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  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Halloween is an absolutely merciless thriller...I would compare it to "Psycho." show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    From a shock-and-suspense point-of-view, Halloween is the rival of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." With only a few arguable exceptions (such as "The Exorcist"), there isn't another post-1970 release that comes close to it in terms of scaring the living hell out of a viewer... A modern classic of the most horrific kind. show more

  • 88
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    Don't see "Halloween" in an empty theater on a weekday afternoon. See it on a weekend night in a packed house. "Halloween" is a film to be enjoyed with a boisterous crowd; it's an "audience picture," a film designed to get specific reactions from an audience at specific moments. With "Halloween," the most often desired reaction is screaming. It's a beautifully made thriller -- more shocking than bloody -- that will have you screaming with regularity. "Halloween" was directed by John Carpenter, 30, a natural filmmaker and a name worth remembering. [22 Nov 1978] show more

  • 75
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This low-budget horror film, sophisticated far beyond its budget, is the work of John Carpenter, an authentic prodigy whose style recalls both Martin Scorsese and the Brian De Palma of "Carrie," but who has a metaphysical, sophomoric sense of humor both of those directors lack. show more

  • 100
    Empire

    Turn off the lights. Put on the widescreen version, showcasing Carpenter’s masterful framing and chill-inducing, Michael Myers-concealing use of shadows. Crank up the sound, and be scared witless by horror’s greatest director. show more

  • 80
    TV Guide

    There's nary a drop of blood on screen in this rollicking funhouse of a movie but there is enough sheer cinematic ingenuity on display to coax screams out of the most jaded gorehound. show more

  • 78
    Austin Chronicle

    Not entirely without some laughable or dated scenes, Halloween remains an original that continues to inspire a genre and probe middle America's fears about what's really lurking in the laundry room after midnight. show more

  • 75
    Bruce Fretts Entertainment Weekly

    Carpenter's brutally efficient exercise in tension and release. show more

  • 90
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader

    Carpenter displays an almost perfect understanding of the mechanics of classical suspense; his style draws equally (and intelligently) from both Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock. show more

  • 50
    Variety

    After a promising opening, Halloween becomes just another maniac-on-the-loose suspenser. However, despite the prosaic plot, director John Carpenter has timed the film's gore so that the 93-minute item is packed with enough thrills. show more

  • October 30, 2009 RED SKULL
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    The Music made this movie it certainly was not the acting.

  • October 27, 2008 PRINCESS
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    I LOVE THE MOVIE HALLOWEEN FROM 1978 .......THE FOG IS ALSO GOOD & A FEW OTHERS , BUT THE ORIGINAL HALLOWEEN FROM 1978 JUST IS THE BEST ---AND THE AMAZING PART OF IT IS THEY SPENT ONLY 300,000 TO MAKE THE MOVIE --AND THE MOVIE TOOK ONLY 21 DAYS TO MAKE........IT WAS ALSO FILMED IN CALIFORNIA IN THE SPRING --(IF YOU LOOK VERY CLOSE IN THE MOVIE, AT TIMES, YOU WILL SEE PALM TREES IN THE DISTANCES).......IT WAS NOT FILMED IN ILLINOIS--AND , OF COURSE THERES NO SUCH TOWN AS HADDONFIELD--I THINK THEY SAID THEY GOT THE NAME "HADDONFIELD"-FROM ONE OF THE DIRECTOR'S HOMETOWN'S NAME WAS HADDONFIELD ......I HAVE DONE A LOT OF RESEARCH ON THIS MOVIE .......THEY SPENT A MERE 300,000 , MADE THE MOVIE IN 21 DAYS , AND THE MOVIE WENT ON TO MAKE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!.........THEY DID NOT EXPECT SUCH A HUGE SUCCESS......WHEN THEY SAW THEY WERE SITTING ON A GOLD MINE, THEY MADE MORE "HALLOWEEN" MOVIES .......OF COURSE THE ORIGINAL HALLOWEEN ONCE FROM 1978 IS THE BEST ............IM IN MY 40'S AND I REMEMBER WHEN IT CAME OUT -- IT WAS REALLY SCARY FOR ME THEN ......I HAD TO GO WITH AN OLDER PERSON TO THE MOVIE SHOWING......I HAVE BOUGHT THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THE ORIGINAL HALLOWEEN, AND ID LIKE TO BUY THE OTHERS TO ADD IT TO MY COLLECTION ........I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT "HALLOWEEN" WILL STAY THE NUMBER ONE SCARY MOVIE OF ALL TIME FOR A LONG, LONG TIME TO COME ........I LOVE MOVIES FROM THE 70s & EARLY-MID 80s ALSO....... TAKE CARE ALL & HAVE A GREAT HALLOWEEN !!!!!! :-))

  • July 17, 2008 Dac719
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    This movie beat "The Fog" (the old John Carpenter 1980 version), which before I saw this one, was my favorite horror film. I saw Halloween 4 and Halloween 5 first before I saw the original Halloween, but The Fog was still better than them. Then, I saw the original Halloween and it finally beat out The Fog. I know I'm ranting on and on, but I can't help it. It's more scary than it is gory. In fact, blood and gore is down to a minimum, which I can't figure out why this film received its R rating...that is, until I saw the uncensored DVD version, which depicts nudity and a sex scene that's quite graphic, though non-explicit. Still, the mood of the plot, the music, Michael Myers...it's my favorite horror movie. I just can't say that enough, lol. Okay, I'm done for now.

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