Countless viewings later, still so, so spooky to me. Much of what I love about horror cinema is present in the ways Carpenter generates terror here: through off-screen space; pockets of darkness; widescreen compositions; camera pans; cuts to repeated images and spaces. Halloween forces one to fear its frame—and the Shapes that lurk just outside of it. Masterpiece!
This just keeps getting better and better as it goes along. Sort of a haunting, autumnal, French equivalent of Dazed and Confused. Every scene is a banger. The music cues had my jaw hanging open. I’ve always wanted to see Nico’s “Janitor of Lunacy” used exactly the way Assayas uses it here: as the soundtrack to lost souls in a cold, rainy, pastoral landscape, captured in an glacial tracking shot that would have made Tarkovsky proud.