Review: John Carpenter’s Halloween

Nothing makes us happier than seeing how far we can get from the campfire before we get scared. Horror cinema has been around almost as long as cinema itself and whether it’s Nosferatu walking jauntily through Bremen, Ellen Ripley discovering exactly how little she matters to her employers, or Laurie Strode running from the blank, featureless evil of Michael Myers, it’s given us some of the most enduring images of film history.

Which is where we come in. Pseudopod’s new film review section will be looking at the best new movies, the acknowledged classics, and the cult films we know you need in your life. Japanese survival horrors, very English armageddons, and masked killers bent on revenge — we’ve caught and caged the lot for your listening pleasure.

So join us, on this first episode, as we look at the slasher movie patient zero, the film that has spawned countless sequels and arguably a subgenre all of its own: John Carpenter’s Halloween.

October 31st, 2007 2:43 am

It is an interesting sidebar to notethat Michael Myers was only called ‘the Shape’ in the credits. This appears to be a validation of the idea of Michael being a blank space where we all can imprint our own personal monster. He’s much more scary in imagination than the actual film footage because he’s really just a place-holder for all the fears of the audience.

His relentlessness is also a huge factor in the level of fear. Laurie killed him at least twice and Dr. Loomis pumped six rounds into him, but he still got up and walked away.

November 5th, 2007 3:43 pm

Adding to what Richard says, and what Alasdair said in his review, I would suggest that what makes Myers even more frightening is his complete lack of expression. We communicate with expression, possibly more than we do verbally.

Now imagine you have someone standing in front of you with a bloody knife, and they’re totally expressionless. This is a threat that you completely cannot reason with, cannot bargain with and cannot understand.

Very fun podcast. I’ll be keeping an eye out for it.

November 7th, 2007 7:36 am

I reckon these reviews are a great idea. I look forward to more.

PS. loved the Night of the Living Dead clips.

November 17th, 2007 10:24 pm

I don’t like movie reviews on escape pod, and I don’t like them here. I subscribe for fiction, not cinema opinions. There are enough movie review podcasts out there, thank you very much.