Halloween (1978)

Halloween (1978) (85) John Carpenter didn’t invent the elements that fueled this film’s legacy, but his recipe of influence is beyond reproach. Halloween owes its slow, musically-driven tracking shots to giallo flicks like Argento’s Profondo Rosso, its POV slasher moments to Hitchcock’s Psycho. By distilling these elements and combining them with a quintessentially American teenage drama, Carpenter created a monster all his own. Despite Halloween having bared the formula for all to see, few slashers have managed to match this classic tale of optimistic innocence against blind evil.

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