There isn’t a more iconic Halloween film than John Carpenter’s “Halloween,” and there isn’t a more important component to my Halloween tradition than the film. Each year, this film ends my long journey and it makes me reignite my belief that the Boogeyman really does exist.
The classic music, the babysitting narrative and the feeling that someone is always watching breeds death, darkness and depth. Death comes to all of our little towns, but Haddonfield was America’s slaughterhouse on that faithful night. The night he came home.
Jamie Lee Curtis is at her scream Queen best in this film, coupled with the intensity of Michael Myers and a “totally” glorious cast of compadres. Despite the fears not being as authentic as the seventies, there is still something to be admired by the jump scares Carpenter was known to craft and create. It’s in these jumps that some of the most lasting memories exist.
It’s a classic, classic that deserves a viewing today—its namesake holiday. So get to watching (and maybe watch some of the remakes and reinventions and sequels today, too).