Halloween Comes Once a Year, It’s Almost Here, It’s Almost Here
After a day spent on chores and a productive Otherspace meeting that’s uninteresting to anyone outside it, I sat down tonight to
Every time I watch this movieâ€”as I do every Octoberâ€”I am more impressed than I was the last time I watched it. It’s not just scary.
See, I don’t like horror movies much. They’re usually too silly or stupid or
Halloween falls into neither trap. The villain is just on the cusp of supernaturally evil; he’s surprisingly indestructible, yet real humans often survive the kinds of injuries that he sustains throughout the movie. A
And that’s what makes Halloween so dang scary. That guy could be right out on your street, and if he really wanted to he could kill you. He could break right through my
But it’s not just the premise that works; it’s the execution. The movie presents relentlessly mundane scenes of girls chatting,
It’s rather remarkable that everything in this movie comes together to work so effectively. The script is quite tight, building dread and establishing characters. The music is simply perfect; minimalist but spooky. The cinematography is as effective as that in any great film. The acting is…okay, much of the acting is acceptable at best, but it’s helped by Jamie Lee Curtis’ vulnerable yet strong babysitter character.
And it all contributes to a film that manages to spook me out even hours after watching it.