"It was the boogeyman..."
"As a matter of fact, it was."
Speaking with a friend of mine this past week who is also participating in 31 Horror Movies a Day (for the record, he is way more of a horror aficionado than me. Compared to him I'm not worthy), we discussed how the only way you can complete this series ending on Halloween night is with the original 1978 Halloween. We surmised that if a movie as good as this one was named 'Christmas' or 'Arbor Day', there would be an unwritten law to watch those films on those holidays as there is with this one (Christmas does have must-watches It's a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve and A Christmas Story on Christmas day, and while nobody cares about Arbor Day, other holidays have movies like the 1956 The Ten Commandments, an Easter requirement).
Much has been written about Halloween over the past couple of months thanks to the release of a spectacular, comprehensive Blu-ray Disc box set from Anchor Bay and Scream Factory in early September. That highly anticipated set was met with fanfare where on Twitter, fans gushed over it. Last year when Anchor Bay released a standalone 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray for the original film, I discussed with a Twitter follower how this picture can be released in many different editions and we will all just keep buying them. The same occurred when Scream Factory released their standalone Halloween II and Halloween III Blu-rays that launched their label two years ago. With this last set I saw nobody doing the usual rumblings about double dipping or high costs or gouging collectors or whatever. People just got excited and bought the set. It says something about a franchise when a usually demanding physical media collector demographic unifies behind a product - especially when most of them already own many if not all of the films.
This movie is still scary every time I view it. The score is iconic, as is the element of an unstoppable killing force overcome by evil. The opening scene with a young Michael Myers donning a mask, grabbing a knife and randomly stabbing his teenage sister to death is chilling. The movie also introduced us to Jamie Lee Curtis, the scream queen.
|The one and only 'Scream Queen'|
|Just try to keep up McDowell|
"I met him, fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes...the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind those boy's eyes was purely and simply...evil."
Wow, that's heavy. This kid, who deep within his soul Loomis sees nothing but evil has now become a life obsession. What drives a man to declare a six-year-old child pure evil? What did he see to make such a statement? We find out soon enough as Michael rampages through Haddonfield in movie-after-movie (all except part III which was a Myers-less solo story and has grown a cult following of its own) brandishing a knife and attempting to kill his relatives as well as anyone who gets in his way. If Myers showed up for Thanksgiving dinner, he'd carve his family and not the turkey. Thankfully for them he sticks to only one holiday of the year.
|The last person who should be carrying a loaded gun|
|I found this sharp knife lying around and decided to use it|