Girl” cliche in most modern horror films. You take a female character that usually isn’t very special other than a nice school girl who gets good grades and typically doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. That was until Ridley Scotts ‘ALIEN’ a few years later, but I’ll save that for another day.

Michael Myers is a notorious horror icon. But, why? Michael can kind of just “teleport” throughout the series with no explanation, he’s ruthless and unstoppable, as in he doesn’t seem to have a weakness or anything within that area. The biggest of them all is emotion. When you look into Michaels’s eyes you don’t see anything inside, representing his soul. His soul is dark and almost non-existent. Insinuating Michael might not be… human. Leading to the biggest question of this film, is Michael Myers human or a physicality for something else, something much darker, something far more sinister than what meets the eye?

Carpenter does a great job of making you feel as if you never know where Michael is even when he is in the same house Loomis or Laurie, add on the main score for this movie and it is absolutely fantastic cinema.

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