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Halloween A Groundbreaking Film Halloween was and still is a classic horror movie for three simple reasons originality flattery and durabilityUpon its release in 1978 Halloween set a new standard for horror movies proving that it was possible to create genuine chills without excessive amounts of blood overpaid actors or a gigantic budget Using innovative camera work shadows and creepy music a new monster materialized They took one of mankinds most primal fears the mythical bogeyman and inserted it into Anytown USA A killer who cant be understood or reasoned with who never speaks or acts even remotely human - THAT was both refreshing and terrifying Halloween was the film that earned Jamie Lee Curtis the infamous title of Scream Queen She plays Laurie Strode the virginal protagonist Curtis effectively conveys the feelings and aspirations of a shy insecure teenager It is hard to believe that Curtis would develop into a well-known actress often considered a sex symbol An image very different from the awkward gawky character she portrayed in Halloween The film opens with a long single-shot introduction that takes place on Halloween night 1963 A young Michael Myers watches as his older sister Judith sneaks upstairs for a quickie with a guy from school After the boyfriend has departed Michael takes a knife out of the kitchen drawer ascends the staircase and stabs Judith to death The entire sequence employs the subjective point- of-view an approach that writerdirector John Carpenter returns to repeatedly throughout the movie Only after the deed is done do we learn that Michael is only a child The bulk of the movie takes place fifteen years later Michael confined to an asylum for the criminally insane escapes on the night before Halloween His doctor Sam Loomis actually refers to Michael as pure evil and it The doctor is convinced that Michael is no longer human Loomis believing Michael to be the embodiment of evil tracks the killer
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