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Old 05-12-2018, 06:34 PM
 
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I think it's a classic.
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Old 05-13-2018, 12:33 AM
 
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HALLOWEEN is one of the greatest horror movies of all time. It is a flawed masterpiece.

First, the flaws:

The movie's few attempts at humor all fall flat as a tin pancake. The palm trees that keep popping up in the background of this supposed Illinois small town always make me grin. And the final murder spree payoff is ... well, a little weak. The movie's set up is a masterpiece of building dread, but when Halloween night finally comes, Myers amounts to little more than a maniacal jack-in-the-box coming up with increasingly ridiculous ways of killing people.

Now, why it is a masterpiece:

The music.

The sense of slowly building dread.

The music.

Some of the photography is genuinely beautiful. The scene where Laurie and Annie are driving around and the sun is going down is truly gorgeous. The opening shot of Michael's first murder was ground-breaking at the time.

The music.

But for me HALLOWEEN's single greatest achievement is the theme. Carpenter said there are two types of horror stories: There is the Evil is Out There Story. It's out there in the dark, waiting. But if we stay by our fires and stick together, we'll be all right. And then there is the Evil is Within story, where even our fire and our numbers are not safe, but evil is lurking within any one of us. Most classic horror films were Out There stories. PSYCHO was the first truly great Evil Within story.

The genius of HALLOWEEN is that it spends 95% of its time looking like an Evil Within story. Michael Myers is a mentally ill psychopath on a rampage. But then you've got Dr. Loomis, telling everyone in every scene, "No! Michael is not crazy. He is Evil!" You can even hear the capital E in his rants. And so Loomis comes across as the craziest loon of all. Until the very last scene. And that's when Carpenter pulls the rug out from under us. This was an Evil Out There story all the time. Loomis isn't nuts. Loomis is right. Michael Myers isn't just insane. He is Evil. And that last shot tells us he is everywhere and he's never going away.

And then there's the music.

So yes. HALLOWEEN is a masterpiece of the genre. It isn't perfect. Its got some flaws. But those flaws do not keep it from being the masterwork that it is.
But what did you think of the music?
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