On Halloween night in 1963, the small town of Haddonfield is shocked when six-year-old Michael Myers returns from trick-or-treating and for some unknown reason stabs his older sister to death with a big kitchen knife and is found by his parents staring into space with the bloody knife in his hand. He is sent to a mental institution where he spends the next 15 years just sitting, still staring into space despite the best efforts of his doctor, Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence). On October 30th 1978, Michael escapes during a storm and also manages to steal a car from Dr. Loomis and Nurse Marion who were coming to take Michael to court to keep him locked up and he goes back to Haddonfield where he steals the iconic white mask. The main protagonist in this movie is Laurie Stode (Jamie Lee Curtis) sees that Michael is stalking her during the day (at school, at her home – but she doesn’t know who he is.) As Dr. Loomis arrives in Haddonfield, he and the sheriff frantically look for Michael while Laurie’s friends Annie, Lynda and Bob are disappearing one by one.
The acting in this movie is terrible for the most part. Easily the best actor in this movie is Donald Pleasence. He performance is really good. His speech about evil and how he saw it in Michael Myers’ eyes! Fantastic. Love that! One of the best scenes in the movie… And of course, Jamie Lee Curtis is also great in this movie for the most part… This movie also captures the fun of a Halloween night. You carve pumpkins, you watch scary movie, there’s trick-r-treaters everywhere, you have fun with your friends. This movie is also gorgeously shot! So many beautiful wide angles. And I can’t praise the music enough as well. Also what I really like is that this movie is very suspensful. Also a surprising lack of violence for a slasher movie.
This is by no means a perfect movie. It has terrible characters who also act terribly. They’re just there to add to Michael Myers’ kill count. Nevertheless, I always have fun rewatching this movie and I’m going to give it 8/10*
Director: John Carpenter
Written by: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nick Castle
Runtime: 91 minutes