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The Night THIS REVIEW Came Home! I'm so incredibly sorry, but I had to. Halloween follows the story of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), a young high schooler who, on the night of halloween, is babysitting a young boy, Tommy Doyle (Brian Andrews). Prior to her babysitting duties, Laurie continuously claims to be seeing a strange man watching her everywhere she goes, but whenever she approaches him he's nowhere to be found. This man, as it turns out, is none other than Michael Myers (Tony Moran), an escaped mental patient of fifteen years who's returned home to cause havoc on the town.
Out of all the movies that I was preparing to watch for #ScaryMovieMonthAtDCM, Halloween was probably my most anticipated. I hadn't seen it before, and I deliberately postponed my viewing of it just for this month long celebration. Originally I wasn't going to review this film until the 31st, which makes sense of course, but I was simply too eager for it. I had insanely high expectations. I needed the film in my life. And now that it is, I can say that I'm only marginally disappointed. Before you go and yell at me or call me names or tell me that the boogeyman is coming for me on halloween night, hear me speak. I only said marginally disappointed, which isn't actually too big a disappointment. In fact, this film has just one flaw, and it's only minor.
Before I delve into my one problem with the film, let's go through the positives, which may take a while. (See, I did enjoy this movie!) The most important one, I guess, is if I found the film to be scary. I did, thank you very much. While neither the most frightening film I've ever seen or close to the least frightening, Halloween still manages to pack a few solid punches. When Michael Myers is on screen the film can be nerve-racking to watch. His character is so sinister, so evil and so, so slow, which is effective. He never feels as though he's rushing these murders. He's always taking his time, not in the least bit stressed. Now that's an effective horror villain. One that's willing to wait it out, preparing to unleash his worst on the world.
Halloween's opening scene, or more truthfully put, shot, is, for lack of a better word, horrifying. It's the only POV shot in the entirety of the movie, but it's the most effective shot too. The opening scene is so full of tension and shocks, especially when it cuts away from the POV and reveals what's really going on. I should have seen it coming, but I didn't. It's a psychologically scarring scene, and by far the most disturbing scene in this whole movie. However, that's not to say that the rest of the film isn't scary either.
Jamie Lee Curtis gives a great performance as Laurie. Halloween, as I found out thanks to the opening title sequence, was her debut film, and boy does it make an impression. Her performance is so full of life, being able to both act petrified and, when the script calls for it, brave. She has some charm to her too, especially during the few scenes in which she's persistently talking among her friends.
And now this has brought me to my only flaw; the pacing. Halloween is excruciatingly slow. The first half an hour of this film was beyond fine. I was loving it. It had already set up Myers, it had already set up a potentially chilling situation and it appeared to be going on a role, but then it just slows down, never really ramping back up again until the hour mark. I can't say that I wasn't entertained by the film, but I just wanted it to move along a little faster. There, I said it. This film isn't perfect, in my opinion at least. Suck it up haters.
To sum up, Halloween has a few pacing problems, but other than that there's very little wrong with this film. Jamie Lee Curtis' performance is great and Michael Myers is a chilling villain, plus the film can get incredibly suspenseful and scary too.
4 1/2 Stars