Movies 31 Oct 2007 04:41 am
#1 — Halloween (1977) It doesn’t exactly take a Mensa member to figure out this film would top my 31 Days of Halloween list. After all, it’s called “Halloween.”
As a rule, I generally don’t like slasher films. Friday the 13th Part XXXIII and its ilk leave me cold. But I make an exception for “Halloween.” First of all, it’s the template those lesser films ripped off. Secondly, it’s one of the scariest films I’ve ever seen. Most of the violence is implied or happens off-camera, but ask somebody who’s seen it and they’ll describe loads of blood and carnage. That’s good film making, and John Carpenter demonstrates it in spades here. Plus, he wrote the chilling piano score that today is played inside virtually every haunted house from California to NYC.
Shock rocker Rob Zombie remade this movie earlier this year. It was OK, but by now you know my advice — stick with the original.
And there you have it. Thirty-one days, 31 movies. If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t. Just kidding. Actually, I wish I had a few more days to add reflections on some of my other favorite scary films, including “Poltergeist,” “The Dead Zone,” “Misery,” the original “Mummy” with Boris Karloff, “The Last Man on Earth” (based on Richard Matheson’s “I Am Legend” and slated for a big-budget remake to be released this Christmas) and others …
So many monsters, so little time. Happy Halloween! May all your scares be pleasant! I’ll be back in a few days to blog about something other than horror films, I promise.