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A young boy kills his sister on Halloween of 1963, and is sent to a mental hospital. 15 years later he escapes and returns to his home town in order to wreak havoc.
Scary, suspenseful, and viscerally thrilling, Halloween set the standard for modern horror films.
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.
Perhaps not quite so resonant as Psycho to which it pays due homage, but it breathes the same air.
A movie that laid the foundation for slasher films and also created one of the most legendary film history psychopaths, Michael Myers. [Full review in Spanish]
After a promising opening, Halloween becomes just another maniac-on-the-loose suspenser.
Halloween is an absolutely merciless thriller, a movie so violent and scary that, yes, I would compare it to Psycho.
Why Halloween works is because even in its minute flaws, there's an inherent charm to the basic effectiveness and fundamental workmanship on display & it's hard to say that about many films who have tried to follow in its footsteps ever since.
John Carpenter's 1978 tour de force, perhaps the most widely imitated film of the 70s.
Since there is precious little character or plot development to pass the time between stalking sequences, one tends to wish the killer would get on with it.
Sets the standard for slasher films and horror in general...
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