Cat Critics: Halloween (1978)


Avery Lester

Halloween, directed by John Carpenter, was released in 1978, and is widely considered a Halloween classic.

Avery Lester, Staff Writer

In the dark and cold streets of a small Illinois town on Halloween night, there’s a killer on the loose. His name is Michael Myers and vengeance is his middle name. That sounds like an engaging and thought provoking piece of art doesn’t it?

Well, it isn’t.

John Carpenter’s 1978 “classic” Halloween tells the famous story of Myers crusading through his home town after escaping from a mental institution. After a young woman notices he is following her, her Halloween gets spookier as she tries to fend off Michael and his sinister intentions.

Watching Halloween is like watching paint dry.”

After watching Halloween, I have come to realize why it’s considered a classic scary movie. However, there are too many inconsistencies, cheese, and horrendous acting for me to ignore. 

The first and most noticeable issue is the music. The main theme of the film is extremely catchy but it’s played over and over again. Any flare in the song is completely ruined because of its over usage. It seems as if every five minutes the same piano tune is played. The song alone made watching Halloween one of the most annoying movie-watching experiences of my life.

The second issue is the acting. Halloween contains every cliche, tried-and-true stereotype of terrible young adult acting from the 1970s. The main actress, Jamie Lee Curtis, is the only actress with even a hint of talent. What makes the situation even worse is the corny and unrealistic dialogue. This is such a dated film with cringy scenes that it becomes almost unwatchable.

Watching Halloween is like watching paint dry. It’s so boring and predictable that you know exactly how it’s going to end the second it starts. The cult following garnered by the film over the years is understandable, but there are so many other great horror films to watch instead, like The Shining, Hereditary, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the Blair Witch Project. Skip this film and watch some good works of art. You’ll thank me later.