As we round down the home stretch to all hallows eve let's begin with this dark holidays namesake, the one and only John Carpenter's 'Halloween'.
This slasher/horror classic opened in theaters October 25th 1978 and altered the American film landscape forever. Director John Carpenter had a love for horror. Often stating his influences ranging from classic macabre daddy Alfred Hitchcock to Italian giallo maestro Dario Argento. He brought together all his reverence for the genre and created one of the greatest independent fright flicks of all time.
Haddonfield, Illinois prepared for the annual carving of the pumpkins the same way they always had. Candy corn picked and costumes in their final mid seam stages, all the while the whispers of the Myers' boy wove the same mythic web they had been weaving for the last fifteen years, ever since six year old Michael Myers picked up a butcher knife and gave his sister the ultimate trick and or treat. Afterwards, the town had never been the same, and on this October 31st evening all the whispers would find final foundation. Michael would come home.
'Halloween' is the perfect combination of all that makes us afraid. In a town of unlocked doors, apple pie on the windowsill, and church social sensible folks, horror was never truly anticipated at said unlocked door step. Whispers were all that were expected. This is what chills us most about this tale, and it was all done so well. Fantastic cast, unforgettable score, simple story line, and a no nonsense approach to the skillful direction of terror that all came together to bake a layer cake of fear that you just have to have another slice of.
I recommend that as you light the candles and hang the skeletal bones, that you add another chilling tradition to your Happy Halloween festivities. From dusk till dawn let the terrible tragedy of Micheal Myer's and his born bad butcher knife yielding ways bring many a fright to the hearts of all who pass your way. It will surely make their nightmares all the sweeter.