Tyler’s review published on Letterboxd:
Carpenter's use of long takes adds to the already high amount of tension. The way that the camera moves in and out of view of Michael keeps the viewer anxiously awaiting each character's inevitable death.
The choice to set the majority of the film on one suburban street -- whether it was due to budget restrictions or not -- creates so much claustrophobia in a way that I haven't seen before. It isn't just set in one house, but a few houses, and Michael menacingly paces back and forth between them wrecking havoc.
Sure, there are clichés, but this film created the clichés, so critiquing them isn't really valid in my opinion.
The characters are kinda weak, but this is just a really great and simple slasher film that originated a lot of the genre's trademark qualities.