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Thursday, October 28, 2010

John Carpenter's "Halloween" never gets old

There's something about the 1978 movie, "Halloween," that fascinates and scares the daylights out of me at the same time.

Maybe it's the fact the story is so simple. We all know it.

Or the fact Michael Myers' mask sends shivers down my spine. (Here's a did you know? The production bought a Captain James T. Kirk mask and cut the eyes out, thus created the simple, yet iconic prop.)

Or the fact the movie's score is so simple (ala "Jaws"). You can't think of the film without thinking of the music. They are synonymous with each other.

Or the fact there's hardly a drop of blood spilled in the film and yet we're still scared to the bone.

Of the fact the movie holds up so well. Others that followed (Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Hellraiser, to name a few) don't hold a candle to Director John Carpenter's classic.

"Halloween" is the Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Babe Ruth of scary movies. The rest come in second. It's not even close.

Every year, the TV station AMC runs its Fearfest marathon. Last week, it was pretty much a Friday the 13th movie marathon. This week? You guessed it. It's "Halloween" week. Thank goodness.

- Mark Podolski 


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