A masterpiece. Not the first slasher, but it's probably the best slasher film ever. John Carpenter had a vision and it was great. Too bad production companies love milking great ideas and making **** sequels after **** sequel. Halloween 2 wasn't bad, but unnecessary. Regardless, this is a simple masterpiece with Jamie Lee Curtis at her best and the iconic mass murderer, Michael Myers. Terrifying for its time.
Halloween is one of John Carpenter's best films. One of the best slashers and horror films. The film, which should be targeted by every slasher coming out after. It's hard to overstate Halloween's impact on modern cinema. And all this filmed literally for several tens of thousands of dollars. Carpenter featured one of Michael Myers' most famous and frightening serial killers. The film has a superbly choreographed suspense that clearly gives away references to Hitchcock and his film Psycho. Well, you just feel the connection of these 2 films. And of course, the soundtrack is so simple in its sound but memorable. Halloween can be advised to watch everyone, this is a classic of cinema. Moreover, it is recommended to watch it for the modern generation, which did not see good slashers in a modern cinema.
A schlock horror movie made for a pittance by 30-year-old John Carpenter, which happens to be the most frightening flick in years. Halloween is a superb exercise in the art of suspense, and it has no socially redeeming value whatsoever. Nasty, voyeuristic, relentless, it aims at nothing but to scare the hell out of you. [4 Dec 1978, p.116]
Don't see Halloween in an empty theater on a weekday afternoon. See it on a weekend night in a packed house. Halloween is a film to be enjoyed with a boisterous crowd; it's an "audience picture," a film designed to get specific reactions from an audience at specific moments. With Halloween, the most often desired reaction is screaming. It's a beautifully made thriller -- more shocking than bloody -- that will have you screaming with regularity. Halloween was directed by John Carpenter, 30, a natural filmmaker and a name worth remembering. [22 Nov 1978]
This low-budget horror film, sophisticated far beyond its budget, is the work of John Carpenter, an authentic prodigy whose style recalls both Martin Scorsese and the Brian De Palma of "Carrie," but who has a metaphysical, sophomoric sense of humor both of those directors lack.
It’s a enjoyable movie, but not very scary. The beginning is fun, though not amazing it good. The middle is very slow, not scary, or very great. It just follows the characters around and not much happens. The ending has a lot of action but isn’t very scary, except maybe one creepy scene, at least in my opinion. The ending wasn’t great either, I recommend watching it, but it’s not that scary or exciting overall.