When I was around 12 years old, Star Wars became uncool. Not to everybody, but to me. I’d watched my VHS tapes repeatedly for years and as I was entering adolescence, what was awesome to me as a child seemed lame as I approached being a teenager. I was still enough of a dumb ass kid to want to watch a movie over and over again, but the Star Wars trilogy was out. What movie would satisfy my now fully mature, 12 year old tastes? I needed something more grown up, something that the ten year old me wouldn’t have watched. I don’t remember how exactly it happened, but that movie turned out to be the 1978 horror classic Halloween. I had a VHS in a plastic snap-case that and I watched it a million times. I watched Halloween at night, in the morning, on rainy days and Sundays; I watched it on Halloween, but also Christmas, July 4th, Easter and Flag Day. I loved that movie. It was my early teenage favorite. There was violence, some sneaky nudity, Donald Pleasance saying “Hey, Lonnie, get your ass away from there!” and my favorite, Michael Myers bringing the hammer of vengeance down on the sweet little town of Haddonfield, Illinois.
Maybe my favorite poster ever
The movie Halloween is just so Halloween-y and so essential to the fall season. Watching it is like hearing the crispy leaves under your shoes as you walk along the sidewalk, having a little handful of candy corn (which will happen every Halloween season ever), seeing piece of shit costumes for sale at pharmacies, and feeling that first autumn chill as you go out to your car one morning. I love fall; it’s my favorite season, and Halloween only makes me love it more.
Michael Myers is here. My advice? Hide you kids, hide your wife, hide your kids, hide your wife
Halloween is a really good movie. I have fondness for the many sequels, but they all fucking suck; I think Halloween II sucks especially considering that Jamie Lee Curtis is in it and it’s set on the same exact night as the first one (and speaking of that, how did the Michaels Myers mask go from scary as shit in the first one to bland shitshow in the following movie? Unbelievable.). But don’t let those inferior followers poison the original. It is a legit good movie. There are long takes and music cues that would impress anybody, and the suspense is real and spine tingling. After watching Halloween constantly for a while, I put it up and didn’t see if for quite a few years. I didn’t watch it again until I was nearly finished with college. What a delight that it holds up so well. It’s a wonderful thing when something you liked when you were younger actually turns out to be good. If you haven’t seen Halloween PLEASE take the opportunity to watch it tonight.