Film Reviews, Short Review

Halloween (1978)

3.5/4

Yes, I know it’s November. I have a backlog you know. I don’t care. Halloween is excellent stuff no matter what time of year you’re watching it. Time and imitation may have dulled the sheer visceral impact of John Carpenter’s most iconic film over the years, but what’s left is the work of a master craftsman. Halloween still functions so smoothly as a horror-thriller thanks to Carpenter’s nuance and understanding of cinematic techniques; the long tracking shots from the killer’s-POV; the framing of objects in the foreground or background forcing us to watch the entire screen instead of just one element; the use of music, which becomes ingrained into our reactions to each scene. It’s a masterwork of audience manipulation that would have made Hitchcock proud.

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