Halloween (1978) Review

Spoiler-free so you can read before you watch

Halloween (1978) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on October 02nd, 2020 | Movie Review | Slasher, Halloween, Cult Classic, Maniac, Killer Kid

Add Halloween (1978) to your Watchlist

Add to Watchlist

You need to login or register to add this movie to your horror watchlist.

It's about a crazy killer kid who gets locked up for life, escapes and travels home to keep on killing.

Halloween was directed by John Carpenter (who also directed The Ward and Ghosts Of Mars) and stars Donald Pleasence (from Halloween 6: The Curse Of Michael Myers and Halloween 6: The Curse Of Michael Myers), Jamie Lee Curtis (from Halloween Kills and Halloween: Resurrection) and P.J. Soles (from Candy Corn and B.O.R.N.).

The Night He Came Home

Halloween Review

Halloween, for those of you born under a rock somewhere, is one of the classic horror greats. It's up there with all the iconic slashers like Friday the 13thA Nightmare on Elm Street and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. F13 gave us Jason, NoES gave us Freddy, TCM gave us Leatherface and Halloween gave us Michael Myers, the dude in the auto mechanic uniform and William Shatner mask. 

Jason was a kid who got drowned in a lake, but came back from the dead. Freddy was a killer who got burned to death, and came back. Michael Myers was just a guy who liked to kill. No special powers, no supernatural gifts, no deals with the devil. Just a crazy guy. But it works because there's crazy guys in real life, in every city. In your own city, right now.

Halloween is legendary for its use of suspense, dread, effective jump scares, pacing, characters, it's catchy score, everything. Because of this there really isn't much to say that hasn't already been said a million times. I personally wasn't a fan growing up and didn't actually watch Halloween until just a couple of years ago. I watched it before watching the 2018 sequel, just for context. I've since seen it two more times, so I get the fandom, it is a seriously cool slasher. I also have never seen any other Halloween's other than part 3, Season of the Witch. So this review is going to kick start my first ever watch through of this legendary franchise. I'm especially looking forward to watching LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes battle Myers in Halloween: H20 and Halloween: Ressurection and am pumped to watch Rob Zombie's Halloween, only because I've heard so much trash talk about it. This should be a fun franchise!

Halloween is super cool and works on so many levels. I'm looking forward to watching through this franchise for the first time. Stick with me for a newbies view of a movie series everyone already knows everything about. 

Worth Watching?

Yep. No brainer.

Halloween Review (1978) Worth Watching? - ALL HORROR Tweet it

  • Halloween franchise ranked Worst to First

    "I met him, 15 years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding in even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this… six-year-old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and… the blackest eyes – the Devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up, because I realised that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil."

    🏆 All Halloween movies ranked

Would it Kill You to Subscribe?

Get horror news, reviews and movie recommendations every Friday!

We respect your email privacy