For the month of October, to celebrate the season of Halloween, I will be posting a review of a movie for each day. Movies will be old, new, vampire, slasher, zombie, ghosts, etc. If you are curious about any movies, shoot me an email! These opinions, unless otherwise noted, are all my own.
I am going to open this series with not only my favorite horror movie, but my favorite movie of all time. Halloween. I have seen this movie a hundred times and it STILL scares me. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you’re missing out. Without spoiling anything, it opens with a flashback to Michael Myers’ childhood, the event that got him put away. Flash forward to present day (1978) and a very young Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. I’m not going to tell you who, but someone escapes from the loony bin and goes after someone and all her friends.
This movie is scary despite its lack of blood and guts. The music alone gives me the creeps. I’m still scared to walk around outside at night, thanks to this movie and its silent villain. Also… even though he’s just wearing a William Shatner mask, Michael Myers (who is referred to by name only once) never runs, yet he is everywhere and always right behind you. One of the creepier scenes involves him killing one of the teenagers and standing for a moment with his head tilted… like he is studying and admiring his handywork. What makes the original better than the remake is that we never get any explanation as to why he is so evil and demented. He is just a huge, scary man in a creepy mask. There’s some jump-out-at-you moments and definitely a few grisly kills. 32 years later, its still a mainstay on scary movie lists.
Fun Facts (from IMDB):
- Jamie Lee Curtis’ first film
- Cost $320,000 to make. (small movie budget)
- The film was shot in the spring, so the crew had a hard time getting pumpkins for the set
- Director John Carpenter wrote the famous theme in 4 days.
- Dennis Quaid was dating one of the female stars during filming, and John Carpenter (director) and Debra Hill (producer) wanted to cast him as her boyfriend in the movie. He was busy with another project, so the role went to another actor instead. (Imagine if Ellen had anything to do with that? “Dennis Quaid is scared right now!”)
- The movie took 3 weeks to film.
- Because of the film’s low budget, actors wore their own clothes in the movie. Jamie Lee Curtis spent less than $100 at JC Penney for her wardrobe.
And there you have it. My favorite movie ever, and I’m not sure what that says about me as a person, but I think its a genius film. To take a small budget and a Star Trek mask and turn it into one of the most iconic movies of the genre is just brilliant.
See you tomorrow! Any requests??