Halloween ★★★★★

One of the most profitable independent films of all time, Halloween squanders little time on character development and keeps many of its plot elements ambiguous. Directed and co-written by John Carpenter, who also provides it with a memorable score, it’s an explosive combination of anxiety and tension. Michael Myers (portrayed at various stages in the movie by Nick Castle, Tony Moran and Will Sandin) is a maliciously unnerving villain who’s mostly faceless and entirely remorseless. This also marks the screen debut of Janet Leigh’s daughter Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, and consequently, the movie invites correlation with Hitchcock’s Psycho. This is a timeless slasher from John Carpenter and arguably his masterpiece.

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