Part of our Master of Horror: The Films of John Carpenter series. Join us every Wednesday night in October as we celebrate Master of Horror (and beyond!) John Carpenter with a month-long tribute to some of his best, scariest and most influential films as they were meant to be seen â€“ with an audience and on the big screen! Click here to view the schedule.
â€śAn absolutely merciless thriller, a movie so violent and scary that, yes, I would compare it to Psycho. If you donâ€™t want to have a really terrifying experience, donâ€™t see Halloween.â€ť â€“ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Carpenterâ€™s low-budget â€śbabysitter in perilâ€ť fright flick terrified the world and became not only a landmark in modern horror, but also one of the most phenomenally successful independent films ever made, setting the standard for the onslaught of oversexed-teens-meet-maniac killer movies to come. Jamie Lee Curtis (in her first major role) shot to Scream Queen stardom as the innocent but resilient Laurie, a high school girl made all too aware on one memorable Halloween night that evil stalks the shady streets and living rooms of her small Illinois town in the form of escaped psychopath Michael Myers, a hulking monster in a white mask who may indeed be â€śThe Boogeyman.â€ť Skillfully turning the tension screws via prowling Steadicam tracking shots, frighteningly deep shadows and an almost mythical sense of unstoppable evil (not to mention a nerve-wracking music score that immediately sets palms to sweating), the remarkably assured young filmmaker transformed Halloween from a mere exploitation film into a horror classic for the ages. Co-starring P.J Soles and Nancy Loomis as Curtisâ€™ terrorized pals and a riveting Donald Pleasence as the slightly demented doctor hell bent on vanquishing the evil force that is Michael Myers. (Dir. by John Carpenter, 1978, USA, 91 mins., Rated R) Digital