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Re: General Movie Discussion Part II
Just got done watching Halloween (1978) by John Carpenter.
Holy christ it was utterly spectacular. I mean one of those films where you hear nothing but eternal praise and go into it expecting something magnificent but still being shocked by just how good it is. The score and pacing to create such piercing tension was just inspiring, and its a tragedy more horror films today are solely focused on the gore aspect rather than the shock and psychological undertones which drive pure horror. What I especially loved was the smart use of alternate camera angles to really capture Michael's every shifting presence and its ability to force you to expect him to be hiding anywhere in a particular scene ready to strike at any moment.
All of the comments in the Jason vs Michael Myers thread were on point regarding Michael capturing the essence of pure evil. The fact we barely see him instead being teased as to his appearance either through the darkness or the distance in the daytime from where he stands really added to his overall mystique, and his quick but sudden kills effectively added to his ruthless manner without resorting to an abuse of gore. In many ways knowing the man was capable of far more sickening kills was enough to leave you satisfied with what would be rather 'tame' deaths compared to modern horrors. I also especially loved the cinematography in capturing the claustrophobic atmosphere Laurie was consumed in, despite living in a standard neighbourhood with plenty of families to turn to for assistance, Carpenter really manages to capture a true desolate tension that makes you forget this is all taking place for all intensive purposes in broad daylight, and if anything that again only adds to the uneasyness you have when watching this film, everything feels disgustingly realistic.
Everything after the first hour is just some of the finest cinema I've watched. The fact Michael has numerous opportunities to strike against his victims only to remain stoic on top of the terrific score just created a gripping sense of unpredictability about where and when he would strike next. So many impressive and un-nerving visuals of him in the background stalking his prey whilst they remain completely unaware of how close evil is to catching them.
Will watching the sequel tomorrow, cannot wait after the genius that was the original.