Don't you think it would be better if we refereed to "it" as "him"?
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...