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"Halloween" Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Loomis, P.J. Soles.  Directed by Jon Carpenter.  1978, 93mins, Color.  Rated R.  (Screened Digitally)

“Halloween” was the foundation of John Carpenter’s career, made Jamie Lee Curtis a star, and the helped re-invigorate the horror film for the 1970s and ‘80s.  But though it is widely acclaimed as an avatar of the “slasher” style of the horror genre, “Halloween” is in fact remarkably blood-free on screen.  Instead, Carpenter followed in the footsteps of Val Lewton in “Cat People”, Howard Hawks in “The Thing” and Alfred Hitchcock in “Psycho” by building tension and dread through the constant suggestion that something terrible is lurking just out of the audience's view. Oceans of blood, no matter how shocking at first, will get monotonous; but by definition, what’s not seen but only imagined never ceases to command attention. Carpenter also took the somewhat unorthodox tact of shifting to the killer's point-of-view, leaving the audience with only the sound of his breathing and the sight of the unaware victim.

The storyline -- which Carpenter co-wrote – mixed elements of the venerable haunted house horror gimmick with psycho-sexual undertows and copious amounts of teenage angst to put a distinctive spin on Hitchcock’s old dictum of how to sell tickets: “torment the heroine”. It was this formula that made Halloween truly an avatar of horror for its generation, and was imitated in countless movies that followed, though seldom done as well. In 2006, “Halloween” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to his small hometown.  Despite years of trying, his psychiatrist (played by the always reliable Donald Pleasence) had not been able to penetrate Myers’ frightening psyche, but the doctor is certain of one thing: the escaped Myers will kill again. And sure enough, when Myers does arrive back in town, he almost immediately starts to stalk bookish teenager Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her hipper, more party-oriented friends Lynda and Annie as the three girls make plans for Halloween. That night, the responsible Laurie is working her babysitting job, while Annie and Lynda hang out with boyfriends in a parent-free house across the street. When Laurine tries to call the two girls but gets no answer, she becomes suspicion and heads across the street to the darkened house to see what is going on . . .  Mayhem ensues.

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