Halloween ★★★★★

“Death has come to your little town, Sheriff”

This still holds up as one of the most terrifying films I’ve seen. What I think is so powerful is how it feels like a clash of different powers; Michael Myers as the epitome of evil and Jamie Lee Curtis as the innocent, pure woman. She’s basically fighting to protect innocent children against something which got twisted as a child. The hints at something supernatural is minimal at best, because Myers works best as a force of evil never explained, a pure void. That’s also why I think the Kirk-mask works so freakishly; it’s a human face, but a frozen image of a human never able to express any emotions outside of the pale emptiness. It’s a cold void elevated by Carpenter’s excellent camera work to still make this a haunting all-time favorite of mine.

Halloween series
John Carpenter

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