October 30th, 2014

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Movie Reviewed: Halloween (part 1 of 3)




Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers
DIR: John Carpenter

Blurb: 25 years ago, director John Carpenter changed the shape of terror forever with the immortal story of babysitter Laurie Strode, Dr. Sam Loomis and the night that Michael Myers came home….

My Blurb: Halloween is not a perfect film. I feel the need to get that out of the way because it has become such a cultural icon through Laurie and Michael that I think the popularity of the characters have warped perceptions of the actual film. Yes, it was scary in 1978 - but it is also a product of its time and modern viewers may be put off by the slow burn as we follow Laurie and her friends and by the fact that the actual onscreen violence is not explicitly gruesome. It’s a great, scary film… it’s just not the be-all/end-all of horror and it’s not the usual slasher-blood-n-guts we’ve gotten a bit too used to; you need to check the hype at the door and just settle in.

Reviews are not spoiler free.

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Movie Reviewed: Halloween (part 2 of 3)



Scene 28: Over at the Myers’ old place, Brackett pulls up with Loomis under the certainty of the doctor that Michael came back home. They find the still warm remains of an animal, which Sam takes as Michael’s dinner. Brackett offers that a man wouldn’t eat a raw animal like that [especially since it looks like it may’ve been a skunk] but Loomis tells him they aren’t dealing with a man.

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Movie Reviewed: Halloween (part 3 of 3)


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Scene 57: In the meantime, Laurie is still bothered by the weird call and the fact that Annie hasn’t gotten back to her. She decides to slow stroll over to the Wallace’s which seems to dark and quiet for Annie and Lynda’s plans of partying.

No one answers to her door buzz, knocking or calling for Lynda and Bob despite his van being parked out front. She walks around to the back yard. There she finds the back door open again, even though we saw Bob close it.

She enters, calling for anyone. She’s about to open the door that led to Bob’s death when she hears a noise, she continues into the living room instead. Still thinking her friends are probably only playing some stupid prank on her, she still doesn’t feel like she can leave until she finds her friends and puts a stop to their mean game.

She wanders the dark house and goes upstairs.

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