Surprisingly modern film making is on display here, but modern day pop culture has taught me that a young rebel telling bullies he'll agree to whatever dangerous prank they want him to do because they called him "chicken" is a punchline. And it's played in this movie with the utmost seriousness.
And then there's the scene where James Dean screams to the heavens, "You're tearing me apart!!" like he's Tommy Wiseau and I just can't really take this seriously.
It's Sept. 1, dudes! That means Halloween season in effect!!
This movie is endlessly scary. You want proof? There's a scene where Michael is standing on a suburban street, half obscured by shrubs in broad daylight and it's about the scariest fucking thing you'll ever see in your life. If your monster can be scary just loitering around the neighborhood during the day, then you're a damn good director.
It has always bothered me that Loomis shows up at the…