‘Halloween’ Back In Theaters – You Can’t Kill The Boogieman!
In 1978, John Carpenter wrote and directed a low budget horror film called Halloween. The film wasn’t expected to do much in the industry… after all; the horror genre was just about extinct. In fact, Halloween didn’t do so well during the opening weekend in theaters… but now, almost 35 years later, Halloween is one of the most iconic horror movies of all time.
I was lucky enough to score tickets to see the film on the big screen during its one night return to select theaters – October 30 (which, in the film, is the day that Michael escapes from the asylum). As an opening to the movie, there was a short introduction that went into the history of “the boogeyman”.
Throughout the entire run time of Halloween, the kids that Laurie babysits see Michael lurking around the neighborhood and refer to him as such. The intro was actually pretty interesting, actually. The concept of “the boogeyman” is one that is known throughout all cultures in the world, it was just America that decided they would try to make a movie out of it to control the fear it instilled.
Enter Michael Myers. Faceless, dead eyed, can kill you with his bare hands if he wants to, and will silently lurk around each and every corner. That is how Carpenter saw The Boogeyman, and American was thrilled to take that ride with him.
Even though it’s credited as one of the greatest horror movies of all time, Halloween has some major issues following it. While the story is supposed to take place in Illinois on Halloween, it was actually filmed in California in the spring. The trees are green and lush, and even palm trees are visible in some scenes. The continuity isn’t always spot on, and the writing isn’t stellar.
But it’s these things that make Halloween great. Seeing this movie on the big screen the way that it was meant to be seen (and heard – Carpenter’s score in digital sound is even more chilling than normal) was almost too much for my little horror fangirl heart. I loved every second of it, even the times when plot doesn’t quite match up with previous plot points, or when the ridiculous effects hit the screen.
Seeing Halloween in a sold out theater with other horror buffs was an amazing experience, and one that I hope every horror fan, or film guru in general will get to experience at some point. Even knowing Halloween as well as I do, the atmosphere of a theater full of people makes the appreciation of the story really shine through. I couldn’t help but jump at scares that never bothered me before, laugh at the silliness of Laurie’s horrible “best friends”, and feel the dread that Dr. Loomis feels when he looks and finds Michael has escaped.
There is no better way to prepare for Halloween than with a horror movie – and why not the classic that is Halloween? While you can’t see it in theaters any longer, you can pop in the DVD and treat yourself to a classic slasher film.
Happy Halloween, everyone… and watch out for the boogeyman!
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