Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. USA, 1978. Compass International Pictures, Falcon International Productions. Screenplay by John Carpenter, Debra Hill. Cinematography by Dean Cundey. Produced by Debra Hill. Music by John Carpenter. Production Design by Tommy Lee Wallace. Costume Design by Beth Rodgers. Film Editing by Charles Bornstein, Tommy Lee Wallace.
The best of the series, and one of the very best slasher movies that are aimed at teenagers. After little Michael Myers (no, not the Wayne’s World guy) murders his sister, he is committed to an institution for fifteen years until one Hallowe’en night when he escapes from his doctor’s care. He returns to his home town and starts terrorizing its teenagers, murdering one after the other while his doctor (Donald Pleasence) searches for him. Genuinely scary, the film’s healthy of sense of humour is what really helps sell it to more than just the average thrill seeker. None of its sequels were ever this good, neither were most of the gory horror movies made in the eighties.