'Halloween' Review By The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

Don't you think it would be better if we refereed to "it" as "him"?
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
Well here it is... People claim it as the first slasher film ever made. While that's not technically true, it still is partially true. The first one to create a formula much like we have by today's standards. One that Victor Miller even admitted to completely copying with 1980's Friday the 13th. There are as of 2012, ten Halloween films, eight being "original" and two by Rob Zombie. Michael Myers is now a huge horror icon, and up there with Freddy Krueger, and Jason Voorhees. But does it really deserve all this credit, just because it was the first?

Everyone knows the story. Michael Myers killed his sister, and turned crazy on Halloween night, 1968. Now he for some weird unexplained reason goes back to Haddonfield, where it all began to kill some chicks. Why though? He escaped, and he could kill anywhere, why does he feel the need to go back to Haddonfield? They explain this in future sequels, but as of the time this was made, there were no intentions of expanding the story no more than one movie. So this causes serious problems as far as the script of the movie goes.

Jamie Lee Curtis now has developed a name for herself, thanks to this movie. She's a fine actress now, but this was her first movie. And they caught so much of her whimpering on camera and made it very prominent, it was starting to get annoying. As for the co-starts, they fit very well, and even though I just complained about Curtis' whimpering, I still felt she was perfect for the role, and a good enough actress. I can see why she was cast for Terror Train, soon after.

John Carpenter is a highly overrated director. I'll usually avoid his work. I have tried to watch most of his movies, but there is just something lacking in all of them. I end up having my mind wonder, and I forget I'm watching a movie. Carpenter never seems to make his movies entertaining. Halloween, and his newest film, The Ward, are really the only ones I even like! But I won't mention his other films in a review of Halloween. As for this movie, I felt a lot of the movie was amateur, but hey, the guy had a nearly $0 budget. With what he had to work with, I thought the directing was decent. Some good shots and sequences, and others that felt there were missing shots that would have made a scene or two make a little more sense. More so, in the beginning, featured this problem. But overall, there is some decent cinematography.

There is no blood in this movie. Leave it to Rob Zombie to totally change that factor, but as for this movie, visually, it really adds to the directing. Because there were several cool shots with Michael stepping into frame, or in the distance, and you only notice he is there because the soundtrack tells you so. Speaking of the soundtrack, Carpenter's music is very famous for a reason. It really adds to the film, and partially is why it is considered a classic today.

Overall, Halloween is a classic, but not a classic without flaws. It is a true monumental landmark in horror film history, and really should not be overanalyzed like I just did. More to accept as what it is. But I suppose that is the way it is with all slasher films...

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Comments (24)

  1. Geekster

    @slysnide totally agree- the suspense- the depth to trying to actually make these characters- odd to say but- more human than humane :L

    2 years agoby @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-KillerFlag

  2. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    @slysnide That aspect was great. The suspense. But ugh, the script is horrible. haha

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  3. slysnide

    @crypt: Favorite horror film ever. 5 stars all around from me. Err, almost 5 I can't recall. I loved its focus on suspense over body count and gory kills.

    2 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  4. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-Killer Thanks man! Yeah, Catrpenter is alright, but not all that. Haha

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  5. Geekster

    ace frank review my horror bud @crypt keep at it :P

    2 years agoby @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-KillerFlag

  6. Geekster

    i'm not Carpenter crazy- Halloween was somethingt though back in my day :L haha

    2 years agoby @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-KillerFlag

  7. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    @mcleve02 I actually own season 6, and am gonna watch it soon. No Showtime, so I can't watch th current season of Dexter :(

    PS- i did not see your comments O.o

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag

  8. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    @mcleve02 haha uh oh! ok dude, i'll check later!

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag


    @crypt LAME!! You must see them all! Btw I watched and commented on your shorts... XD

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

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    @mcleve02 Hahaha heck yes dude!!! I love the show. Granted, I've only seen seasons 1-5.

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag


    @crypt BTW I love the new avatar... if you were going to replace Clive Owen with anyone, it had to be Dexter! XD

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  12. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    @skywise I'll have to watch it again.

    As for Halloween III, they actually were trying to make it almost an anthology series. A new "Halloween" movie every year which takes place on Halloween, but with no Myers. But it's still pretty bad, production wise.

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag

  13. skywise

    @john-m Oh man Nightmare 2? Absolute Garbage. And halloween 3...I like the movie but really, how can they call it halloween and not have micheal Myers?

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  14. skywise

    @crypt Its a brilliant movie. It starts prety quickly but the real tension is drived from the fact that these people are so isolated and they cant trust eachother...or themselves. The Thing is really just a metaphor (it was written during the cold war after all) but i doesnt hurt to have Botin's crazy FX!

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

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    @skywise man,. I'd have to see it again. I remember thinking ot was off to a slow start but ended up getting better. i do own it, so perhaps i'll watch it when i have spare time.

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag

  16. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    @john-m like i said, i can never really fully immerse myself into Carpenter's films. something about them, where i often find my mind wondering. now i do enjoy this movie, and In the Mouth of Madness. Assault on Precinct 13 was good too. i had forgotten about that one. but as for the sequels, i enjoy alll horror sequels. its somewhat of a fascination of mine; when movies have 10+ sequels. but hey, to each thier own man.

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag

  17. John M

    @crypt: It's your opinion, but outside of the first three Halloween films the rest aren't any good. The same is for the Freddy and Friday series once you get outside of the first two or three they go down hill fast.

    I won't get into what I think about Rob Zombie it wouldn't be kind. Instead I'll talk about director John Carpenter. Is he a great director no after all he made Starman, Vampires and the Ghosts of Mars, but he's also directed cult classics like Assault on Precinct 13, They Live and the Escape From films. He's also directed some really good films in The Mouth of Madness, Halloween and the best of them all in The Thing, so I wouldn't say he was overrated. People generally know what the mans flaws are and what he isn't which is a great director.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  18. skywise

    @crypt And what was your final verdict on the Thing?

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    @skywise Halloween 4 and 5 are awesome. I even love Rob Zombie's two films, and am pissed 3 is seemingly done with canceled possibly.

    However I finally was able to sit through the whole The Thing after a third try.

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  22. skywise

    @crypt I feel a little differnt than you about Carpenter. I love his early work on up through the 80's. The Thing being one of my all time favorite movies.

    But this film always felt like it was missing something, like you said and I have never been able to put my finger on it. I enjoy the film for what it is but I tend to lean more turn Return of M.M. and Revenge of M.M. as my favorites.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  23. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    Happy Halloween! (almost)

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag