Carpenter creates excellent tension throughout and he avoids excessive blood and gore in the murder sequences. The violent actions are mostly implied more than graphically depicted, which serves to heighten the effect. show more
Halloween is an absolutely merciless thriller, a movie so violent and scary that, yes, I would compare it to “Psycho.” show more
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
The Music made this movie it certainly was not the acting.
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 !!!!!! :-))
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.