Always high in the canon of American horror movies director John Carpenter’s low budget seminal horror classic first released in 1978 is reissued for.. yes you’ve guessed it… Halloween! Made for only $300,000 the slasher film went on to gross $47 million at the US box office.
The film takes its audience into the mind of deranged killer Michael Myers, who at a tender young age stabbed his older sister in a frenzied attack. After many years incarcerated in a mental institution, Myers breaks free to continue where he left off, resulting in a bloody and nerve-racking suburban killing spree.
Casting 19 year-old virtual unknown Jamie Leigh Curtis (whose mother starred in ‘Psycho’) as Laurie alongside Horror star PJ Soles (‘Carrie’) and accomplished actor Donald Pleasance as Dr. Sam Loomis, known for such intense characters Heinrich Himmler, in ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ (1976), Thomas Cromwell in ‘Henry VIII and His Six Wives’ (1972) and perhaps most famously Ernst Stavro Blofeld in ‘You Only Live Twice’ (1967) was a masterstroke.
The movie’s electronic score penned by Carpenter, is an absolute classic too – certainly instantly recognizable and terrifyingly evocative – chilling, cold and ultimately memorable as it still sends a shiver down many a spine.
Carpenter's Halloween is ranked as one of the best horror films of all time and deserves to be seen again – evil personified so powerful and effective to this day, after all the original is still the best…just don't walk home alone!