â€œI met thisâ€¦ six-year-old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, andâ€¦ the blackest eyes â€“ the Devilâ€™s eyes.â€ Thereâ€™s absolutely no doubt you know who says that and who he is talking about. Join your faithful Grue Crew â€“ Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr â€“ as they prepare for 2018â€™s neo-sequel by taking a nostalgic, but fear-filled trip back to Haddonfield and the first time he came back. Yup, itâ€™s the big one. Theyâ€™re talkingÂ HalloweenÂ (1978).
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 82 â€“Â HalloweenÂ (1978)
Whether or not you knew aboutÂ John CarpenterÂ before the release ofÂ Halloween, you certainly knew about him after its release. There have been a total of 10 Halloween films, 9 of which include the fellow with the â€œblank, pale, emotionless face, and â€¦ the blackest eyes â€“ the Devilâ€™s eyes,â€ but the first one is by far the best.
Carpenterâ€™s andÂ Debra Hillâ€™sÂ script takes its time developing a place in time and space and with people that feel familiar and even comfortable, making the presence of The Shape all the more menacing. Establishing the characters and relationships of the three girls â€“Â Jamie Lee Curtis,Â P.J. Soles, andÂ Nancy KyesÂ â€“ adds to the familiarity and comfortableness of the world the filmmakers have created.Â Donald Pleasenceâ€™sÂ performance as Dr. Loomis exponentially ramps up the feelings of dread andÂ Nick Castleâ€™sÂ performance as The Shape reinforces the idea of the presence of pure evil. Combine the script and the acting with Carpenterâ€™s direction, his landmark, chill-inducing score, andÂ Dean Cundeyâ€™sÂ cinematography, andÂ HalloweenÂ becomes one of the top horror films of the 1970s.
Of course, the members of the Decades of Horror 1970s Grue Crew shout their praises forÂ Halloween. Chad is impressed by Jamie Lee Curtisâ€™ portrayal of Laurie Strode as the somewhat shy, good hearted girl without a boyfriend who obviously isnâ€™t very experienced at smoking pot, but is a formidable opponent for The Shape. Jeff points out the time the filmmakers take to create suspense and dread, for example, Laurieâ€™s 90-second walk across the street to come to her girlfriendsâ€™ aid. Cundeyâ€™s and Carpenterâ€™s shot construction and camera movement earn Billâ€™s admiration. For Doc, itâ€™s also about the time taken for each kill, building tension to the breaking point.
Yes, the lot of them slobbered and drooled their appreciation and love all overÂ HalloweenÂ throughout the podcast. What did you expect? Frankly, this classic deserves a few more viewings in preparation for its new sequel,Â HalloweenÂ (2018).
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