Friday, November 09, 2012
I hadn’t intended on watching this classic film but last night as I was watching TV I noticed that it was about to come on and thought, what the hell. I think it’s been so long that I had almost forgotten how good this film is. Before I get berated for not giving it the full five stars I will explain that the half-star drop is for one very specific reason that you may or may not find silly. How did he learn to drive a car? I know it might seem nitpicky but seriously, he was locked up from the age of six so when did he ever get driving lessons? For that one and only reason it loses a half star from me. Otherwise Michael Myers is one foreboding character and Donald Pleasance just keeps feeding fuel to the fire with his constant, “You don’t understand, he is pure evil” uttering throughout the film. I am foregoing a synopsis since the film has been reviewed so many times before and being such an icon in horror film history I just don’t think my lame synopsis would add anything worthy to the cause. Now I know I’ve seen this film countless times, but I still felt that tension when Jamie Lee was banging on the door yelling for Tommy as Michael walks toward her slow and steady. Another notable scene is when she is hiding in the closet and Mike starts breaking through, he does a very human thing and turns the light on, he spots her then shuts it off again to go in for the kill. Just seeing him in the full glow of that closet light adds such a sense of realism to the film. I really felt terrified for her. I doubt there is anyone on this blog that hasn’t seen this film, if there is then shame on you. Go watch it right now!