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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Carpenter obviously knows the genre well and he builds a properly terrifying atmosphere through his well-paced direction. It's an effective entry for its intended market."
‑ , Hollywood Reporter
"Perhaps not quite so resonant as Psycho to which it pays due homage, but it breathes the same air."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Sets the standard for slasher films and horror in general..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"[A] simple but horribly effective low-budget suburban horror ..."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"... if there's one John Carpenter film which is a must-see, it's Halloween."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"After a promising opening, Halloween becomes just another maniac-on-the-loose suspenser."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Halloween is an absolutely merciless thriller, a movie so violent and scary that, yes, I would compare it to Psycho."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Halloween still remains the greatest horror film of all time."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"Well worth another look on the big screen."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"First Michael Myers slasher fest isn't for kids."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"John Carpenter's 1978 tour de force, perhaps the most widely imitated film of the 70s."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Halloween remains untouched -- a modern classic of the most horrific kind."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Still relevant. Still scary. Make a date on Halloween night to witness cinema's scariest Michael Myers (unless you've seen The Love Guru) causing carnage on the big screen."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"Made on a tiny budget of $300,000, and shot in only 20 days, Halloween is one of the most influential, imitated, and commercial indies in American film history."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A seminal slasher that gets better with age."
‑ , Total Film
More reviews for Halloween on Rotten Tomatoes

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