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Fifteen years ago, Michael Myers brutally murdered his sister. Now, after escaping from a mental hospital, he’s back to relive his grisly crime again, and again...and again.
For more about Halloween and the Halloween Blu-ray release, see Halloween Blu-ray Review published by Greg Maltz on October 19, 2007 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers, Kyle Richards (II)
Director: John Carpenter
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Halloween Blu-ray Review
One of the prototypical slasher flicks proves again that Blu-ray production can greatly complement the picture of old movies.
Reviewed by Greg Maltz, October 19, 2007
Before Freddy Krueger, before Jason Voorhees, before Chucky, there was Michael Myers. On a dark Halloween night when Myers was a boy dressed in the outfit of a clown, he grabbed a large kitchen knife, went upstairs to his sister's bedroom and stabbed her to death. This horrific act is the opening salvo in John Carpenter's Halloween, a film that spawned a generation of horror films, sequels and variations on the slasher theme. The difference between the original and most of what came after is that John Carpenter is tremendously talented and learned his craft better than his peers. He used the camera and sets (usually in cramped areas of houses) to generate suspense and terror, but never became too formulaic in his approach to camerawork.
In the opening scene, the camera becomes the eyes of Michael Myers. The effect is chilling because the audience is forced to not just witness a murder, but to see it through the eyes of the murderer. Myers reaches for a mask on the floor and puts it on his face before the stabbing, the action is shown through two narrow eye holes. This is horror cinema at its finest: a glimpse of the knife held aloft, the blade descending, the girl holding up her hands in a weak attempt to defend herself. The eye holes only allow hints of the action. But where a lesser director would feel obligated to continue using the camera as Myers' eyes in later scenes, Carpenter is not boxed in by his earlier choices.
After the initial murder, Myers is locked up in a mental hospital for many years. Realizing that the young man is pure evil, his psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasance), tries to keep him locked away forever. But Myers escapes the night before Halloween, returns to his old neighborhood, and there Carpenter starts laying on the suspenseful camera-work and claustrophobic feel of the shots. Rather than limit the camera to the eyes of the killer, Carpenter surprises the audience with several approaches. Most effective is to show views inside a window while suddenly a shadow or close silhouette of Myers appears in the foreground. Creepy. The trademark music and blasts of synthesized audio heighten the terror.
A studious high school student, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), becomes the focus of Myers' stalking. He first sees her as she approaches the house he lived in as a child. Then he appears outside her classroom at school, behind a bush as she walks home through her neighborhood and terrorizes her friends. Strode appears more resourceful than her friends, using implements such as sewing needles and a hanger fashioned into a stabbing weapon to fend off the knife- wielding attacker. By the time Myers catches up with Strode, Loomis is aware of Myers' whereabouts. But can he intervene in time to save Strode?
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