31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 31]: Tonight He Comes Home

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).

Published by Patrick R. Johnson

Patrick is a Ph.D. student and graduate instructor in the SJMC. He comes from nearly a decade of teaching high school journalism and English, and an adjunct professor of journalism and media studies at Marquette University (where he received both his bachelor's and master's degrees). He is a former Dow Jones Distinguished National Journalism Teacher of the Year. His research interests include the intersection of news literacy, journalism ethics, journalism studies, and professional boundary work. He also focuses his attention on issues of deviance within the media industry, particularly as it relates to issues of sex and issues resulting in paradigm repair. Patrick is also deeply passionate about teaching and the role of journalism schools in the professionalization of their students. He focuses a lot of his thinking on mass communication and journalism pedagogy and identifying ways for journalism courses to be both rewarding in content and enriching in skill. He currently teaches Journalistic Reporting and Writing in the SJMC and taught a number of courses at Marquette, including Media Ethics, Visual Communication, Magazine Design and Production, Digital Journalism 1-3, Strategic Communication Writing, and the Journalism Capstone course for the department. His work in curriculum, instruction, and educational leadership includes serving as the Journalism Education Association’s Mentor Program Chair, designing curriculum to accompany Pulitzer Prize winning content for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, reviewing the Praxis national journalism certification exam, and developing a number of courses at the high school and collegiate levels. Patrick served as a 2021 Public Humanities Intern through the Obermann Center where he worked specifically with University Special Collections to develop public-facing exhibits and curriculum materials related to the Tom Brokaw Collection.

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